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Goliath is dead: receiving the life God wants to give you

05/02/2023 - Matt Destry

1 big truth about God (theological truth)

A life in God is not a prize to be earned, but a gift to be received

1 story : David vs the giant — 1 Samuel 17

“Now the Philistines”

“Now David’…

‘For 40 days”

“And David heard him”…

“that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel…

“There was no sword in the hand of David”

“When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 

Positioning: (ask – where am I in this story?)

Why fight Goliath when he’s already dead? God has done it. The battle has been won. Enter into His victory! It’s His story that He invites us into.

Questions of the text:

What is David’s motivation?

What is Israel’s responsibility?

1 cultural “crossing” – the gospel vs culture

The culture says ‘make yourself’ – Jesus says “I will make you”

3 implications

a/ Your story will only make sense in the context of His story

b/ Your life will rise or fall to the level of your highest vision

c/ Our questions of identity (who am I), purpose (what should I do) and destiny (where am I going) are best answered by Scripture, not by culture

What to do next :

Stop fighting battles God has already won, and instead, enter into His victory through worship

i/ Identity: use Psalm 139 as your song – you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

ii/ Purpose: use Romans 12 as your template – keep your zeal, and serve the Lord

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

iii/ Destiny: use Revelation 4 as your song – the saints gathered in worship of God

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Questions to take away:

Where in my life are things not as they were meant to be?

Where is fear driving my responses?

What have I done to contribute to the place I’m in?

Where are the ‘Goliaths’ in our culture?

How is Jesus changing me? What has He done that was impossible every other way?

How is Jesus shifting me away from sin and oppression and towards love and holiness?

What is the biggest vision for my life? How might we create a different world together, under God?

If my life was a song, what would the words be about?

In a world of jingles, how might we be a community of worship?