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David, God’s Hero, Part 2

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September 3, 2021 9:00 am

David, God’s Hero, Part 2

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September 3, 2021 9:00 am

When your problems seem overwhelming, it’s hard not to feel like God has abandoned you. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that our God is fighting for us, even when we can’t see it.

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An encouraging message from Katie Greer real courage that come from not having difficulties or know another way is to be smooth. Real courage is knowing that you have a God that is better than life and God that is larger than death, who constantly stays beside you and so surely my goodness of my mercy are going to follow my Bible teaching ministry Katie Greer. I'm your host Molly made a batch continuing our teaching series called the whole story.

If you're just joining us, Pastor JD has been giving us an overview of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation and working list of the key stories along the way.

So if you missed any part of this study. You can find the previous messages@jdgreer.com are you up against a giant today baby are facing a scary diagnosis or financial crisis.

Maybe your kids are rebelling or someone that you love has walked out of your life, whatever it is it feels insurmountable when your problems seem larger-than-life. It's hard not to feel like God's abandon you will today. Pastor Janie offers hope that our God is fighting for us even when we can't see we are looking at the story of David and Goliath. As we continue our overview of the Bible called the whole story. Let's dive right in 17 the most famous Bible story of all time.

The story of David and Goliath first Samuel 17 verse one out of listings gathered their armies for battle verse three the Philistines stood on the mountain on one side of Israel's amount of the other side of his big valley between the first floor there came out from the camp of the Philistines, a champion named Goliath whose height was six cubits and a spam which would've made him in our measurements. About 9 foot six and he stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, why have you come out to draw up for battle and might not list the Mrs. meet the Philistine writer and are you not just servants of Saul choose for yourself. Let it come down to me and if he is able to fight with me and tell me and will be your servants, but about rebellious Jimmy kill him, you shall be our servants. Verse 16 says it every morning and every evening. Goliath did this for 40 days right. Meanwhile, Jesse sounds ready David up to see his brothers of the battle with some crackers and cheese all David's brothers were in the Army. Teenage David rises up early morning and he leaves the sheep with a keeper and he takes the gallant triples that is that he had given him and takes him to his brothers so he brings us Maxtor is seven older brothers were doing the fighting. Verse 23 has David talk with them. Bold champion, the Philistine of death Goliath by name came out of the ranks of the Philistines of the same words as before, but this time David Arden jumped on verse 32. And David said to Saul that no man's heart fail because of him, your servant be ready little David fight the Philistine.

And Saul said to David, you were not able to go against this Philistine. A fight with them, for you are but a youth and he is been a man of war from his youth, but David said to Saul, your servant used to keep sheep for his father.

And then there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb from the flock and I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth when he arose against me. I caught him by his beard struck him and killed him. On verse 37 the Lord who delivered me from the ball. The lion from the ball of the bear will deliver me. Also, from the hand of the Philistine. And Saul said to David go in the Lord be with you when the Philistine looked and saw David. He disdained them. Verse 43 the Philistine said to David, my dog to come out to me with sticks come to me and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and of the beast of the field and David said to the Philistine.

See the problem there is you come to me with a sword in the spirit of javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, you have defied and this very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I will strike you got cut off your head, and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air to the wild beasts of the earth that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and was fear for the battle David says is the Lord's and he will give you and our enemies and approve that right here verse 48, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to me, David.

David ran quickly for the battle line to be the Philistine.

David put his hand in his bag and got a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his four head and he fell on his face to the ground.

Then David ran, and stood over the Philistines are consorted drew it out of his sheath and killed her many cut off his head when the Philistines saw that there champion was dead. They fled the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursue the Philistines and they plundered all their care what's is the main point of this story is that the bigger they are the harder they fall about. There's always hope for the underdog. So never stop believing in yourself.

Or how about about this if you trust God.

Gotta give you victory over Alda Giants in your life. Like maybe a really good football team that you're about to play or maybe a lousy job, or maybe cancer are those the main point of the story know the story of David, like all stories in the Bible is not David you that's not the way goes in the Bible.

