The Body Armor of God's Righteousness
Welcome to week #4 of Home-made JAM!
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Righteousness is a hard word to define, often people define it as a checklist of right actions. But the Pharisees had their checklist, and they weren't truly righteous. True righteousness is something God puts into our hearts, and the body armor He gives us helps to protect it.
This week we are focusing on two songs. The first one, There's Power in the Blood, reminds us where our power comes from. The second one, God will Guide Us, reminds us that God is with us at all times of our lives. Our strength and power comes from Him because He is faithful.
Take some time to learn these songs and sing them with your kids!
Talk about video - Andy's Armor
This week we’re learning that we fight evil with the body armor of God's righteousness. What does that mean to you? If you’re not quite sure what it means to fight evil with righteousness, you’re not alone. Let’s join our friend Andy to see what he thinks it means.
Watch “Andy’s Armor”
What would you like—or not like—about wearing actual body armor around all the time? Putting on the body armor of righteousness means “covering our hearts in God’s goodness.” How do we do that? Luckily we don’t have to wear heavy armor around like Andy tried to do. We fight evil with righteousness when we ask God to shine his goodness through our hearts.
Game - A Clean Heart
- paper plates (1 per person)
- inflated balloons (1 or 2 per person)
- permanent marker
- painter’s tape
- Use painter’s tape to create a giant heart on the floor
- Draw a sad face on each balloon
Talk About Consequences
Sometimes we make wrong choices. Wrong choices can make our hearts sad. Ask your family to share about times when they have made the wrong choice, ask about the consequences for their wrong choices.
Play a Game
Give each person a balloon. Let’s pretend these balloons are sad things that come from making wrong choices. When we have God’s love in our hearts, it helps us make good choices. Today we’re learning that we fight evil with righteousness. Righteousness is another word for the right choices, protects our hearts. We're going to play a game where we protect this great big heart (point out the tape heart on the floor) from wrong choices (a sad-faced balloon [start with all the balloons on the heart).
- Give each person a plate.
- Play upbeat music if you’d like, and use the plates to bat the balloons out of the heart.
- Time to see how fast they can get all the balloons out of the heart.’
- If time allows, have them try new ways to move the balloons, such as fanning them without touching them.
God loves us and wants to put His love in our hearts. His love helps us make the right choices, and that protects our hearts!
Craft - The Body Armor of God's Righteousness
- large, sturdy paper plates
- aluminum foil (enough to cover each plate)
- heart stickers (1 per )
- yarn (about 2 feet)
Make Body Armor
Today we’re learning that when we’re friends with Jesus, He makes us righteous. That means we can make right choices because Jesus puts His love in our hearts, and that helps us fight God’s enemy. We're going to make a piece of armor to help us remember that Jesus’ love in our hearts helps us make right choices.
- Give each person a plate and a piece of aluminum foil. Wrap the foil around the bottom of the plate and secure it with tape.
- Set out markers to share, and encourage everyone to gently color the aluminum foil.
- Tape yarn to the plates so they can wear them around their necks.
Put Hearts on the Body Armor
When we’re friends with Jesus, He makes us righteous by putting good things in our hearts. What are some good things you have in your heart? (maybe love, kindness, or peace) When we have those good things from Jesus in our hearts, it helps us make right choices. It protects our heart from wrong choices. Put heart stickers on the inside of your armor to help you remember that Jesus’ righteousness protects your hearts.
Wrap it Up - Clean My Bowl
- wet wipes
This week we've learned we fight evil with righteousness. Jesus told about some people who were dirty or yucky in their hearts. He said they were like bowls that looked clean on the outside but were dirty and yucky on the inside. We can ask Jesus to clean us on the inside, too. Give each person a wet wipe, and have them clean their hands. Then have them cup their hands together to make a bowl shape with their hands. When we’re friends with Jesus, He cleans our hearts. That means He forgives us for the wrong things we do.
Let’s thank Jesus for cleaning us and helping us make good choices. When Jesus cleans us, we can fight evil with righteousness, or good and loving choices. Jesus makes our hearts clean so we want to make good and loving choices. That’s how we fight evil. Amen.
Throughout the Week
- Post the word in your closet or on a drawer of your dresser as a reminder to put on God's body armor of righteousness as you get dressed each day
- If there are children in your house who don't pick out their own clothes, put the word "righteousness" in a place where they will see it when they get dressed