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Sunday AM Remix – 7.17.11

Have you ever felt like you were up against something that you couldn’t defeat? Maybe you have tried, but somehow have failed. Maybe you feel like there is something you are supposed to do, but the comments of others is keeping you trapped from doing what you know you are supposed to do.  We all have Giants! Today, by looking at the story of David and Goliath, we are going to talk about how we can take a stand against the giants we face so we can begin to see the victory we so eagerly desire!

HEREOS
“David:  When You Face a Giant”
1 Samuel 17

* God tends to use the least, the last, and the lost, the most! Why? Because HE gets the Glory & Praise because everyone understands that there is no-way they could have done that on their own!
* No-One is too small for God to use!
* The story of David and Goliath is the John 3:16 of the Old Testament because many people have heard it!

TO DEFEAT A GIANT IN YOUR LIFE …

1. Identify Your GIANT.

“The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them. Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield. Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. ‘Why are you all coming out to fight?’ he called. ‘I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!’ When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.” 1 Samuel 17:1-11 (NLT)

* Your Giant might not be named Goliath, it may be named … lying, cheating, gambling, busyness, over-eating, laziness, pornography, smoking, sniffing, shooting, drinking, … and the list goes on!
* Your Giant may not flaunt itself in the valley but in, the bedroom, in the work place, at the gym, in the refrigerator … and the list goes on!      You know where you are tempted most!!!
* Your Giant will keep you hostage!
* You must identify the giant, because you can’t kill a ghost!

2. Ignore The NAY-SAYERS.

“One day Jesse said to David, ‘Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.’ David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. ‘Have you seen the giant?’ the men asked. ‘He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!’ David asked the soldiers standing nearby, ‘What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?’ And these men gave David the same reply. They said, ‘Yes, that is the reward for killing him.’ But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. ‘What are you doing around here anyway?’ he demanded. ‘What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!’ ‘What have I done now?’ David replied. ‘I was only asking a question!’ He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer.” 1 Samuel 17:17-30 (NLT)

* Man looks at the outward appearance but man looks at the heart!
* When was the last time you put yourself in a situation where God had to rescue you?
* There is a difference in looking like a Christian and being a Christian!
* We will always have critics who say we cant do it!
* We have a Goliath to go after, but many times we spend our energy in what others say we can’t do!
* A Leader who keeps his ear toe the ground leaves his rear open for attach.

3. Refuse To PROCRASTINATE.

“Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him. ‘Don’t worry about this Philistine,’ David told Saul. ‘I’ll go fight him!’ 1 Samuel 17:31-32 (NLT)

* David asked several people why they were not stepping up to fight!
* This was Saul’s fight not Davids, but Saul missed his opportunity see God use him in a powerful way.
* Procrastination is the assignation of motivation.
* David didn’t wait around, if he had, he probably would have become like everyone else!
* Many times we want God to adjust to us instead of us making the needed adjustments God has led us to.

4. Stay With Your STRENGTHS.

“‘Don’t be ridiculous!’ Saul replied. ‘There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.’ But David persisted. ‘I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,’ he said. ‘When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!’ Saul finally consented. ‘All right, go ahead,’ he said. ‘And may the Lord be with you!’ Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. ‘I can’t go in these,’ he protested to Saul. ‘I’m not used to them.’ So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:33-40 (NLT)

* You are the only one that can be you and get it right!
* He took 5 stones to kill Goliath because Goliath had 4 brothers and he was going to kill them all!
* You can’t fight your battles with someone else’s strength or stuff!

5. Trust Only IN THE LORD.

“Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. ‘Am I a dog,’ he roared at David, ‘that you come at me with a stick?’ And he cursed David by the names of his gods. ‘Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!’ Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and He will give you to us!’” 1 Samuel 17:41-47 (NLT)

* You never know how great God is until you have been rescued by Him.
* Faith is believing and repeating what God has already said.
* The size of your Giant is determined by the size of your God. Big giant, small God. Big God, small giant!

6. Move Toward The GIANT.

“As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:48-49 (NLT)

* The longer you look at, analyze, and strategize, the more difficult it is to defeat your giant!

“I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60

7. Finish The JOB.

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.” 1 Samuel 17:50-51 (NLT)

* Many times we fight against the giant but never finish the job! YOU MUST KILL THE GIANT!
* Whatever battle you face today it’s not about you, it’s all about God.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His Temple. For He will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” Psalm 27:1-5 (NLT)

* God wants you to triumph so you can tell others about Him and what He has done!
* What Giant are you facing?

The greatest Giant we all face is the giant of being lost. The only way I can defeat this Giant is by trusting Jesus, inviting Him into my life, and living with Him as Lord. When I do this, He defeats the giant of lostness and return, gives me salvation through the cross and the resurrected Christ. If you would like more info on this, please click here!

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