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1 Samuel 17:1-7
"Now the Philistines had gathered their forces for war...They occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion named Goliath, from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was a giant of a man, over nine feet tall, wearing a huge bronze helmet, and a coat of bronze armor that weighed over 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leggings, and slung a huge bronze javelin over his back. The iron spearhead alone weighed 15 pounds, and a soldier with a large shield always walked in front of Goliath."
I. LESSONS FROM DAVID FACING GOLIATH
II. THE OTHER 'GIANTS' DAVID HAD TO FACE
1. ____________________: HIS DAD HELD HIM BACK
"Now David was the youngest of Jesse's eight sons...His three older brothers enlisted in Saul's army...but David was held back to care
for the sheep in Bethlehem."
2. _______________________________: EVERYONE WAS AFRAID
"Each day Goliath would stand and shout at the ranks of Israel's army, "Why do you come out here and line up for battle? ...Choose one
man to fight me. If he's able to kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I kill him, you'll become our subjects and serve us." Day
after day Goliath taunted them saying 'This day I defy the ranks of Israel! When Saul and the Israelites heard this, everyone was deeply
shaken and paralyzed with fear.'"
"For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant loudly berated the Israelite army."
"As David talked with his brothers on the front line, he saw Goliath start shouting his usual threats to Israel's army. When the army
heard Goliath, they all ran away in terror.
3. _______________________: HIS BROTHER QUESTIONED HIS MOTIVES
"David asked, 'What's the reward for killing this Philistine and ending this disgraceful abuse?'...when David's older brother heard this he
burned with anger at David and said 'Why are YOU even here anyway? Why aren't you taking care of your scrawny little flock of
sheep? You cocky little brat. I know how conceited you are!' 'Now what have I done?' said David. 'Can't I even ask a question?'"
4. ________________: THE EXPERT DOUBTED HIS ABILITY
"Don't worry about a thing,' David told the King, I'll fight this Philistine!' 'Don't be ridiculous!' Saul replied. 'There's no way YOU can go
against this Philistine! You're only a boy, and he's been a professional warrior all his life!'"
HOW TO DEFEAT GIANTS
1. _____________________ HOW GOD'S HELPED ME IN THE PAST!
"In protecting my sheep, I've killed both a lion and a bear...The Lord who delivered me from the teeth of that lion, and the claws of that bear, will surely now deliver me from this Philistine too!"
2. USE THE ___________________ GOD HAS GIVEN ME NOW!
"Then Saul dressed David in his own armor...But David said, 'I cannot go out in these, because I'm not used to them.' So he took them off...Instead he chose five smooth stones for his sling."
3. IGNORE THE __________________________________________!
1 Samuel 30:6
"...When others were speaking against him, David encouraged himself in the Lord."
4. EXPECT GOD TO HELP ME FOR HIS _______________________!
"David shouted to Goliath 'You come at me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty!...today the Lord will conquer you...and the whole world will know that there is a God! And everyone will know that the Lord doesn't need weapons to rescue His people. It is His battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!'"
WHAT NOT TO DO WITH MONEY
1. DON'T ____________________ IT!
"The manager was accused of wasting his master's possession."
2. DON'T ___________________ IT OR ____________________ FOR IT!
"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one, and love he other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
3. DON'T TRUST IT FOR ________________________!
"What am I going to do now? I'm losing my job..."
Proverbs 23:5 (TEV)
"Your money can be gone in a flash, as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle."
4. DON'T EXPECT IT TO ___________________________!
"Whoever loves money will never have enough, and whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with his income."
"Guard against all kinds of greed because your life is not measured by how much you own."
WHAT TO REMEMBER EVERYDAY
1. IT ALL BELONGS TO _________!
"(The owner) enlisted a manger to take care of HIS property."
2. GOD IS USING MONEY TO __________________ ME!
- IT SHOWS WHAT I ______________ MOST
Matthew 6:10-21 (NLT)
"Don't store up treasure here on earth...Instead, store your treasures in heaven...for wherever your treasure is, that's where your
heart will be."
