The Stone Collector

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1 Samuel 17

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  • The winepress represents our current penchant to enjoy the results without respecting roots The strong represents the urges and passions that seem impossible to resist The powerful ravager represents the real fact that it does appear that righteousness is losing The fire of evil weighing represents the very real pressure that we can not handle what is happening The torn up by the roots represents the fact that we have been systematically moved from the source of our birth
  • David collected a stone for every Philistine city that had a giant Why “Smooth?” David was careful in his selection of the stones. His life and the life of the nation of Israel were on the line. He did not choose just any piece of rock from the river. They had to be smooth stones. Why smooth? Here is a powerful truth! 1.) A jagged crooked rock wouldn’t go in the right direction. 2.) A jagged crooked rock wouldn’t go the distance. 3.) A jagged crooked rock wouldn’t hit the mark. How does a jagged rock become a smooth stone? It has got to be hewn out of the greater rock and rolled down the river of life. The harsh elements of nature come against it. It becomes smooth as the water (Word) flows over it… over and over again!
  • APPLICATION: Our faith requires that we have the fortitude to face the giants in our lives. There is no doubt that giants will come but we must be brave. We must be willing to act at a moment’s notice “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8
  • Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV) 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." The wounds of Jesus (His head, His hands (2), His feet, and finally His side) are given to us so that His anointing may flow unto us We have to accept our appointment We must appreciate that we are anointed We must articulate our authority
  • David - Personal name probably meaning, “favorite” or “beloved.” APPLICATION: Initiative is usually a step of faith. It means stepping out even though the odds are against you. When one person dares to make a stand, it motivates the others to continue the assault.
  • APPLICATION: A testimony comes from living a life of faith – a life of walking with God. Anyone can develop a testimony. You may not have one now but if you trust in God today you can have one tomorrow. Giants will face you wherever you are but trusting in God will help you to overcome and you will be able to testify. Saul means “asked for or preferred or desired” Although his armor was the common way that most would consider fighting a giant or using in battle, David used what he knew. The Sling Shot – braided skins and or wood & flesh 1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIV) 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (God sacrificed and animal to make a covering for Adam and Eve) 1 Corinthians 15:45 (NIV) 45So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”£ ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) 12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. John 12:32 (NIV) 32But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
  • APPLICATION: We can be victorious if we use the name of Jesus. The Bible tells us that “at the sound of that name, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess…” David experienced God’s help with the lion and the bear: Lions roar and the way to defeat the lion is that you must take a stand Bears are rough and the way to defeat the bear is to be structured – in the financial world we are experiencing a bear market but if you have asset allocation (a structure that is diversified) then you can succeed
  • The Stone Collector

    1. 1. 1 The Stone Collector 1 Samuel 17:38-40
    2. 2. 2 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (NLT) 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested. “I’m not used to them.” So he took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath.
    3. 3. 3 According to 1 Samuel 13:19-20, the Philistines had taken away the other weaponry and tools that would make the Jews difficult to defeat. With seemingly nothing to fight with, a young shepherd boy named David, collected five smooth stones and used his sling to defeat one of the largest Philistines ever. Historians tell us that the Jews of David’s time used slingshots with great precision. A marksman with a sling could whirl a stone 2” to 3” in diameter, 200 ft/sec with a bone crushing impact of 5,000 pounds of energy. Today’s message will examine the powerful example of David vs. Goliath and how it can help us defeat our giants.
    4. 4. 4 The Role of Giants: Get in the way Insult God’s children Aggravate and affect the mind & spirit Neutralize purpose & potential Target certain transformative areas Suppress us to the point of submission
    5. 5. 5 Politically, the Philistines had a highly organized city-state system comprised of five towns in southwest Palestine: Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron (1 Samuel 6:17). Each of the city-states was ruled by a “lord” (1 Samuel 6:18), a kinglike figure. Gath was perhaps the major city of this Philistine pentapolis, and as such, served as the hub of the city-state system.
    6. 6. 6 The Stone Collector • Gath – winepress • Gaza – the strong • Ashdod – powerful; ravager • Ashkelon – the fire of evil; weighing • Ekron – torn up by the roots; emigration
    7. 7. 7 The Stone Collector 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (NLT) 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested. “I’m not used to them.” So he took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath.
    8. 8. 8 The Stone Collector • Choice #1 • Forget • Everything • And • Run • Choice #2 • Faith • Expressed • Anointing • Released
    9. 9. 9 The Stone Collector David is Human… He exhibits Fortitude: “Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously”
    10. 10. 10 The Stone Collector David is Humble… He expresses his Anointing: “ordained and installed in a position of purpose and power by God”
    11. 11. 11 The Stone Collector David is Hopeful… He takes the Initiative: “An introductory act or step; leading action; readiness and ability in initiating action: one’s personal, responsible decision”
    12. 12. 12 The Stone Collector David is Honest… He uses his Testimony: “Evidence in support of a fact or statement of proof”
    13. 13. 13 The Stone Collector David has Habitual Help… He expects Help: “To give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist”
    14. 14. 14 The Stone Collector Exhibit Fortitude Express Anointing Take Initiative Use Testimony Expect Help
    15. 15. 15 The Stone Collector Exhibit Fortitude Express Anointing Take Initiative Use Testimony Expect Help

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