Free Bible Lesson for Kids
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Child of God - Step #4
Goals for God
It's great to welcome you back again!
Let's test your memory a little ... Do you remember from the first
page of our program, what it means to glorify God?
When you glorify God, it means that you are showing other people His
greatness, and by doing that, you're also praising Him, honoring Him
and worshiping Him.
That's the whole reason why God made us ... To glorify Him!
When Jesus was here on Earth, He told us:
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son.
Wow ... Whatever we ask in Jesus' name will be given to us. And it is
given so that the Father may be glorified in the Son ... What do you
suppose that means? It means that when our faith is in Jesus and when
we show people that we live The Way Jesus taught us to live
and when we represent Jesus ... We are glorifying the Father!
What are some ways, besides being good, that we can glorify God?
Let's talk about that.
While you're a child, you're building the foundation of who you are.
What is a foundation? It's what you build something on top of. If you
have a good solid foundation, whatever you build on top of it, stands
a better chance of being strong than if you have a weak foundation.
One way of building a strong foundation is to form good habits.
Habits are things that you do almost without thinking. They are
things that are hard not to do. The more good habits
you have, the less room there is for bad habits to become part of
Today we're going to start a project called:
Goals for God
Goals aren't really things that you can do easily. They are things
that are challenging and when you reach them, you should feel like
you've done something really great ... So you don't want to just aim
for the top of the trees, or even the clouds, but what you really
want to do is ...
Aim for the stars!
This new program is a way of showing God that you want to live your
life for Him. It's also a way of goal setting. You've probably heard
that when you write down your goals on paper, your chances of
reaching those goals are much greater than if you don't.
Before we get into the program, let's talk about you, and how God
created you in His image. That means He made you like
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three in one, which many people
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
1 John 5:7-8
7 For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in Earth, the
Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
There are three in Heaven and these three are one.
Now, if you are created in God's image, there must be
three parts of you, also.
Look at how God made you like Him ... With three different parts:
Sooooo ... You are made
up of three separate parts but you are still just one person. There is
the soul, the body and the spirit.
The Goals for God project is to help you strengthen your mind, body,
and spirit. Just like eating every day to keep up your strength and
nourish your body, you must also take care of the spiritual parts of
you. Let's talk a little bit about how you can strengthen these very
important parts of you, then we'll talk about your goals in just a
Strengthen Your Mind
1 Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ ...
The Bible tells us to strengthen our mind.
This is a very very important thing that you're about to learn, so
read it very slowly, and take one sentence at a time until you
understand each sentence, because it will help you for all of your
Your mind (the soul) controls your body (flesh) and your spirit
(emotions). So strengthening or controlling your mind is a very
important thing to do. Your mind tells your body and your spirit
what to do about the thoughts that you have. Sounds strange doesn't
Let me show you just how it works. What if you heard something, or
thought of something sad? The thought gets in your mind and your mind
tells your spirit, "that's sad," so your spirit tells your body, and
your body cries (see the first two columns below). Let's repeat that.
You (your thought or your mind) gets sad. Your spirit understands
this and sends a message to your body and you cry. Now, let's compare
it to something that you will understand more clearly. Let's say your
mind is you, your spirit is the remote control, and your body is the
television. If the news is on T.V. and you want to watch
cartoons, you pick up the remote control, and you push a button, and
the television changes channels to the cartoon channel. Whatever you
tell your spirit to do, it will do, because just like the remote
control, it doesn't have a choice except to do what you tell it, then
the spirit passes the message on to the body (see the third column
Do you know what the cool thing is? You have control. You tell your
spirit if something is funny or sad or good or bad. If you don't want
to watch the news, you change the channel, so if you don't want to be
sad, change your thoughts and your thoughts will change your spirit.
Just push a different button, like the happy button, or if you think
a bad thought, push the good button.
There's a trick to all of this. You have to believe what you tell
Once, Jesus' Apostles wanted to help a man who was sick, but they
couldn't seem to cure him. They asked Jesus why and Jesus told them:
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say
unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say
unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall
remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
What you believe is what you receive.
What is the best way to strengthen our mind?
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus ...
Think like Jesus thought.
Strengthen Your Body
In the Goals for God project, you won't be strengthening your body
with exercise or lifting weights or anything like that, but you'll be
strengthening the control your mind has over the body.
Remember that the mind controls the body, so you'll be using your
mind to strengthen your body also.
Check these out:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the Temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God
in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Did you know that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit, and that
God put Him there? Did you know that your body and spirit don't
belong to you, but God bought them by giving up His Son Jesus for us.
So glorify (praise and honor) God in your body and in your
spirit, which belong to God.
1 Timothy 4:7-8
7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise
thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is
profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is,
and of that which is to come.
Work at being godly. Exercise doesn't do anything for your soul, but
godliness is good for all things.
