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ARISE IN PRAYER TO UNSEAT YOUR ENEMIES` SIEGE

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RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL*

*DATE: JANUARY 5TH, 2020*
*LESSON: NINETEEN (19)*

*TOPIC: ARISE IN PRAYER TO UNSEAT YOUR ENEMIES` SIEGE*.

*PRAYER POINTS*: Father, please terminate every operation in my life.

*BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Chronicles 32:1-22*

1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.

2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem
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3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him.

4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?

5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.

6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,

7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:

8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,

10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?

11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?

14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?

15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?

16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against His servant Hezekiah.

17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.

18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.

19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.

20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.

22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

*INTRODUCTION*: It is appropriate we briefly explain “siege” and “prayer”. What is siege? Siege is defined in the dictionary as “a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender”. While prayer is a two-way communication between a believer and his/her father in heaven who is the Almighty God. Matthew 11:2-4. Prayer could be for thanksgiving, supplication and requests. Philippians 4:6. We have prayer of worship or adoration, intercessory prayers, spiritual warfare and prayer of agreement (Corporate Prayer) Acts 1:14; 2:42 etc..There is also praying in the Spirit Ephesians 6:18. The devil knows the power embedded in prayer that it can scatter any satanic gathering mounted against a nation, family or child of God. That is why he does everything possible to keep people away from praying. Will you allow him to succeed in your life? May the Lord revive our prayer lives as we study His word today in Jesus name.

MEMORY VERSE: “For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side.” Luke 19:43

TEXT REVIEW: 2 Chronicles 32: 1-22

LESSON OUTLINES
i. It does not matter the number that has gathered against you.
ii. God is able to save those who trust in Him
iii. The arm of flesh will fail you.
iv. Call on God in the day of trouble.
v. God is a man of war.

PRAYER IS THE SOLUTION TO YOUR ENEMIES` SIEGE

1. King Hezekiah of Judah and prophet Isaiah offered a corporate prayer, also called a prayer of agreement, against the siege of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, and God intervened and defeated their strong enemy. 2 Chronicles 32:20-22
2. Daniel prayed and the satanic gang-up of his enemies was neutralized by God and He made all of them meat for the lions. Daniel 6:3-22
3. Esther and her people prayed and the perfect plan of Haman backfired on him. He died a shameful death. Esther 3:1-6; 4:16; 7:9-10

PRAYERLESSNESS HELPS YOUR ENEMIES TO PREVAIL

-*Without God we can do nothing, John 15:5*.
*By strength shall no man prevail,1 Samuel 2:9*. *We need to serve God so that we can enjoy all His promises and be able to call on Him for intervention whenever storm arises*. *Psalm 50:15; 86:7*
1. (2 Kings 25:1-7). King Zedekiah of Judah did not serve God unlike King Josiah and Hezekiah and when the king of Babylon laid siege against Jerusalem for a considerable long time, there was much famine. He did not repent and cry to God, rather he tried to escape by his own wisdom. He was caught and taken to Babylon where all his sons were slaughtered before him and they also plucked out his eyes.
When a man fails to pray, his enemies will reign supreme in his life. As a matter of fact, the devil will take charge of his destiny. John 10:10.

SUMMARY:
Trust God who is able to save.

CONCLUSION:
A closed mouth is a closed destiny and a prayerless man is a defeated man. Call on God and He will deliver you from the enemies´ siege. Prayer lifts up the hand of God, but prayerlessness encourages the devil to continue with his destruction.

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention Biblical example of those that trust God without wavering.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Father, grant me the wisdom to seek Your timely help always.
2. Lord of hosts; dislodge every siege of the enemies against my life.
3. Oh Lord my God, don´t let the devil have a space in my life.
4. Father, unseat every siege of kidnappers and ritualists in Nigeria.
5. Father, every siege against any of Your children in RCCG, scatter it by fire in Jesus name.

GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY: Judges 15:15-19 – The enemies prevailed against Samson until he prayed (the only prayer of his life).

TUESDAY: 1 Samuel 1:12-20; 1 Samuel 2:1 – Barrenness tormented Hannah until she prayed, God gave her a son and this sealed the mouth of her adversary

WEDNESDAY: Acts 16:25 – Two friends in trouble prayed and sang praises to God and God delivered them from their enemies.

THURSDAY: Acts 12:1-17 – Unlike James, Peter would have ended his ministry in the hand of his enemies (the Jews and Herod), but the church prayed.

FRIDAY: Jonah 2:1 – Jonah´s prayers inside a big whale were heard and answered by God.

SATURDAY: Luke 11:1 – Jesus, our perfect example, prayed and thought us how to pray.

SUNDAY: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing. Don´t stop praying!.

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-FOUR

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LESSON TWENTY-FOUR
SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2020

TOPIC: POTENTIAL CHRISTIAN LEADERS

*SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN*

*1.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

*2.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

*3.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

*4.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

*5.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.

