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Seeds of Destiny 18 November 2019 Devotional: Discipline – A Ladder To The Top

Topic: Discipline – A Ladder To The Top
[Seeds of Destiny 18 November 2019 Devotional]
he degree of your discipline determines the quality of your destiny; to reach where you desire, you must do what is required.

SCRIPTURE: He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:32

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The degree of your discipline determines the quality of your destiny; to reach where you desire, you must do what is required.

Discipline can be defined as the suppression of base desires. It is the ability to have self-control over the immediate in order to achieve the ultimate. Discipline says, ‘pay now so you can play later.’

The tragedy is, many people ate their today yesterday and some are eating their tomorrow today for bankruptcy of discipline.

Beloved, the degree of your discipline determines the quality of your destiny. To reach where you desire, you must do what is required.

The truth is, there is no future for the lazy; there is no destiny for the lethargic. To follow feelings at times is to end in failure. The meaning is, that point where you wake up on Monday morning and say, ‘I do not feel like going to work today or it is about to rain, I will just remain on my bed’; your feelings has just laid the foundation for your sacking.

But that shall not be your portion, for you shall not be lazy in Jesus’ Name.

Your discipline is vital for your success, lifting and stability in life. It takes discipline to go up and it takes much more discipline to stay up.

Today, I prophesy on you the impartation of the spirit of discipline that will guarantee your destiny fulfillment, in Jesus’ Name.

REMEMBER THIS: The degree of your discipline determines the quality of your destiny; to reach where you desire you must do what is required

ASSIGNMENT (S):
1.Be determined to be disciplined in every area of your life – be it finance, career, time management, spiritual life, etc.
2.Shun every lifestyle of laziness and indolence.

PRAYER: O Lord, deliver me from the life of indiscipline. I make demands on the impartation of the spirit of discipline, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heaven Devotional 18 November 2019 – Hope against Hopelessness

Topic: Hope against Hopelessness
(Open Heaven 18 November 2019)

Memorise: “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” – Romans 8:24

Open heaven devotion

Read: Mark 5:25-34 (KJV)
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Bible in One Year: Job 33-35, Amos 5:1-17

Open Heaven 18 November 2019 Monday MESSAGE:
What can anyone do without hope? Absolutely nothing! Every human being lives in the anticipation of a better tomorrow. It is the hope of a better government that makes the electorate troop out to the polling booth to vote out a bad government. The absence of hope leads to despair, and that is not the state a child of God should live in. the Christian life is built around hope, which is the anchor of our faith. The heroes of faith who have gone ahead of us all lived in hope and were comforted by it. Hebrews 11:13 says:

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

The hope of living in the Kingdom of God in heaven produced a strong faith in them, which drove them to live blessed lives as strangers and pilgrims on earth.

Today’s Bible reading narrates how hope worked for the good of a woman with an issue of blood. Even when she had no reason to hope anymore, she kept hope alive that she would overcome her problem someday. When she heard about Jesus, hope produced a great sense of purpose in her heart and persuaded her to come out of her hiding place. As she left her home and struggled through the crowd around Jesus in hope, she kept on saying these words of Mark 5:28 to herself:

“…If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”

The forward-looking tone of her statement confirms the hope in her. Hope precedes faith, and without it there is no foundation for faith to stand on. This is the reason why we need to keep hope alive in ourselves as we live our daily lives in faith. Hope is so essential that an adage says, “if there is life, there is hope.” In other words, as long as you are still alive, there should be hope in you for a better tomorrow. Speaking along this same line, Ecclesiastes 9:4 says:

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

Indeed, hope is an essential part of human life.

Are you living in a state of hopelessness today? Please don’t contemplate suicide. No matter how things are for you, your condition is still better than that of someone else. Please keep your hope alive in God. Having Christ in you is the surest source of hope. He gives the hope of a glorious tomorrow to those who have allowed Him into their hearts (Colossians 1:27). Let Him come into your heart today and He will turn that hopeless situation around for good. It is well with your soul.