Strengthen Your Spirit
Again ... It's important for you to understand that your
spirit is the part of you that listens and obeys the things that your
mind tells it to feel. Let me explain more ... You have many
different feelings. Happiness, sadness, fear, excitement, love,
anger, and so on. Your spirit holds these emotions. You don't walk
around happy all the time, or angry all the time, or fearful all the
time. But your spirit stores these feelings and when your mind tells
your spirit that something is sad, your spirit says "gotcha, I
understand" and you become sad in your spirit.
Your mind and your spirit can cause physical reactions too. Crying,
goose bumps, shaking, laughter as well as other stuff. All this just
from a thought that got into your mind ... These things all happen
because your mind told your spirit something and it caused the
You can control your spirit by changing your thoughts. All you have
to do, is send your spirit the signal for a different feeling by
thinking differently. But ... Your mind has to believe it to be Truth.
Have you ever gone out in freezing weather and didn't notice how cold
it was outside? That's because your spirit was busy with another
feeling that your mind had sent the command for, and it was strong
enough to keep you from noticing the cold.
The Goals for God Project
The most important thing is to remember that in your Goals for God
Project, you will find that you may not accomplish your daily goals
sometimes. Think of it like being reborn and as a baby you are
learning to walk. You may stumble here and there but if you keep
trying, you will reach your goals. Do not allow yourself to be
During the early stages, you may need to adjust your goals to be sure
you can meet them, yet still a little bit of a challenge. Do this
until you customize your Goals for God Project perfectly for you.
Everyone's project is different because we are all different.
Be patient as you begin this project and figure out what is the best
for you and your life, how much time you have and what you can
reasonably do each day.
You will do this project daily, taking one day off each week for
rest, as the Bible says. (Honor the Sabbath Day.) This day can be
either Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) or Sunday (the Lord's day).
You will need to create a simple chart. Below is a picture of a
sample Goals for God Project chart.
Make your own chart similar to this with pencil and paper, or there
is a link at the bottom of the sample chart where you can print one.
You may notice that the chart is called "Miracle Grow" Option A. That
is because the teens and adults programs also have the same program,
with different names, but the charts can be used for all three programs.
Following the chart, I will show you how it works.
Sample Goals for God Chart:
Again, if you do not have access to a printer, you can just create
your own on a sheet of paper. If you click the image, you will be able
to see the chart clearly to copy it.
Fill in the dates along the left hand column.
Along the top row of each area, you will write in the activities that
you choose to do. On the printable charts just write your activities
right over the light gray font that says "Fill in activity here."
As you complete an activity each day, you write Yes in the
column underneath it corresponding with the date.
For the activities that you don't accomplish,
write a big red No in the box.
At the end of each day, total up your points for each separate area
and write the number in the column on the right where it says
The grading system is simple ... For each activity that you
accomplish, you will give yourself 10 points for Option B and 20
points for Option A. There are a possible 100 points per day. At the
end of each week, add up the six days and divide it by six and that
is your week's average.
- 100 = A+
- 90-99 = A
- 80-89 = B
- 70-79 = C
- 60-69 = D
- Below 60 = F
You can also add up the points at the end of the week and write them
in the row at the bottom of each area where it says "Average" to see
your weekly grade. You can do monthly totals as well if you like.
Just add all totals and divide by the amount of days. (Excluding your
Sabbath day off)
Everyone knows that life is not particularly cooperative all the
time. Therefore, in addition to your Sabbath days off, allow
yourself 3 days each month as free days when you can excuse
yourself from your activities with no penalty on your grade. If
you're sick, or can't find time because of unexpected circumstances,
or whatever the reason, this is the time to take a free day.
Pssssssst ... Here is another Goals for God plus. If you do any of
your Goals for God activities on a Sabbath or a free day, they
may be carried over to the next day. In fact, if you want to get
several days ahead because you anticipate that you won't be able to
do your Goals for God activities because of a foreseen conflict in
your schedule, you may do that too. Perhaps you're expecting out of
town company or you have to take a school trip or are going out of
town on vacation, these are times when you may choose to get ahead.
When you do this, don't neglect God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit on
those Free days. He still exists in your life, even when time does
not allow for certain other things.
Please take special note of this next section:
The Goals for God project is very flexible, because you can change
your activity topics whenever you want to. If you feel like a certain
activity is too difficult or too time consuming to accomplish every
day, you can adjust it, or create a more reasonable activity. In
addition, you can use your Goals for God project as a way to quit a
habit. For example if you want to stop biting your nails, you can
make that one of your columns and each day that you don't bite your
nails, you get 20 points. As you overcome a certain problem or habit,
you can remove it from your Goals for God chart and add a new one
that you want to overcome.
Another Goals for God tip ... You could even have a
"miscellaneous" activity that you change each day, for example ...
Your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so you could designate an
activity that rotates between doing different things that keep your
body healthy ... Just keep in mind that you are doing this to make
yourself spiritually healthy, not attractive to the world.
