Read the first five (5) chapters – don’t skip the intro! – and complete the following homework.
CH 1: What was Eve thinking! Once she tasted that tempting fruit she couldn’t un-taste it and the world was forever changed. There are temptations in our own lives that we may never recover from fully as well, and many of those will also tear our family and even our friends down with us as well. Who in your life might be led astray by your actions?
According to Proverbs 17:24, how do our eyes draw us into temptation?
Rewrite these verses in your own words – start each with “I will.”
Psalm 119:10 Hebrews 10:25 2Timothy 2:22 & 23 Colossians 3:2, 5, & 8
Which of these statements are you ready to put into action today? How?
CH 2: Boredom, restlessness, self-pity, anger, and even loneliness can lead to trouble with a capital T. What six things does the Lord hate according to Proverbs 6:16-19 (p58-59)?
Are there specific things you need to avoid – R-rated movies, steamy romance novels – to help keep your eyes off temptation?
Does your husband ever behave like Potiphar? How might you regain his attentions?
CH 3: Take a good look around you – think of all you have, all you treasure, those you love… Could you walk away from it all right now without looking back?
If a volcano, such as that in the story, was about to erupt and take out your hometown, would you make sure your family was safe, alert the neighbors, warn perfect strangers? Now think about the hell on Earth that is to come during the end times, how much worse will that be? What are you doing to save those you love, those near to you, even perfect strangers? Are you ready RIGHT NOW to drop your life and follow Christ? What will be the hardest thing for you to walk away from?
Have you ever disobeyed a direct order from God? Which of the ten reasons on p 82-83 do you most associate with?
CH 4: There are many people in the Bible who remain nameless, but nonetheless important. God knows everything there is to know about his creation (even the number of hairs on our heads!) – why do you suppose some names were excluded? Would it have made a difference if we knew their names?
Not lying isn’t the same as telling the truth. Are you completely truthful when you talk to others, to God? Do you reveal your sins fully in the face of shame, punishment, or pain? What stops you? The woman at the well didn’t have to tell Jesus of her sins, he already knew…so what are you afraid of?
List all the reasons you can think of for why the Samaritan woman rushed to tell everyone she’d met the Messiah. Are you sharing the living water so boldly?
CH 5: Love is powerful, both for good and evil. As women, we may not always realize the power we hold over our men. But that power should not be used to exploit or to gain riches for ourselves. The world cuts our men down enough, we should be there to build them up, not disarm them for the enemy. Tally up the sins/weaknesses that Delilah demonstrated. Are you guilty of any of these same sins?
Is nagging effective? Does it really produce the result you want? What is lost, even if you get what you want, when you nag?
Read Isaiah 30:12-13. How do Isaiah’s words apply to Delilah? Which phrase of Isaiah 30:15 is hardest for you? Why?
Have you ever taken a job simply for the money or been influenced another way by monetary gain? Read Ezekiel 7:19, did you want to give back that money in the end?
Finish this statement – “I think Delilah’s greatest sin was ____________ because ___________________________.”