It is David Jesus you it is a book about him is not written to give you a bunch of heroes whose examples are supposed to emulate as much as it is to give you a Savior that you're supposed to adore and hope it Jesus was the small unassuming shepherd boy who fought the real giant Satan. Our sin and the curse of death. He fought as our representative on our behalf while we all stood on the sidelines like cowards doing nothing to help it are real. Goliath was our alienation from God and the penalty we owed because of our sin and that is something that Jesus knocked out for us on the field of battle all by himself. So David Jesus, now you might not we do that now you can understand what it means for your live number one because Jesus is taken out, the real giant of my life I can bravely face all the lesser giants to write this down if you take a note still little A here in Christ. I want to be afraid of death noise cancer comes for some of you has if cancer columns ultimately I don't have to be afraid of it because even if it kills me. Jesus is taken the sting out of death that King David righted himself this way gave though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou are with me. She Jesus took the real thing out of death, which was alienation and separation so that now when you go through cancer when you walk into death's doorstep. What you to deal with is only the shadow because Jesus actually took the full impact of it in Christ want to be afraid of death and cries a lot to be afraid of the future flight out of control. So if you lose your job you got something more secure than money to hang onto.

Nothing was more secure is God's personal promises to take care of you again here. So David wrote of the Lord is my shepherd, Saul never really be a need.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He prepares a table full for me before me in the presence of my enemies.

Not comforting. That is the moment all my enemies are trying to kill me got fixed me a five course meal right in the middle of it and they can't touch me. Surely goodness and mercy. David says are going to follow me all the days of my life I can get away from it when I wake up it's there and I get when I get up in the morning when I go to bed at night you can never separate me from it. I'll dwell in the house of the Lord forever never be abandoned, never be alone. Never be forsaken, so if I lose my job.

It's not the end of the world because you want to know what really would be the end of the world, losing your relationship with God and standing in judgment before him, and since Jesus took care of that you can be confident that he'll take care of this situation to just ask yourself what would feel like the end of the world do you like the end of the world, losing a job losing a loved one can hurt in a relationship. I know people in our church pull back from being in relationships because they are really hurt in a relationship and I think I just can't have that ever happened to me again into the hearts damage and again trust that you love seeing Christ.

You can go you can go back into those relationships we could listen even if you get hurt again.

That will be the end of the world. Why, because Christ took into himself. The real end of the world for you.

Christ is giving you true life. I like that joblessness cannot threaten a life that friends cannot damage an ally for cancer can even tell so gave though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Valley of joblessness or poor health or a bad marriage.

I will not be afraid because with me your rod and your staff, which are instruments of production. They're the ones that bring comfort to me and they're always fighting for me and you never go to sleep. There is this C in Christ.

I don't have to fear the disapproval of others. I have the absolute approval of the only ones opinion really matters until just before the for most of my life I've been captive the what other people thought about me seeing Christ. I know that even if he will reject me, even people like me IV absolute approval of the only ones opinion really matters anyway will sometimes even as I preach, even in the very moment of reaching I will have the stock. I look out and partially it's some of your faults because there are some of you that are extraordinary sermon listeners about five of you every AND what I mean by that is, you smile and whenever I make our county you like this is like I am still awesome right now and always figure out who you are and also get you the entire time to seek right was swing you and the other network like that was really bad sermon listeners enterprise and it is considered like this look on her face and how much are they mad are they what's going on, like, feel like nothing a really terrible at this based on a person's expression. I'm a very terrible rich coffee should probably do some but also my life to come over, just like I will be people there like on the go does not make my come up and punch me out of this thing is over, and in the middle of that kind of thought when the Holy Spirit helps react to those other quick glimpse what is all happening in your head as you preach you free to same thing five times, you watch what happens in your mind so as I'm as I'm not I'm seeing as I get this image of God the father, like right here just got in heaven. He stated right up there to get this image of him looking out over heaven watching me for each and then I can picture him like call me Angel like mode was about a customer want to get them around the like, no. Look, it's JD. He's trying to preach again as usual he's going way too long in his production team to kill them, but that's my boy. That's my boy.

