Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: Sometimes life can give us lemons. It can get hard. But the reality is we serve an awesome and powerful God who can turn our lemons into lemonade. Do you trust Him?

How big is your God?

Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Intro: Amen. How many people here love the Lord? Amen. How many people here believe the Lord can do all things? But do we truly believe that?

I know this week; actually this past month has been very hard for many of us.

Many of us have it tough.

Many are going through different types of struggles, trials and tribulations. Some have it harder than others but we all seem to be facing something.

Fred is in an employment transition.

Barbara is working long hours

I’ve been sick.

If we really took inventory many of us are at a place where we can only turn to the Lord for help because things have gotten to a point where he is the only place to turn.

Can anyone relate to that? Getting to a place where the only real answer is trust the lord. Pray about it. Go to Him

Many times when someone comes to me and is sharing with me their burdens I tell them you need to turn to God. Trust Him. Most people acknowledge this truth. But I often wonder of its just because they don’t have any other response. But that they were hoping I could give them some better answers. Or some practical answers

Sometimes I wonder of people aren’t just saying to themselves when I say. “you must really go to the Lord with this” if they’re not saying ok yeah right.

But the reality is there are so many things in our life only he can handle.

And there isn’t anything in life he can’t handle

There is nothing too big for God

We know that we say amen to that but do we really believe that?

Do we really believe he is able to handle all things?

With that in mind today I want to look at the scripture and see Gods ability. What he has done in the past.

I. He is able to kill our Giants

a. Many times we face giants in life

i. Where your facing a overwhelming situation

ii. The odds are against you?

b. This is what we see in the scripture with David and goliath

1 Samuel 17:4-11 (NIV)

4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall.

5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels;

6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." 10 Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other." 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

i. Here we see a giant who had the who nation of Israel scared

1. He was big he was scary

ii. But a little boy comes to face this giant with a sling shot.

1. Goliath was mad

1 Samuel 17:43-44 (NIV)

43 He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44 "Come here," he said, "and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"

iii. David responds

1 Samuel 17:45-46 (NIV)

45 David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.

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