Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bible Women: Eve part 4

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Satan tempted Eve. He pointed out the delicious fruit to her. He made her think she was really missing out on something. Eve was tempted to eat the fruit. Being tempted is not wrong. Eve sinned when she acted on the temptation and took the first bite.

You probably face a lot of temptations every day. That is part of being human. You may be tempted to:
Say something rude to an unkind classmate.
Look at someone's test paper.
Disobey your mom's instructions to set the table.
Tell a lie.
Say a bad word.
React in anger.
Those things are wrong, but being tempted to do them isn't wrong. You will be tempted as long as you live on this earth. The things you see and hear at school or on television may tempt you. If others around you are acting in inappropriate ways, you may be tempted by it. Sometimes it's easy to go along with what others are doing even when you know it's wrong. The right thing to do is to walk away, but that's not always easy.

Imagine you are at a friend's house, and her older brother says he has a DVD you will love. The problem is that the DVD is rated PG-13 and your parents have told you that you may not watch anything above PG. Your friend encourages you to watch it with her and her brother. It's a really popular DVD, and you feel left out when others discuss it at school. You know your parents would probably never find out, but you'd know. What should you do?
There are several right choices. You could go home and do something with your family. You could suggest watching another movie. You could suggest doing something outside. You could ask your friend to come to your house.
With every temptation is there is a way out. You just need to look for it.
So, what can you do when temptations pop into your head?
Pray it through. Ask God to take away the thoughts from your mind.
Say it through. Memorize today's verse or another favorite verse and say them often when you are tempted.
Think it through. Instead of thinking about the temptation, change your thoughts. Do something to take your mind off of the temptation—call a friend, play a game with your brother or go for a jog.
Sing it through. Listen to praise music and sing along.
Talk it through with a close Christian friend or parent, or write in a journal.
Walk away. Remove yourself from the temptation.

This is our last look at Eve on this blog, but the devo book coming out in July has two weeks of devos on Eve focusing on being unique and special, finding and using the talents God gave you, standing up to peer pressure, and making good choices.
On to Mrs. Noah...

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