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Summary: This message deals with the power and effectiveness of faith that rests squarely upon and sole in the Lord.

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The Fight Of Faith

By Rev. Donnie L. Martin

Text: 1 Tim. 6:12; 1 Sam. 17:45-47

I. GOD WAS THE OBJECT OF DAVID’S FAITH

A. Notice The Difference Between Faith And Fear.

B. Notice David’s Dependence On God’s Faithfulness.

II. GOLIATH WAS THE OBJECTIVE OF DAVID’S FAITH

A. David’s Confession.

B. Goliath’s Cursing.

C. David’s Confidence.

III. GOD’S GLORY WAS THE OUTCOME OF DAVID’S FAITH

A. David’s God Was Exalted.

B. David’s Faith Was Effective.

Intro: Paul instructed his son in the ministry, Timothy, to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). Though the fight of faith is a good fight, it is not always pleasant. Paul was to later tell Timothy to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3). All soldiers must be willing and prepared to endure hardships in the midst of battle. Otherwise victory will elude them.

Fighting the good fight of faith required Timothy to exercise a dynamic trust and reliance in the Lord Jesus. But the kind of faith we’re talking about here was more than merely some sort of warm fuzzy feeling that everything was going to work out alright. Contrariwise, Timothy’s reliance upon Christ was grounded in the promises of God’s Word. You see; the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17) must always back up the Shield of Faith (Eph. 6:16). They always work in cooperation with one another. By the same token, the Christian warrior of today must have the Word of God as the basis of his faith.

Faith in God will overcome the greatest obstacles of our lives. Even Satan must bow to the faith of the believer. The best example of this truth is found in First Samuel 17. There we find young David, a mere shepherd boy, facing a most formidable foe. Yet his faith in God saw him through to victory.

As David of old fought the giant by faith, the Christian of today must also war and walk by faith. Today’s message will examine the characteristics of David’s dynamic faith. If this type of confidence in God is practiced in our daily lives, we will reap the rewards of a victorious Christian life.

Theme: David’s faith was characterized by the fact that…

I. GOD WAS THE OBJECT OF DAVID’S FAITH

A. Notice The Difference Between Faith And Fear.

1. David was full of optimism.

1 Sam. 17:32 “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him [Goliath]; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

NOTE: Faith in God may seem to be foolhardy to some. But a faith that rests itself in the character and faithfulness of God will always be optimistic.

When Hudson Taylor went to China, he made the voyage on a sailing vessel. As it neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, the missionary heard an urgent knock on his stateroom door. He opened it, and there stood the captain of the ship.

“Mr. Taylor,” he said, “we have no wind. We are drifting toward an island where the people are heathen, and I fear they are cannibals.”


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