Destiny Manipulators (The Case Of The Two Harlots)
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Is it possible to live a lifestyle of evangelism? The leader should ask.
MEMORY VERSE: “And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.” – 1 Kings 3:22
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Kings 3:16-28 (KJV)
16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house, and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19 And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Who are destiny manipulators or destroyers? These are human agents of the devil or his demons that negatively alter the divine plan or the glory of an individual. A typical example is King Herod in Matthew 2:13 “…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” Consider how he wasted the lives and destinies of all the children of two years and below in Jerusalem and its coasts. – Matthew 2:16
Similarly in our bible text of today, two harlots shared the same room; each was delivered of a baby. However, one negligently slept over her baby and the baby died. The mother of the dead child exchanged her dead baby with the living one while the rightful mother was also asleep. But for the right judgement of King Solomon, the living child would have been killed also as that was her request before the King.
LESSON AIM: To expose the activities of destiny manipulators around us.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Explain those who are destiny manipulators.
ii. What are their operations and specialities?
TEXT REVIEW: 1 KINGS 3:16-28
i. Two women gave birth to two sons each. One slept on her son and he died with his destiny.
ii. The other son that was alive, would have been killed and his destiny but for the right and accurate judgement of King Solomon.
TEACHING METHOD: The leader should use the interactive / discussion method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are two outlines:
A: EXAMPLES OF DESTINY MANIPULATORS:
- Family background. – Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
- Satan and his forces. – Matthew 13:25
- Disobedience to God’s word. – Isaiah 1:19-20
- Peer influence.
- The desires of the flesh. – Romans 8:3-8
B: HOW CAN YOU DISCOVER AND FULFILL YOUR DESTINY?
- You need God to watch over you and your destiny. Therefore accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. – Romans 10:9
- Humble yourself before the Lord, always. – James 4:7
- Read, study and meditate in the word of God, always. – Joshua 1:8, 1 Timothy 2:15
- Live a life of sanctification and consecration. – John 17:17, Exodus 32:29
- Pray ceaselessly. – Luke 18:1
ACTIVITY: How do destiny manipulators operate?
SUMMARY: Destiny manipulators are everywhere. Please be prayerful.
CONCLUSION: Many people died prematurely and wasted their destinies because of manipulators like King Herod (Matthew 2:16) and the careless harlot who killed her only child. Why don’t you allow God to watch over your destiny? He will defend you to the end.
- Father, I thank You for Your word today.
- Father, help me to fear You in all my ways.
- Father, please deliver all RCCG members from destiny manipulators and destroyers.
- Father, please give Daddy G.O. the grace to finish strong.
- Personal prayer requests.
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
Father, help me to be pure in heart. – Matthew 5:8
Lord, destroy every root of bitterness that may open doors for the enemies.
Give me the grace to sustain my fellowship with God.
Every root of envy is destroyed in me, in Jesus name.
Father, help me to be truthful every time.
Luke 5:1-11 – Jesus turned Peter’s destiny around for good. Please do the same to mine.
Mark 5:1-15 – Jesus drove away from the destiny manipulators of the mad man of Gadarenes. He can do the same in your life today.