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Take a Lesson from Goliath

You’ve probably heard the story of David versus Goliath, and you’ve probably heard all kinds of applications of that story such as how to face the giants in your life, how to fight by faith, etc. Most of the sermons we preach from the story revolve around the victory of the little teenager against the big giant, and most of the life applications we hear are from this angle as well.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn some lessons from Goliath along the way though. For example…

Nobody Is Invincible Except for God

You can be hurt. You can topple. You can fail. And yes, you’re capable of all kinds of evil and sin if you don’t guard your life. Don’t believe me? listen to Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.” (NLT)

Nobody Gets Away with Blasphemy

Nobody. There’s a sense of “getting away with it” for the moment, but a just, holy, and jealous God will certainly handle the matter of blasphemy in eternity.

Pride Goes Before Destruction…

… and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and the more puffed up we are, the easier it is for our bubble to burst.

Swords Don’t Always Win Against Slingshots

We often come out against people with the swords of our words or actions. We can wield them well and cut deep, but swords are rarely called for in the Christian life – just ask the Apostle Peter.

You can learn a lot from David. You can learn a lot from Goliath too, no matter how big you think you are!

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  • Kerrie Smith

    Man, Pastor Brandon, I think we sure could learn a lot on this one!!! In thinking about the sword, of course, I’m reminded when Peter used one to cut off the servant’s ear. Also, being puffed up is a part of where church discipline comes in, too. I also believe as teenagers, most of us believed we were invincible and had to learn the hard way. In thinking we’re too big for our britches, as Mom would say, we get into big trouble and we miss blessings God wants to bestow on us if we would let him. My, thanks so much for reminding us of this fact. May we always remember that when we think we can get away with things, we have a God who is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omnicient.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      You’re right about that – He misses nothing.

  • http://drayburn.wordpress.com Dusty Rayburn

    I love this fresh perspective on a well known story! As many times as I have read, shared, and listened to the story, the focus has never been on Goliath. Great points and reminders for Christian living.

    Thank you!
    .-= Dusty Rayburn´s last blog ..Speak His Word =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Thanks Dusty!

  • http://www.j4man.wordpress.com Jim F.

    Love the point of view – Thanks!

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      No problem Jim.

  • http://highlyfavored.affiliateshelpdesk.com Kiesha @ Highly Favored

    As always, thanks for your insightful post. I’ve always been a bit confused by blasphemy and what exactly is considered as such.
    And if someone has done this repents and strives to turn away from it, and eventually gives their life to Christ, will they still suffer the consequences or will they be washed clean? What’s your take on it?
    .-= Kiesha @ Highly Favored´s last blog ..Church Newletter Fillers & Resources =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      I definitely believe that blasphemy is forgivable along with all other sins. When Jesus spoke of the "unforgivable sin" of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, I believe He was speaking in the context of legalistic, self-righteous people who had the Son of God as evidence standing right in front of their eyes – to deny Him in that moment was a sign that their hearts were beyond repentance.

      Personally, I don't believe that anyone today is in jeopardy of committing an unforgivable sin. And the idea that "blasphemy" is unbelief, or that it is dying in unbelief, sounds good and makes the issue seem more simple, but it isn't really a Bible-based idea.

      Hope that helps.

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