Sabbath School meets at 10:30 am every first Sabbath of the month. We are currently studying the Fruits of the Spirit.

Whew! Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? It's almost back to school time again here, and sales for backpacks, pencils and crayons abound!

The fruit of the spirit we talked about today will help us in school, at home, and in every aspect of our lives!

We talked about SELF CONTROL today.

What is self-control?

SELF CONTROL is the ability to manage your actions, feelings and emotions.

Another way to think of self control is : making the choice to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

Is it hard or easy to always sit still and pay attention in school?

And besides school , what areas of your life need self-control? Is it when you speak? Or maybe you have a hard time keeping your hands to yourself if you’re angry?

What about your free time? Do you spend time with God? , or do you spend too much time on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games instead?

Do you help around the house and do what your Mom and Dad ask you, always keep your room tidy and do all of your chores without being asked?

The truth is, we could always use more self control in our lives.

We told two stories today from the Bible

One story is told in the Book of Matthew. (Matthew 4:1-4)

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.

Ya think? That's gotta be the biggest understatement is scripture EVER.

3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 But He answered, “It is written:

Man must not live on bread alone

but on every word that comes

from the mouth of God.”

Deuteronomy 8:3

The devil tempted Jesus two more times, each time, Jesus answered him with scripture. Finally, Jesus told Satan to go away, and angels came and helped Him. (Verses 10-11)

Our next story was also about a person thinking about something to eat, and is in Genesis 3.

3 Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

2 “We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, 3 “except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”

4 The snake replied, “That's not true; you will not die. 5 God said that because He knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.”

6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it.

What can we learn about self control from these stories?

1. Know your Enemy The snake was able to trick Eve because she didn't see him coming. Jesus, on the other hand, knew exactly who He was dealing with. The Bible compares Satan to a hungry Lion (1 Peter 5:8) Part of having self control is resisting Satan. If we do, he will leave us alone. James 4:7 says: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

2. Know Scripture. Jesus used scripture to fight Satan. Eve relied on only what she thought and felt about the fruit on the tree. If we are to build our self control we must read lots of God's Word so we can use it when we need it.

3. Pray . Jesus often went off by Himself when He wanted to spend time with His Father. We have to build our relationship with God by talking to Him. If we do, He will give us more of His Spirit to help us, not just to help us to build our self control , but in having more and more of all the Fruit He wants to see from us!

We finished our lesson by making sticker charts of different areas in our lives where we need more self control!

That's it for this month! If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like access to the full lesson plan, please feel free to contact me. Enjoy these pictures from our lesson today and we'll see you in September when we wrap up our Fruits of the Spirit lessons by talking about LOVE.