- IT SHOWS WHAT I ___________________
Proverbs 11:28 (NLT)
"If you trust in your money, you will fall, but if you trust in God, you'll flourish like a green tree."
- IT WHOSW IF GOD CAN ____________________ ME
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be
dishonest with much. If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you
not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?"
3. MONEY IS A ____________ TO BE USED FOR GOD'S PURPOSES
"I tell you, use your worldly wealth!"
- HE LOOKED ___________________ (VS. 3)
Proverbs 14:8 (LB)
"The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fill himself and won't face facts."
- HE MADE A ___________________ (vs.4)
Proverbs 16:9 (LB)
"We should make plans--counting on God to direct us.
- HE ACTED ___________________ (vs. 5-6)
4. ONE DAY YOU'LL GIVE AN _______________________ TO GOD
"you must now give me an account of your stewardship and report what you've done with what I entrusted to you because your time as a manager is ending!
5.IF I'M FAITHFUL WITH _______________, GOD CAN TRUST ME WITH _________________
Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
" to this who use well what the are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance."
"...so Eve ate some of the fruit. Then she also gave some to her husband, Adam, who was with her, and he ate it. Immediately, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover up themselves. Then they heard the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from God among the trees. But God called out to Adam 'Where are you?' Adam replied, 'I heard you coming and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.' Then God asked, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?' Adam said, 'You gave me this woman and she gave me the fruit so I ate it.' Then God said to Eve, 'Why did you do this?' Eve replied, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate it.' ...So God said to Eve, '(Because you disobeyed me) you'll have greater trouble in pregnancy and great pain in childbirth. And though you'll desire your husband, he's going to lord it over you.' Then God said to Adam, 'Because you also disobeyed me and sinned with your wife, the ground you work is now cursed. And though you'll get to eat what you planted, your fields will have weeds, and thorns and thistles, and for the rest of your life you'll have to sweat and work hard to get your food until you yourself are returned to the dirt that I used to create you.'"
HOW OUR FEARS RUIN RELATIONSHIPS
1. MY FEAR OF EXPOSURE MAKE ME ____________________
Genesis 3:9-10 (LB/TEV)
"God called to Adam, 'Why are you hiding?' Adam said, 'I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.'"
vs. 7a (NLT)
"...they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness."
"So they sewed fig leaves to cover up themselves."
"Then they hid from God among the trees."
2. MY FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL MAKES ME ______________________
"God asked, 'Did you eat...what I told you not to eat?' Adam answered, 'YOU gave me this woman and SHE gave me the fruit!'"
Genesis 3:13 (TEV)
"Then Eve said, 'The SNAKE tricked me into eating!"
3. MY FEAR OF LOSING CONTROL MAKES ME ______________________
The result of their sin:
vs. 16 (NJB)
"...You'll have yearning for your husband, but he will lord it over you..."
"...he will dominate you..."
THE ANTIDOTE: LEARN TO LIVE IN GOD'S ___________________
1 John 4:18a (NCV)
"Wherever God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out all fear."
1 John 4:18b
"It is the thought of punishment (negative consequences) that makes a person fearful."
1. EVERYDAY SURRENDER MY ___________________ TO GOD
"Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins--even those you do in secret. Than you won't be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. then you'll rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry!"
2. EVERYDAY REMEMBER THE WAY GOD ______________________ ME
- I'M COMPLETELY __________________
Titus 3:7 (CEV)
"Jesus made us acceptable to God."
- I'M UNCONDITIONALLY _______________________
"My love for you will never end says the Lord."
- I'M TOTALLY_______________________________
"There is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!"
- I'M CONSIDERED EXTREMELY ______________________________
1 Corinthians 7:23
"You've been bought and paid for by Christ's death."
3. EVERYDAY OFFER THAT SAME LOVE TO ___________________________
"Accept one another just as Christ accepted you."
