Monday hurts and we’re dying. If you relate, we’re helping end it by giving you something good to fight the giants in your life this week.
Come on, we can do this.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
That service Brother Nobles told everyone to show up and be prepared for God to answer prayers.
Like David went down to the brook to gather stones to slay the giant, Brother Nobles told us to go down to the brook and get stones to take down giants we’re facing in our lives.
Giants are our conditions. Are we depressed? Have we lost our confidence? Are we bewildered and just don’t know what to do in a situation? Is our faith waning? Are we climbing a mountain we can’t get over? Are we at a point in the race that we don’t believe we can finish? Do we need raging waters to come rushing to our deliverance? Do we need peace found beside still waters?
Israelite Army vs. The Philistines
In 1 Samuel 17, the Israelites are on one mountain and the Philistines are on the other, and they are about to go to war when a Philistine giant, Goliath, steps up with a proposal. How about a battle of two champions, one from each side?
There’s A Problem
Every Israelite is afraid of the Philistine giant.
After forty days, David—not a large man—hears of the offer and accepts. King Saul questions David’s skills, but David quickly shoots him down telling him about that time in 1 Samuel 17: 36 when he killed a lion and a bear while shepherding.
The Lord, who delivered him then, will deliver him from this Philistine who has defied the armies of God. This shuts Saul up and he begins strapping his armor on David, who begins taking it off. This can’t be good.
David doesn’t need Saul’s armor because he has on the armor of God. He goes down to the brook and gathers five smooth stones, putting them in his shepherd’s bag. With just the stones and a sling, David takes his place preparing for the fight.
Goliath mocks David with some trash talk, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.” Apparently, that cut deep back then, and David answers, ‘Oh yeah? I’ll cut your head off’.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:46
As the Philistine arose and started coming toward David, David started running toward the giant.
Reaching in his bag . . . pulling out a stone . . .
You Can Look Now. It’s Over.
The overly confident giant is face down on the ground dead—defeated by a stone being flung into his forehead by David. Now 1 Samuel and all the Israelites have got David fever. They love him! Except Saul, maybe not so much.
The point? David refused to wear man’s armor and relied solely on God and God’s direction to win the fight.
And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40
It’s time to stop being afraid to challenge the giants in our lives. Put out a proclamation to them: “Who are you, standing in my way?”
Go down to the brook and pick up stones we need to fight the giant:
- Word of God to lead us
- Ministers to pray for us
- Messages to instruct us
- Holy Ghost to convict us
- Forgiveness from sins
- Brothers and Sisters to encourage us
- Truth to save us
We have access to ALL the stones we need to defeat every giant. We just have to go down and pick them up.
What’s in your Shepherd’s bag?
Get Into The Water
Wash in the Pool of Siloam.
Siloam — means peace.
As Jesus passed by in John 9, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus healed him, but first, Jesus gave the blind man specific instructions to follow:
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing . . . He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. –John 9:5-7,11
Step into the troubled waters at the Pool of Bethesda.
Bethesda — means mercy.
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he saw a cripple lying by the pool of Bethesda.
Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. –John 5:2-4
There was no man to pick up the cripple and set him into the troubled waters of the pool. Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” The man was healed.
In Living Waters, New Life Rises
Water represents the spirit of God. The ministry gave us an opportunity that night to come prepared with our hearts ready to follow God’s direction. It was a night to remind us to look upward with a sense of urgency to receive all the incredible things God is doing right now for His people. We still have a God we can call out to, who can change everything.
Tonight, the Ministry is going to pray for you, and God Will Hear Us. Just get into the water! –Brother Nobles
Expectation Is In The Air
People lined up and went down to the altar asking for the waters flowing from the holy of holies to wash over them. Prayers from ministers were earnest and powerful, and our gratitude—expressed in worship—brought renewed peace.
As people surrendered to the Holy Ghost, God was forgiving, healing, breaking strongholds, mending broken things, helping climb mountains, and moving people farther away from conditions threatening their salvation.
When the rivers from heaven flow down, don’t say you have enough. Don’t hesitate. Don’t let anything hinder you.
What condition are you in?
He’s got a pool for you and a spring from which you can drink.
You just have to come.