It’s Not My Battle
It’s Not My Battle
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
(1 Sa 17:45-49 NIV)
I. Introduction: Learning to Fight – What does it take – I Learned how Not to fight from Danny Babcock. David teaches us how to face the enemy with a secret weapon, Faith.
II. Facing The Foe
A. The Enemies of God (Often Overestimated)
1. Recognizing The Enemies Strength (Their Show of Force)
2. Recognizing the Enemies Weakness (Their trust in Weapons)
B. The Army of God (Often Underestimated)
1. Defense: Standing in God’s Authority (The Name and all that lies behind it – A Commander and Defender)
2. Defiance: Standing on God’s Side (My greatest strength is the enemies greatest weakness)
III. Finding the Faith
A. Faith Before the Fact: Faith Reaches Out in Anticipation (His Promise to Deliver)
B. Faith Before the World: Faith Reaches Out in the World (His Presence to Witness)
C. Faith Before God: Faith Reaches Out To God (His Power to Save)
IV. Fighting the Fight
A. Advance on the Enemy (Courage, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go. Josh. 1:9)
B. Attack The Enemy (Fight, for I can do everything through Him who gives me strength – Phil. 4:13)
C. Achieve the Victory (Overcome, for we are more than conquerors through Him who Loved us – Rom. 8:37)
V. Conclusion: When the Battle seems all uphill, Remember, Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.