Bible Study Takeaways
Why am I tempted to relapse on drugs and alcohol? What can I do when I feel like I cannot resist the relapse?
Takeaways to Consider:
God does not tempt us but He does test us because He wants our faith to be in Him and not in our own “righteousness.”
When we are tempted by the devil, God will give us a way to out of that temptation.
Verse to Remember: “12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. 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.” 1 Corinthians 10: 12-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
Takeaways to Consider:
Every day is a battle against the devil and evil. The devil’s primary mission is to have you fall and not get back up. Since we are in a battle, we need to arm ourselves so that when we are in a moment of warfare, we will be able to pull out our “ammunition” – the Word of God – and fight the opposition.
Verse to Remember: Psalm 91:1-6
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most Hig
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Verse to Remember: Matthew 4:1-11
“1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted there by the devil.
2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
3 During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the
Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.
4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,
‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes
from the mouth of God.’
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest
point of the Temple,
6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,
‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with
their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’
7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test
the Lord your God.’
8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’
11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”
Verse to Remember: James 1: 12-15
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised
to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being
tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to
do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes
from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These
desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow,
it gives birth to death.
Takeaways to Consider:
Forgiveness is cleansing. Living in unforgiveness makes us miserable and inhibits us from becoming who were are supposed to be in Christ.
God not only calls us to forgive others but also to forgive ourselves despite our past mistakes and choices.
Verse to Remember: “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)
Verse to Remember: “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25 New Living Translation (NLT)
Verse to Remember: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
Verse to Remember: “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
Verse to Remember: “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:24-25 New Living Translation (NLT)
Verse to Remember: “21 Then Peter came to him and asked, ‘Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?’ 22 ‘No, not seven times,’ Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!'” Matthew 18:21-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
Takeaways to Consider:
False Worship is detrimental, true worship exults you.
Remember the 1st Commandment!
“3 You must not have any other god but me. 4 You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.” Exodus 20:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
“8 Jesus replied, ‘The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Luke 4:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
“14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.” 1 Corinthians 10:14 New Living Translation (NLT)
“10 Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. 11 Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.” 1 Chronicles 16: 10-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
“6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker” Psalm 95:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
“8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” 1 Timothy 2:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
“24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 New Living Translation (NLT)
“8 “O Israel,[a] stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green, all your fruit comes from me.” Hosea 14:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
“4 The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. 5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” Psalm 27: 4-5 New Living Translation (NLT)