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Summary: The Scriptures teach us that God’s people are in a spiritual warfare, and as in any warfare there is need for a plan of battle so we can effectively fight against our enemy (Satan) and gain the victory over him.

Giant - Killers

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17

Scripture Text: Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay,

in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Introduction:

The Scriptures teach us that God’s people are in a spiritual warfare, and as in any warfare there is need for a plan of battle so we can effectively fight against our enemy (Satan) and gain the victory over him.

Victory has been assured us!!

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

2 Cor. 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ....

2 Cor. 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

However, this does not negate our need to fight against and resist our enemy.

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Ephes. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Samuel 17 gives us a classic example of victory over a seemingly unconquerable foe. It is the story of David the giant - killer!!

Ephes. 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

As Christians, we face many “giants” in our walk with Christ, but through the study and application of His Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to be “giant - killers”!!

There were no “giant - killers” in Saul’s army until David came along. The entire army of Israel was cowering in fear of Goliath and his threats. When David, the “giant - killer” arrived, things began to change for the better!

God is still looking for “giant - killers” today! He is still looking for men and women who will serve Him with a whole heart and allow Him to empower them to fight against the “giants” of our day.

You can be a “giant - killer” in the Army of God if you will meet the qualifications as David did. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of a “giant - killer”.........

I. A Giant-Killer is Faithful and Responsible in Little Things.

1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

A. David had been appointed as Saul’s armor bearer, a position of great honor, but he had remained faithful to the menial task of being a shepherd of his father’s sheep.

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:

B. Giant - Killers must be faithful in:

Prayer - 1 Thes. 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Bible study - 2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Church support - Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

C. The reward will be great and glorious.

Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

II. A Giant - Killer Does Not Carry Excess Baggage into Battle.

1 Samuel 17:22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

A. This speaks of commitment, and of leaving all to follow the Lord.

2 Tim. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1. A giant - killer must be willing to lay aside everything that would prevent him from being victorious over his enemy.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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