Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Have you been used by people? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that it's a great thing to be used by GOD. IV. TEXT: 1 Chronicles 14:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) So David and his t
Have you been used by people?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that it's a great thing to be used by GOD.
1 Chronicles 14:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).
GOD uses people to do His purposes on earth.
GOD used me
A. Author: uncertain, thought to be edited by Ezra
B. Date written: Between 450 B.C. and 430 B.C.
C. Distinctive features: Deals almost exclusively with the history of Judah
D. Purpose: Provide spiritual perspective of events from David's reign to the decress of Cyrus in 538 B.C.
E. Intended audience/reader: Nation of Israel
F. Main theme: Sovereignty of GOD
G. Key verse:
1 Chronicles 17:11-14 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.
He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me. And I will secure his throne forever.
I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my favor from him as I took it from the one who ruled before you.
I will confirm him as king over my house and my kingdom for all time, and his throne will be secure forever.’”
H. Put yourself in David's shoes. David is you!
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Just attack the situation
"So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and"
GOD will fight the battles in my life. All I need to do is act in faith and "attack the problem in JESUS's Name."
a. with prayers
b. with bible studies
c. with devotions
d. with Holy Communion
These are actions of our love for GOD because GOD first loved us, we express our faith in love.
Galatians 5:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
1 John 4:19 (New Revised Standard Version)
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 4:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
B. They will be defeated because of GOD not me.
"defeated the Philistines there"
1 John 4:4 (Amplified Bible)
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.