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PLAN OF GOD FOR ME 

Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 4:9–10, Isaiah 25:1, Jeremiah 29:11

Memory verse: Jeremiah 29:11
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' "

Lead—In

Making plans for the day, the weeks and the months ahead is a very good idea. It gives you a sense of direction for the future and helps you achieve the goals you have established for your life.

Ask: What are your plans for this coming week? What would you like to accomplish during the week? (Allow responses.)

Our Creator God existed before time began and will exist when time ceases to exist. He sees the beginning and the ending of time, and all that transpires within that frame of time, as one unit—as one picture.

God believes in planning and is careful to take the appropriate action involved in carrying out those plans. The prophet Isaiah praised God for this aspect of His character: "Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago" (Isaiah 25:1).

Ask: What steps will you need to take to carry out your plans for the week? (Allow responses.)

Hearing God's Word

The God we serve has a plan for the universe, the governments of the world, each family and every one of us. In perfect faithfulness—no detail unattended—He wants to do wonderful things in our lives to achieve His diving purpose. He has a plan for each of us. Jesus Christ is our Lord, and with all of our heart, we want to please Him and fulfil His plan for our lives.

Our Heart

Jabez, an honourable man and the head of a family in Judah, expressed his heart to God. He serves as a model for us today for he was neither a leader in his tribe or a wealthy man. Jabez was an ordinary person, just like us. (Ask a student to read 1 Chronicles 4:9–10).

Jabez cried out to God. He believed God would help him:

"Oh, that you would bless me." Bless me indeed; wonderfully bless me; make me holy; I need your divine favour; benefit me in some way.

"Enlarge my territory." Increase the size of my farm, my influence and my responsibilities; help me in my work; let me impact my community and tribe and world.

"Let your hand be with me." Please be with me in all that I do and allow me to see you at work in every area of my life.

"Keep me from harm so that I will be free of pain." Keep me from physical injury and protect me from the sinfulness and evil of my culture; provide your personal protection in every aspect of my life.

Jabez explained to God what was in his heart. He knew that if he lived a pure and upright life before God, He could expect God's bountiful provision materially, physically, and spiritually. With God’s blessing, he could make a difference among the people with whom he lived.

Jabez discovered, as we will discover, that when we open our hearts to God, He shares what is in His heart as it relates to the plans He has for us.

Ask: What lessons have we learned from the prayer of Jabez? (Allow responses.)

God's Heart

The leaders of Israel, along with many of the people, were taken from their homeland and resettled in Babylon. But, some of the people were allowed to remain in Israel's homeland. It was a difficult time for the exiles in Babylon. The prophet Jeremiah reminded them that their exile would last for 70 years. He also reminded them that God was aware of their situation and had plans for them.

" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' " (Jeremiah 29:11). (This is today's memory verse. Together, say this verse several times.)

As a young person, it is important to understand that God has His eye on you. He created you; He knows your name and age, sees your talents and gifts, and has something special planned for you. His promise to the exiles in Babylon is His promise to you today. 

FOR YOU

"I know." God has something fixed in His mind as it relates to you.

"The plans I have for you." A plan is a method of action developed in advance—something in mind to intentionally carry out. God has been thinking about you and has something specific for you to do. God is saying, "I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out."

HIS PLAN

"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you." When people prosper, they are successful in all they attempt to do. A person who is not harmed is one who is protected from injury or damage in any way. The Lord's plan calls for good things to happen to you, not evil things. His plan is to care for you, not abandon you.

HIS PROMISE

"Plans to give you hope and a future." Hope is a belief that what is wanted can be obtained. It is an expectation that events will turn out well. Future refers to the time that is to come—all that is ahead of you. God has promised that it is His plan to give you the future you hope for. This is amazing!

Accepting God's Word

Talk to the Lord. Share your heart with Him in regard to your desire for His blessing. Listen to the Lord as He shares with you His plans for you now and in the future. Spend time with Him on a daily basis. Be sure to thank Him for each step forward in the fulfilment of His plan for your life.

Present the information about the Fulbe Jeeri tribe given below. Show the video, if possible.

Meet the Fulbe Jeeri

LOCATION

Mali 69,000
Senegal 723,000

RELIGION

Islam: 99.95%
Born-again Believers: 0.01%

SEE THE VIDEO
http://linkupafrica.com/media-gallery/detail/70/1112

The Fulbe Jeeri are located in the Fulbe Jeeri region of northeastern Senegal, West Africa. Senegal is located in Africa's tropical zone. In the Fulbe Jeeri region, temperatures range from 95 F to 104 F (35 C to 40 C) during the hottest season, and the air is very dry. The Fulbe Jeeri region is the richest agricultural district in Senegal because of its two growing seasons yearly.

The Fulbe Jeeri consist of primarily two groups: the semi-nomadic peoples and the nomadic peoples. The Fulbe Jeeri primarily farm, fish, and breed animals for their livelihood. Some have also become blacksmiths, leather workers, wood carvers, weavers, or potters while doing a small amount of farming.

The village is the principal focus of activity for the Fulbe Jeeri. In the middle of each village is a central square. The local market and a town mosque are usually located there. Houses are either rectangular or round, with walls made of sun-dried brick. They are built with flat roofs and an interior courtyard. Fields that are cultivated by the farmers surround the villages.

ASSESSMENT

Virtually all of the Fulbe Jeeri are Muslims. This has greatly affected their traditions and customs. Many of them send their children to village schools to learn to pray and recite parts of the Koran. However, while some of them may go on to become priests and leaders of the Islamic faith, most only have a general knowledge of Islam and the Arabic language.

Islamic schools have been set up throughout Senegal. While Senegal is both a French-speaking country and an advocate for the commonwealth of nations, it has remained a prominent member of the Islamic world.

APPEAL

The New Testament has been translated into the Fulbe Jeeri language. Today, there are only a few known Fulbe Jeeri believers. To successfully evangelize these people, we must pray that God will open their eyes to the Truth.

Introducing the Fulbe Jeeri to Jesus as Saviour and Lord will result as messengers live among them and proclaim the good news of salvation. The Fulbe Jeeri know about Jesus, the Prophet, but now need to recognize Him as Saviour too. "The Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mark 16:20).

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Fulbe Jeeri Tribe

1. Fulbe Jeeri to understand that God loves them,
2. God wants them to spend eternity with Him,
3. Believing in Jesus will save them from perishing in hell.

Prayer Promise

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

MORE INFORMATION: www.linkupafrica.com

Remember: PLAN OF GOD FOR ME

Memory verse: Jeremiah 29:11
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' "

1. God created me and has a plan for my life.
2. God wants to bless me and use me in a special way.
3. God's plan will dictate the course of my life.

Pray for Fulbe Jeeri to open their hearts to God's love.

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