Keep You Eyes On Me

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1 Samuel 17:4–11 NKJV
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
Saul was afraid! The leader of God’s people was afraid!
If you think you’re not gonna face the enemy, you are mistaken. He wants you to quit, and he will come up with whatever he can to try and intimidate you *to* quit.
He didn’t pray about it. He didn’t inquire with God about what to do, he just became afraid. If he’d just asked God, he would have known exactly what to do.
Notice, Goliath didn’t say israel had disobeyed God. No prophet came and said this was judgment. There was no reason to think God wanted israel to be enslaved by the philistines.
1 Samuel 17:26 NKJV
26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
1 Samuel 17:33 NKJV
33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
Saul wasn’t looking out for David. Saul was trynna keep david from showing him up!
Why wasn’t Saul challenging Goliath? BECAUSE HE WAS USING HIS EYES! Because he was listening to the people like him! He was focused on THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD!!!
If we focus on God, we don’t notice the things of this world! Even if we did, theyre a joke!
We better start focusing on Hod and living like He can deliver us before somebody else comes and does what God’s been waiting on us to do.
1 Samuel 17:36–37 NKJV
36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
David was already skilled at something MUCH more valuable than war training or strength. He had already experienced trusting God to empower him to fight a battle much bigger than himself.
David set his mindset correctly by thinking about what God had already done! He recognized a threat bigger than himself that he needed God to help him overcome. He knew God could deliver him.
1 Samuel 17:39 NKJV
39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
david immediately recognized the armor was useless anyway. He knew it wasn’t armor that would save him, but God. What role would armor play in delivering david from. Goliath?
1 Samuel 17:42–46 NKJV
42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” 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 in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
what was goliath’s strategy? “Put your eyes on me!” David won by keeping his focus on God. Just think about it, if his focus was God, what then did goliath look like? Focusing on himself was the only way goliath could win.
this rock understands God’s power better than you and better than the entire nation of israel.
Creation knows God’s presence. Creation cries out when we don’t praise Him. Creation groans and labors with birth pangs, eagerly awaiting the revealing of the sons of God.
if God shows up, He’ll either say yes, or no with a reason. The only other option, is He’s not able. If He’s not showing up, that’s our problem. He already gave us the ability to allow Him to show up!
if your eyes aren’t on Him, you’ve lost! It’s simplest test in the world! Remind yourself!!!
God created the past
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