*6.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

MEMORY VERSE: “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” — Matthew 23:11

BIBLE PASSAGE: MATTHEW 20:25-28

Matthew:20.25
But Jesus called them to [Himself] and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Matthew:20.26
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew:20.27
“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave —
Matthew:20.28
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew:20.29
Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
Matthew:20.30
And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

INTRODUCTION
Christian leadership van be described as ‘knowing where God want people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s methods to get them there in reliance on God’s power’. Every believer in Christ must see himself/herself as a potential leader who carries the grace of God to lead others I’m the fulfilment of the divine mandate (Hebrews 5:12-14). This mandate or assignment is to propagate the gospel and mature believers in the faith whose lives will glorify God (Mark 16:15,Matt. 28:19-20). Christian leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is at changing people. It is therefore, important to understand what Christian leadership entails and how to harness the potentials in us as leaders ain any capacity (1Peter 5:1-4).

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. ESSENTIAL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
2. PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

ESSENTIAL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

There are some essentials of Christian leadership which make it a little different from the leadership theories and definitions of the modern world.

1. CALLING. Christian leaders are usually called by God. There are quite a number of examples of leaders in the Bible who received genuine call from God e.g. Moses , Gideon, Peter, Paul, etc. Any believer can be called for a specific purpose in God’s vineyard (Ex.3:1-4,10; Judg. 6:12-14; Matt. 4:18-19; John 21:15-17; ROM 1:1).

2. CHARACTER. This is a test of the real you from the inside. It refers to the set of moral qualities that distinguish you from others. These qualities includes honesty, courage, integrity, humility, perseverance and decisiveness. (Proverbs 4:23).

3. GIFT/POTENTIALS. These enhance the call and character of a leader in order to effectively achieve set goals of leadership (Proverbs 18:16).

4. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. These are corresponding complements to the calling , character and the gifting/potentials of a would-be leader (Exodus 18:19-24; Neh. 4:9-17). Leadership competencies are enhanced through knowledge and skills (Acts 22:3).

5. COMMITMENT. A potential Christian leader must develop sense of responsibility and commitment to impart lives positively. The concern should not be that of profit making (1Peter 5:1-4).

6. THE POWER OF CHRIST. The inner fuel, guide, and force at work through the Christian leader in advancing eternal results is the very power of Christ which is characterized by a walk of faith and the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 14:12; Romans 8:14; Col. 1:27; Phil. 2:13, Phil. 4:13).

PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

There are certain things expected from Christian on preparation for leadership.
These include:

1. Ability to follow Christ and inspire others to follow Him as well (1Cor. 11:1).

2. Adopting the servant-leader model of leadership as exemplified by Christ. Christians should be service-oriented, willing and ready to go or do as commanded (John 13:12-15).

3. Being charismatic: good communication skill, ability to share visions with people and carry them along as well as manage material resources (Hebrews 2:2; Nehemiah 2:17-18; Nehemiah 4:15).

4. Being proactive and firm with decisions (1Samuel 25:14-19; Esther 4:16).

5. Having emotional intelligence: ability to manage emotions such as anger, anxiety, fear, excitement, etc. (Ephesians 4:26; 2Timothy 1:7).

6. Being a good role model: live an exemplary lifestyle (1Timothy 4:12).

7. Manifesting the fruit of the spirit and other Christian virtues such as integrity, compassion, empathy, confidentiality, etc. (Proverbs 11:3; Phil. 4:8).

CONCLUSION
Those who would lead God’s people must in addition exemplify sacrifice, devotion, submission and lowliness.

QUESTIONS
1. State six essentials of Christian leadership
2. What constitutes preparation for leadership?

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RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL

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DATE: JANUARY, 26TH, 2020
LESSON: TWENTY – TWO (22)

*TOPIC: MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU*

HOUSE FELLOWSHIP ANTHEM
1. I Love This Family Of God,
So Closely Knitted Into One,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And `am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

2. I Bless This Family Of God,
So Greatly Prospered By The Lord,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

3. I Know This Family Of God,
So Deeply Rooted In The Word,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

4. I See This Family Of God,
So Highly Lifted Above All,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

5. Come, Join This Family Of God,
So Highly Favoured By The Lord,
They Have Taken Me Into Their Arms
And ´am So Glad To Be
A Part Of This Great Family

*PRAYER POINT*: Father, help me to be contended in You.

*BIBLE PASSAGE*: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

INTRODUCTION: Grace is usually described as unmerited favour. God’s grace is an unmerited favour from Him upon a person who is not in any way qualified. When God’s grace is upon a person he will enjoy divine abilities and the capacity over his deficiencies. Is there any deficiency or incapacity in your life?

