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FOLLOWING IIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/8/2013

Monday, April 08, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/8/2013

1 Samuel 17:40-51
THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD USES, Lesson 7b

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COMMITTED PEOPLE

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Obstacles - 1 Sam. 17:4-11, 32 - David was determined to honor the Lord despite the size and power of Goliath. His eyes were not on the problem, but on the Problem-solver!

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Opposition - 1 Sam. 17:27-32 - Some said that David couldn’t do it. Others questioned his motives, but David was determined to defeat Goliath despite those who stood against him. Those who go with God are going to face opposition – (2 Tim. 3:12).

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Opportunities - 1 Sam. 17:17-26 - David had the chance to walk away, but David had his priorities in order. To him, the main thing was the glory of God! He had made up His mind that God would come first, no matter what! That should be the desire of every child of God – (1 Cor. 10:31).

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE
They Are Willing To Accept The Risks - 1 Sam. 17:38-51 - David was willing to put his life on the line for the glory of God. If the Lord hadn’t come through for him, David would have died! This was the same heart that motivated Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel!

They Are Willing To Accept The Ridicule - 1 Sam. 17:28, 32-37 - David was willing to listen to the taunts of his opponents and the jibes of his critics. To him, the rewards that came for obedience to the Lord outweighed any personal humiliation he might suffer because of others. Even Jesus suffered ridicule – (John 7:3-6).

They Are Willing To Accept The Results - 1 Sam. 17:49-51 - David walked out on that battlefield confident that he would win. He knew that he was the next king of Israel and that it was not his day to die. You and I do not always have that same degree of assurance. There are times when you will enter a fight and come up short, but keep this truth in mind: While you may not always win in the battles of faith, if your faith is in the Lord above, you can never lose! What looks like a defeat in our eyes, may just be a victory in the eyes of the Lord!

Conc: Do you want to be the kind of person God uses? I do! Regardless of what it costs in time, energy or reputation, it will be worth it to be used of the Lord. As you have listened to these characteristics exposed and explained, it may that you have identified certain areas of your life that need correction. If so, please come before the Lord and talk to Him about your needs. He will take your life and use you for His glory if you will get honest with Him. If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, then you come to Him today and I will take the world of God and show you how you can be saved. Wherever you may be right now, you can become a person God uses for His glory. Let’s determine to pay the price to be that person for the glory of God!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 29:1-2 (New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to God in His Holiness and Majesty
A Psalm of David.
29 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Live For Jesus” By: E. R. Latta (1892)

Live for Jesus, O my brother,
His disciple ever be;
Render not to any other,
What alone the Lord’s should be.
Refrain
Live for Jesus, live for Jesus;
Give Him all thou hast to give;
On the cross the world’s Redeemer
Gave His life that Thou mightst live.

Live for Jesus, wandering sinner,
Under Satan serve no more;
Of the promised prize a winner
Thou may’st be, when life is o’er.
Refrain

Live for Jesus in life’s morning;
At the noontide hour be His;
And at eve, when day is turning,
And inherit endless bliss.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Glory, God of truth and Grace! Thank You for the Truth of Your Word. Thank You for Jesus who is the Word. Your Word teaches us and shows us how to live in righteousness, Your righteousness. We praise You for the gift of Your Truth, Your Word, Your Grace and Jesus. We thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, for guiding us in all spiritual ways. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. Your Law is truth. We praise You for Your loving kindness as we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise. Enable us to make our worship of You a way of life. Forgive us as we forgive others. This we pray in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:17PM

    Christ was not swayed by applause or condemnation. He steadfastly did His Father's will. I want to be used of Him in the same way.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/9/2013 1:25PM

    Thanks Vic for the lesson. I find that i have a long way to go here as far as being bold for Christ. i struggle sometimes with forgiveness and forgetting especially with family members.

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ANHELIC 4/8/2013 11:41PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. As David knew that he would be the next king, we don't know what's in store for us, but Jesus does and before we even get there, Jesus has already prepared the way for us. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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JADOMB 4/8/2013 11:38AM

    A man was being interviewed for a job and the interviewer sat a glass half full of water in front of the prospective new employee. Then he asked the man, "are you an optimist or a pessimist?". At which time the prospective new employee took the glass of water, and drank it. Then he replied, "neither, I'm a problem solver". He was hired right on the spot.

Think out of the box. God needs problem solvers, not robots.