Open Heaven 18 November 2019 Monday Prayer Point:
Father, let my hope come alive, and teach me to trust You for a better tomorrow.

Open Heaven 18 November 2019 Monday Hymn 7: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
1 My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

Chorus:
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

2 When darkness hides His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

3 His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay

4 When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne

Open Heaven 17 November 2019 – Why I will not Suffer Want

Topic: Why I will not Suffer Want
(Open Heaven 17 November 2019)

Memorise: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Read: Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Bible in One Year: Job 30-32, Amos 4:4-13

Open Heaven 17 November 2019 Sunday MESSAGE:
“14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

This scripture reveals that as children of God, we should have the kind of confidence that David had when he penned words of Psalm 23:1. Why would a child of God not be in want? It is because the Shepherd of our lives, the Almighty God, is also our Provider. For this reason, our Good Shepherd makes us to lie down in green pastures, and as if that is not enough, this same Jehovah Rohi leads us besides the still waters. Psalm 23:3 reveals righteous living as another secret to a life of not being in want. Speaking of this, Proverbs 14:34 says:

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

In other words, if you do not want to suffer lack, live a holy life. The reason why I don’t need to be persuaded to live holy is because having tasted poverty in the real sense of it and also tasting a little life of abundance, I know that the latter is far better than the former, and I have traced the life of abundance I enjoy to the time I gave my life to Christ. So, I have made up my mind that I will be obedient to God’s word in its entirety, which is what holiness is all about.

When you study David’s life, you will discover that one of the secrets to his life of abundance is that he was fearless. Some people are afraid of venturing into projects or careers that would bring them abundant material blessings because of the fear of death. Not David! Even when King Saul tried to persuade him not to fight Goliath for fear of him getting killed, he was not deterred (1 Samuel 17:33). He boldly declared in Psalm 23:4 that though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he would fear no evil, because the Good Shepherd was with him. After he became king, he lacked nothing because he did not allow the fear of death to rule his life. To sum it all up, he said in Psalm 23:6:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

This verse is a great lesson to those who stop presenting themselves in worship before God in His sanctuary after receiving an initial blessing from Him. Consequently, their supplies dry up in a short while due to their ingratitude. To remain connected to the One who daily loads you with benefits, abide in His presence and give Him the worship He deserves. When you continually do this, He will show Himself as the Mighty Provider in your life.

Open Heaven 17 November 2019 Sunday Prayer Point:
Father, I confess anew that you are the Shepherd of my life, please don’t let me lack any good thing that I need to fulfil my destiny.

Open Heaven 17 November 2019 Sunday Hymn 7: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
1 My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

Chorus:
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

2 When darkness hides His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

3 His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay

4 When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne

RCCG House Fellowship Leader’s Manual 17 November 2019

RCCG House Fellowship Leader’s Manual 17 November 2019, Lesson 12 – Delight Yourself In The Lord

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TOPIC: Delight Yourself In The Lord (scroll down for RCCG House Fellowship 17 November 2019 Anthem)

PRAYER POINT: Father, help me to make you my greatest pleasure. (RCCG House Fellowship 17 November 2019)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 61:10-11; 62:1-3; Matthew 6:3

RCCG House Fellowship Leader’s Manual

Isaiah 61:10-11;
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Isaiah 62:1-3;
1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

Matthew 6:3;
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

INTRODUCTION:

The word “delights” means to gain great pleasure, satisfaction and happiness. Delighting ourselves in the Lord implies a supreme complacency in Him; it implies that we have universal confidence in Him. If we delight ourselves in the Lord, we shall have all things on which we set our hearts. Psalm 37:4b says: “And He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” The greatest pleasure we can experience in life is walking hand in hand with a Father who adores us.

