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Summary: Your past makes you uniquely qualified to battle giants

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• what to do when a GIANT stands in your way – 2

• me – coaching like another coach… yell/lecture, etc. not me… I’m social… I like building people up… I like making exciting… incorporated that into it… I am uniquely qualified to coach basketball...

• We – what if God has gifted you in such a unique way that you’ve become a finely tuned giant battling machine and you don’t even know it… because you’re trying to fight them like someone else… you’re struggling.

1 Samuel 17:25 – 29

• David asked about the reward, but his motivation to silence someone who is standing against God was greater…

• Why wasn’t the reward enough for someone else to try?

• POINT - you never HAVE to fight your giant alone

o first, why didn’t all of Israel have the faith in God it would take to charge the Philistines? Instead they hid, brothers turned on David.

o 1 Corinthians 12:7 – to help each other… instead, we often do the opposite…

o Years ago… first kid… perfect… ultrasound… miscarriage (technician getting dr… worst pain I’ve ever felt)… why us… never happens to anyone… pastor not helpful awkward sitting on bed, shift supervisor (we had miscarriage too… it’s hard, but God will take care of you) – more meaningful because I all the sudden knew it wasn’t just to me… I wasn’t alone… because he had been there.

o God is placing people around you to help you battle giants…

o And because of your past… things you’ve been through…

• POINT - you are UNIQUELY qualified to battle giants

o 1 Samuel 17:31-40

o Remember Seinfeld 100th, hour flashback episode…

o This is the flashback episode…

o he’s never worn this armor before…

o like me… Kid in NC… trying to be Johnny Dawkins… shoots 3… 3…3… brick, brick, brick… coach – you’re taller than others… just stand near the basket… I was trying to be someone I wasn’t and was ineffective.

o As he’s trying on armor… you see David training with his sling shot, shooting peas at brothers in field… getting more accurate as he grew…

o As he’s trying on the helmet, flashback defending sheep from bears with sling…

o As he picks up the heavy sword… flashback wrestling a lion’s mouth shut with hands… or beating a bear with staff…

o We tell the story like David’s a little punk.

 Sling shot – leather pouch held by 2 leather straps… yes, shepherds and others used… but also used by warriors… David was a warrior… just not the same way.

o Finally, he says… this isn’t me…

o Your story is a beautiful story that is making you a great work of art in Jesus… and you can do battle in ways that no one else can… oh, and your battle with spiritual burnout… or kids rebelling… or addiction will help someone else fight more effectively…

o Look at the stats… we don’t talk about the most important things in our lives… especially in church… money, parenting, marriage, sex, jobs… but God has changed so many of our lives through this stuff… he’s giving us giant ammunition that we’re not using… God wants to use you to help someone else battle their giant.

o But make no mistake…

• POINT - your giant will always be made up of things you CAN’T see

o which would you pick (have sword / smooth stone)

 The thing is, in David’s hand, the sword wouldn’t have been enough…

o Goliath expected another champion… warrior… big, mean, armed to the teeth. – this is why he responded the way he did…

o Saul armed David to the teeth because this is what everyone assumed was necessary.

o Peter assumed the same thing…

o Matthew 26:52-53 - 52“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.53Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?

o Think about it… how do we fight divisive politics… with the same. How do we fight rudeness… same… how do we fight violence… same… drama… same… yelling… same… these cycles won’t end unless someone stops them.

o We're people that always choose this (sword) over this (stone)... but worse we always choose this (sword) over this (Bible)

o Goliath and all of Israel thought their deliverance was coming in the same form that their oppression came in… and God delivering them time and time again throughout their history didn’t correct this idea… Jesus was supposed to lead a revolt to topple Rome… No… there are bigger battles than what you see.

o I would suggest that the battle against the Philistines wasn’t just a physical one… and David was the only one who saw this.

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