- We consistently face the challenge of taking on the status quo or the prevailing way of doing things.
- Or we have opposition, like David had his bother Eliab.
- How did David prevail against Goliath? Faith. He was a man of faith and the Bible teaches that faith is the way to please God and He looks for it.
- How can we learn to grow in this gift? We take faith to be something it isn’t. The secular world sees faith as something we believe when we know that it’s untrue but faith is a deep persuasion of things that we know to be true. Hebrews 11:1
- We see God’s hand in creation, in our circumstances, God speaks to us and we have evidence of Jesus Christ.
- 1 Sam 17:46 – live under peace about what God’s going to do.
Faith is characterised by:
- Spend time obsessing about him and get taken up with it – you will grow in faith.
- Abraham was given children even though he was old. God told him he was going to be a father of many nations – Romans 4:18-21. Abraham grew in faith by giving glory to God
Taking the word of God seriously
- Samuel 17: 26 – We are a people of God and enemies should be driven out.
- Most people in the world think the bible is embarrassing. We are always trying to build a bridge between the bible and culture.
- Listen to God’s word and live by it. The Devil undermines God’s word.
- Jesus says ‘it is written’. Living in confidence grows your faith.
- Our faith is expressed by our actions.
- David takes risks – he ran toward the battle and had courage.
- Faith causes us to see things differently when making decisions. Our perspective is changed.
- The David and Goliath story can be depressing –‘search for the hero inside yourself’ but you won’t find him.
- We (should) find ourselves in Goliath’s shoes in this story – left to ourselves, that’s what we are, we defy the will of God and his Glory to exalt ourselves. Rom 1:21.
- People who think they are Davids rather than Goliaths are wrong – ‘nice people’ meet God in the bible and tremble at the presence of God.
- Cities like Brighton need to recover the shock of the holiness of God.
- Rev 19:11-16 Jesus is a terrifying Jesus – do not reduce him to Jesus ‘meek and mild’. His best friend fell on the floor like he was dead.
- One day we will face him – we have all replaced God with ourselves and should be terrified.
- We should long that God reveal himself to those around us.
- We need to repent which is bad news and we need to see the bad news before we see the good news
- The lady was about to be stoned for adultery but Jesus asked ‘whichever of you is without sin’. Jesus knew he was going to take the blame, He knew the part he was going to play and was able to say ‘your sins are forgiven’.
- Col 2:13-15. Every single piece of guilt and shame was nailed to the cross with Jesus
- Peter turned into Goliath and cursed Jesus’ name because he tried too much to be like David.