Transforming Time with God (3 of 10) by Stan Coffey

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Transforming Time with God (3 of 10)
Stan Coffey
I Samuel 17:45-50
September 15, 2002

I want to continue this morning with the series of messages that are a background for 40 Days of Purpose. So I want you to take your Bible and turn to I Samuel chapter 17. We're going to begin reading today in verses 45-50. If you'll keep your Bible open to I Samuel 17 we'll be reading from these verses throughout the message today as we look at the familiar story of David and Goliath.

We talked about Moses and how God transformed Moses' life in 40 days and 40 nights. Did you know that when Goliath appeared to Israel and challenged Israel that Goliath challenged Israel for 40 days and 40 nights. And so when David went out to meet Goliath it was after 40 days and 40 nights of challenge. So David had spent 40 days and 40 nights of preparation and prayer before he went out to meet Goliath.

He went out to meet Goliath after having prepared and being tested. He went out to defeat the giant because he had stood the test and he had prepared well with his time with God. If you and I are going to defeat the giants in our life we're going to have to know what it is to have that transforming time that we spend with God, knowing what our purpose is, knowing what God's plan is for our life. We can only do that as we spend time with God and as we really come to know God.

David was a man after God's own heart. When this particular incident took place David was a very young man. He was just barely in his teens. The scripture indicates that he was ruddy of countenance. In other words, he just barely had started shaving. He was a very young boy, yet, he went out to defeat a giant who was the largest man mentioned in all the Bible, a giant 9 feet and 4 inches tall.

Notice what the Bible says here beginning in verse 45. "Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you ...

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