Be fair. If quitting smoking is one of your activities and you
conquer this, it wouldn't be fair to keep 'no smoking' as an activity
forever. Yes, I realize this program is for children, but some children
unfortunately do smoke, and Goals for God could help them/you quit!
If you only accomplish part of an activity, then go ahead and give
yourself whatever percentage you feel is fair.
If you ever find yourself dreading your Goals for God activities,
something needs to be adjusted. It is meant to be uplifting and
Set goals ... Set a specific reward for yourself if you achieve your
goals, and promise yourself that the only way you will claim your
reward is if you earn it. Make your reward something you really want
to do or have, and something that will encourage you to
continue on your journey to freedom from your problem(s).
I can give you some ideas for activities, but remember, these are
examples only. You will custom design your Goals for God project for
your individual needs and goals. Your Goals for God project should be
challenging and enjoyable.
Strengthen Your Mind
- Pray 3 times a day.
- Read a chapter of the Bible.
- Read 5 Psalms.
- Read one chapter of Proverbs.
- Read a spiritual book for ___ minutes.
- Read the Daily Word.
- Do a Bible crossword puzzle.
- Play a Christian board game.
- (You can also include your Christianity Oasis Programs and Studies too.)
Strengthen Your Body
Here are some how to renew the mind ideas ...
- Fast (or abstain from a habit you have) for ___ hours (unless
Doctor requires you to do so).
- Be completely still and quiet with your eyes closed for ___
minutes. This is a good time to invite the Holy Spirit to commune
- Break a habit, by only having a certain amount of candy,
soda, etc., per day, reducing slowly as the weeks or
- Cut back on a food item that you know is bad for you ... You can
call it a snackrifice! 😁
- Stop cussing.
- Be patient.
- Do your chores.
- Do your homework.
- Do a good deed for someone that takes physical effort.
- Exercise ... Specific exercise programs you create.
- Weight loss program.
- Hygiene (Brush your teeth at least twice a day, or something else
you tend to forget to do.
- Volunteer for a worthy cause. A couple of hours on a Sunday
afternoon could give you points.
Strengthen Your Spirit
- Listen to some Christian music, concentrating on the words. I
encourage you to listen to spiritual music whenever you can, but for
your points, isolate this activity so you can give it your full
- Spend time alone with the Holy Spirit. (Actually provide a seat for
- Attend a Bible study or other church function. (Again, this can cover
as many points as you think is fair.)
- Sing a hymn - singing comes from the spirit.
- Light a candle. (Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.) Ask a
parent or guardian first to help you with this.
- Praising comes from the spirit, too. Spend 5 minutes praising God,
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
- Write a psalm to God.
Again, these are only examples. Create your program so that your
goals are reachable. Your program should be reasonable to achieve.
The last thing you want to do is set up an impossible program. At the
same time, keep the leap of faith factor in there, and count on the
Holy Spirit to help you attain goals that you ask Him to help you
with. If you find that you don't have a large block of time at any
given time of the day, break up your Goals for God
activities into several different segments and that may make your
I encourage you to replace your activities from time to time. Not all
of them at once, but one or a couple at a time. If you use the same
fertilizer all the time, your plants get used to it and they don't
grow as well as they did when you first started. Give yourself
variety. Keep it exciting. You should never grow bored with it. If
you do, change the activities that need perking up.
Before any given month is over, you should have your Goals for God
chart for the next month made and ready to go. It shows God your
eagerness to succeed for Him, and when your new month begins, you
won't have to make a chart when you can be starting your activities.
If the first of the month falls on a Tuesday, start your Renewing
Your Goals for God week on Tuesday for that month. You will have
partial weeks left at the end of each month except in February of
non-leap years, so just average your weekly score of that partial
week by dividing your total points by the number of days in that
partial week. Then start afresh each month. A fresh start is always a
great and encouraging feeling that motivates everyone.
Goals for God is a spiritual offering to God. You are
sacrificing your time to give it to Him. He sacrificed His only Son's
life for you, now you're giving Him back a piece of your life by
sacrificing the selfish thoughts and deeds as to spend more time with
the Holy Spirit.
Another way of looking at this is to compare your time dedicated to
the Lord like comparing it to medicine. The Lord is not an
antibiotic ... You can't just take a prescribed amount of Him and be
all better forever. You have to take Him all the time, more like
insulin! You need Him in your blood ... Steady doses, or you're sure
to have problems.
By renewing your mind, body, and spirit, it is a way of
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Another thing Goals for God does is change your life. A hard thing to
do when you have a problem is to stop thinking about it. You're
setting new goals for yourself now, and if you ponder on problems, by
keeping them in your memory, you may be keeping them from going away.
Release them into God's hands ... Give it to God ... He wants
you to, you know.
Let Go and Let God!
Let Go (of your problems), And Let God (remove them)!
The Apostle Paul said,
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Goals for God!
Reach for the stars!
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