Battles by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Our mid-week bible centered on how David defeating the 9.75 ft. amazon known as Goliath. The main point was that through God all things are possible. Todays reading comes from 1 Samuel 17.

What does this popular bible teach us today?

Compliance

The one thing we are taught as Christians is that we must comply with God’s wishes. If we truly believe in Him as our savior and through Him all things are possible, then we must comply with what he wants us to do.

Romans 13:1

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Lay Down the Law

We need to let people know what side of the biblical war we take sides with. If we are Christians, then we need to lay down the law that we are going to fight for what we believe in. We can not change others unless they want to be changed but we can attempt to bring them to our side and let them see the light.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Trust God

There are so many examples of this. Your marriage won’t be successful unless God is a partner in the marriage or my favorite from experience is when I quit smoking and drinking heavy, I relied on God to handle the urges. So, yes, we need trust God.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

History

Mark 5:36

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, be not afraid, only believe.

There are many examples in the scriptures where people trusted God and the results from doing so. Right now, we are going to use the appropriate scripture with regards to David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:34-37).

Like David, we need to use our history to motivate our future. If we have a history of burning ourselves when we touch a hot stove, then we need to stop touching a hot stove. David motivated based on the victories he had over animals that were attacking his flock. Challenge yourself to reach for sensible higher goals adding God to your dreams and you can go far.

Let Go

How many people do you know in your congregation that might be a great singer, plays a musical instrument, or would be great with children, only if they be willing to do something for the Lord? There are always a few in every congregation. It could be they have no self-confidence or maybe they are waiting for someone to ask.

Exodus 15:2–3

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Defeat your fears

What is your fear? I fear heights and needles. If you let your fears win, you will never defeat your fears and that will hold you fear.

Deuteronomy 31:8

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Don’t Worry about Size

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

No matter how big the mountain, you are the only one that can either beat it or sit there in the corner in defeat. However, you will need a partner to defeat it no matter how big the mountain.

Current Inventory

Many people complain about:

• What they don’t have

• Why not having what they don’t have is a problem

• Why they need “that thing” before they can get started

• Why not having “that thing” is holding them back The simple truth of the matter is that you work with what you got.

You don’t buy a new truck just because you bought a new sofa and won’t need the truck tomorrow. Look at David, he used what he had not sat around wishing he had something better. He didn’t provide any excuses, just a plan to beat Goliath.

Believe

John 20:29

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

What is you believe number? On a scale of 1-10, where do you relate your skill? Love for the Lord?

Have Trust in yourself

Have you ever heard the saying that a salesman can’t sell something if the salesman doesn’t believe in the product? Try selling a new bottle of beer but you don’t drink or don’t like beer. The same goes for you, if you don’t believe in yourself – no one else will.

Don’t always let the first impression persuade you to quit. Look at David vs. Goliath. From the outside, this was a lopsided battle. Your self-confidence will motivate you.

Proverbs 28:26

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

John 15:5

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

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