REASON #16 - Sunday School Helps People Find The Strength To Meet Temptation
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment. (II Peter 2:9)
A Sunday school teacher once asked her class of children how they should resist temptation. One little boy spoke up and said, “I think you should have a little talk with the devil. Tell him, ‘Get behind me, Satan…and don’t push!”
Temptation is something that every person faces. In today’s world, the temptation to take the easy way out and to do the things that are not right are everywhere. And, no matter how good a Christian you might be, you will still face temptations every day.
Even Jesus faced temptations. Before he started his earthly ministry, Jesus was led out into the desert and tempted three times by the devil. First, the devil tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. How did Jesus respond? By quoting scripture! He said, “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.” (Matthew 4:4). In a similar way, Jesus also rebuked the devil and his temptations by quoting scriptures when he was tempted two more times.
The important thing to note here is that Jesus used the scriptures to answer the devil and overcome his temptations. And – guess what – the same thing will work for you, too. When you know the Bible and the sound teachings that it contains, you can use those Biblical messages to meet and beat any temptation that the world and the devil throw at you.
Having a faith that is firmly rooted in the knowledge of God’s Word is essential for every Christian of every age. That’s why it is so important for everyone to read the Bible each day. And, that’s also why it is so important for everyone to also attend Sunday school…to dig even deeper into God’s word, to memorize important scriptures and to fully understand how to use the messages of the Bible as a shield to fend off temptations and any attack by the devil.
Questions To Think About: Is there a recurring temptation that you face in your life? How can Jesus help you overcome temptation and resist the urge to repeat that sin?
Prayer Suggestion: Pray for God’s help to resist temptation.
A Call To Action: Send a card or other message of thanks to the youth leaders of your church. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts to keep today’s teenagers on the right track for the Lord throughout their lives.