Stupid Won't Fix Stupid
Reminder: Watch this video the week of July 12th - July 18th
Session 3 - Introduction:
Have you ever watched people play dominos? There are really two ways to play. Older people know the rules, sit at a table, lay the piece flat so they can match the bots to corresponding dots, and keep score. Kids, in general, play a very different game. They don’t know or care about the rules. They lie on the ground and carefully set up the dominos on their edges, standing tall like soldiers in a row. Some kids might even get fancy and make a row of dominos twist and turn around their bedroom floor.
Once the dominos are all standing, the big moment comes. With excitement and anticipation they push one domino and watch as, click, click, click, the dominoes all tumble over. No rules, no score, just a chain reaction of dominos scattered all over the bedroom.
Sometimes, in times of struggle and pain, Satan invites us to play his own sinister version of dominos. Peter warns us that the enemy of our souls prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). When we are tired, weary, and disheartened, the devil is always lurking in the shadows. He wants to entice us to make one small choice that will have long term repercussions. Just one pill, one lie, one financial corner cut, one drink, one night of “pleasure, “ or one unwise decision and …click, click, click, the dominos fall. In these moments, a single choice can start a chain reaction that will cost more than we could ever dream.
One bite of forbidden fruit impacted the entire human race. One moment of weakness could change the direction of your life. Satan knows this. He also understands that we are more susceptible to temptation when we are tired, worn, discouraged, disheartened, and feeling like, “I’ll never get through this.”
In times like this we must be on our guard. Temptation is near. Sin can look a little more enticing. Satan is on the prowl.
Don’t push that first domino. Life is not a game.
Think About it:
How have you seen the enemy seek to entice and tempt you in times when you were tired, worn, or feeling discouraged? Why do you think Satan attacks so frequently in these times of life?
KEY SCRIPTURES OF THE WEEK:
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him
after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.