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NELLIEH1 4/8/2013 9:44AM

    Thanks you, Vic for outlining the character traits of one who brings glory to GOD on the constant battlefields of life. Thanks, Joanie for your insights about how to stand in Christ instead of defending oneself against attacks, slights, hurts. My modus operendi had always been "Keep the peace and protect oneself against further pain". So I was very controlling of any situation I perceived as going into harm's way. Now I try to be being willing so that my faith (GOD's gift and enabling) can be proven and GOD gets the glory!

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LOSTLIME 4/8/2013 9:35AM

    Thank you,Vic for the clarification of the readings of the Bible. You make it so much clrearer for me.

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SANDRALEET 4/8/2013 9:02AM

    Sometimes God gives use a job want to or not he gets after us till we do it.

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TONYVAND1 4/8/2013 8:57AM

  Lord use me in any way you want. Help me to be totally committed to you

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JOANIE69 4/8/2013 8:08AM

    Amen Vic. Regarding your thoughts on risks and ridicule while serving the Lord, I have found something that works for me in regards to my own attitude. While being sensitive to the views and needs of others (or non-offensive myself), I vowed that I would never be "offended". To me that means if I find that I am mis-understood or mis-represented, that I will go straight to the Lord and ask Him to defend me and to intervene. I will pray for the person (s) who slighted or hurt me, and let it go...without defending myself when it would only make matters worse. There is an old saying that goes something like this: "he who defends himself has the world's worst lawyer in his employ". Jesus is our Advocate, and if we do our best with a clean heart towards God, we can confidently leave all the consequences to Him. Thank you for your teaching and all that it can mean to others in their (my) own spiritual growth.

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  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/7/2013

Sunday, April 07, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/7/2013

1 Samuel 17:40-51
THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD USES, Lesson 7a

Over 150 years ago, Henry Varley said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” A young man named D.L. Moody heard those words and determined in his heart to be that man! He gave himself fully to the will of God for His life and the Lord used him to shake two continents for Jesus. Moody preached to more than 100 million people during his ministry and many thousands came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a person God can use. The Lord is still looking for men, women, boys and girls that He can fill with His Spirit and use to make a difference for Jesus. You and I can be that person that God will take and use for His name’s sake.

In our passage, we are told about a young man named David. In his meeting with Goliath, there are some definite principles exposed that teach us about the person God uses. Let’s notice these truths. I want to teach for a while on this thought “The Kind Of Person God Uses”. These verses shed some light on the characteristics they possess. Allow me to share those characteristics with you today.

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COMMON PEOPLE

Ordinary People Are Used By God - 1 Sam. 16:6-13 - Look at David’s treatment and status within his own family! In 1 Cor. 1:25-29, God uses the unknown and the ordinary because He will receive the most glory! (Examples: Moses, servant girl and Namaan, 12 Disciples, etc.!)

Obedient People Are Used By God - 1 Sam. 17:17-22 - The people used by God are willing to do the most mundane of tasks for the glory of God, (Psa. 84:10); for example: 2 disciples sent after the colt – (Matt. 21:1-7). David was on a mission that could have been handled by the least of Jesse’s servants, but David willingly did the job because he was commanded to do so. Of course, being there when he was afforded him an opportunity to serve the Lord in a greater way than he ever imagined! Don’t look down at the tasks the Lord assigns you, the least of them may reap the greatest glory to God!

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE CONSECRATED PEOPLE

He Uses People Who Are Related To Him - David’s words in v. 26, 29, 37, 45-57, reveal that David has a personal relationship with God. All one has to do is read the Psalms to see that David had a heart for God, (Psa. 23:1-6; Psa. 27:4, and Acts 13:22).

He Uses People Who Are Relying On Him - 1 Sam. 17:37-47 - David voiced his faith and confidence in the Lord. David was not looking to man-made weapons and resources, but he stuck to what had always worked in his life: faith in God! Any battles that are won in our lives will be won by God! If we are ever used in this life, it will be because we a leaning upon Him and His resources for our strength and provision!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Philippians 2:2 (New King James Version (NKJV)

2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“To Love Someone More Dearly” By: Maude L. Ray (1903)

To love someone more dearly every day,
To help a wandering child to find his way,
To ponder o’er a noble thought and pray,
And smile when evening falls,
And smile when evening falls:
This is my task.

