*RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL*
*OCTOBER 16, 2016*
*LESSON 7: TEMPTATION*
*OPENING PRAYERS:* Dear Lord, deliver me from falling into temptation.
*BIBLE PASSAGE: JAMES 1:12-27 KJV*
12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16: Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25: But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
*MEMORY VERSE*: ” There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” *1 Corinthians 10:13*
*LESSON INTRODUCTION:* Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted *(Matthew 4:1; Hebrews 4:15)* This is why the Lord taught us to include in our daily prayer the petition. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
*LESSON OUTLINE 1: SOURCES OF AND REASONS FOR TEMPTATIONS*.
*A. SOURCES OF TEMPTATIONS*
The actual sources of temptations are:
i. Satan – Matthew 4:1
ii. Flesh – James 1:14
iii. Evil Association – Proverbs 1:10
v. Our lust – Matthew 16:22-23
*B. God may, however, allow temptation to come our way for the following reasons*:
i. To test our faith – James 1:2-3
ii. To test our obedience – Gen 22:1
iii. To test the depth of our love and sincerity of our testimonies.
*C. God is ever faithful to provide the way of escape. I Corinthians 10:13*
*CLASS ACTIVITY 1*: Identify nine  ways of overcoming temptation according to James 1:12-27.
*LESSON OUTLINE 2: HOW DO TEMPTATIONS ARISE?*
*The avenues for temptations are listed below*:
i. Poverty or prosperity – Proverbs 30:9
ii. Discouragement – Psalm 42:11; 1Kings 19:4
iii. Pride (the case of Nebuchadnezzar’s fall) – Daniel 4:30, Isa14:14
iv. Pleasure, which led Demas astray – II Tim 4:10
v. Desire for power, which brought a curse on Simon Magus – Acts 8:19
vi. Material possessions that ruined Achan – Joshua 7:16-26
vii. Love of women, which ruined Solomon and caused the anger of God against David – Nehemiah 13:26; II Samuel 11:2-4
viii. Love of money, which led to the destruction of Judas Iscariot – I Tim 6:9; John 13:21-30
i. Temptations have origin/sources/factors
ii. Christians should follow the routes of escape from temptations, according to James 1:12-27
*CONCLUSION* – To be tempted is not a sin. However, to yield to temptation is a sin.
*EVALUATION* – Identify sources of temptations.
*CLOSING PRAYER* – Father, help me to stand firm against any temptation, in Jesus’ name.