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David, Real Giants Part 2 (4 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
I Samuel 17
Introduction: I feel like the long-winded preacher who was asked a complicated question and responded "I don't know where to begin." Someone in the audience yelled "How about somewhere near the end."
Since this is the second in a two-part message we're starting "somewhere near the end." Last week, as we began to look at the account of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17 we noted three characteristics of a giant-killer. Extra credit to anyone who can name all three! We said that giant-killers do the right thing now. We said that giant-killers see the reward. And we said that giant-killers shake off the critics.
Today I want to look at four more characteristics of a giant-killer and remind everyone that we're making an application to defeating the giants in our own lives. Let's get ready to rumble!
I. GIANT-KILLERS BUILD ON PAST VICTORIES
I Samuel 17:37 "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
David's confidence was rooted in his experience of God's faithfulness to him in the past. For example, on occasion wild bears and lions had attacked the flock of sheep that David watched over. Each time, David went after the animal, rescued the sheep and killed the beast. Now the key here is that David attributed these earlier life and death victories to the Lord. You might say, "Well of COURSE he did Steve. Obviously, any mere human who overpowers a wild animal like a lion or a bear; he's going to realize that he was saved by the power of God." Not really. He could just as easily have chalked it up to luck or his own physical prowess. People do that all the time. It's just a matter of perspective.
ILLUSTRATION: A little boy got lost in the YMCA and stumbled into the women's locker room. Once the ladies caught sight of him there were screams and shrieks as they ran ...
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