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April 27, 2021 8:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack Graham later in the program will tell you, you get Graham's brand-new book told me night first hears his message for Samuel chapter T. First Samuel chapter 18. Nine. Your Bibles first Samuel 17 and 18 up to the most exciting chapters in all the Scriptures matter-of-fact chapter 70 is the account of David slaying the great giant Goliath. You remember that story don't you from Sunday school through the years. As believers we have rejoiced in that great victory God gave David seems that there was a giant nearly 10 feet tall, taunting and terrorizing the people of God day after day and Saul who was the king of Israel at that time and all of the Israelites were shaking in their sandals in their 10 for fear of this mighty warrior, the giant of gas Goliath. It was a winner take all proposal descents in the best man you got out the fights and if he wins the battle is yours, the territory, all of it you when but if I when we the Philistine shall rule will. No one dared to fight the great giant.
He was a powerful and incredible physical specimen by his very she'll wait 150 pounds.
The head of his spear was 9 1/2 pound he was mean and he was ugly he was bad to the bone and nobody dared fight for life until one day David left his fields sent by his father to take food to his brothers and he was probably expecting to see a good fight and he recognized that the Israelites were were fearful and afraid intimidated by this great giant. He said why doesn't somebody go out and shut this giant no one dared somebody civil. Why don't you do it big now and he said all right. I think I will and led by the spirit of God this young Strickland you went out with the swaying and a few stone and he slew that giant. He sunk a stone right in the forehead of that incredible warrior Goliath. It really wasn't a fair fight. I mean Goliath had all that sphere and armor ball David he had a slingshot and he knew how to use that slingshot I've been at Israel and seen some of the shepherds today is not like one of these slingshots that you pull back. I mean, you use a sling that stone and some of these some of the shepherds over there and gentlemen over there now and Israel can still make a stone fly like a bullet. I've seen them embedded one into a tree and so really wasn't a fair fight came this big hawk with all of his shield and sword in David just stood back, sortable his little wife: any right between the eyes and it was oh, but you see he was ready.
He said I will and even though people laughed at him and mocking him and despised him even his own brother say what you doing here go back home and take care of the she he was ready for years he had prepared for that moment series of choices that he made even in solitude. He knew his God and God's name was being dishonored. He stood for the name of God, and he knew God's victory would be his and he said, get a life off the bear and the lion. Surely I can fight this giant God delivered me from the hand of the bear in the lion. Surely he'll deliver me from the hand of this giant those children of Israel were saying man that giant to big to him. David said that he's too big a mess. I've done this before you know the Scripture says he that is faithful in that which is lease shall also be faithful in that which is and what we are and are private by my battles will determine what we become in our public benefits. It was DL Moody who said character is formed in the dark is what we are in the dark and in solitude and in silence. We are prepared for those public moments when God calls upon us and challenges us as he challenged David and David knew the battle was in his. It was the Lord the set I come to you in the name and the name of the Lord of hosts is not by might not by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord. So the 54th verse of chapter 17 tells us that David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor is 10 and he along with this, King Saul and all of Israel rejoice in the but did you know with every victory. There is danger. As a matter of fact, it is possible to be defeated by our victories, our blessings can become a curse if we don't know how to handle the blessings, the great football coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry used to say it is easier to coach a team after a loss, and after Vic after victory were rather confident were rather cocky but after a loss.
Everyone's ready to listen ready to improve. The question is how are we going to handle the success that God has given and is giving us God just keeps on pouring his blessings out and we refuse to limit God from victory to victory his army shall heal the thank God for the victories, but if were not careful, we can become casual and begin coasting and even be defeated by our victories and so how do we handle success, how you handle success in your life personally. We see how David handled his success and it is a tremendous testimony and for super responses to victory in his life that ought to be our response for victory and success in each of our lives. So I want to write down these four responses as we move through chapter 18 of first Samuel and the first thing is we must be willing to share our successes with others look at the first four verses of chapter 18 and he was so when he finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Saul took him that they would not letting go home to his father's house anymore, and then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the rope that was on him and gave it to David with his arm or even to his sword and his bow and his belt. Saul, the king of Israel brought the young champion David into his household where David and Jonathan became fast and lifelong friend. And when we meet Jonathan here in chapter 18 we meet one of the greatest individuals in the Bible we learn so many lessons for the life of Jonathan life lessons on friendship and loyalty for even though Jonathan was the apparent heir to the throne to succeed his father Saul is the king of Israel. It was David who was the appointed and the anointed king of Israel, and Jonathan now recognizes that and rather than being envious or jealous of the popularity and the power, the assuming power of David. He supports and shares in David's victory, not himself is seen, but he surrenders his self, he surrenders he's own kingdom to rejoice in the victory of David, so what is God will continue to grant us victory day by day as we rejoice in the victories of others, you know, we ought to be rejoicing in the victories of other churches were not in the battle alone and God chooses to bless another church down the street. Then praise God for that is always amazed me that some churches think that they are in competition with other churches. We in competition with no one but the devil and if a presbyterian or a Methodist or Baptist or are an independent or a Bible church is preaching the gospel and winning people to Jesus, a Pentecostal charismatic church.
