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Facing Your Goliath

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Sermon shared by David Beirne

March 1996
Summary: What can we do when faced with insurmountable obstacles? Like David, we often have more resources than we realize, especially our Great Resource. Letís look at some principles David displayed in this great conflict that can strengthen our resolve today.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
David Beirne, Pastor Fox Ave Baptist Lewisville, TX
1 Samuel 17:4-11
Facing Goliath

Intro. A young woman named Florence Chadwick attempted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast in 1952 in an attempt to set a record for covering that distance. When she entered the
water, a heavy fog had settled itself on the path before her. Blinded by fog, she became disoriented and discouraged and gave up. When she finally decided she couldnít go on, her escorts in a boat helped her out of the water. The escorts feared to tell her
the truth--Florence was less than 300 yards from the goal. Her only reply after learning how close she actually came was, "All I could see was hopeless." Her clouded vision kept her from victory.
How do you see your challenges? When you stand on a hillside and see a 9-foot tall giant warrior taunting you, how do you view him? Is he an insurmountable obstacle or an opportunity for the glory of God to be revealed?
We canít avoid Goliath--he is necessary to our growth as Christians. Your Goliath may be an addiction, habit, attitude, a job layoff, financial problems, marital problems, illness; when I
was here at the Seminary, (Seminary Business Manager) Bro. _______ was one of my Goliaths. Meeting tuition and rent payments, keeping up with all the bills and books, it all taught me a lot about Godís power to win a victory despite the odds.
By looking at this incident in Davidís life, we can learn some principles about facing the threatening, discouraging obstacles that come up in the life of every Christian.
We can look at Goliath in one of two ways: the eyes of the faithless, or the eyes of the faithful.
Haddon Robinson said, "In any situation, what you ARE determines what you see, what you SEE determines what you DO." Keep that in mind as we study the two views of Goliath.

I. The limited view of the faithless brings about fear, which results in dominance by the enemy.

Fear comes fear comes when we live by sight, not by faith. The view of the faithless is the view limited by sight. It is a limited view because the spiritual is not involved, only the natural, physical.
We see obstacles as undefeatable giants because of their imposing physical character--Goliath is estimated to have been 9 ft tall. Look at v.24-25--

"And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up"

This word "defy" means "to taunt, ridicule, humiliate"; isnít that what the evil one wants to do in your Life? The devil wants to see us cower so that he can mock us?
Goliath for you may be he a habit, bitterness, unsettled matter, problem from the past, difficult moral decision, etc.; if I try to quit that habit or fight that problem, my life will change too much--Iím afraid I stand to lose too much if I try to defeat
Goliath, lose at least an arm if not more.
With a habit or addiction, the actions controls me, I donít control it. "Iíve been doing it for too many years. It is therefore heavily armored, and it controls us, just as Goliath controlled the mental peace of the Israelites. If we face up to our
sin or obstacle, we fear that the giant will fight back, which he undoubtedly will.
Living by sight, we are
Comments and Shared Ideas
Pat Franklin
May 2, 2014
I really enjoyed this sermon! Thank you so much! I needed this, I had been misjudged by several women, who doesn't know me, calling me names, stating things about me that's not true, I felt like David with five stones, and I only needed one, when I replied, with a comment to let the devil know, who I am, and whose I am! I BELONG TO THE LIVING GOD, AND I AM A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH KING! I LOVE JESUS, and that settles! My rock hit them right in the center of their thought pattern, and I left a mark in the devil's forehead, I know God will truly smile upon me for taking a stand and defeating those devils! Thank you for this conformation and leading me to a deeper relationship in Christ!
Excellent message. An encouragement to all. The intorductory illustration was especially helpful in my own sermon prep.

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