To follow truth as blind men long for light,
To do my best from dawn of day till night,
To keep my heart fit for His holy sight,
And answer when He calls,
And answer when He calls:
This is my task.

And then my Savior by and by to meet,
When faith hath made her task on earth complete,
And lay my homage at the Master’s feet,
Within the jasper walls,
Within the jasper walls:
This crowns my task.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Loving Father, Almighty God! Help us to find favor in Your sight; make us servants and workers in Your kingdom. No task is too small and unimportant. Trusting You is essential for our relationship and our faith. Help us to be people others can trust so that Your will may be done through us to Your glory and honor. Enable us to right wrongs, to confess our wrongs, and to seek Your Word for guidance and direction in life. Help us to earn the trust of others when we keep Your commandments and enable You to accomplish Your eternal purpose for all of us. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:09PM

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JADOMB 4/8/2013 11:32AM

    As a weak human I know I am always having to fight off weak minded thoughts and actions. I also know that my God loves and forgives me for my weaknesses. And my love for God is to continue to love him and to fight off the weak human ways to be more like him. I accept that I will never reach that goal, but that won't stop me.

I also don't worry about how small the good thoughts or actions maybe that I am tasked with. From a small seed a great Oak Tree grows.

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RSSSLHB 4/7/2013 8:05PM

    emoticon Vic

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ANHELIC 4/7/2013 5:44PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Praying that we will be chosen by God to do even the smallest of tasks for His glory and honor. God will only give us what we can handle and we can be grateful to be honoring our God.
Thank you for the goodie and note. Praying that you had a Blessed Sunday.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/7/2013 12:06PM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/7/2013 10:54AM

    If I can help a few to find there way I did some good I can help Gods people the best I can I am a spark lighter

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/7/2013 10:49AM

    Amen.

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LOSTLIME 4/7/2013 9:40AM

    Thank you,Vic! I want to be that someone that God wants. I know I just have to listen to Him.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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EFFIEANNIE 4/7/2013 8:24AM

    Just saw your blogs for the first time. Great, thanks for the lesson. I remember that hymn too, a great song.

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SAINTBETH 4/7/2013 8:14AM

    Amen!

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TONYVAND1 4/7/2013 8:00AM

  I too want to be a man that God can use

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NELLIEH1 4/7/2013 7:19AM

    Our relationship with the Living GOD sets us on the pathway to dependence upon Him as well as His call to hear and do His will. How mightily blessed we each are to know Christ and to have the privilege of making Him know in our small (or larger) spheres of influence! Thanks, Vic

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JOANIE69 4/7/2013 6:42AM

    emoticon Vic, for a great teaching to begin my day. I pray your Sunday will be blessed.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/6/2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/6/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6c

YOU HAVE TO EXPECT THE RIGHT MIRACLES

David walked down into that valley directly into an impossible situation. He was doubted by some, (vs. 28, 33). He was ridiculed by the giant, (vs. 42-44). Yet, his faith allowed David to accomplish everything that fear denied Saul and the others!
Notice the contrast between the speeches of Goliath and David, (vs. 43-47). David declared the victory and the glory of God before the battle was even fought! That is the essence of faith! It will allow you to give your victory speech before you even fight the battle!

David engaged the giant in battle and won the victory over him! Faith took up the challenge that day. Faith stayed with God and with what had always worked. Faith walked down into that valley; faith faced that giant; faith hurled that stone; faith saw that giant fall to the ground and faith received that victory! Never underestimate that power of faith in your battles!

Did you know that Goliath did not die in verse 49? He didn’t die in verse 51 either! Goliath died in verse 26. David dug his grave in verse 29. He gave the eulogy in verse 36. David had the graveside rites and had filled in the grave by verses 45-47. All David had to do in verses 49 and 51 was to walk by the grave, lay some flowers on the headstone and say “I told you so!”

Friend, you may not see your giants fall the instant you exercise faith in God. Don’t let that cause you to lose hope! You see, you cannot always believe what the eyes of flesh see! But, you can always believe what the eyes of faith see. It may look like you are outgunned, outnumbered and in an impossible situation. It looked that way for David. It looked that way for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It looked that way for Daniel. It looked that way for the Disciples in that ship. It looked that was for Jesus on that cross. I would just like to remind you that we serve a God, Who specializes in doing the impossible, (Luke 1:37)! If you will bring that hopeless, impossible situation to Him and then go and face it in faith, you will see Him snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!