MEMORY VERSE: “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4

TEXT REVIEW: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Matthew 6:3

i. To delight means to be available for His work.

ii. To delight means to proclaim His faithfulness to all generations.

iii. To delight means to sing of the goodness of the Lord forever.

iv. To delight means to radiate His Glory by shining light to others.

v. To delight means to be contented in God alone.

vi. To delight means to rejoice in the Lord always.

LESSON OUTLINE

BENEFITS OF DELIGHTING OR TAKING PLEASURE IN THE LORD

1 God will comfort our souls – 2 Corinthians 1:4

2 He will deliver us from all troubles – Psalm 50:15; Psalm 34:19

3 He will order our steps – Psalm 37:23; Psalm 119:133

4 He will give us the desires of our hearts – Psalm 37:4; Psalm 20:4

5 We will receive revelation from Him – 1 Corinthians 11:23

6 We will have abundant peace – Psalm 119:165; Romans 15:13

7 The Word of God will abide in our hearts – Colossians 3:16

8 We will be delighted in God´s love – Zephaniah 3:17; John 17:26

9 Mercy and favour from God will flow upon us – Proverbs 12:2; Proverbs 8:35

10 He will cause us to ride on the high hills of the earth and feed us – Isaiah 54:14

SUMMARY:
When your satisfaction is in God, you become God’s favourite.

CONCLUSION:

Many delight in wealth, status, material possessions and other temporary things of the world, but they are never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 1:2 says: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” On the other hand, delighting in the Lord is a true treasure indeed – 1Timothy 6:6.

PRAYER POINTS

1 Thank God for His mercy and faithfulness in your life.

2 Pray for the grace to delight yourself in God.

3 Pray that God will always guide and guard you.

4 Pray that you will not go out of His plan for your life.

5 Pray for pastors in charge of levels in RCCG.

6 Personal prayer request.

GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY: 1Timothy 6:6 – Godliness with contentment is great gain.

TUESDAY: Psalm 37:5. – Commit thy ways unto the Lord

WEDNESDAY: John 10:11 – I am the good Shepherd

THURSDAY: Psalm 147:10-11 – He favours those who fear Him

FRIDAY: Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence

SATURDAY: Proverbs 12:22 – Those who are faithful are His delight.

SUNDAY: Proverbs 3:12 – Whom He loves He reproves.

House Fellowship Anthem (RCCG House Fellowship 17 November 2019)

  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 and 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

SUGGESTED TIME SCHEDULE

10 minutes for Opening Prayer, Praise and Worship
10 minutes for Testimonies
15 minutes for Bible Discussion
15 minutes for General Prayers
10 minutes for Questions & Answers
5 minutes for Welcoming New Members
10 minutes for Announcements, Offering, House Fellowship Anthem & Closing Prayers.
Total – 60 Minutes (1 Hour)

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 17 November 2019 – Lesson 12

TOPIC: Moderation [RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 17 November 2019]

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MEMORY VERSE: “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” – Philippians 4:5 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 17 November 2019 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 4:5-6, 11-12 KJV (RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 17 November 2019)

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual

LESSON INTRODUCTION:

Moderation is the control of behaviour so that actions, feelings and habits are kept within reasonable limits. It is a very desirable quality or virtue for a Christian to have. Good and legitimate desires can become sin when they go over lawful bounds. Living a life of moderation is an uphill battle in today’s world. However, the Bible preaches us that excess of anything may not be good (Eccl. 2:10-11). Those who want to win the race to eternal life must be temperate (1 Cor. 9:24-27). It is expedient for Christians to understand how and why we should live in moderation.

LESSON OUTLINES

  1. HOW TO LIVE IN MODERATION
  2. REASONS FOR MODERATION

HOW TO LIVE IN MODERATION

Moderation should reflect in every area of life. Among others, we are to show moderation in speech (James 1:19; 3:2-12; Col. 4:6), appearance (1 Tim 2:9-10), consumption (1 Cor. 10:31), relaxation/pleasure (1 Tim 5:6; 2 Tim. 3:4), desires (Col 3:5), care (Lk. 10:38-42), happiness (Matt. 14:6-10), money (1 Tim 6:6-10), celebrations (Dan. 5:23), liberty (1 Cor. 8:9), personal convictions (Rom. 14:1-5), firmness (Proverbs 16:32), friendship (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

In other words, how we talk, dress, eat or drink, etc. can easily show our degree of moderation or lack of it.

