We've all heard of speaking to the 'mountain' - be it sickness, poverty or whatever problem we may have. David's 'mountain' was Goliath and I would like to find out how he overcame 'it'.
- THE PROBLEM: (v26) The uncircumcised Philistine that tried to defy the armies of God. In other words, this problem was something that challenged the power of God. Anything in our lives that goes against our covenant with God or God's promises for us IS a problem. WHICH OF GOD'S PROMISES IS UNDER 'ATTACK' IN YOUR LIFE?
- DISCOURAGEMENT: (v28) "With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?" In attempting to analyse the problem, David comes under 'verbal attack' from his brother. Eliab, David's brother tries to discourage him by belittling him. WHO OR WHAT DISCOURAGES YOU FROM TAKING A STAND AGAINST A PROBLEM?
- FEAR: (v32) "...Let no man's heart fail because of this Philistine.." David discards any fear he may have by encouraging the king. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH FEAR?
- DISQUALIFICATION: (v33) "You are not able... you are ONLY an adolescent..." Saul disqualifes David as being the right person for the job. WHO OR WHAT DISQUALIFIES YOU?
- BIG PROBLEM: (v33) "...he has been a warrior from his youth." Saul confirms the strength of the opposition to further stress David's inability to deal with the problem. DO YOU KNOW 'SOMEONE' BIGGER?
- AFFIRMATION: (v36) "...dealt with the lion and the bear... this Philistine shall be like one of them... he has defied the armies of the living God." HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE?
- CONFIDENCE: (v37) "The Lord who delivered me...He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. David encourages himself in the Lord. WHAT IS YOUR TESTIMONY?
- UNSUITABLE HELP: (v38-39) Saul offered David his armour but David gave it back; it was unsuitable. Saul wanted to help...or did he? All David needed was God's armour, not Saul's! WHO OR WHAT COULD STEAL THE GLORY FROM GOD?
- THREATS: (v43-44) Goliath threatens David. "...I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the fields." REMEMBER THE EMPTY VESSELS THAT MAKE THE MOST noise AND THE ENEMY THAT sounds like A ROARING LION?
- AUTHORITY & POWER : (v45-46) David does not threaten but makes known the authority and power that back him up. "...but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel..." This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand..." WHO'S FIGHTING YOUR BATTLE?
- GOD'S GLORY: (v46b) "...That all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel." TO WHOM DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS?
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