Youthful Lusts

Youthful Lusts. RCCG Sunday School Teachers YAYA.

 

Youthful Lusts. RCCG Sunday School Teachers YAYA.

 

Opening Prayer: Father, please help me to be contented with your provisions only.

Previous Knowledge: Teachers should allow the assistant Teacher to review the lessons for the previous week.

Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 2: 22-25. 

Memory Verse: “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age”- Titus 2:12 (NKJV).

 

LESSON INTRODUCTION: Lust is any strong ungodly desire. Lust acted upon always leads to sin and death (James 1:15). Sin entered God’s perfect world through Lust (Gen, 2:16-17). David lusted after Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife) and when he acted upon that lust, it led to adultery, murder of Uriah and the death of his infant son that resulted from the sinful act (2 Sam. 11:2-4, 14,15; 2 Sam. 12:13-14). Lust can take various dimensions but God has empowered us to overcome lustful thoughts. 

 

LESSON AIM: To learn how to overcome youthful lusts. 

TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, students should have learnt:

a. Some dimensions of lust.

b. How to overcome lustful desires.

TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teacher should:

a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to the discussion, and do class activities and assignments. 

b. Allow the Assistant Teacher to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment.

c. Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students.

 

Text Review: 2 Timothy 2: 22-25.

Apostle Paul, in his letter to Timothy, admonishes him that:

I. Apart from shunning profane words and blabbing, he should flee youthful lusts v22a. 

ii. He should rather follow after righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that are on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

iii. He should avoid…………………………………………………….v23.

He further admonishes the servant of God:

I………………………………………………………………….v24a.

ii………………………………………………………………….v24b.

iii…………………………………………………………………..v24c.

iv……………………………………………………………………v25. 

 

TEACHING METHOD: Lecture Teaching Method.

TIME MANAGEMENT: The teacher should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time. 

 

LESSON OUTLINE 1: SOME DIMENSIONS OF LUST

Lust is not only a sexual nature (Matt. 5:26). 

i. Greed is lust for money or power (Prov. 15:27; 1 Tim. 6:10-12). 

ii. Envy us lust for the status or position someone else holds (Prov. 23:27). 

iii. Covetousness is lust for anything we do not have (Ex. 20:17). 

It is important to note the following facts about Lust:

I. Lust starts with a thought (Prov. 30:32). 

ii. While we are not responsible for every thought that enters our heads, we are responsible for what we do with those thoughts (Ex. 38:10, Prov. 24:9). 

iii. A lustful thought must be seen as an enemy and dealt with before it takes over our lives (James 1: 14-15). 

iv. The desire grows until it creates dissatisfaction with our current situation and imposes upon us the belief that happiness and contentment are impossible unless we have what we want (1 Tim. 6:6). 

The scripture admonishes youths to flee from all dimensions of lust (2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Cor. 6:18). 

 

Ungodly actions result from lustful thoughts, so it is important that we get rid of such thoughts as soon as they arrive. 

 

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention things that trigger lustful thoughts. 

 

LESSON OUTLINE 2: GET RID OF LUSTFUL THOUGHTS 

To get rid of lustful thought, we must:

  1. Define your areas of weakness and greatest temptation. 
  2. Consciously replace lustful thoughts with thoughts that are true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, adorable, excellent and worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8). 
  3. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). 
  4. Repent of entertaining lustful thoughts and asking for Lord’s help in redirecting our thoughts (Ps. 19:14). 

 

If the lustful thoughts we are trying to get rid of involving another person:

I. We can defuse their power by turning those thoughts into prayers for the other person’s well-being. 

ii. By bringing that person before the Lord, we weaken lust’s power to objectify them (Matt26:41).

iii. When we bring our will into an agreement with God’s will, we learn to see this person as He does, not as lust does.

 

Stopping lustful thought also requires: 

I. Filtering the information we are allowing into our minds through our senses (Prov. 4:23).

ii. Asking the Lord to remove those pornographic images burned into our minds over time (Ps. 51: 7,10).

iii. Refusing to look at things that incite lust, filtering out music or language that creates lustful thoughts, and banishing lustful memories from our catalogue, we can starve lustful thoughts until they have little to work with (2 Timothy 2:21).

D. Memorising and meditating on Scripture is also a good way to avoid lustful thoughts and renew our minds (Col. 2:16; Romans 12:1-2, Ps. 119:9, 11, 105). 

E. Keep worship music playing in our ears also focuses our mind on that which is good, pure and beautiful. 

F. As we daily surrender ourselves to the Lordship of Christ, he helps transform a sinful thought into one that pursues him. 

G. Taking authority over lustful thoughts, rejecting them before they take root, and seeking God’s help to give us victory.

H. We must resist the lust for things beyond what God has already given us (Num. 11:4-6) and the lusts of the devil (John 8:44). These include the lust for power, glory and prestige at all costs (Is. 14:13-14). 

I. You should rather long for righteousness (2 Tim. 2:22), avoid fake lives and lies ( Ex. 23:1), or being dishonest (Deut. 25: 14-16).

 

SUMMARY: Students should mention what they can do to avoid falling into lustful traps. 

CONCLUSION: Do not give room for lust to thrive in your life.

EVALUATION: Teachers should ask students to mention some dimensions of lust.

ClOSING PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to overcome youthful lust in all its ramification. 

ASSIGNMENT: Students should write five (5) areas of lust they are battling with and pray to God for victory over them (No mark).

 

 

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