To keep within lawful bounds, believers should make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust (Romans 13:14; Gal. 5:24). Do not follow the examples of the world out of proportion (1 John 2:15-16). Walk in the spirit and be heavenly minded. (Romans 8:6; Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:2).

REASONS FOR MODERATION

The reason for Christians to be moderate in their lifestyles are many. It assists us to have balance in many areas of our lives (Phil. 4:5). Moderation avoids extremes, exercises restraint and is related to self control (Gal. 5:22-23). Sometimes, good thins can become a stumbling block to us, if used without moderation. (1 Cor. 8:9). Practicing moderation helps us to exercise self- discipline (1 Cor. 9:25-27; Acts 24:16).

When we are not living in moderation or lack self control in certain areas of our lives, it indicates that we are not allowing God fully into such areas. The only area in which we do not need to worry about moderation is in our relationship with God. We are to love God without limits (Luke 10:27).

CONCLUSION: The world appeals to the lust of the flesh and advances the lie that what we need is more pleasure, more fun, more entertainment, etc. (Rom. 12:1-2). What we really need is God. All other things must be in moderation.

QUESTIONS:

  1. In what ways can believers live in moderation?
  2. State four reasons believers should live in moderation

FOR FURTHER READING:

Monday – Acts 24:25

Tuesday – Gal. 5:22-23

Wednesday – Ephesians 5:18

Thursday – 2 Peter 1:6

Friday – Proverbs 30:8

Saturday – Ecclesiastes 7:16

Sunday – 1 Corinthians 9:25

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) other areas of life that require moderation.

RCCG Sunday School 17 November 2019 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 friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old 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 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?

RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 17 November 2019 Lesson 12 – Moderation

TOPIC: Moderation

OPENING PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to exercise self-control in every area of my life. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 17 November 2019 HYMN)

 

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BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 4:5-6, 11-12 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 17 November 2019)

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

MEMORY VERSE: “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” – Philippians 4:5 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 17 November 2019 HYMN)

LESSON INTRODUCTION:

Moderation is the control of behaviour so that actions, feelings and habits are kept within reasonable limits. It is a very desirable quality or virtue for a Christian to have. Good and legitimate desires can become sin when they go over lawful bounds. Living a life of moderation is an uphill battle in today’s world. However, the Bible teaches us that excess of anything may not be good (Eccl. 2:10-11). Those who want to win the race to eternal life must be temperate in all things and must do everything in moderation (1 Cor. 9:24-27). It is expedient for Christians to understand how and why we should live in moderation.

TEXT REVIEW: Philippians 4:5-6, 11-12

Apostle Paul charges believers to live in moderation using himself as an example. The how include:

i. Believers are to live moderately in all circumstances. v.5.

ii. We are to avoid anxiety. Rather, we should make our request known to God. v.6.

iii. In whatever state we are……………v.11.

iv. …………………………………..v.12a

v. …………………………………..v.12b

vi. …………………………………..v.12c

2 LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1: HOW TO LIVE IN MODERATION

Question 1: In what areas of life should believers exercise moderation?

Answer: Believers should reflect moderation in every area of life. Among others, we are to show moderation in:

i. Speech (James 1:19; 3:2-12; Col. 4:6).

ii. Appearance (1 Tim 2:9-10).

iii. Consumption (1 Cor. 10:31).

iv. Relaxation/pleasure (1 Tim 5:6; 2 Tim. 3:4).

v. Desires (Col 3:5).

vi. Care (Lk. 10:38-42).

vii. Happiness (Matt.14:6-10).

viii. Money (1 Tim 6:6-10).

ix. Celebrations (Dan. 5:23).

x. Liberty (1 Cor. 8:9).

xi. Personal convictions (Rom. 14:1-5).

xii. Firmness (Proverbs 16:32).

xiii. Friendship (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

In other words, how we talk, dress, eat or drink, etc. can easily show our degree of moderation or lack of it.

