Living Called and Anointed

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Living Called and Anointed

Week 3 Sermon - Called and Anointed Series
Main idea:
Discover the lessons for living out God's call on our lives every day
“Heavenly Father, we come before You today, humbled and grateful for the opportunity to gather in Your presence.
We seek an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit upon this place, as we strive to understand Your Word and apply it to our lives.
We ask for an invasion of Your wisdom and revelation, as we face the giants in our lives and live out Your call on our lives.
Break down any strongholds that may hold us back from stepping into our spiritual gifts and embracing the revival You desire for us.
In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.”
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17, 2 Chronicles 20, Philippians 4:13
(All scripture comes from the NIV unless otherwise noted)


Greetings, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ!
Are you ready to get into the word of God today as we wrap up our series Called & Anointed!
We’ve already learned quite a bit together about the calling and anointing of God through the lives of the prophet Samuel and the shepherd boy turned king, David son of Jesse.
Today we pull it all together in 1 Samuel 17.
It’s here we learn to 1.) Recognize Where the Real Battle Lies, 2.) Realize God's Desire to Use Us, and 3.) Remember the Battle Belongs to the Lord.
In the midst of life's challenges and greater spiritual warfare, we must always keep our eyes on God as we walk in our calling.
Remember, the key to victorious living is not found in our strength, but in our submission to the Holy Spirit.
It is through submission to the work of the Holy Spirit that we can fully access our gifts and gain victory in our lives.
We see this truth play out in one of the most well known and beloved “victories” of all time; The story of David and Goliath.

Main Teaching

Read 1 Samuel 17
(This is a long passage, so you may want to pick some excerpts that make the point for you)

I. Recognize Where the Real Battle Lies

In the story of David and Goliath, we see a young shepherd boy who, despite his youth and inexperience, was able to defeat a giant warrior.
This victory was not achieved through physical strength alone, but through David’s willingness to see this as a spiritual battle where the greatness of God was being questioned.
In the world we live in today, it is easy to become distracted by the many challenges and obstacles that we face.
We may find ourselves struggling with financial difficulties, health issues, broken relationships, or even persecution for our faith.
In these moments, it can be tempting to focus on the physical and emotional aspects of our struggles, forgetting that there is a deeper spiritual battle taking place.
The enemy wants us to believe that our problems are insurmountable and that we are powerless to overcome them.
However, when we recognize where the real battle lies, we can begin to see our circumstances through the lens of faith and trust in God's power to bring victory.
To recognize where the real battle lies, we must first understand the nature of our enemy.
The Bible tells us that Satan is a deceiver and the father of lies (John 8:44).
He seeks to sow discord, confusion, and doubt in our minds, causing us to question God's goodness and faithfulness.
Additionally, the enemy uses various tactics to distract us from our true purpose and calling, such as fear, temptation, and discouragement.
By recognizing these tactics, we can better equip ourselves to stand firm in our faith and resist the enemy's schemes.
Pastor -
Goliath was trying to speak fear and condemnation over the Israelites and how this is also what the enemy does in our lives today.
Another key to walking in victory is understanding our identity in Christ.
As believers, we have been given authority and power through the Holy Spirit to overcome the enemy and walk in victory.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul encourages us to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the devil's schemes.
This armor includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
By equipping ourselves with these spiritual weapons, we can effectively engage in the real battle and emerge victorious.
(Just like David armed himself in the battle with Goliath)
We must also be vigilant and alert.
The Apostle Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
We must be aware of the enemy's tactics and be prepared to resist his attacks.
This means spending time in prayer, studying the Word of God, and being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
As we grow in our relationship with God, we will become more adept at discerning the true nature of our battles and responding with faith and confidence in His power to deliver us.
Finally, we must understand the power of prayer and intercession.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4, we read that "the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have in our spiritual arsenal, and it is through prayer that we can access the supernatural power of God to overcome the enemy.
As we intercede for ourselves and others, we can see strongholds broken, chains loosed, and lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor -
would you please share a personal story about a time when you prayed earnestly over a situation and saw God come through?
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II. Realize God's Desire to Use Us

