David didn’t magnify his sling or his own expertise, but rather he magnified the Lord (17:45). He’s as stiff as a zombie! ''Giants'' are not some figment of your imagination. Why is it important to call sin “sin”? possessed anyway, The Spirit Of The Lord Came Upon David. brook, picked up five smooth stones and then proceeded to kill the giant. Every variety of sexual sin was rampant. Saul, who should have been the one to face Goliath, and [17:38]); David had confidence in his God (17:45). That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell” (Matt. How do you deal with a sinning professed believer who is not a church member? I. Watch; Related Topics: Character Study: Joshua | More Sermons from DJ Dickerson From Series: "Spiritual Giants" certain death. And I’m not just a servant of Saul; I’m a member of the army of the living God; I’ve been redeemed by the blood of Christ and the battle is His! church seems indifferent against such a belligerent foe. I’m not going to risk my neck for that dumb lamb.” He went after the beast, grabbed it by the beard and slew it (17:35)! (Zec time studying his armor and trying to duplicate it rather than studying the defied the army of God, and they are huddled together, frightened, and did C. When Jesus Faced Satan On The I’m not referring to your mate or your teenager (or, if you’re a teenager, to your parents), although you may view them as hostile giants! Facing Giants With Nothing But Stones SCRIPTURE: " And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." private study groups and devotions. But David saw things from God’s perspective, and he challenged what Goliath said: “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” (17:26, 36). A. David Had Proven The Power Of God Was that right? Q. as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:". Have you ever met a giant? Take alcohol addiction. B. God’s name was bound up with His people, and as long as this uncircumcised Philistine taunted God’s people, God Himself was being taunted (17:45-47). Wrong motive! Think back to that great event in your past How do we know when we cross the line from trusting God to trusting methods? The Psalms will bear this truth. A. He was victorious in private (1 Sam 17:34-37): David was fully prepared to face the Philistine giant because he had already faced his own giants—and won. Then they, too, will trust in the Lord and He will be all the more glorified through them. To fell the giants in life, we need a spiritual perspective. But--picture the humor here--David gets all this armor on, and he can’t move! The Spirit Of The Lord Came Upon David. life than the things of our future life and eternity. The first stone is the Spirit of God…the In His Past Life. Saul and his men saw Goliath and thought, “He’s so big we can never kill him!” David saw the same man and thought, “He’s so big, I can’t miss!”. 115:1). As it was, he had a form of religion, but he did not know its power. Some of you here have wrought great victories Find Spiritual Giants Sermons and Illustrations. 5:21), and attributes it to a lack of self-control. At 5’10” I felt like a five-year-old, especially when I shook hands with some of them! This illustrates a biblical principle: Our private sins are never really private. And so He directed Abraham to remove the foreskin of every male as the sign of His covenant with them. been dropping around us, and if we want showers of blessings, then we need Faith always honors God, not methods, and God always honors faith, not methods (Ps. PowerPoint Presentations! Paul says in (Eph 6:12)  "For we wrestle not 7:26-27). He wanted unbelievers and believers alike to know the reality of trusting in the living God who is faithful and hears the prayers of His people. Saul was concerned about his own image (18:7-8); David was concerned with the honor of God (17:26, 45-47). It makes you feel kind of small and weak. The Hebrew of Judges 6:34 “the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon” actually says “the Spirit of the Lord clothed Himself with Gideon.” 6. If a Jewish man was going to get involved in sexual immorality, it would involve the use of his male organ which was different from the pagan’s. If we want to be spiritual giants, we must be filled with the Spirit! Yes, from a human perspective. thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.". How about you? the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in Saul had confidence in his armor (as long as David was the guy wearing it! I’ve never heard a preacher speak about it, but have you ever wondered why God chose the male foreskin as the place where the sign of the covenant should be enacted? Goliath is out there, rather than how to defeat him. have a heart full of faith? So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.". the Cross. This problem is not a Philistine champion; it is an uncircumcised Philistine; it is sin, it is offensive to the living God. It’s an impressive foe. It seems we spend more Take homosexuality. These resources are yours to use freely, but only in public worship services or CCLI #425103. But the method David used was consistent with his faith in the living God and with the glory and power of God (17:45-47). IV. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020. But their faith is not personal and practical because they don’t want to confront and deal with their sin (often, like Saul, it’s the sin of pride). They know all the right religious cliches. [Best DJ Dickerson - May 3, 2020 Spiritual Giants: Joshua. forward. trust in it to get the job done. 5:29). And if he ever got so far as to be unclothed in the presence of a pagan prostitute or homosexual, the pagan would notice the difference and the Jew would find himself in a most awkward witnessing situation! The Spirit of God, past experience, and done in the past. He might just as well have said, “Good luck!”. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. But David saw it as a conflict between God and the forces of evil. they were big jobs and when the big job comes, God will let us do it as He wanted unbelievers to see that God is real and that He is mighty to save those who trust in Him. He had faced We are more occupied with the things of this the 3rd stone could be. It means that when the lion or bear or giant comes into your life, instead of tolerating it, you recognize that you can’t allow it to have its way. When David became popular after his victory over Goliath, Saul should have rejoiced that God’s name had been vindicated and God’s people had been delivered from this oppressive enemy. sufficient. Copyright 1993, Steven J. Cole, All Rights Reserved. Take abortion. He’s like a little kid dressed up in a snowsuit put on over 14 layers of clothes. Even though he was a teenager, he had proved God in his own experience. that he had gone to the well of Divine strength before and had proven it was Devil. you want to accomplish. Such faith is always active and aggressive; it goes out after the problem and takes it on (17:35, 48). After he won a victory, he set up a monument for himself (15:12). flock and David slew the lion and retrieved the lamb. Do you have the kind of personal, practical faith in the living God which David had? Next to each other, they didn’t seem all that big. Did you catch the different perspective? His father paid the bills and then severely beat his son. There is nothing wrong with methods, as long as your trust is truly in the living God and not in your slick method, and as long as the method does not detract from the Lord’s glory and power.

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