Question 2: How can believers exercise moderation?

Answer: To keep within lawful bounds, believers should:

i. Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust (Romans 13:14; Gal. 5:24).

ii. Not follow the examples of the world out of proportion (1 John 2:15-16).

iii. Walk in the spirit and be heavenly minded. (Romans 8:6; Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:2).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Class should discuss the difference between living in abundance and living in excess.

LESSON OUTLINE 2: REASONS FOR MODERATION

Question: Why should Christians lie moderately?

Answer: The reasons for moderation are many:

i. Moderation assists us to have balance in many areas of our lives (Phil. 4:5).

ii. Moderation avoids extremes, exercises restraint and is related to self control (Gal. 5:22-23).

iii. Sometimes, good things can become a stumbling block to us, if used without moderation. (1 Cor. 8:9).

iv. Practicing moderation helps us to exercise self- discipline (1 Cor. 9:25-27; Acts 24:16).

v. When we are not living in moderation or lack self control in certain areas of our lives, it indicates that we are not allowing God fully into such areas.

Note: The only area in which we do not need to worry about moderation is in our relationship with God. We are to love God without limits (Luke 10:27).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Class should share their experience in areas of life in which they find it difficult to exercise moderation.

SUMMARY:
Moderation is a good/godly virtue every Christian should imbibe till we see God in glory.

CONCLUSION:
The world appeals to the lust of the flesh and advances the lie that what we need is more pleasure, more fun, more entertainment, etc. (Rom. 12:1-2). What we really need is God. All other things must be in moderation.

EVALUATION:
Teachers should ask the students to mention why the believers should live moderately.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, help us to be moderate in all things.

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention five (5) other areas of life that require moderation.

RCCG Sunday School 17 November 2019 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 friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old 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 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?

Open Heaven Devotional 16 November 2019 – Seeing into the Future

Topic: Seeing into the Future
(Open Heaven 16 November 2019)

Memorise: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

Open Heaven

Read: Genesis 37:5-11 (KJV)
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Bible in One Year: Job 25-29, Amos 3:3-4:3

Open Heaven 16 November 2019 Saturday MESSAGE:
Down through the ages, visualizing the future has always been one of the attributes of great men and women. Our Lord Jesus Christ is a perfect example of a person who kept His focus on the future He saw ahead of Him. Today’s memory verse reveals that this attribute helped Him to accomplish His task on earth. He endured His arrest, humiliation and death, even though He had the power to prevent it all, because He knew the glorious future awaiting Him after His work on earth was done. When He was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane and one of His disciples tried to defend Him by drawing his sword, Jesus commanded him to stand down, saying in Matthew 26:53-54:

“53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”

Those who can visualize their glorious future ignore the present obstacle in their way, forging ahead to reach their goals. An example of such a person is Joseph. Even though his childish disposition exposed him to the fury of his brothers, resulting in his enslavement and imprisonment, the glorious future he saw kept him undeterred. He kept faith in God of his fathers and would not be corrupted by the promiscuity of his master’s wife. In Genesis 39:9c, His response to her evil advances was this:

“how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Beloved, the ability to visualize the future will enable you work hard and live holy, even in the face of hardship, suffering and persecution. Students who catch a glimpse of the honour awaiting them at the end of their academic programme will ignore any suffering attached to their burning of the midnight candle. A pregnant woman endures the pain of labour because of the joy of another life coming through her. As a child of God, it takes seeing the glory awaiting us in the future to endure the attacks of the enemy. Having seen this future glory, Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 wrote:

“17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

We must not allow the present situation in the world to becloud our vision of Heaven. Our Lord said we should not let our hearts be troubled, for He will soon return to take us home (John 14:1-3). We must keep this vision of the glorious future alive in our hearts.