He's doing exactly what I told him to do and I'm proud of suddenly get this big feeling of like confidence again like if the he smiled at me. I wouldn't care about your frown to go along with the board itself to skip put your head down and care what you do because he's happy he's listening. He's into it and if I got his respect. I can endure your scorn seeing Christ. I don't have to be afraid of the disapproval of others by the way, this is also how you gain the courage to be honest about your faults to admit that you don't always have it together retain the secret of those people who can admit that there messed up in front of everybody else. The secret is they know that are accepted by Christ. And I know that if I'm competent in Christ. I don't need you to think that I'm perfect and awesome in order for me to know you why because Christ accepts me in so I can be weak and I can be vulnerable because ultimately your admiration is not my life. Jesus is my life.

Real courage is not the assurance that everything to go smoothly real courage and come from finding your inner awesomeness for your snowflake your rainbow, your schedule is not fine and that real courage and come from not having difficulties or know another way is to be smooth. Real courage is knowing that you have a God that is better than life and a God that is larger than death, who constantly stays beside you and says, surely my goodness and mercy are going to follow you, you can't get away from it all the days of your life wherever you go.

That's Roman to go with you all before I go on to the second thing here, let me ask, do you know Christ likeness to seize your representative but you got to receive him as your representative.

He went out to not feel that he fought for you eat restore God to you, but you have the person receive him as Savior and Lord hears is like a big thing number two because she's one is battling trust codify my lesser battle for me also see Old Testament stories like this 1 to 2 things.

As I showed you first and foremost. Most informative one is to Jesus. Secondarily they give us an example for how we should live to purposes of the stories in that order to really quickly. What is a giant in your life you definition of a giant giant is anything that prohibits the advance of the will of God in your life. You see, Satan will oppose all the good things God wants to do in your life will do it in your marriage will do it when you're in the lives of your kids you will do it in your job.

He will even do it in your health how we can overcome the giants that Satan uses to impede the progress of the will of God.

You do it like David did running confidently toward them, believing that God will fight for you. Listen, the Christian life is not just learning to endure defeat well is a lot of Christians a talk like that's what it means to be a Christian is what life among the endure suffering. Yes, you need to learn to endure suffering.

Well, for the Christian life is also seen the power of God and his salvation break in the different spheres of your life you money just use David good to teach this to us.

This is an all David we can Psalm 2713 I remain confident of this.

David said what's this I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the where sense is that living I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land No is not just in death how much you see God's goodness in life. A lot of people think is going to be in death was on the sweet bye-bye no cottage on what you see it now is you think of this, and I pray for my kids and I pray for their salvation. I pray for the salvation of their future kids, don't see your goodness break in my family. I think about it when I pray for this church, my God, you understand that you give us a difficulty to make the church fail fail fail, you would still be good not still be having that be awesome but got I want to see you use this church to reach people in Raleigh-Durham analyses baptized 50,000 people. I want to see us reach an entire generation of teenagers and college students only see is actually transform this community.

I want to see if plan a thousand churches around the world. I want to see us take countries like the Dominican Republic and so flood them with leaders like Samuel that the time change the entire face of the nation. I think I want to see God's goodness in the land of the living. And I'm not to be satisfied until I see him break in and transform everything is perfectly fine for you to pray for victory or cancer so that you keep serving God and blessing others in need. You just God might have a different and a better plan, but you can ask him for the outbreak of his goodness in this area is perfectly fine for you to ask God to bless you in your career so that you give glory to him, and use your prosperity to further the cause of his mission. It's okay if you say God and multiply what you're given to me so I can sponsor on your compassion get you to be asking God to move you should be asking God to move powerfully in the lives of your friends and you should be expecting him to do so. God I want to see your goodness in the land of the living God didn't do what you think you should do is know that has nothing to do with him not carrying or forgetting about you. How you know that because you saw him face the real giant you saw him take out sin and condemnation and death. And you know that if he did not default from you if you did not run away with the face that giant for you.

Surely he's not going to abandon you and you face these lesser ones. Where do you see the kingdom of God needing to advance.

Have courage go of the size of the giant look of the graciousness of God. Listen giants are not a problem to God.

