RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022/2023
AGE 13-19 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 7TH OF MAY, 2023
LESSON THIRTY SIX (36)
TOPIC: EXCELLENT SPIRIT
BIBLE TEXT: Daniel 1:19-20
And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
MEMORY VERSE: Then this Daniel was preferred above the president and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Daniel 6:3
LESSON AIM: To learn to walk in Excellence through the spirit of excellence.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Excellent Spirit is your inheritance in Christ Jesus.
INTRODUCTION: Excellent Spirit is from God; to access it, you have to be for God, just as Daniel did. In our Bible text, Daniel and his friends were found ten times better than their peers, this shows us how excellent Spirit can distinguish and cause one to even shine ten times brighter than others, that’s really amazing. The excellent Spirit is also known as the spirit of God (the Holy Spirit). Excellent spirit is available to all.
A)WHAT IS AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT?
It is a Spirit that enhances you to go ahead and beyond what is required of you, it is also the quality of being outstanding and extremely good with a high moral standard.
B) HOW TO HAVE AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT
To have an excellent spirit is to have the Holy Spirit, to have the Holy Spirit you have to be born again. Jesus has paid the price, so once you have the Holy spirit, you have an excellent spirit inside of you. In the old testament, only a few number of people could have an excellent spirit in them but now the Vail is torn and we all have free access through Jesus Christ.
C) HOW TO MAINTAIN AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT
1. You have to be humble, an excellent spirit exhorts one, but once pride sets in God will redraw his spirit just as He did to King Saul and his end was horrible.
2. You have to be a true worshiper always giving all the glory to God. Just as Daniel did in Daniel 6:21 -22. He never said it was by his power he escaped the lion’s den.
3. You have to be obedient. Don’t be wise in your own eyes for to obey is better than to sacrifice. Don’t make the mistake of King Saul.
4. Grow in the Knowledge of God, let it remain in your memory, for to know God is to do exploits.
5. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.
D) EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE THAT HAD EXCELLENT SPIRITS IN THE BIBLE
We have to understand that the spirit of God is an excellent spirit and not only Daniel had an excellent spirit in the Bible, other people had the Spirit i.e: King David (it was noted several times in the Bible and God was with David)1 Samuel 18:12&14 etc.
DISCUSSION: Mention other people who had the spirit of God in them in the Bible apart from King David and Daniel.
LIFE APPLICATION: We can all be excellent people if we genuinely stand for God where ever we find ourselves. Excellence is God’s will for us let us walk in it daily.
CONCLUSION: It’s awesome to have the Spirit of Excellence, but we have to be very careful not to lose it. The people who lost the spirit of God in them do not end up well. You may see worldly people doing well too but just know this, do not envy.them for their end is destruction.
Ask them – What did they learn in today’s lesson?
How can they apply this to their lives?
Let them put their prayer points here: