8 – Trapped by Temptation
Key Scripture: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
An idol is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.
“I am the Lord your God… you should have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.” – Exodus 20:3-5
“Our hearts are idol making factories.” – John Calvin
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
“Stay alert. Be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger.” – Matthew 26:40-41
There is a part of you who is eager, ready for anything in God, but there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.
“I don’t understand myself at all. I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do the very thing that I hate.” – Romans 7:15
“This high priest, Jesus, understands our weaknesses, for He faced all the same temptations but did not sin.” – Hebrews 4:15
1. God is not the tempter.
“Remember: no one who wants to do wrong should ever say God is tempting you. God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.” – James 1:13
2. God provides a way out of the temptation.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. But with the temptation, He will also provide a way of escape so that you will be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
3. God wants to see you defeat temptation.
“When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy. After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever.” – James 1:12
“If one person falls, the other can reach out and help, but people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.” – Ecclesiastes 4:10
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.” – Psalm 119:9
1. What stuck out in your mind about what Todd talked about tonight?
2. Why do you think our culture pushes you so hard to chase after fake treasure?
3. Do you feel like you can spot fake treasure or idols? How?
4. What are the fake treasures you fall into temptation after the most?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:13
1. How does this verse help you deal with treasures that tempt you?
2. Does it matter that Jesus was tempted? What does it mean that He didn’t give in to the temptation?
3. Think about a temptation you face? What are some of the ways out that God may be providing?
4. How does this passage encourage you to think about the ultimate treasure?
5. What are some ways this week that you can battle the temptations to chase after fake treasures?
Spend some time in prayer about being able to better spot fake treasures. Also, pray that God will give you the strength and wisdom to resist temptation. Pray that you and your friends can continue to seek Jesus as the ultimate treasure!