1 Corinthians 13:7 (GW)
"Love never stops being patient, love never stops believing, love never stops hoping, love never gives up!'
UNDERSTAND MY EMOTIONS
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness...'"
TWO EXTREMES TO AVOID:
- GOD GAVE US _______________________________ TO UNDERSTAND OUR EMOTIONS
WHY I MUST LEARN TO MANAGE MY EMOTIONS
1. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
"There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.
2. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 25:28 (NAB)
"Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings."
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
3. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________________
Romans 8:6-8 (TEV)
"To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace...Those who obey their human nature cannot please God."
4. BECAUSE ______________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 5:23 (CEV)
"[People] get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control."
1 Peter 4:2 (TEV)
"From now on you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires."
HOW TO MANAGE AN UNWANTED FEELING
Job 15:12 (NIV)
Elephaz asked Job; "Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash?"
- EVERYDAY: __________________________________________________________________________________
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
"When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
- EVERYDAY: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Proverbs 13:3 (LB)
"Self-control means controlling the tongue!"
Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord!"
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
"Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
WHY I MUST MANAGE MY MIND
#1) Because my thoughts________________________my life!
Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)
"Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts."
#2) Because my mind is the ______________________________ for sin!
Romans 7:22-23 (LB)
"I love to do God's will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there's something else deep within me that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me. In my mind I want to be God's servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin."
#3) Because it's the key to ___________________ & ____________________!
Romans 8:6 (NLT)
"If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace."
3 DAILY CHOICES FOR A HEALTHY MIND
#1. I must _______________________ my mind with truth!
Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
"People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every WORD OF GOD."
WHEN? __________ __________ __________
Psalm 119:147 (NLT)
"I rise early...to cry out for help and to put my hope in your words."
"Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long."
"Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind."
#2. I must _______________ my mind from destructive thoughts!
Romans 8:5 (NLT)
"Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit."
- 3 ENEMIES:
> 1) My old sin ______________
> 2) _________________
> 3) The world's _______________ system
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
"Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. Our weapons have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish any argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT to make it OBEDIENT to Christ."
HOW TEMPTATION WORKS
James 1:14-15 (NLT)
"Temptation comes from the lure of OUR OWN evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and then the evil actions lead to death."
4 Phases of temptation:
- Phase 1: D_________________
- Phase 2: D________________ -"Did God really say...?"
- Phase 3: D________________ - Believing a lie of Satan
- Phase 4: D________________ & Defeat
Psalm 119:112 (CEV)
"I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what."
#3. I must ________________ my mind on the right thoughts!
>Think about _______________
2 Timothy 2:8 (CEV)
"Keep your mind on Jesus Christ..."
Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)
"Think about Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to Him. So do not get
tired and stop trying."
>> Think about __________________
Philippians 2:4 (LB)
"Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing."
Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)
"Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds."
>>>Think about ___________________
Colossians 3:2 (NLT)
"Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth."
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who
Proverbs 14:30--"Peace of mind makes the body healthy."
Proverbs 14:30 (LB)--"A relaxed attitude lengthens a mans life."
"EASIER SAID THAN DONE"
SPIRITUAL HABITS THAT REDUCE STRESS
1. LOOK TO GOD TO MEET ALL MY ______________________
"The Lord is my shepherd, so I have all I need."
Romans 8:32 (LB)
"Since God did not spare even His now Son for us but gave Him up for us, won't he also surely give us everything else we need?"
2. OBEY GOD'S INSTRUCTION ABOUT ________________
"He makes me lie down..."
"Six days are set aside for work but every seventh day you must rest completely, even during your seasons of plowing and harvesting, you must observe a Sabbath day of rest."
3. GO TO GOD FOR ______________________
"He make me lie down in lush green meadows and leads me beside calm, quiet waters. He restores my soul."
Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
"You'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly."
4. GO TO GOD FOR _______________________
"He guides me in the right paths for His name's sake."
