Topic: How to Beat Temptation
Fun Stuff: A "Get to Know You" Game and Let's Make a Deal
Attendance: 2 First Time Visitors
Bible Verses: James 1:13 - 14, Hebrews 4:12, James 4:7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 119:9, 2 Timothy 3:16 - 17
Main Thought: You are not helpless when it comes to temptation.
Night Review: We continued our You Pick series with How to Beat Temptation. I simply tried to convey a couple of thoughts about temptation to our kids. First, everyone is tempted. Doesn't matter who you are or how spiritual or unspiritual you are, everyone faces temptation. Second, temptation is Satan's way to keep us from embracing Jesus' way of life. Third, we are not helpless when it comes to temptation. We don't have to give in. There are things we can do to stay strong. I went "old school" and pulled out an acronym to describe what we can do: Recognize your temptations (Know your temptations and set up boundaries against them) ... Use God's Word (God's word combined with the Holy Spirit gives us a winning combination) ... Never go without God's power (God is ready and willing to unleash all of His power against Satan).
We tore in to several verses throughout the night and I tried to help our kids realize that the Bible is full of promises when it comes to temptations ... promises that God will help us through it. The final thought, though, that I tried to convey to our kids was that there are going to be times when we give in. We never have an excuse, but simply being human means we are simply going to cave at times. It's in those times that God always offers us forgiveness.
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