Overcoming Temptations Peculiar To Youths
Temptation is an enticement or invitation to do evil. Often it results in an intense struggle to choose between godly virtues and rampant evil practices of our time. Youths, in particular, are faced with strong encouragement to participate in immoral practices; subtle appeal to misuse modern technology; attraction to drug addiction and invitation to be involved in hooliganism.
1. TEMPTATIONS PECULIAR TO YOUTHS
• CASE STUDY 1: JOSEPH
Invitation to participate in Immoral Practices (Gen 37:1-23) Joseph, a handsome, hardworking and high achiever, was invited to immoral practice but he refused. Christian youths must be careful not to be tricked by those who pretend to admire their good traits with a hidden intention to lure them into sin.
• CASE STUDY 2: TOWEL OF BABEL
Influence from the Misused of Modern Technology (Gen 11:1-9) The ability to build sky-scrapper was one their great technology in Genesis chapter eleven but they chose to misuse it in opposition to God’s plan for that age. Many youths are doing similar things today. They use the VCD/DVD player to watch dirty and unedifying videos and listen to worldly music; they browse immoral and time-wasting websites on the Internet; they send spam mails; and, they are involved in examination malpractice using sophisticated cell phones, calculators and computerized wrist watches.
• CASE STUDY 3: RECHABITES
Illusion of Drug Addiction (Jeremiah 35:1-8) The addiction known during Jeremiah’s time was through alcohol. In our own age they use cocaine, heroine etc. Drug addiction promises a strange feeling of inner power; a strong, invincible personality and a steady, firm influence on other people. What an illusion!
• CASE STUDY 4: PRODIGAL SON
Involvement in Wastage (Luke 15: 11-32) The prodigal son wasted all his inheritance in riotous and immoral living. Youths, who waste the opportunity of being trained for profitable future, will be faced with regret, rejection, poverty and broken home resulting in emotional injury; a revengeful spirit ridicule.
5. Renouncing involvement in wastefulness (Proverbs 1:10-19; Luke 15:16-18; Isaiah 55:7).
To be freed from the clutches of wastefulness
Repent of your involvement;
Renounce all ties wasteful youths;
Restitute to all the people you have hurt;
Resist any enticement to return;
Remain resolute in the face of threat;
Rely on the Lord to keep steadfast in the faith and fellowship.