Liz: Temptation Hunter


Resisting temptation


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.


Whenever I think about temptation a song I learned as a child comes to mind (you can find the music as well as the lyrics online by doing a search for the first line of the song):

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you, some other to win;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.
Ask the Savior to help you
Comfort, strengthen and keep you,
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Temptation is something we all face-children as well as adults. When we find we are tempted by something, we tend to rationalize away the reasons for not giving in. Liz did that in this episode when he argued that Grandpa didn't really say he couldn't go after the hidden "treasure." We do it when we ask the age old question, "Did God really say . . . ?" (See Genesis 3:1.) We ask that when we don't want to forgive someone, even though we know that Jesus commands us to be forgiving. We ask that when we want to strike back at someone who has hurt us, even when we know that Jesus told us to turn the other cheek. The challenge for children is to learn to recognize when they are being tempted-to name it-and then to pray for God's help to want to obey and God's strength to resist. Spend some time with your children this week talking about the temptations that they face-maybe it's being mean to their brother or sister, maybe its sneaking food without asking permission, or saying their homework is done when it isn't. Then talk about why it's wrong and how they can resist.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Liz find in Grandpa Anole's attic?
A. An old map.

Q. What did Liz think the map would lead him to?
A. To hidden treasure.

Q. What did Liz do when Grandpa told him not to look for hidden treasure?
A. He took the map and went looking anyway.

Q. Where did Liz and Morrie find the treasure chest?
A. In an abandoned mine shaft.

Q. What did they find in the treasure chest?
A. Salt.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why is it so important to God that we resist temptation?


Because when we resist temptation to do wrong, we are choosing to live our lives God's way. And, God's way is the best way. (See Luke 11:1-4; John 14:6; John 15:1-17; 1 Timothy 6:8-10. Also see these classic stories from the Bible: Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39, and Daniel who resisted the temptation of royal food, Daniel 1:5, 8-16 and the temptation to save himself from certain death, Daniel 6. )


What are the things that tempt you the most? Can you identify them? Ask God and your parents to help you resist these temptations.
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