Needed: a ripped up dollar bill, crumbled cookie, or similar broken prize. Don't let the children see the "prize".
Ask for a volunteer to do something silly, like stand on their head or "oink" like a pig for 5 seconds. Tell them that if they do it, you'll give them (a dollar, a cookie, etc.).
Being kids, you'll probably have a number of them wanting to volunteer for the silly action. If you want, you can crumble multiple cookies and promise them all cookies for doing activities. Just tell them that they will all receive their cookies after everyone has done the activity who wants to.
Then give them all crumbled up cookies. When they complain, tell them that you promised them a cookie and you gave them a cookie. You never told them that the cookie would be in good condition.
Say something like, And that's kind of what happened to Adam and Eve in the Bible.
(Read Genesis 3:1-8.)
Did Satan, the snake, promise to give Eve something good if she ate the fruit she wasn't supposed to?
Was she happy after she ate the fruit?
It was kind of like Satan promised her something good, just like I offered you a cookie, but when she got it, it wasn't as good as she thought it would be.
Satan always does that. He tries to tempt us to do things that are wrong, and he makes it sound like doing wrong things is fun or will give us something that we want, but then if we do the wrong thing, we just feel bad about it.
So remember Satan's trick. If he wants you to do something wrong, it will never be something you feel good about afterwards. So don't do it. Tell Satan you know his trick and that you won't do the wrong thing he's tempting you to do. It's that easy!
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, thank You for teaching us about Satan's lies and tricks. Help us to know that he never gives us what we really want. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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