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“Winners Never Quit”

(Adapted from John Maxwell’s Characteristic of a Giant Killer)

October 2010 Series: NEVER GIVE UP

October 3, 2010

By: Rev. Rey T. Bechayda

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and spear, and a javelin,

but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts…This day the Lord will deliver you

into my hands…and all the earth will know there is a God in Israel…’”

(I Samuel 17:45-46)

Introduction:

Last Sunday’s worship service is an overwhelming experience for me. Seeing a growing number of MMIM people form everywhere is really encouraging to everyone. I believe all of us have received a fresh challenge to press on even when the situation becomes tough.

Today, we are starting a new series “NEVER GIVE UP” this series is a good follow up on our past series… it is helpful to us in becoming more consistent in our Christian walk. Always remember that you and I are destined to be victors in Christ. All of us are winners because of Jesus.

As an introductory message, let’s go back to the famous story of David and Goliath in the book of 1 Samuel.

Here are the 10 characteristics of a winner (1 Sam. 17)…

I. Winners Don't BEGIN as Winners. (vv. 14-24)

When war broke out between the Philistines and the Israelites, David was young. He was a musician and he was a shepherd. While his brothers served as soldiers, David became an errand boy for his dad, carrying food and checking up on them. He found the soldiers dressed for battle, but never engaging the enemy. Goliath wouldn't go away; for forty days, he kept coming back saying the same thing.

Observations on David and the soldiers:

- David was faithful in every one of his small tasks.

- The army was unfaithful in their very large task.

II. Winners See the Potential REWARD if They Defeat the Giant. (vv. 25-27)

The majority of the crowd sees the obstacles; only a few see the objectives. What separates the winner from the other one is this: winners see the impact and reward for taking a risk-and they take it. For others, the risk seems too high.

On the day David faced Goliath, everyone had the same opportunity:

- The army saw Goliath.

- David saw God.

- The army saw the problem.

- David saw the potential.

We cannot evaluate a situation in terms of what we see. What is observable is real, but it is not the ultimate reality. Behind what we see is an all-powerful, loving God, and we must remind ourselves of this reality.

III. Winners Don't Listen to Doubting CRITICS. (vv. 28-33, 41-44)

You can easily determine the caliber of a person by the amount of opposition it takes to discourage him. Like David, we must do three things to handle critics:

- We must get by our Eliabs. (They intimidate us emotionally.)

- We must get by our Sauls. (They intimidate us with their position.)

- We must get by our Goliaths. (They intimidate us with their ability.)

David's critics said things like: “You don't belong here.” “You're too young.” “You are full of pride.” “You are inexperienced.” It was tough because the criticism was continual. It came from respectable people in his life; they questioned his motives and abilities. Remember: everyone who has never killed a giant will tell you it is impossible.


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