*MEMORY VERSE*: “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

*TEXT REVIEW*: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
1. In this world, there will troubles/challenges
2. Never exalt any challenge above God.
3. Seek the Lord always and wait to hear what He say to every situation.
4. Speak what you want to see and not your present circumstance.
5. Glorify God always. In challenging a and good times. At all-time speak of His Goodness.

*LESSON OUTLINES*:
*WAYS IN WHICH GOD’S GRACE CAN BE SUFFICIENT IN YOUR LIFE*
1. When you have challenges with your health and it seems not changing.
2. When you cannot do what your mates are doing, after several trials.
3. When you cannot get money to settle life issues like further your education, rent, feeding etc..
4. When you want to serve God in a particular capacity and you are unable.
5. When you have come to the end of the road.
6. When you have lost hope and people seem to have abandoned you.
7. When you have lacked strength and the ability to face your enemies in your battle.

*SUMMARY*: Are you stuck, tired and seems you want to find alternatives to those challenges? God’s grace is still and ever sufficient. Wait and stay on Him. He would not fail; you can trust Him.

*CONCLUSION”: Grace as used here means God’s favour that we do not merit or qualified for. When God’s grace is UPI a person, he will enjoy divine abilities and capacity over his deficiencies. Is there any deficiency in your life, God’s grace is what you need.

*ASSIGNMENT*: Add contentment to your godliness.

*PRAYER POINTS*:
1. Father, please put Your strength and power upon me when I have lost hope in my abilities.
2. Lord, my strength is not enough to carry the burden laid upon me. Please lift the burden off me.
3. Father, let Your sufficient grace come upon all Your children with sickness and bodily afflictions which are considered terminal.
4. Father, in my journey through this wicked world, please let Your sufficient grace be available for me till I see You in glory.

GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 – Father, please let Your grace be sufficient for me.
TUESDAY: Romans 8:37 – Father, please grant me the grace to overcome all challenges.
WEDNESDAY: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through God’s sufficient grace..
THURSDAY: Matthew 17:20 – Every mountain before me; I shall overcome you by His grace.
FRIDAY: Psalm 91:1-end – Lord, establish Your sufficient grace with my family and fellowship.
SATURDAY: Romans 8:14 – Lord, make Your Spirit direct me always and make Your grace overwhelm me.
SUNDAY: Romans 8:37 – God’s grace is sufficient for you in that battle. It will soon be over.

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-ONE SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
LESSON TWENTY-ONE
SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

TOPIC: LONGEVITY

*SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN*

*1.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

*2.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

*3.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

*4.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

*5.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.

*6.* O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

MEMORY VERSE: “For by me the days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased”. — Proverbs 9:11

BIBLE PASSAGE: PSALM 91:14-16

Psalm:91.14
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
Psalm:91.15
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
Psalm:91.16
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

INTRODUCTION
Longevity is most commonly used to describe the length of one’s lifetime. The word of God give us straight forward principle that will enable us enjoy long life on earth. Believers should note that as much as God want us to live long on earth, He equally desires that we live a quality life (John 10:10b).

OUTLINES OUTLINES
1. BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO LONGEVITY
2. WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUALITY LIFE?

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO LONGEVITY

To live long, we must live by divine principles. Some of these principles are clearly stated in the Bible. For instance, it is important to fear God and keep His commands (Proverbs 3:1-2, 7-8; 10:27). Positive confession supported with a disciplined lifestyle is another key (Proverbs 18:21; 1Peter 3:10; Colossians 4:6). Aside spiritual empowerment, fasting can also boost one’s health and prolong life (Isaiah 58:5-8). The Bible also talks about honoring our parents as a secret of longevity (Proverbs 4:10; Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12).

In addition, we need to have a balanced lifestyle. Everything may be permissible, but not everything is beneficial (1Corinthians 10:23; 1Corinthians 6:19). Eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, observing good rest and avoiding stress constitute some of the other ways to have a balanced lifestyle.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUALITY LIFE?
There are biblical examples of those who lived long. Moses lived for 120 years ( Deut. 3:2; 34:7) Abraham -175 years (Gen. 25:7), Enoch -363 years (Gen. 5:23), Sarah -127 years (Gen. 23:1), Noah -950 years (Gen. 9:29), etc. However, it should be noted that neither Genesis 6:3 nor Psalm 90:10 is God-ordained age limits for humanity. Genesis 6:3 is a prediction of the timetable for the flood. Psalm 90:10 is simply stating that as a general rule, people live 70-80years (which is still true till today).

Believers should know that living long is good but the quality of such life is equally important (Psalm 90:13-14; Jer. 29:11). We should live purposefully (In service to God and humanity) in fulfilment of God’s plan for our lives.

CONCLUSION
Not only foes God and want each one of us to have long life, but also to have a life of abundance spiritually, materially, emotional and physically (John 10:10)

QUESTIONS
1. Mention four biblical principles of longevity
2. What constitute a quality life?

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