I say praise God bless rejoice and share the victories that we had together in Jesus, we will hoard the blessings of God. When you start hoarding the blessings they start rotting away and you lose your victory. God is given us many victories and we dare not keep the blessings to our say, listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in his message when victory, pastor, this month we have a special gift for our listeners to give a gift to PowerPoint if you're brand-new book called reignite you tell us about this great resource.
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Call one 800-7956 27 that's 1-800-795-4627 or text the word PowerPoint 313131. That's PowerPoint to 313131. Now let's get back to today's message when victory, number two, we must be careful to give God the glory. Look at verse six. Now it happened, as they were coming home when David was returning from the slaughter of the felicity that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel singing and dancing to meet King Saul with tambourines, with joy and with musical instrument so the women saying as they danced and said Saul has slain his thousands, and David is 10,000.
Now this was a celebration. The end all celebrations Israel had defeated their enemy, the Philistines, the giant was dead and they were rejoicing. The problem is there praise was misdirected.
Praise for it did not glorify God is glorified man, so has slain his thousands, David is tens of thousands who really killed Goliath with verse 47 the chapter 17 tells us who killed Goliath. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear for the battle is the Lord's and he will give it give you into our hand. The battle is the Lord and therefore because the battle is the Lord victory is the Lord and the glory all belongs to God. Sometimes when God begins to bless our lives for God begins to bless our businesses when God begins to bless our church we began to say what did that look who did want. But God said, I will not share my glory to God and God alone belongs all the glory and the easiest way. The best way to lose the next victory is to not give glory to God. The last thing to happen to the children of Israel when they defeated Jericho when they marched around those walls and shouting God, given the victory said. But now don't take any of the spoils. Don't take any the possessions of Jericho.
The booty is mine.
It all belongs to me is to be dedicated to me well mannered writer idea member the name of Aiken.
He got up on the cove covertly shadowed darkness, and he went in and stole some of the booty hut hidden under his own tent. He thought he had the sin secretly and hidden it. But when the Israelites went out to battle a little city called AI. They were defeated, ignominiously destroyed because they didn't give glory to God for the last victory when we take the spoils of battle to ourselves. We set ourselves up. We must always remember to give God the glory for it all.
Can you imagine what can happen if we all work to the glory of God and didn't care who got the credit as long as God got the glory David realize the victory is the Lord now this doesn't mean we shouldn't encourage one another. This doesn't mean that we should honor the Scripture says, give honor to those to whom honor is due way to spur one another on the good work to get Pat on the back.
Encouragement is well-placed. We ought to praise one another we do something good for the Lord in good and like the ghetto praise is sort of like perfume little odd. It's all right as long as you don't swallow.
And we ought to take praise and put in the same place that we put criticism at the feet of Jesus and all belongs to him and are moaning must always be the glory of God, not personal victories not personal accolades, not the applause of men, but the glory of God. Thirdly, we must be aware of envious people look at verses eight and nine after victory.
Be aware of envious people for verse eight says, then Saul was very angry in the saying displeased in many said they have ascribed to David 10,000s in the me they have a scribe thousands now.
What more can he have, but the entire kingdom. So Saul I David from that day forward he was the grieving in the and jealousy. Saul was filled with pride.
God spirit he departed from his life God resists the proud, and God set Saul aside. He was a disturbed and disillusioned and frustrated man already under the hand of discipline from the Lord, and he somehow felt that David's big worry was he is he sort of reminds me of the Grinch.
Remember the grant from Dr. Seuss.
The Grinch was a fellow anytime somebody was having a good time. He bite himself and their people like that that was somebody else gets blessed or someone else's successful, they make themselves miserable with anger and envy and bitterness. You realize that when you determined to live for God to love God with all your heart and serving with all your might think you're going to meet some enemies and some of the most surprising places sometime, even within the camp of God. David was a shepherd boy who stepped into the battle in obedience to God and now he suddenly made a mortal enemy and some Saul spends the rest of his days trying to destroy David simply because David had experienced victory in the name of the Lord recognize when victory comes opposition, pride, anger, jealousy, fear will raise its ugly head and Saul in particular, realize that the character of David and the quality of David's life made his own life diminished team appeared to be a phony and a fake that he was because David was so real and so full of the blessing of God.
So beware when victories, and so often people are are afraid and frightened when opposition comes because they don't realize that victory in Jesus. If were going to maintain the victory and move forward in glory means that there will be opposition.
Finally, be humble and don't allow success to change.
Verse 14 says and David behaved wisely in all of his ways and the Lord was with him.
Therefore when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely.
