Play a game of Simon Says and then use the discussion questions and related Bible verses to help your children understand God’s willingness to help us say no to temptation.
Questions for discussion
- Which of your five senses did you use during the game?
- Which of your five senses confused you?
- At times, did you find your body doing something even though, in your mind, you didn’t want to do it?
- How did you avoid being tricked when you were playing Simon Says?
- Which of our senses can Satan use to tempt us into not following God’s plan for our lives?
- Which body parts can be used to do wrong?
- How can we use our hands/feet/mouth/ears to do right?
- Do you have any weaknesses or ways in which Satan likes to tempt you to sin?
- How can we avoid temptation?
- When we have a hard time controlling our thoughts and actions, who can help us?
In life there will be times when you will experience temptation to sin. You might see something that does not belong to you. You may be tempted to envy the person who has it or be tempted to use your hands to steal it. With your feet, you can be tempted to kick and hurt another child. You might also be tempted to think unkind thoughts.
God promises to send His Holy Spirit to live in us to help with overcoming temptations that Satan sends our way. In life, just like in Simon Says, we need to listen carefully to God’s instructions so we can avoid being tricked by Satan. We use our ears wisely when we listen to God so that we can obey Him. We use our hands and feet for righteousness when we choose to do things that are kind, helpful and encouraging to others.”
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”