Look carefully at verse 51. I am going to ask you a question right now. It is a question so simple and so easy that I am almost ashamed to ask it. But here goes: In verse 51, is the giant still there? Of course he is! Only now, he is 10 feet long and not 10 feet tall! You can get over a giant like that! You see, faith will take that which is over your head and will put it under your feet!

Conc: What kind of giant are you looking at this evening? Do you fear that it can’t be defeated? Well, it can! Whether it is the giant of sin, or of some difficulty in life, it can be defeated by the power of God. I challenge you to bring that giant to the feet of Jesus today; examine your motives for wanting it defeated; embrace God’s method for defeating that giant; and go face it in faith! Jesus will give the victory.

I want you to notice with me that David had kept a mental trophy from his past victories in the Lord, (vs. 34-36). When he defeated Goliath, he accessed those mental trophies and used them as a reminder that what God had done for him in past confrontations, God could do in the present situation. After he defeated Goliath, he took even more trophies to remind him in the future that God is a God Who gives victories, (vs. 54). Every morning when David woke up, he could see Goliath’s armor and it was a reminder that no matter what he faced that day, God was greater, and was able to give David the victory!

As you face you giants, look back over your life. Remember those times when God moved mountains? Remember when He did the impossible back then? Friend, He can still do it right now. Get that giant to Him and in His time, He will give you the miracle you need!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 94:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Victory In Jesus” By: E. M. Barlett (1939)

I heard an old, old story
How a Savior came from glory
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning
Of His precious blood's atoning
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory

Refrain:
O victory in Jesus
My Savior, forever
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory
Beneath the cleansing flood

I heard about His healing
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory

Refrain:

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea
About the angels singing
And the old redemption story
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory

Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heaven Father, merciful God. We thank You for all the wonderful things you have done for us in the past. We know that we can trust You to help us in the present and in the future, just as You have in the past. Keep us from fear and discouragement as we face the challenges and giants of life each day. Thank You for going before us with a plan of battle that will result in victory. Continue to provide us with Your guidance and Your Word of life so we may use all that you have created in us to Your praise, glory and honor. This we ask and pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:06PM

    It's good to remember how God has dealt with our giants of the past. He has not changed!

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FLEMIDG 4/7/2013 1:09AM

    Another wonderful blog. Thanks Vic. God has truly slain some giants in my life, and am continuing to ask Him for help with a giant today. God is so good. God bless you . Thanks for your wonderful teachings.

Darlene

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ANHELIC 4/6/2013 11:48PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. We do have victory in Jesus, as long as we follow His path. God has battled my giants in the past and I don't worry about my future because God is already there preparing my path to Him. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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MARINEMAMA 4/6/2013 8:38PM

    thank you for sharing!

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TONYVAND1 4/6/2013 4:16PM

  Expecting a miracle and slaying the giants.

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JADOMB 4/6/2013 11:48AM

    Giants will always come and go, but with Jesus, all things are possible. We are the Giant slayers.

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JOANIE69 4/6/2013 11:19AM

    Amen again Vic. This made me think about all the 'impossible' giant situations the Lord has already slain for me: "As you face you giants, look back over your life. Remember those times when God moved mountains? Remember when He did the impossible back then? Friend, He can still do it right now. Get that giant to Him and in His time, He will give you the miracle you need! " It encourages me too, that wrong attitudes that lead to wrong reactions CAN also be defeated...in fact...every day I see progress there, as I abide constantly (more and more) in Christ, and let HIM fight my battles and slay my giants, while my only outward reaction is one of peace.

Thank you for this encouraging lesson, hymn, prayer, and all your goodies that you send my way! Have awonderful Sunday tomorrow, God Bless you, Joanie

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/6/2013 11:15AM

    emoticon for strengthening our eyes of faith again. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 4/6/2013 11:01AM

    Thank you,Vic.

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SANDRALEET 4/6/2013 10:59AM

    we have to be sure whot our m0ntain is If its food alcohol or drugs we have to attack the part in use and slay it in use Stop that behavior with Gods help emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 4/6/2013 10:59AM

  thank you once again

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NELLIEH1 4/6/2013 9:31AM

    Right! I cannot always believe what the eyes of flesh "see". It is truly the eyes of faith, given us by GOD and enabled to perceive by Him alone that indeed see. Giants seem unconquerable when we/I look at them in myself. As the Spirit gives us vision, they are observed very differently. Thank you again!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/5/2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I'm sending tomorrows lesson today, because in one hour, my wife and I will be leaving to attend a funeral in Freer, Tx, and we do not know what time we will be back Friday. God Bless Each of YOU! Vic.


DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/5/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6b

YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE THE RIGHT METHODS

When David’s plan to kill the giant reached the ears of King Saul, he joined the chorus of naysayers, telling David that he could not do the job, (vs. 33). What a group of cheerleaders! Then, hearing that David was determined in this matter, Saul tried to suit David up in his own armor, (vs. 38). David, however, rejected Saul’s armor because it had not been proven in his life.

David was determined that he would go into battle with the things that had always worked for him in the past. David knew that the God, Who had always come through in the past, was the God, Who would still come through in the present, (vs. 34-36).
David did not know a thing about shields, spears and swords, at least not yet. He wasn’t schooled in armies, armor and archery. Yet, David knew God! He knew that God had always given him the victory in the past, and he knew that God does not change, (Heb. 13:8).

David knew that God was greater than any giant. He also knew that God had a plan for his life and that plan did not include him dying at the hand of Goliath. So, when David went out to fight, he only took those things that had worked for him in the past: he took his staff, his sling, five smooth stones, and Sovereign God, (vs. 40).
Why did David take five stones, when he only needed one? Here are some theories that have been offered.

Five in the Bible is the number of grace and David needed grace to defeat Goliath. Well, he did need grace, but I doubt David knew anything about Bible numerology!
Goliath had four sons, (2 Sam. 21:19-22), and David wanted to be ready just in case they showed up. Well, the giant did have four sons, but David didn’t know that at the time.

The most likely reason is that David wanted to be sure he could finish the job. He knew he might miss. He also knew that the giant might not fall on the first shot. So, he wanted to be sure he was ready to complete the assignment. By the way, your giants and mine don’t always go down on the first swing! But, if you will go into battle fully equipped in the power of God, and you keep swinging, that giant will eventually fall at your feet!

Folks, you can try any method you please to defeat the giants in your life. You can attend the latest seminars. You can read the newest books. You can climb on the latest bandwagon. You can pray the prayer of Jabez. You can strive for a purpose driven life. But, when it is all said and done, giant killing gets real simple. It all comes down to this one simple, basic truth: The just shall live by faith, (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38).

If you want to see the giants in your life lying dead at your feet, then know these facts:
God is greater than your giants – (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20).
The God Who worked then will still work now – (Mal. 3:6).

You don’t need new methods to defeat your giants. Tried and proven weapons like prayer, faith and the Word of God will still get the job done today, (Eph. 6:12-18).
Communicate with headquarters about your giant. Prayer is the believer’s greatest secret weapon. Communications have always been an issue on battlefields, that problem has been solved on the spiritual battlefield. The saints of God can be in constant contact with the throne of grace.

Assault your giant with the Word of God – (Heb. 4:12). This was the Savior’s method – (Matt. 4:1-11).

Attack your giant in faith, knowing that God always gives the victory, (1 Cor. 15:57).

He will either give you the victory over what you face, or He will give you victory in what you face, (2 Cor. 12:9).

God did not save you to let you fall at the hand of your giant – (Phil. 1:6). God is not interested in your defeat. He is interested in your victory!

Giants are placed in our lives to grow us in the Lord – (Num. 14:9). They are the original “breakfast of champions”. "Giants are the bumps we climb on." ( Warren Weirsbe.)

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 18:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“You are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
I'm seeking You like a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

Taking my cross my sin my shame
Raising again I praise Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I run dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all


Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I run dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name, lets go
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holt Father, Most Loving God! We praise You and thank You for the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, our sins. Help us to live a worthy life because of what Jesus has done for us. Help us to be people others can trust so that Your will can be done through us as it is in heaven. Enable us to walk by faith according to Your will and follow Jesus, the One You sent to redeem us and leads us home to glory. Make us vessels worthy of Your Love, Grace and Glory. This we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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RSSSLHB 4/5/2013 9:14PM

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NELLIEH1 4/5/2013 3:19PM

    Each lesson you share in "How to be a giant killer" is very helpful, Vic. Thanks for sending this one along "early". Praying that you and those who lost a loved one are being comforted by GOD is special ways today.