Now, David was not afraid to face the giant in his life because he knew that God was with him.
David's faith in God's power and his willingness to be used by God allowed him to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenge before him.
This same principle applies to our lives today.
We will not live the victorious Christian life because we want it to be so, but by facing our challenges in the power of God's Spirit.
By walking confidently in our calling and anointing.
When we look at the life of David, we can see that he was not the most likely candidate to face Goliath.
He was the youngest of eight brothers, and his father, Jesse, did not even consider him worthy to be presented to the prophet Samuel when he came to anoint the future king of Israel.
However, God saw something in David that others did not see – a heart that was fully committed to Him.
David's willingness to be used by God, despite his humble background and lack of experience in battle, is a powerful example for us to follow…This is the lesson we learned last week.
In our own lives, we may feel inadequate or unqualified to be used by God.
We may think that we do not have the necessary skills or talents to make a difference in the world.
However, the story of David and Goliath reminds us that God does not look at our outward appearance or qualifications; He looks at our hearts.
If we have a heart that is willing to be used by God, He can work through us to accomplish great things for His kingdom.
In the story of David and Goliath, we see that David did not rely on his own strength or the conventional weapons of warfare.
Instead, he trusted in the power of God's Spirit to deliver him from the giant.
He knew that God had used him before to protect his father’s flocks.
This same principle applies to our lives today.
As we face the challenges and giants in our lives, we must learn to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than our own strength or abilities.
We’ve got to trust God’s desire to use us to accomplish His purposes.
As the apostle Paul says,I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)
As we learn to walk in the power of God we will inevitably have to step out in faith and obedience.
In the story of David and Goliath, we see that David was willing to step out in faith and face the giant, even though it seemed like an impossible task.
He did not let fear or doubt hold him back from obeying God's call on his life.
In the same way, we must be willing to step out in faith and obedience, even when it seems like the challenges we face are insurmountable.
As we do this, we will begin to see God's power at work in our lives, enabling us to overcome the giants that we face.
Share a story here about a time you stepped out of your comfort zone, trusted God, and walked by faith.
What was the outcome and how did God grow your faith through the process?

III. Remember the Battle Belongs to the Lord

The battle belongs to the Lord, does it not?
Despite David’s lack of experience and physical stature, he boldly faced Goliath, knowing that the Lord was on his side and would deliver him from the hands of the enemy.
The Lord was always in control, but maybe He was waiting for His people to respond in faith, which David eventually did.
We too may face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but when we trust in God's power and sovereignty, we can overcome any obstacle that stands in our way.
Our faith in God's ability to deliver us from the enemy is what empowers us to walk in victory and experience the fullness of His promises.
When we remember that the battle belongs to the Lord, we can also find comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our struggles.
The Holy Spirit is with us, guiding and strengthening us as we face life's challenges.
As we submit to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in and through us, we can tap into the spiritual gifts that God has given us to overcome the enemy and advance His kingdom.
Remember, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
One of the most powerful things the people of God have done over the centuries to stay rooted in the power and strength of God is to praise and worship.
In the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, we see the power of praise and worship in action.
As the Israelites faced a vast army, they were instructed by the Lord to send out a group of singers and musicians to lead the army in worship.
As they began to sing and praise the Lord, God set ambushes against their enemies, causing them to turn on each other and ultimately leading to their defeat.
This powerful account serves as a reminder that when we choose to praise God in the midst of our battles, He will fight on our behalf and bring about victory.
Pastor -
Grab an excerpt or two from 2 Chronicles 20 to share with your congregation.
As we face the giants in our lives, let us remember the example of David, who boldly declared,
"The battle is the Lord's, and He will give all of you into our hands" (1 Samuel 17:47).
By trusting in God's power and sovereignty, we can overcome any obstacle and experience the fullness of His promises… And we do it all with a song of praise on our lips… Knowing that in the end the Lord wins the final battle.

Testimony: Our Home!


As we wrap up today, and finish out our series, I’m struck by this truth that’s come up over and over again;
God's power is made perfect in our weakness; He delights in using the unlikely to accomplish His divine purposes.
We are unlikely vessels of God’s anointing and grace, aren’t we?
We are broken, fallible, prone to wander, and drawn to sin.
But God has chosen us to carry the torch and to share the gospel.
Let's continue to rely on God's anointing and the power of the Holy Spirit to equip us with the spiritual gifts we need to overcome the giants in our lives.
Most importantly, let's always remember that the battle belongs to the Lord, and He is fighting for us and on our behalf.
He has anointed us to be ambassadors for His kingdom.
He has commissioned us to share HIS gospel throughout the world - to the very edges of the earth.
Now, as we go forth from this place, may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Let's close in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your presence in this ministry today.
We ask that You continue to guide us and strengthen us as we face the challenges of life, knowing that we are anointed and empowered by Your Holy Spirit.
Help us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit and to be a light in this world, bringing revival and transformation to those around us.
We declare and decree Your protection and favor over our lives as we go forth, and we ask all these things in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”
Go in peace, beloved, and may the fresh fire of the Holy Spirit be with you always.
Now for those of you who do not know Jesus!


The Word of God says in:
John 3:16 NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you’d would like to receive Jesus today, please pray this prayer with all of us:
Lord I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that He died On the cross for my sins and His resurrection from the dead gives me eternal life. I ask forgiveness of my sins, and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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Closing Blessing
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NKJV
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
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