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.
Judges 4:23 (New Century Version)
On that day God defeated Jabin king of Canaan in the sight of Israel.
Hebrews 11:33 (New Century Version)
Through their faith they defeated kingdoms. They did what was right, received God’s promises, and shut the mouths of lions.
Our enemies, problems, obstacles and lot more that hinders and delays us were all defeated by GOD for us, on our behalf in CHRIST JESUS by our faith.
Romans 8:37 (New International Version)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
C. Acknowledge GOD early and in every battle
"“God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!"
Isaiah 26:13 (Amplified Bible)
O Lord, our God, other masters besides You have ruled over us, but we will acknowledge and mention Your name only.
Daniel 11:39 (Amplified Bible)
And he shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with glory and honor, and he shall cause them to rule over many and shall divide the land for a price.
Romans 10:9 (Amplified Bible)
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Acknowledge GOD in every battle and at the start since it's not our own human effort but it's Divine effort that have made us successful from the start.