Open Heaven 16 November 2019 Saturday Action Point:
Father, let the vision of Your glorious return continually burn in my heart in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heaven 16 November 2019 Saturday Hymn 8: My Faith Looks Up To Thee
1 My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

2 May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

Open Heaven 14 November 2019 – A Shining Light in Darkness?

Topic: A Shining Light in Darkness?
(Open Heaven 14 November 2019)

Memorise: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” – John 1:5

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Read: John 1:1-9 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Bible in One Year: Job 17-20, Amos 1:1-2:3

Open Heaven 14 November 2019 Thursday MESSAGE:
Beloved, the Lord is asking you today if you are a shinning light in darkness. He is asking you this question because He has already declared who you are in this regard, saying in Matthew 5:14:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

He therefore wants to know how well you have done in fulfilling His word. To remove doubts from the hearts of those who think perhaps the time to shine is sometime away in the future, the Holy Spirit said in Isaiah 60:1:

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”

Beloved, it is time to shine in this dark world. The darkness in the world is becoming thicker and more palpable by the day, and for this reason we have no more time to waste. We have allowed darkness and its agents to be comfortable for too long now. Some decades ago, when a Christian was present in an organization, no matter how young, small or low rank he was, the agents of darkness in that establishment could not be comfortable. It is however disheartening that nowadays Christians are not just making them comfortable, they are also joining them to perpetrate works of darkness. Such as fraudulent practices, looting and even modern occultism. While excusing themselves for not shining as light, some children of God say, “The agents of darkness are a lot more than the children of light.” They fail to recognize that even a little light is able to overcome any form of darkness, because the Bible says in John 1:5:

“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

In order to successfully shine in a world filled with palpable darkness, you need to recognize that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, and He wants to shine through you to illuminate the darkness in this world (John 8:12). As the Light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ shines through you when you stand as His witness in words and lifestyle. In other words, you must speak of Him everywhere and also represent Him through your lifestyle. He has done His part by dying on the cross, and now He continues His priestly ministry in heaven, interceding for us at the right hand of power. He left us in the world to bear witness to the Light that He is, so that darkness may vanish from the world. We must not disappoint Him in this assignment. Beloved, we have no excuse for not shining in the darkness of this world. Although we have no power of our own, we have been empowered to shine through righteous living, good works and showing love to the oppressed and downtrodden. Let us therefore arise, shine and give glory to our Father as we drive away the darkness of evil in our society.

Open Heaven 14 November 2019 Thursday Prayer Point:
Father, please don’t let my light be extinguished by the darkness of this world.

Open Heaven 14 November 2019 Thursday Hymn 5: Let Others See Jesus In You
1 While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Chorus:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2 Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

3 Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

Open Heaven 13 November 2019 – You must take a Stand for God

Topic: You must take a Stand for God
(Open Heaven 13 November 2019)

Memorise: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” – 1 Peter 4:7

Open heaven devotion

Read: 1 Peter 4:1-10 (KJV)
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Bible in One Year: Job 13-16, Joel 3

Open Heaven 13 November 2019 Wednesday MESSAGE:
Contrasting the world of godliness with that of ungodliness, the Holy Spirit sent us this command, saying in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18:

“17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Because our God is a jealous God, He has always desired those who are called to be His special people to stand out as distinct from the ungodly. Enoch is a perfect example in this regard – God completely took him away to be with Him (Genesis 5:24). God also commanded Abraham to get out of his father’s house and country for an exclusive encounter with Him (Genesis 12:1-3). Beloved, God has not changed His standard of separation for consecration today. More than ever before, He wants us to take a stand for Him in these perilous times, especially as the devil is on rampage to gather as many people as possible to be with him in hell. Speaking on his rage and the urgency of his mission, Revelation 12:12 says:

“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

If the devil had a short time when this verse was written, how much more now? We therefore need to be on our guard against his fury and wiles.