5. TRUST GOD IN THE __________________ ____________________
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me."
Psalm 142:3 (TEV)
"When I am ready to give up, He knows what I should do."
6. LET GOD BY MY ____________________
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
"How I love you , Lord! You are my defend, my protector, and my strong fortress. In You I am safe. You protect me like a shield."
7. EXPECT GOD TO __________________ WHAT HE ____________________
"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the day of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Matthew 11:28-30 (RSV)
Jesus: "________ to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. _________ my yoke upon you, and _________ from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
WHEN I'M "YOKED" WITH CHRIST, WE MOVE TOGETHER IN THE
SAME _____________________________ AND THE SAME _____________________.
THIS WEEK IN YOUR SMALL GROUP:
Six Reasons Your Health Matters to God
>>>GET ___________ ____________ WITH MY LIFE
LUKE 15:13-14, 17
"...he wasted it all...he had nothing left...he got desperate and hungry...he finally came to his senses..."
Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG)
GOD: "You'll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else."
>>>OWN UP TO MY _________________
"When he came to his senses, he said..."I have sinned against God and you..."
"Your sins have separated you from your God, and have hidden His face from you..."
Psalm 51:1-4 (TEV)
"Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean! I recognize my faults and I am conscious that I've sinned against You."
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
"The Lord says, 'No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.'"
THE HABIT OF A REGULAR SPIRITUAL CHECK-UP:
2 Corinthians 13:5 (MSG)
"Test yourself to make sure you're solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. give yourself regular checkups. If you fail the test, do something about it."
1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup."
>>>OFFER UP ___________________
The son drifted away saying, "GIVE ME MY share..."
He returned to the Father saying, "MAKE ME a servant."
"Because God is merciful to you, OFFER YOURSELVES as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANS-FORMED by the renewing of your mind."
THE FATHER'S RESPONSE
Luke 15:20, 22
"Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him! ...Bring the best..."
>>>LIFT UP MY ____________________
"We're going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking...He was lost but now he's found! So the party began!"
Psalm 68:4 (ESV)
"Sing to God, sing praises to His name; LIFT UP A SONG to Him...His name is the Lord!"
Psalm 13:6 (NLT)
"I will sing to the Lord because He has been so good to me!"
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
"On the night He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING. He broke the bread and said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.'"
WHY ARE GOALS IMPORTANT TO CHANGING MY LIFE?
Paul: "I know that I am not yet what God wants me to be. I haven't reached that goal, but I keep moving toward it to make it mine because Christ made me and saved me for this. I know that I haven't yet reached my goal, but there's one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize that God has called me to receive through Christ in the life above. All of you who are spiritually mature should think this same way too."
"According to your faith will it be done to you."
1 Corinthians 9:26 (NCV)
"I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something--not just the air."
Job 6:11 (NLT)
Job: "I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on."
Philippians 3:12 (TEV)
Paul: "...I keep striving toward the goal..."
"If your goals are good, you will be respected."
1 Corinthians 2:25-26a (NLT)
"All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fad away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step."
WHAT KIND OF GOAL DOES GOD BLESS?
3 questions to ask:
1 Corinthians 6:20 (CEV)
"God paid a great price for you. so use your body to honor God."
1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEV)
"When you eat or drink or do anything, always do it to honor God."
2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)
"We make it our goal to please Him..."
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
"Everything you do must be done with love."
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
"Let love be your highest goal."
Proverbs 16:9 (MSG)
"We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it."
- I NEED---
Zechariah 4:6 (NCV)
"You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord."
- I NEED---
Joshua 1:8 (NAB)
"Keep this Book of the Law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may carefully follow all that is written in it; THEN you will successfully attain your goal."
- I NEED---
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG)
"By yourself you're unprotected. But with a friend you can face the worst. And a group of three is even better because a rope braided with three strands is not easily snapped!"
May 24, 2020---Who I Am in Christ