They never have been what kills us is the giant of unbelief that resides right here. Which brings us back to the last question I want to ask where you learn this kind of courage where you learn to listen to God's voice and active faith was combat real quick to chapter 16 verse 13 where the Spirit of God first rushes on David this is so important you learn this writer. Verse 13 here in the Bible that you can see this rule. Well, there's verse 13 either verse 14 writer in between verse 13 verse 14 changes the subject. Talk about Saul again.

David is anointed David is been chosen to be king, then we change the subject and this little if anything to verse 13 and 14 is a whitespace about that big in my Bible what you think that whitespace was like for David that whitespace lasted about seven years after David gets anointed to be king. What you didn't know run down the palace and start doing an intense elite things reverberate and get onto Hosanna Republican Ron Rhodes.

Sorry, but you back to the pasture novelty as a seminarian's seminar. They taught us how to exegete there is to integrate verbs in Hebrew cognates and blah blah blah they never taught me how to exegete a whitespace and whitespace is the most difficult thing in the Bible to interpret this is that space for you think ought to be doing something and is not right. It's a whitespace we are like God I don't understand. What was it like for David to come to forget you not to be retained and I went back and started to shovel sheepdog. Did you make a mistake, did I make a mistake. No David no mistake is it God uses the pasture to prepare his king. It's only in the pasture they got to build into you. His skill is patient's endurance and character know listen Chuck Swindoll says it three words characterize Davis on the pasture.

I would encourage you if you can write them in a little tiny whitespace in your Bible right. The three words the first Ward's obscurity. Nobody paid any attention to during that time obscurity word monotony monotony that what you do today David allots the sheep going from here to there. What else to do my slingshot could not get up off the tree. See note on. What else is you I got aboard a plate are were song one here. I called the 23rd Psalm, not really. David don't hear a song written by blue-collar workers, not skilled at all. Not particularly anything else. David veritas sheep. I grabbed his beard until the women I it's beer David beers even have beards.

David did anybody verify this note obscurity monotony is 1/3 work reality met third word is that in the pasture.

The reality is that God nobody else is paying attention to David God.

The master builder was using every moment, every second that shape them with a slingshot night I was in a come in handy with our David can write the most famous song of a written song brought brings more comfort to Christians in the hour of trial been in the other songs ever been written in the pasture God in Dave David's courage in the pasture. David learn to forgive and be patient in the pasture he learned humility. You can only be so proud when you spend the majority of your life shovel and sheepdog David never really forgot where he came from an estimate be the secret to his success because he never forgot about how small he was and how much he owed to God. This is how God works in your life already in this series we seem to have a week Saul Joseph we saw with Moses we saw with Joshua God call somebody you train them in the pasture. Hey mom what you do today I change diapers children rise up and call you blessed note, teacher, what you do today draw decent kids long division. They appreciated no flush of gravel down the toilet, a business professional. What you do today. I settled some accounts, a student what you do nonsense in calculus and history that I never use obscurity monotony to the reality is, is a God to working at all shaping you and moving the mission forward to not despise the pasture.

Do not despise suffering because these are God's laboratories performing in you the heart of the king what he does.

So let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

See let this mind be in you. That was also an app that though he was in the form of God, he did not use equality with God something to be clung onto but he made himself of no reputation of the form of a servant and humbled himself and became obedient, even obedient of one of the cross. Therefore therefore God is also highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth. That's not just about Jesus is about you is telling you how God will exalt you. You want to be exalted by God to be used by God, you would have the spirit of God rush upon you means of the way up was the way down. You become a servant, you become humble, you become obedient and that God raises you up in the power of his spirit. Don't despise your pastor what God is doing is putting into you a power you can't get any other way any other way. Learning to trust God through your giants in your pastor's you're listening to Summit life. The Bible teaching ministry pastor and author Jamie Greer can always find more information about Pastor JD and his ministry at our website. Jamie Greer.com the online resources MDs daily messages are available thanks to listeners like you who give generously to keep Summit life going. We are committed to bringing you gospel centered Bible teaching without finances getting in the way but that's only possible when we all work together to keep this ministry funding given to support Summit life.

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