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JOANIE69 4/5/2013 12:41PM

    Amen Vic. My recent giant is the fact I went back to allowing sugary treats once Lent ended, and the CRAVINGS have reached gigantic proportions. My brain and body are out to make up for what they think I lost. So I am praying and using Scriptures to fight off this demon-sugar. I did without before and I can again. There are plenty of no-sugar treats and delicious fruit desserts available...it is setting my mind on the goal of the high-calling we have in Christ Jesus, that I need to focus upon. God will give the victory if I but ask and believe. Amen again...a great lesson.

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LOSTLIME 4/5/2013 12:13PM

    Thank you for the lesson. I hope you have a save trip.

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LUANN7 4/4/2013 11:04PM

    thank you for todays lesson. I know with Gods help I can take care of my giants that I have. And turning to our God is what we need to do. Have a safe trip and thanks for the sparkgoodie.
Lu:)

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ANHELIC 4/4/2013 10:29PM

    Jesus is my All in All. He is the only one who can give me the victory over my giants. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. How can we not be the victors. Thank you Vic for a great lesson, one of my favorite hymn and prayer. Thank you for the goodie and note. Have a safe trip and my God be with you and your wife.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/4/2013 9:55PM

  you are amazing thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/4/2013 7:52PM

    My giants are troubles and responsibility that cone my way.

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WENDYW596 4/4/2013 2:34PM

    Thanks, a beautiful song to remember a wonderful biblical truth!

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TONYVAND1 4/4/2013 1:27PM

  H e is my all in all and He directs my paths.

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COOP9002 4/4/2013 12:41PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Blessings upon you and yours today.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/4/2013 12:40PM

    Thank you for this - sometimes we can't see past the giants.

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MRSP90X 4/4/2013 12:31PM

    I needed this today!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/4/2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/4/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6a

Whenever I read this great passage, I am reminded of Israel’s trouble with giants in Numbers 13-14. After two years in the wilderness, Israel had arrived at the banks of the Jordan River. God had promised them the land on the other side of Jordan, but they stopped to send in spies to examine the land. When those spies returned, they reported that the land was a good land, but that it was a land inhabited by many great giants, (Num. 13:27-28). In fact, ten of the spies were absolutely terrified of the giants they had seen there, (Num. 13:33). Caleb and Joshua, who had seen the same giants, tried their best to get the people to trust in the Lord, enter Canaan and claim the land, but the people listen to the majority report and refused to battle their giants. As a result, they were all condemned to 38 more years of wilderness wandering. They were to wander until that faithless generation had died out.

38 years later, they arrive back at the Jordan River. Moses speaks to them to prepare them to enter Canaan. As he does, he lets them know that they are about to face some giants on the other side of Jordan, (Deut. 9:1-2). What’s the point? Israel fled from those giants 38 years before, when their children came back 38 years later, the giants were still there and they had to be faced.

I am speaking to a group of people today who are facing some giants. How do I know? We all face giants. I even have a few of my own! The bottom line is this: you may not want to face your giants. You may want to run from them in fear. You may want to avoid them and hope that they will just go away. You need to know that your giants will not just go away. They must be faced and they can be defeated.

This passage presents David as a young man. He is a young man filled with faith in the Lord. David is a young man who was not afraid to go to battle with the giants of life and claim victory in the name of the Lord. David was a giant killer and you need to know that you can be too!

That giant you are facing today, regardless of its nature, can be destroyed and it can be defeated. This text gives us precious insight into how that can be accomplished. Let me share with you three simple steps that are absolutely necessary, as I teach for a while on “How To Be A Giant Killer”.

YOU HAVE TO EXHIBIT THE RIGHT MOTIVES

A little background related to this text might be in order. David’s father Jesse had sent David to bring some supplies to three of David’s brothers who were fighting in Saul’s army, (vs. 12-13, 17-18). When David arrives at the battlefield, he finds Saul and the armies of Israel cowering in fear because of the taunts and threats of a giant named Goliath, (vs. 1-11).

It seems that Israel and the Philistines were carrying out an ages old ritual. Each army would produce a champion; these champions would fight to the death and the side which won that battle would claim victory over the enemy. The loser of that battle would become the servants of the victor.

