David And Goliath


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David And Goliath

  1. 1. “Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine” 1 Samuel 17:40
  2. 2. In this text, we met a young ordinary youth who had a “giant of a problem standing between him,” and what God intended for him to do! Up to this point, he was just a shepherd boy, not even his family expected too much out of him, he was the youngest of eight boys. His job was to take care of the sheep and to be a delivery boy, he also wrote choruses and songs part time.
  3. 3. 1. Goliath is the giant of unbelief. Both armies stood upon the mountain tops, but the battle was to be fought in the valley below, we can learn from that. Goliath was dressed from head to toe in all manner of armour. His head was covered with a helmet of brass. His body was covered with an armoured coat of iron mail. His shoulders were covered with a coat of brass. His legs were covered with bronze shin armour. He carried an iron spear He needed one strong man to carry his shield before him.
  4. 4. If Goliath was the great champion he proclaimed to be. “WHAT WAS HE AFRAID OF?” Why did he need all this armour? Or did he dress to impress others, to act out the great champion? Why did he need all this protection? Who was he afraid of?
  5. 5. It looked like everyone was terrified of this giant, see 1 Samuel 17:11 “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”
  6. 6. For where there is no faith, fear is always near by. There is a giant that we face everyday, and it is called the giant of unbelief which God calls evil see, Hebrews 3:12 “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the
  7. 7. Goliath did not believe in the power of God. He did not believe in the miraculous. He did not believe that a small boy was to be his downfall and death.
  8. 8. 2. David is the giant of faith. Note what David said, “Who is this unclean, sinful noise that should dare to defy, the people of the ONE and only TRUE GOD.”
  9. 9. Why was David the only one present to see that Goliath stood no chance against the living God? David's brothers mocked David by saying, “That he had only come to see the battle.” But what battle? No! David came not to see the battle, but to do battle, as he battled with the enemy of the Lord, Goliath.
  10. 10. David never needed Saul's armour, because David was not going to fight Goliath, BUT TO KILL HIM. Goliath trusted in all his armour, but David trusted in the Lord, and he run to Goliath, and Goliath fell that day. ONE stone and Goliath laid dead. BUT why did David have FIVE stones in his pouch?
  11. 11. 1. STONE ONE, COURAGE. The first stone represents COURAGE - David was not afraid to face the enemy. “Do not worry about a thing,” David told Saul. “I will go and fight this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:32. It also takes courage to fight the giants you will face in your life.
  12. 12. 2. STONE TWO, CONFIDENCE. The second stone represents CONFIDENCE - As a shepherd, David often had to protect the sheep from wild animals. This gave him the confidence he needed to face the giant. “The LORD who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:37. Like David, you can have confidence that God will help you overcome the problems you face each day.
  13. 13. 3. STONE THREE, PREPARATION. The third stone represents PREPARATION - David did not go to face the giant unprepared. He went down to the stream and picked out five smooth stones and put them in his shepherd's bag. Then, armed with his shepherd's staff and sling, he started out to fight Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:40). It is important for you to do everything possible to be certain you are prepared to face the challenges which you will meet in your daily life.
  14. 14. 4. STONE FOUR, TRUST. The fourth stone represents TRUST - David did not trust in his own ability to slay the giant. When Goliath shouted at David, cursed him, and was ready to kill him, David said, “You come to me with a sword and spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD God Almighty” 1 Samuel 17:45. When you face problems, put your trust in God, not in your own ability.
  15. 15. 5. STONE FIVE, VICTORY. The fifth stone represents VICTORY – “It is God's battle, not ours,” David said. That is why David was able to win the victory over the giant with only a stone and sling. (1 Samuel 17:50). When you turn your battles over to God, you will have the victory over the giants in your life.
  16. 16. So, the next time you are facing a giant in your life, remember the story of David and Goliath, and his five smooth stones.