his defiant words but this time “David heard them.” David was incensed. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” He exclaimed.

Eliab, David’s oldest brother heard David’s remarks and he got angry. “Why did you come down here?” He said. “And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?” Eliab berated his little brother. “I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” David’s response was a little curt: “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

Is there not a cause…that is my topic today! There is no doubt there are giants stalking the land. Just like Goliath, they are waving their arms and defying the God that we serve. The problem is, not many are doing anything about it. It seems as if we are too scared because we are facing formidable odds. I would like to ask the same question that David asked his brothers on that day…are there not a cause?

Is there not a cause to stand up and fight the giants that are attacking our families? Is there not a cause to stand up for yourselves? For your children? Is there not a cause?

In the church today I see three problems. We call ourselves Christians; we say that we serve a great and powerful God but many of us really live lives of defeat and inconsequence because we are afraid of the giants that we see before us. The problems that I see in the church today are: Anemia, Lethargy and Apathy.

1. THE CHURCH SEEMS TO BE ANEMIC.
Anemia: a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness. A lack of power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness

a) The blood of Jesus gives power to the church
- The church stands or falls on the blood of Jesus
- We are over-comers by the “blood of the lamb.” Revelation 12:11
- The blood runs through the bible (it is the scarlet thread that flows through scripture).
- Andre Crouch gave us a beautiful song years ago
- “The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary;
- The blood that gives me strength, from day to day;
- It shall never lose its power.
- For it reaches to the highest mountain,
-And it flows to the lowest valley:
-The blood that gives me strength, from day to day,
- It shall never lose its power!”
- It soothes my doubts, and it calms my fears;
-And it dries all my tears;
--The blood that gives me strength, from day to day,
- It shall never lose its power!”
b) God established a blood covenant with man in the garden of Eden
- Animal skins were used to cover man’s nakedness after his fall in the garden
- It was a picture of God’s desire to cover our nakedness (our sin) from before His eyes (something had to die).
- In Exodus 12 God established the Passover (explain)
- The death angel would pass and take out the first born of every Egyptian’s house but where the blood of the lamb was present, there would be safety
- God