Overcoming Fear Part 2 - Kids and Parents

Overcoming Fear – Part 2
Ask them to fill in the blank (give a reward for the right answer)
___________________ IN THE _____________________ (hint Philippians 4:4)
Key idea/points: 1) worry causes fear 2) worry pulls in different directions 3) worry can stop us
Key verses:
Philippians 4:4-8 (TPT)
4 Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! 5 Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near.  6 Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. 8 So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Questions to ask your kiddos! (ask them and give them a reward for answers, even if silly)
Have you ever been worried about something? (Like getting a shot, or going the dentist)
When you were worried did it help you to be worried?
Did you find yourself thinking about the worst case possible?
How did you stop yourself from thinking about the worry?
Parents: (you can talk to them in your own words, just use this as a spring board)
The book of Philippians often times is referred to as the joyful book.  Which when we stop and think about that, it is absolutely crazy for this book to considered that.  Why?  Paul writes from prison, in chains.  He writes, REJOICE…DO NOT WORRY…PRAY…GIVE THANKS.  Worry is a result of fear.  When we are worried, that worry will turn into fear Thru out the bible there are many people who had chances to be worried, that would have led to fear.  For example, Daniel, and what about his 3 friends? In both cases they could have been anxious, causing them to be scared.  But instead of that we see that they trusted in God even more.  Think about a fireman.  If the fireman is worried that their fire suit will not work, they will not be able to do what they need to do, or called to do.  Same true for us, we are called to be a light, to be an example of people that do not worry.  See our flesh wants to do what is normal (for the flesh) but as believers in God, we have to tell our flesh “shut-up” (or lets say that nicer, “be quiet”).  Paul knew that being anxious wouldn’t help him, he also knew that being afraid wouldn’t help either, so he wrote to other believers and told them to ‘rejoice, give thanks and pray’; why?  Because that is what HE did.  He asked them to do what he did.  [so parents…hint, if we want others to rejoice, to give thanks and not worry, then we must be the example].  
So what can we do when we start to feel worried? (ask them and let them answer)
Hints: (again give them a reward for giving answers)
1.  Laugh
2.  Dance
3.  Sing praises to God
4. ________________________________

FINISH IT UP WITH; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Passion Translation (TPT)
16 Let joy be your continual feast.  17 Make your life a prayer. 18 And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.

Much love, Pastor Michael

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