OPENING PRAYER: Father, please help me not to approach any evil altar for the healing/deliverance of my loved ones in case of sickness or affliction.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should ask the members to explain what they understand by the statement ‘going back to your vomit ‘.
MEMORY VERSE: And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. – Matthew 9:2
BIBLE TEXT: Luke 5:17-26 (KJV)
Luk 5:17 And it happened on one of the days, even He was teaching. And Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was there, for the curing of them.
Luk 5:18 And behold, men carrying, on a cot, a man who was paralyzed. And they sought to bring him in and to lay him before Him.
Luk 5:19 And not finding a way by which they might bring him in through the crowd, going up on the housetop, they let him down through the tiles with his cot into the midst, before Jesus.
Luk 5:20 And seeing their faith, He said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you.
Luk 5:21 And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, except God alone?
Luk 5:22 But knowing their thoughts, answering, Jesus said to them, Why do you reason in your hearts?
Luk 5:23 Which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Rise up and walk?
Luk 5:24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralytic, I say to you, Arise, and take up your cot and go to your house.
Luk 5:25 And immediately he rose up before them and took up that on which he lay. And he departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Luk 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, We saw wonderful things today.
ROMANS 8:35-39 discourages us from trading our love for Christ (salvation) because of sickness, affliction, problems etc. Christianity does not oppose seeking medical treatment in times of sickness. However, not all cases can be tested by hospitals especially those bordering on spiritual matters. In Luke 13:11, a woman was bent by a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years and she could not straighten up herself until she was healed by Jesus.
Mark 5:25-26; a woman suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years without cure until she met Jesus.
To explain to members not to let go of the guide or the salvation of their loved ones because of sickness.
At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Stand their ground on the note that all things work together for good to them that love God.
ii. Appreciate that there is no alternative in our Christian race.
TEXT REVIEW: LUKE 5:17-26
i. This man was gravely sick and could not do anything for himself.
ii. His friends to him to Jesus for healing but because of the multitude, they could not meet Jesus directly.
iii. They did not look for an alternative healing centre of the devil, but persisted on the right source of healing (Jesus) for their friend and got it in the end.
The leader should use the teaching/lecture method.
Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are two outlines:
A. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CASE IS BEYOND THE HOSPITAL?
Some patients are prematurely discharged by hospitals while some are out-rightly rejected when their cases are beyond medical knowledge.
Should such patients be too weak or unconscious to take decisions, the family members usually decide where else to take them to.
In today’s main text, (Luke 5:18-20) the four friends of the paralytic man took Him to Jesus.
Where will you take your sick one for healing? Is it to the power of darkness or to Jesus Christ?
B. THOSE IN THE BIBLE WHO WAITED UPON THE LORD FOR HEALING AND DELIVERANCE:
He went through all manners of sicknesses and afflictions. Even his wife told him to deny God and die but he refused and waited on the Lord. In the end, God healed and blessed him. – Job 42:10-17.
When he was sick, his sisters sent for Jesus, but when Jesus delayed in coming, it did not make Mary and Martha look for an alternative. Eventually, Lazarus died. At last Jesus Christ came there and brought him back to life. – John 11:39-44
If your sick person is being rejected by both the hospital and your local pastor where else can you take him/her for healing? Please be truthful.
Please don’t compromise the salvation of your loved ones.
Brethren, regardless of the gravity of the sickness and affliction, please don’t compromise the salvation of your loved ones. Never take your loved ones to the forces of darkness for healing or deliverance. If you do, you will be giving their souls to the devil.
- Father, thank You for my salvation.
- Father, help us not to deny You irrespective of what we face.
- Father, increase our faith to please You in RCCG.
- Father, please help Your son, Daddy G.O. to finish strong.
- Individual prayers.
Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
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