Summary: God will help us stand and face our giants just like He helped David! David’s giant problem teaches us how to face our own giant problems.
Facing Your Giant Problems
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17
1 Samuel 17:1 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Socoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. 2 Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines…. 4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall.
1 Samuel 17:32 David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."
ISRAEL HAD SOME GIANT PROBLEMS. WHAT GIANTS ARE YOU FACING TODAY?
• UNEMPLOYMENT • DEBT • BILLS
• DISEASE • DANGER
• DISCOURAGEMENT • DEPRESSION
• ABANDONMENT • ABUSE • REJECTION
• TRAGEDY • GRIEF
• WEAKNESSES • HELPLESSNESS
• A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP
• PAST FAILURES • ADDICTIONS & HABITS • TEMPTATIONS
• FEAR • ANGER
DO YOU HEAR YOUR GIANTS SHOUTING?
• You are not qualified for that job!
• You are not good enough!
• You can’t pay your bills!
• You can’t save your marriage!
• You are losing your kids!
• You cannot stop your vices!
• You can’t stop looking at pornography!
• You can’t stop committing sexual sins
• You can’t shake your past failures
• You don’t have a bright future!
• Your life is a mistake!
God will help us stand and face our giants just like He helped David!
David’s giant problem teaches us how to face our own giant problems.
• We don’t have to live a life of defeat! God has given us weapons that are not of this world that will help us overcome the giant problems in our lives! Do you want to be free from the taunting voice of the enemy? God has given us everything we need to face our giant problems!
I. PLUG IN TO THE SOURCE OF POWER – v 37
1Sa 17:37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David, Go, and the LORD be with you.
David did not say the he delivered his flocks from the lion and bear. But he Said, “THE LORD WHO DELIVERED ME”. The Lord is the source of David’s power. All our electronics appliances will be useless unless connected to the source of electrical power. Our life is also useless if not connected to the source of our power no other than God. God’s people in the bible had been empowered by God through His Holy Spirit.
THE EMPOWERMENT OF SAUL:
1Sa 10:1 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, Has not the LORD anointed you leader over his inheritance?
1Sa 10:6 The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.
Later, the power of God given to Saul was forfeited b/c he deliberately sinned against God.
1Sa 16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?
1Sa 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
THE EMPOWERMENT OF DAVID:
1Sa 16:13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power…
1Sa 18:14 In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.
THE EMPOWERMENT OF CHRISTIANS:
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Ephesians 6:10 says to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might! For a person to be strong, he or she will need to be “in the Lord.” Be strong in the Lord! He will give you power over sin! He will help you break every bondage in your life! His plan is to bless you and prosper you, giving you a future and a hope! Plug in to a trust relationship with Jesus! We need God’s power, but we also need the right weapons.
II. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEAPONS – vs 38-40