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TOPIC: Spiritual Intelligence (RCCG Sunday School Manual For Young Adults And Youths (YAYA)

OPENING PRAYER: Father, enlighten me on what spiritual intelligence means. 

MEMORY VERSE: “And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.” – 2 Kings 6:12 KJV)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Judges 7:9-15 (KJV)

9 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.

12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

INTRODUCTION: Generally, Spiritual Intelligence is defined as the human capacity to ask questions about the ultimate meaning of life and the integrated relationship between us and the world in which we live. From a Christian perspective, it can be defined as reasoning ethically and morally to live life according to Scripture through the Holy Spirit. It is also a process of gaining spiritual insight into events yet to happen. Spiritual intelligence includes having a foreknowledge of the adversaries’ activities before they are carried out (2 Kings 6:8-11). All over the world, it is a well-known fact that one of the key tools for any effective military operation is intelligence. Spiritual intelligence is similar to this.

LESSON AIM: To teach students the importance of spiritual intelligence for a victorious living on earth.

TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through this study, students are expected to:
a. Define spiritual intelligence and its relevance to Christianity.
b. Mention biblical examples of those who employed spiritual intelligence.
c. Highlight the process that employs one to be spiritually intelligent. d. List the benefits one could derive from being spiritually intelligent.

TEXT REVIEW: Judges 7:9-15.

The Bible passage reveals how God encourages Gideon with regard to the battle with the Midianites.

LESSON OUTLINES 1: BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

All through the Bible we see instances where intelligence was employed in order to gain an advantage over the enemy. Some of these instances are mentioned below.

  1. Prophet Elisha offered intelligence service to the king of Israel. This made the king escape assassination (2Kings 6:8-13).

  2. Jesus has advanced knowledge of the plan to forcefully make him a king. He was able to isolate Himself (John 6:14-15).

  3. David’s knowledge of King Saul’s plot to kill him aided his escape (1 Samuel 19:11-12; 1-Samuel 23:6-13).

  4. Paul’s awareness of the plot to arrest and kill him led to the brethren helping him out (Acts 9:23-25).

  5. Gideon’s divine intelligence led to victory over Israel’s enemies (Judges 7:9-15).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should share with the class how they have employed spiritual intelligence to attain victory.

LESSON OUTLINE 2: PROCESS AND BENEFITS

A. God reveals deep secrets to His children (Daniel 2:22).

B. To become spiritually intelligent, believers must:
i. Develop intimacy with the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
ii. Live a lifestyle of unceasing prayer, and be watchful (James 5:17; Habakkuk 2:1-2).
iii. Be committed to obeying God’s word and be spiritually disciplined (1 Kings 13:11-22).

C. A believer who is spiritually intelligent will:
i. Gain dominance over the enemy and put the enemy at his/her mercy (1 Samuel 24:9-16).
ii. Overcome temptation and the resultant sin (Genesis 39:9).
iii. Escape the snares of the enemy (Psalm 91:1-3).
v. Be protected against the hidden wickedness of man (Isaiah 8:9-10).
vi. Frustrate any satanic agenda against them (Isaiah 54:17).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Students should mention the benefits that come with applying spiritual intelligence.

CONCLUSION: No child of God is redeemed to be dominated but to dominate. For believers to take over, they must gain spiritual

intelligence over their adversaries through prayers in the Holy Ghost and a life of holiness.

EVALUATION: Teachers should ask the students about the process to attain spiritual intelligence

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, I refuse to be a spiritual dwarf. Help me to be spiritually intelligent in all matters.

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