He was afraid of him, but all Israel and Judah love David because he went out and came in before the David knew how to face the giant of success.
You know how to face the giant of success with humility and gratitude to God's Proverbs 27, 21, says the refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, and a man is valued what others say of him. Our reaction to victory will either reveal the cross and I live or it will will reveal the gold and the silver of our life just like defeat will bring out either the worst and you are the best in you so will victory. Bring out your strengths or your weaknesses. Psalm 131. David says back just turn there really close with this in just one moment. Psalm 131 a very short Psalm just reverses we get an inside of the heart of David why he was called a man after God's own heart, Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes. Lofty, neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me, O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and for a forever. What was David saying he said Lord I'm I'm nobody in your presence. I'm just an insignificant and sufficient shepherd boy. It was only by the grace of God for the glory of God that David was lifted up for great victory, but he said Lord I'm still day is still just me, Lord, pride and power and possessions in popularity. None of these things move David. He did not take his successes to seriously. He know the battle is the Lord, you know, some people are impossible to get along with, because there they think they're impossible to get along without but not a lot is indispensable to the work of Jesus Christ. We are all simply say, by the grace of God we buy all people have been grace sovereignly blessed. We are at the right place at the right time and God has chosen in his role in his extravagant praise. Lassa and Nancy and all of that could be gone just like that.
If we begin taking ourselves too seriously and thinking that somehow we did it ourselves. This is God's word I heard about a frog who wanted to get down to the South Philly ran across a couple of Canadian geese and he begged to ride.
They said okay here's what will do. I got a strong one big and strong. The other big and they said all you get in the middle and hang on for dear life and will fly you South you see that picture here.
These geese strong amounts gone amount frog hanging on the task over the Midwest somewhere and a farmer looked up and said that's an incredible idea that and the frogs that idea is your heading for a fall when you begin the thing you did something that only God could do so you get that next week.
The battle is the Lord.
Verse 18 backing for simulating says so David said to Saul, who am I and what is my life or my father's family in Israel that I should be son-in-law to the key.
David David UC recognized he was the same man same person in the best thing that can be said about any other over the years. You're the same man the same woman that started your success, your blessings, your victories have changed. You, you're still humbly grateful and gratefully humble before the take care of your victories.
Some people always talk about what I deserve. I'm so grateful that I didn't get what I deserved. I receive God's grace something I didn't deserve God's mercy that he is freely given. This is the gospel that we don't deserve salvation that we don't deserve any of this but that God granted us his love when Christ went to the cross, died, rose again lives and now lives in us to pour out his power and blessings upon our lives, but for the grace of God I would be lost. But for the grace of God we would all be targeted for the judgment but because of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are saved and now call to experience victory in Jesus every day, and they are constantly as we move from victory to victory being to God to God. Great beings have ran today's message victory can whatever you're facing today. How would you like to experience God's presence is peace in the hope of his promise in a new and refreshing way you can and we want to show you how I send you Dr. Graham's brand-new book reignite discover how God can renew your strength. Lift your spirit and fan your faith into a fire that lights up the world reignite his way to thank for your financial support to help proclaim the hope of Christ working to have. This is the last week of the software Simcoe today: 800-795-4627, 79546. You can also text 313 went to counseling. 3131.
And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online for sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily devotion our website again is Jack Graham.working when your PowerPoint 1st, we want to thank God for the rings are way, do you know that God loves to give us victory. He does so the real question is how do you handle success personally, professionally and spiritually well in first Samuel chapter 18 God shows us for super responses to victory through the life and relationships of King David. You and I'll to adopt these responses when God brings us victory first when we experience victory. We need to be willing to share our successes with others humbly share our successes with others. We see this clearly in Jonathan's response to David's victory. Even though Jonathan was the heir apparent to the throne destined to succeed his father Saul is the king of Israel. It was David who became King.
Rather than being envious or jealous of David's popularity. He shared in David's victory.
Secondly, we must be careful to give God the glory.
Sometimes when God begins to bless our life business for church. We might mistakenly think look what I did but all glory belongs to God and he said he will not share his glory with another. In fact, the easiest way to lose the next victory is to not give God the glory for the last victory. Thirdly, we must be aware of envious people. Saul was filled with jealously after David defeated Goliath. Somehow he felt that David's victory was his loss and Saul spent the rest of his days trying to destroy David so just expect to face opposition when you experience victory in your life. The fourth response to victory that we learned from David is not to allow success to changes if you want to face the giant of success you must do so with humility and gratitude to God, let's take a lesson for the life of David and be mindful of the possible pitfalls that surround our victories and as you move from victory to victory. Let your constant theme be to God be the glory, great things he has done that he is today. When you give a gift a PowerPoint with Dr. Graham's powerful new night is our thanks. Call one 800-7954 six 271-800-7927 text PowerPoint 31313 PowerPoint 313 on the next PowerPoint.
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