Last Sunday my wonderful husband, Eric, preached his sermon entitled Voices. It was such a powerful message so I decided to share it with you, sadly we don't have a recording but I will do my best to recount it.
Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield bearer in front of him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and 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. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth,that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hand.”
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
- 1 Samuel 17:38-48
What do you see in this passage?
Goliath spoke, David spoke and did not give him the opportunity to talk back. He acted before the lie could speak again. Goliath was obviously under the influence of the devil = threatening God’s people, not even mentioning(accidentally reminding them of!) God.
Why is this important?
- The way you are doing life right now will determine what voice you are listening to! This has to do with WHAT you do.
- Your future, what is to come to your life, is the direct result of the voice you are listening too right now. This has to do with WHERE you will be at in life.
- Mostly important right now you are the result/product of the voice you are listening to/following. This is to do with WHO you are.
Is the voice of fear leading you or the voice of the Spirit of God?
- Flesh. Self, ego, selfish behaviour. e.g. Miriam (see later), heart is full of deceit, pray to waste on desires.
- Devil. Eve, Jesus temptation. The devil will put thoughts and distractions in our mind and if he cannot get us to sin he will make us busy.
- God . My disciples, my sheep will hear my voice.
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and 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. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”
- 1 Samuel 17:45-47
THE VOICE OF GOD IS THE ONLY VOICE THAT WILL PREPARE AND ENABLE YOU TO
DEFEAT THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE!
Is creative and brings life
Gn. 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Powerful to accomplish. It accomplishes something
Is. 55:4 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
2 Tm 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Ex. 15:26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD , your healer.”
It’s alive and powerful (active)
Hb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The thing that also occurred to me as Eric was preaching was that some of us have set up camp behind enemy lines. We are getting about our ordinary, every day lives, having children, cooking food, playing, working and everything that comes with every day living. We have got so comfortable with defeat and Goliath's constant insults that we don't even fight. The battle hasn't been won yet because we have accepted the way things are. Goliath is alive and well, shouting obscenities over to us in our camp. We remain fearful and defeated. Yes we have Jesus, we don't need David and his smooth stones, we have Jesus. We are free yet we live as though 'Goliath' has power. His voice rings loud and clear in our ears. What are we going to do about it King's Daughters? Are we going to continue taking it or will we get up and do something about it?
Easier said than done I know, I am trying, it is a battle still, even though Jesus already defeated Satan, we still have to fight. Let's agree to stick together, cover each other, pray for each other and refuse to accept any voice accept the voice of God in our life.
Leave a comment below about the battle you would like support with and we will stand together.