Of course, the champion chosen by the Philistines was no ordinary soldier! In fact, his stats are quite impressive. He was some 9’ 9” tall! He wore armor that weighted in at 175 pounds. He carried a spear that weighed over 32 pounds. This monster was covered in brass, from head to toe. He was a formidable opponent, and his defeat seemed in question!

For 40 mornings and evenings, this giant had taunted the armies of Israel and had been challenging them to send out a man to do battle with him. For 40 mornings and evenings the Israelites had heard the challenges and had retreated to their tents in fear.

However, this day would be different! Goliath and his challenges were seen and heard by a young man named David. David’s faith and confidence in the Lord rises to the challenges and he offers to go out and fight this giant.

When David spoke of killing the giant, his motives were questioned. Some people may have thought that David was motivated by the financial rewards offered to the man who killed Goliath, (vs. 25-27, 30). His brother Eliab, speaking out of jealousy, tried to accuse David of promoting himself, (vs. 28). Eliab, and David’s other brothers, knew that David had been anointed by Samuel. They may have thought that he was trying to advance his name in Israel.

What were David’s motives? Perhaps David saw the offer of Saul, (vs. 25), as a stepping stone to the throne of Israel. Little did he know that many miles and many trials lay between him and his being king in Israel.

As I read this text, I am convinced that David’s heart was motivated by two things only. I do not think it was the money, the fame or the power. I think he was motivated by:

The glory of God – (vs. 26, 29, 36) – Goliath was mocking the God of Israel and David could not stand the thoughts of that happening!

By his role as the newly anointed king – (1 Sam. 16:1-12) – Just as David had protected his sheep from the attacks of the lion and bear, (vs. 34-36), he would protect his Israel from the attack of Goliath.

When you see the giants you are facing in your own life, ask yourself this question: Why do I want this giant defeated? What is my motive for wanting this giant dead? An easier life? Bragging rights? Power in the eyes of others? So that I will feel better? What? I would submit to you that there are only two proper motives for wanting to see your giants defeated:

A Desire For God’s glory – (1 Cor. 10:31) – This should be the ultimate motivator for all of life! Everything we do should be passed through the filter of God’s glory!

A Desire For God’s plan to be fulfilled in your life – (Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17) – It is part of God’s plan for you to face your giant, or that giant would not be there. It may be part of God’s plan for you to defeat your giant. It may also be God’s plan for you that you live with your giant. Are you willing to accept His plan, regardless of what it is?

I would submit to you today that one of the primary reasons God used David to defeat Goliath was because David had the right motives for wanting that giant dead! And friend, one of the reasons you and I do not see our giants fall like we want them to is because we are often praying and operating from wrong motives, (James 4:1-3).

TODAY’S VERSE!

Isaiah 28:5 (New King James Version (NKJV)

5 In that day the Lord of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people,

TODAY’S HYMN!

"I Shall Not Be Moved" By: Edward H. Boatner n (1993)

Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved, Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:
I shall not be, I shall not be moved, I shall not be, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved

In His love abiding, I shall not be moved, And in Him confiding, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

I shall not be moved, Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved, On the rock of ages, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Gracious God! We are forever grateful knowing You are with us as we face our fears and our giants. We lift up to You our deepest fears knowing that You will deliver us from them. Set us free from all dread and anxieties that frighten us. Your presence in our lives is comforting and drives out all fears. You, O God, are greater than anything we may ever have to face. Thank You for Your peace and Your strength. This we pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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JADOMB 4/4/2013 11:25AM

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. ;-)

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SAINTBETH 4/4/2013 10:03AM

    Good one!

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/4/2013 9:50AM

    emoticon for another great lesson

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NELLIEH1 4/4/2013 8:53AM

    Yes, a powerful message indeed! Why do I really want to defeat this nagging giant in my life? I'm afraid that if it creeps an inch closer our little house will literally collapse into our cellar. Forty-seven years (or more) of paper and book accumulations must end! Now this may not seem like a giant. But I realize that GOD does not get the glory when my attention is on saving "for future reference", instead of following hard after Him!
David took five smooth stones; I must begin with boxes and bags for attack. David took very little with him; I must stop the "putting aside just in case". David stood and challenged: I must do the same. Emotional attachment to things disrupts my honoring and worshiping my Creator. To GOD alone be the glory!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/4/2013 8:24AM

    What a powerful message! Whatever we do should come from motives to glorify God! Thank you, Lord, for these thoughts this morning. Amen.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/4/2013 7:26AM

  thank you

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