The Jeremiah Project is
happy to present these children stories teaching Biblical values. As Proverbs
7:1-3 instructs us, "My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your
eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart." It is
through repeated telling of the stories of the Bible and stories teaching
Biblical values to our children that we can help them write the truths of the
Bible on the tablet of their heart.
An Allegory About Temptation
And I will ask the
Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you foreverthe
Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor
knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Belinda was a good girl. She
tried to keep the right kinds of friends and together they tried to stay away
from things they knew their parents and teachers would not approve of. Most of
her friends were from the church so they listened closely to the sermons, the
Sunday school lessons and other instructions they got at church to make sure
they knew what was right. Belinda also did as she was taught and read the Bible
and prayed even though she didnt always understand what she prayed and if
she prayed with her eyes closed, sometimes she went to sleep.
daddy brought home a new pet. His name was Pete the Parakeet. For several days,
everybody had fun talking to Pete but he didnt say much. But it was clear
that Pete had come to the house to be Belindas friend. So he lived in her
Wake up Belinda. Pete suddenly said as she dozed off
reading her Bible.
Did you just talk to me? she said to
the little bird. She had a hard time believing that Pete the Parakeet would
actually speak to her.
Yes, its my job to talk to you. I
have been sent here to do this. I am called to be by your side to help when you
have trouble like sleeping when you should be reading your Bible.
Well it was clear that God had sent Pete for a very special mission to
help Belinda with her faith, in struggling against her weaknesses and to
advise, comfort and teach her. Thats a pretty good parakeet.
day, Belinda met Tempest. Tempest wasnt like the other girls, she was
new, exotic, kind of exciting. So Belinda wanted to know Tempest more because
she felt that Tempest could teach her some of those grown up things that other
people would tell her about because they always treated Belinda like a little
Belinda starting finding times to be with Tempest when nobody
knew about it. She found her best times with Tempest were always when nobody
knew she was around and the thing she was telling Belinda were secrets. Secrets
You know most of the things your parents and the church
say are bad arent bad. Tempest told her.
would they lie to me? Belinda objected. I know they love me.
They do love you but they think you have to be protected because
they dont want you to have the fun things they have. God could let you
have fun things like smoking and drinking and staying out all night but he
knows the adults should keep things fun things all to themselves. Tempest
lied to Belinda. Sadly, Belinda started to believe her. It was so easy to want
to be like Tempest and to try to please her.
As Belinda was walking
home from spending time with Tempest, she was thinking about trying a few
things she liked to do. After all, it was a secret so nobody would know. Plus
she would still be a good girl to her friends and family and at church. Her fun
times with Tempest would just be a little secret between the two of them.
Suddenly Pete the Parakeet landed on her shoulder.
How did you
get out of your cage? Belinda objected.
You would like to
box up the voice that reminds you of your moral duties but it doesnt work
like that, the little bird said to her sternly. Belinda didnt like
be lectured, particularly by a bird but she knew he was right. Tempest is
leading you astray from God. Pete continued. God knows what is
going on so your little secret isnt a secret and if you develop sin
habits with her, they won't be a secret long from your parents and friends
either. He said insistently.
Belinda felt so much guilt and
conviction in her spirit because of what Pete was telling her. But she was
confused because she wanted it both ways. She wanted to be good and have the
respect of God and her mom and dad and the church but the fun things Tempests
offered were so hard to resist. Finally, she did start to give in and met with
Tempest to try some things.
Tempest laid all of the exciting forbidden
things on the table in front of her at Tempests house when nobody was around.
There it all was, the cigarettes, the alcohol, the bad magazines and tapes, a
connection to the internet already on some naughty sites. All she had to do is
reach out and take it and nobody was there to stop her.
looked out the window and saw Pete the Parakeet in the tree out side the window
and his eyes were fixed on her. She thought she could hear his voice in her
head. But this time he wasnt lecturing her or making her feel bad.
None of that will satisfy you Belinda. The voice said.
All of these things are Satans cheap substitute for the perfect joy
and love that Jesus gives. Right now Jesus is inside you giving you the
strength to get up and walk away from these sins. You can feel him cant
you? The voice said.
Yes, I can feel him. Belinda
said out loud.
What? Tempest responded. Who are you
Dont use your own strength to resist the
sins Belinda. The voice said to her. Use Gods strength inside
you and get up and walk away and go home and have a Bible study with your pet
bird. It helped her.
And that is what she did. She stood up and
just turned and walked away. Gods strength inside her even helped her
resist arguing with Tempest but instead she just put Tempest behind her and
treated her like she didnt even exists. Belinda had learned an important
lesson about resisting the devil and his desire to make you sin. You can too.
You are the believer, like Belinda. And you will get temptations, like the ones
Tempest brought. But the Holy Spirits job is to come along side and
help you resist temptation, just like Pete the parakeet did. If you look
for your own Pete, you will hear his voice and he will help you feel Gods
power to resists temptation in you too every day.
No temptation has
seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let
you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also
provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. [1 Corinthians