Summary: Part 3 of 6 of the series, "Who Am I"
Title: Who Am I – 3
“Knowing Who You Are”
Text I Peter 2:9
It is essential for every believer to understand and know who they are in Christ. So far, in this series, we have determined that the only person who determines who we are is us. Your financial situation does not determine who you are. Your job does not determine who you are. Your biological parents don’t even determine who you are, the only ones that can determine who we are is us. My goal throughout this series is to challenge each and every one of us to look into God’s Word to find out who God says we are. It really doesn’t matter who society say we are and it really makes no difference who man says that I am; only God’s opinion of me matters. Only God’s opinion of you should matter. This series is about taking some time to refocus our thoughts and remembering not to look at circumstances to determine our outcome in life, but to look to God.
The majority of Christians feel unworthy to be used of the Lord for one reason or another. We don’t feel qualified, we don’t feel that we have what it takes, but I want to show you in the Bible that God thinks differently. For the past couple of weeks we have been exploring the lives of several men in the Bible that felt the same way that most of us feel. Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should deliver your people out of Egypt?” Jeremiah said to God, “I can’t do what you are asking me to do, I cannot speak for I am only a child.” Isaiah said, “I am a man undone, I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. I cannot do what you are asking me to do.” God’s response to every one of these men was the same. Don’t be concerned with who you are in the natural, only be concerned with who is with you. He promises them, “I will not leave you. I will go before you. I will be with you every step of the way.” We know that God never changes, so if He promises to be with these men, He promises to be with you in every area of your life. He is reminding you today, “Don’t be concerned with who you are outside of me, just be concerned who you are with Me on your side.” After all, He is in covenant with each and every one of us.
For the past couple of weeks we have been talking about the fact that you are not alone. Today, I want to go a little bit deeper. I want to start talking about some men in the Bible that knew exactly who they were and who they were in covenant with. Who knows, by the end of this series we may talk about every man in the Bible. The most obvious man in the Bible that knew who He was through God Jehovah was:
Let’s start out with the most obvious courageous thing that David did and why he did it.
I Samuel 17:32; “And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
Before we go on any further let me give you a little background to this story. There is a giant called Goliath that is threatening the people of Israel. He is yelling at them and taunting them just begging for someone from their camp to come out and fight against him. David comes on the scene while this is going on and begins to question why in the world is no one fighting this giant. Everyone in the camp is scared of this giant. David comes to Saul, the King, and says why is everyone so worried about that giant? This giant is no big deal. Let me go out and fight him. Let’s keep reading and find out what Saul’s response to David is:
I Samuel 17:33; “And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
Saul says, “I can’t let you go out there and fight that man. You are just a kid, this giant is not only a giant, but he has been trained since he was just a child in warfare. You wouldn’t stand a chance against him.” David’s response:
I Samuel 17:34-35; “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.”