God is encountering you today to make up your mind not to compromise your Christian faith on any issue at all. One area of compromise is participating in the excesses of the children of this world: excesses of parties, clothing jewellery, leisure and so on. Due to extravagant living, a lot of Christians have gone into debt in their bid to compete with treasury looters. Some Christians with access to the treasury have even joined the world in looting. What a shame! We must be on our watch so as not to be overtaken by the subtle advances of the devil, which can shipwreck our faith. This is why the Holy Spirit warns us in our memory verse to watch in the place of prayer. Beloved, are you really watching in prayer? You can only take a stand for God when your ears are open to what He is saying to you in the place of prayer concerning issues of your daily life. Our Lord told the disciples to watch and pray so that they might not enter into temptation, but instead of doing this, they fell asleep (Matthew 26:41). No wonder they could not take a stand for Him in His hour of tribulation (Matthew 26:55-75). Are you watching in the place of prayer today?

Open Heaven 13 November 2019 Wednesday Prayer Point:
Father, please help me to always take a stand for You in this perverse generation.

Open Heaven 13 November 2019 Wednesday Hymn 2: Oh Jesus, I Have Promised
1 O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my guide.

2 O let me feel Thee near me,
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3 Oh let me hear Thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh speak to reassure me,
To hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee,
That where Thou art in glory,
There shall Thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

5 Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.

Open Heaven Devotional 11 November 2019 – The Glorious Generation

Topic: The Glorious Generation
(Open Heaven 11 November 2019)

Memorise: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” – 1 Peter 2:9

Open Heaven 14 July 2019

Read: Psalm 24:3-6, Hebrews 3:7-12 (KJV)
Psalm 24:3-6:
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.

Hebrews 3:7-12:
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Bible in One Year: Job 5-8, Joel 2:1-17

Open Heaven 11 November 2019 Monday MESSAGE:
Although God created man with glory and grandeur, this glory left him after sin entered his life. Thereafter, man became a shadow of his former self, because not only did God’s glory depart from his life, he was also sent packing from the garden of glory that used to be his home (Genesis 3:22-24). In the midst of this calamity, God devised a plan to redeem the destiny of mankind by raising a glorious generation to Himself from amongst men. However, this generation could only come to be through the righteousness of God, because a glorious generation is that generation that fears the Lord and walks in His righteousness. Describing the qualities of this generation, Psalm 24:4 says:

“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”

In other words, the glorious generation is that generation of people who walk in purity of heart, the works of whose hands are clean. The words of whose lips are pure and the souls of whom and sold-out-to God. We therefore deceive ourselves if we call ourselves the glorious generation but our character calls into question the holiness of God we claim to represent.

Children of God in this generation must endeavour not to be like the Israelites who were liberated from bondage in Egypt with the destiny of a glorious generation but ended up grieving the heart of God. It is sobering to read God’s description of that generation in Hebrews 3:10, saying;

“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”

Unfortunately, this generation that was supposed to enter into God’s rest in a land flowing with milk and honey ended up perishing in the wilderness. This should serve as a great lesson to us today. Today’s memory verse declares that God has destined us to be a glorious generation. Nevertheless, we have to live a life that reflects we are indeed a glorious generation, through purity of heart, our manner of speech, the integrity of our works and a soul that is soul-out to God in love. Even though we live in a perverse world, we can still stand out as God’s shining standard. Beloved, remember that gold is brought out of dirt, so choose to be among the glorious generation that worships God in spirit and in truth, even in the midst of this crooked generation.

Open Heaven 11 November 2019 Monday Prayer Point:
Father, please grant me grace to represent Your glorious generation in all spheres of life in Jesus’ Name.

Open Heaven 11 November 2019 Monday Hymn 4: Take My Life
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.