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Summary: No matter what you’re up against, the battle has already been won.

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WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH

PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN

SERMON TITLE: WINNING FROM THE BEGINNING

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. he that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18

1 SAMUEL17:2-11 “AND SAUL AND THE MEN OF ISRAEL WERE GATHERED TOGETHER, AND PITCHED BY THE VALLEY OF ELAH, AND SET THE BATTLE IN ARRAY AGAINST THE PHILISTINES. AND THE PHILISTINES STOOD ON A MOUNTAIN ON THE ONE SIDE; AND ISRAEL STOOD ON A MOUNTAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE: AND THERE WAS A VALLEY BETWEEN THEM. AND THERE WENT OUT A CHAMPION OUT OF THE CAMP OF THE PHILISTINES, NAMED GOLIATH, OF GATH, WHOSE HEIGHT WAS SIX CUBITS AND A SPAN. AND HE HAD AN HELMET OF BRASS UPON HIS HEAD, AND HE WAS ARMED WITH A COAT OF MAIL; AND THE WEIGHT OF THE COAT WAS FIVE THOUSANDS SHEKELS OF BRASS. AND HE HAD GREAVES OF BRASS UPON HIS LEGS, AND A TARGET OF BRAS BETWEEN HIS SHOULDERS. AND THE STAFF OF HIS SPEAR WAS LIKE A WEAVERS BEAM; AND HIS SPEARS HEAD WEIGHED SIX HUNDRED SHEKELS OF IRON: AND ONE BEARING A SHIELD WENT BEFORE HIM. AND HE STOOD AND CRIED UNTO THE ARMIES OF ISRAEL, AND SAID UNTO THEM, WHY ARE YE COME OUT TO SET YOUR BATTLE IN ARRAY? AM NOT I A PHILISTINE, AND YE SERVANTS TO SOUL? CHOOSE YOU A MAN FOR YOU, AND LET HIM COME DOWN TO ME. IF HE BE ABLE TO FIGHT WITH ME, AND TO KILL ME, THEN WILL WE BE YOUR SERVANTS: BUT IF I PREVAIL AGAINST HIM, AND KILL HIM, THEN SHALL YE BE OUR SERVANTS, AND SERVE US. AND THE PHILISTINE SAID, I DEFY THE ARMIES OF ISRAEL THIS DAY; GIVE ME A MAN, THAT WE MAY FIGHT TOGETHER. WHEN SAUL AND ALL ISRAEL HEARD THOSE WORDS OF THE PHILISTINE, THEY WERE DISMAYED, AND GREATLY AFRAID.”

NOW I WANT TO BACK UP TO VERSE 3 AND RE-READ WHAT IT SAYS. “AND THE PHILISTINES STOOD ON A MOUNTAIN ON THE ONE SIDE, AND ISRAEL STOOD ON A MOUNTAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE: AND THERE WAS A VALLEY BETWEEN THEM.”

NOW THAT’S A PICTURE OF THE CHURCH BEING IN ONE PLACE AND THE WORLD BEING IN ANOTHER PLACE. THE CHURCH IS NOT SUPPOSED TO MIX AND MINGLE WITH THE WORLD AND BE LIKE THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO WHAT PAUL SAID IN GODS WORD IT SAYS: COME OUT YE AMONG THE WORLD AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD.

WE’RE LIVING IN A WORLD TODAY WHERE YOU CAN’T HARDLY TELL CHRISTIANS FROM THE LOST ANYMORE BY LOOKING AT THEIR LIVES. SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF THEM ARE LIVING JUST LIKE THE WORLD.

IN VERSE 4 THEY SENT OUT THEIR CHAMPION GOLIATH. SEEMS LIKE WHEN THE DEVIL WANTS TO SEND SOMETHING OUT TO TRY AND GET TO GODS PEOPLE, HE PICKS HIS BEST, AND HIS BIGGEST. THAT’S WHAT THE DEVIL IS ALL ABOUT....PICKING A BATTLE WITH SOME CHRISTIAN TO TRY AND GET THEIR MIND AND THEIR HEART OFF OF GOD. IF OUR MINDS AND OUR HEARTS ARE NOT ON GOD CONTINUOUSLY THEN OUR HEARTS AND MIND WILL BE SOMEWHERE DOING SOMETHING THAT ISN’T THE WILL OF GOD. THAT’S WHAT SATAN WANTS TODAY.


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