Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Will Power! The Power to Fight Temptation! - Youth Sunday School Lesson

Needed: Bibles
Proverbs 23:29-35 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. 35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"
What happens when we drink too much alcohol? It makes us lose our perception of reality. You can get addicted.
It also says that people get bruises when they’re drunk and that people are hitting them. Let’s find out why.

Proverbs 20:1Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

What else can happen when we drink? Sometimes alcohol makes people angry or irritable and can cause them to get into fights more easily.

Proverbs 23:1-5When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

What two things are these verses warning us against? Wanting good food and lots of money, gluttony and greed.

What’s wrong with wanting good food or wanting money? God knows that our wanting to get rich or our wanting to dine expensively is distracting to what life is really all about. God has designed life to be all about having a relationship with Him and loving each other. Making too much out of money or how good our food is is like making an idol out of those things.

Proverbs 25:16If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.

Can we ever have too much of a good thing?  What are some things that we can have too much of? What are some things that you can obsess over?

Too much of one kind of food and our body will suffer. Focusing too much on one aspect of our lives will make the other aspects suffer. We need balance.

So instead of drinking too much or eating too much or trying to get more and more money or spending too much time on one thing, what should we do.

Proverbs 16:32Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

Being a warrior and being able to conquer a city is pretty tough.  Who does this verse say is even stronger than that? The person who can control himself is even stronger than someone who is incredibly strong physically. It’s about self-control.

Proverbs 25:28Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.

What are a city’s walls used for?  The walls of a city are for protection and defense. 

What happens when the walls are broken down?  If the walls are broken down, then the enemy can come in and conquer the inhabitants or kill them.

How is this like us when do not exercise self-control? If we don’t keep our defenses up, our self-control and will-power, then it will be easy for us to give in to those temptations of drinking too much or eating too much or wanting too much money or getting obsessed over something or giving in to anger. We have to have self-control to fight off those temptations.

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