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David's Life - A Warning to Christians (Part 2)

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5. David experienced great victory early in his life.
A. David had a great victory over Goliath.
i. Before going in to battle, David was offered armour to protect himself, but he rejected it, not having proved it (1Sa 17:38-39).
a. We would do well to follow David's example and "prove all things" (1Th 5:21; Eph 5:10).
b. We should prepare to defend ourselves, but safety is ultimately from the Lord (Pro 21:31).
1) We shouldn't trust in our military for safety, but in God (Psa 20:7; Psa 44:6-7).
2) It is a vain thing to trust in our advanced weaponry or our military might for deliverance if we fear not God nor hope in His mercy (Psa 33:16-19).
3) Pray to God, and then take reasonable measures (Neh 4:9)
4) God has promised us that he will protect us from the assaults of our enemies (Isa 54:17).
ii. David rather stuck with what he knew and took five smooth stones and his sling to meet the giant who was vastly more powerful than he (1Sa 17:40-41).
a. God is able to save by many or few, by much or by little (1Sa 14:6).
b. Gideon and his little army of 300 were used of God to destroy an army many times their size.
c. God's faithful followers through weakness are made strong (Heb 11:34).
d. God's strength is made perfect in our weakness (2Co 12:9).
e. God makes preachers out of earthen vessels so that all will know that the power is of God and not of them (2Co 4:7).
f. God hath chosen the weak to show forth His strength (1Co 1:25-27; Psa 119:141).
g. The Lord gives power unto the faint and increases the strength of them that have no might and gives them the strength to continue on (Isa 40:28-31).
iii. Goliath reviled David because of his youth, looks, and his equipment and he cursed him in the name of his gods (1Sa 17:42-44).
iv. Though David was outgunned, he didn't fear (Psa 27:3), but was confident in his God and told the giant he would take his head from him, that all Israel would know that God gives the victory (1Sa 17:45-47).
v. When Goliath came to meet David, he didn't wait for him, he ran to face him and slang a stone into his forehead and killed him and took off his head (1Sa 17:48-51).
a. Don't go looking for battles, but when they come, don't run from them, but rather run to meet them.
b. Use the weapons and the armor which God has given us (Eph 6:13-17), even though the enemy might make fun of us for it.
c. God will give the victory in the battle to his servants (Isa 54:17).
d. In our battle with sin, stop short of nothing but killing and dismembering it (Col 3:5).
e. Use your enemy's weapons against them like David did with Goliath's sword.
B. David also had great victories in war.
i. Saul made David a commander in his army (1Sa 18:5).
ii. David was ascribed a greater warrior than Saul by the people (1Sa 18:6-7).
iii. This made Saul envious of David to point he tried to kill him (1Sa 18:8-11).
iv. The Lord was with David and he behaved himself wisely and the people loved him (1Sa 18:12-16).
C. David was eventually made king over all of Israel.
i. David began to reign at the age of 30 and he reigned 40 years (2Sa 5:4).
ii. He reigned 7.5 years over Judah in Hebron and he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah in Jerusalem (2Sa 5:5).

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