These days, even kids get tempted to do bad stuff. But God gives kids the power to resist the temptation and honor God with four simple steps.
When’s the last time you were tempted to do something bad? Like watching a TV show you’re not supposed to watch? Or taking a snack your parents told you not to eat? The Bible says that Christian kids don’t have to just give in to temptation. God is there to help!
1 Corinthians 10:13 He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
So here are four steps you can take next time you’re tempted:
Step #1: Take Your Thoughts Captive
Did you know that your thoughts don’t have to control you? You can control them! Bad actions start with bad thoughts. So grab those bad thoughts, lock them up, and shoot them down!
2 Corinthians 10:5 …we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ…
Step #2: Run Away from Bad Things
It’s not enough to just think the right thoughts. If you’re in a situation that you know isn’t good, get out of that situation. Run away from temptation! For example, if your friends are playing a video game you know you aren’t allowed to play, get up and leave the room or just go home. Don’t sit there and do nothing. Remove yourself from the bad situation.
Step #3: Chase Better Things
If all you ever do is run away from bad things, you’re focusing on the negative. Don’t forget to focus on the positive. Fill your life with pursuing better things, like reading your Bible, hanging out with good friends, going to church and obeying your parents.
Step #4: Tell Somebody
Secrets are bad! When you’re tempted to do something wrong, you should admit it to a parent or a friend. Letting others know about it will help you to be strong.