Heart Motivation

Heart Motivation

 (Bible Overview #8 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Good motivations please God bad motivations displease God

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1 GAME: Gator Gorge

Game / Bible / Life Connection:   In the Game 100% Obedience Only / Cain’s Wrong Motivation in the Bible Displeased God / Wrong Motivations in your Life Displease God

1. Divide the Players into two teams behind the starting line.
2. Make the finish line only half a meter in front of the starting line.
3. Explain to the Players the small space between the two lines is “Gator Gorge” and Players must fully jump over the finish line to make it safely across. Any Player that does        not fully make the jump is out and must sit down well behind the starting line off to the side.
4. After each successful jump, have the Players go back to the starting line and then move the finish line 25 centimeters further away to make “Gator Gorge” wider.   Repeat          this step until the end.
5. The winning team is the one with the last 3 team members making the jump.

 

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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Proverbs 21

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game 100% Obedience Only / Cain’s Wrong Motivation in the Bible Displeased God / Wrong Motivations in your Life Displease God

Nammu and his Bad Intentions:  Nammu was a very clever boy. His parents raised him in a strict manner. They did not buy him many toys, or things that gave him pleasure.  Soon, Nammu began to crave for toys that other children had. He wanted the attention and friends these toys and showy things would bring him.  He craved
to be popular.

One day, Nammu went crying to a man on the street and said, “Uncle, I have lost the bus money my mother has given me. Can you please give me five rupees? Please, uncle.” The man felt sorry for Nammu who was well dressed in his smart school uniform. He was carrying his books and water bottle. The man believed Nammu’s story and gave
him the money, saying, “Go home safely my boy, and be careful with your money next time!”  Nammu took the money and ran straight to the toy cart and bought himself a toy!  

Nobody could catch Nammu at a lie.  He had become so good at it! He was almost like a magician!  Soon, he began to see that he could create trouble between friends so he could gain from their fight. He became manipulative.  Over time, this became his nature and personality.

God is Watching Us: Nammu was proud that was not caught! But God knew the motives behind his deceitful actions! Any motivation that comes from our sinful selfishness is not pleasing to God (Rom. 8:8).

Cain and Abel: The first family and its duties:  After Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, because of their disobedience, they faced many hardships. They had two sons, Cain and Abel.  Cain was a farmer. Abel was a shepherd.  Adam and Eve taught their children that they had to sacrifice something to God to please Him, and ask for forgiveness for any sin they may have knowingly or unknowingly committed.  

Abel brought a firstborn lamb.  God was happy with Abel’s gift, because he was sincere and did what was right before God. Abel had faith, a good heart, and the right attitude. He trusted God that if he gave his best, the firstborn lamb that God would supply more lambs.

But Cain brought some of the fruits and vegetables he had grown. They were not his first fruits, as they were at the end of the harvest. God knew that Cain’s gift was not given in faith so he rejected his offering. The problem with Cain was not his action, but his motive.

Cain was angry that God did not accept his offering while he accepted Abel’s sacrifice. Out of jealousy and anger, Cain murdered his brother Abel! Oh no!  The first murder has been committed!  Hatred makes people do terrible things!

We must do things with the right motive to please God. He sees our hearts as they are.  He knows why we do what we do. We must ensure our heart and attitude is right with God.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game 100% Obedience Only / Cain’s Wrong Motivation in the Bible Displeased God / Wrong Motivations in your Life
  Displease God

Memory Verse:  “The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.”  (Prov. 21:27)  1 Samuel 16:7b

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Was the game easy at first?  Why way it more challenging at the end?
In the game today what happened if you did not cross the all the way, 100%? (the gator would grab my toe and I would lose the game).

2. Bible
Did Abel want to please and obey God? (yes)
Did Cain want to please and obey God? (no)
We know Cain did not please God, because God said “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’ Genesis 4:7.

 

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God help me to listen to you through your Holy Word, help to please you God, show me how I can please you God *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Teach the children to
share. Ask them to bring any one item for a
classmate.

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