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.
5 thoughts on “GO DOWN TO THE BROOK AND PICK UP STONES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Amen! That service had such a huge impact on me. I love how the ministry is teaching is teaching us to apply Biblical principles to our “everyday life” so to speak. Since that service, I am trying to challenge myself with the question “What am I picking up to carry in my Shepard’s bag”? I feel by doing this, the Lord is allowing me to see things I can change or grow in. I am excited for all that is to follow!
That service was inspiring. After being filled with God’s Holy Spirit, several men, young and old, gave us a reminder of what we need in our daily lives to help us get through our daily conditions. Bro. Aaron told us to ask God for our needs. Bro Everett said we need to seek out God’s will for us. Bro John, Bro Gary and Bro Nobles all added to the service as well. I had to listen to it again! Just a reminder that there is nothing too big or too small for God to deliver on our behalf, if we seek Him first in all things! Thank you Lord for a great ministry to lead us.
I was definitely able to add a few items to my shepard’s bag that night. What an amazing service!
God is BLESSING His people!!!!! God’s ministry has always instructed us to benefit from the outpouring of His spirit; to get “all in” when the water is troubled. Thankfully we are a people with many opportunities to receive whatever it is we need at the altar. Bro Nobles told us in advance of this service to come expecting to receive. He instructed us to be prepared to have our prayers answered. This instruction came from God through Bro. Nobles so His people would be prepared in advance to receive blessings from Heaven. I was excited and I could feel the anticipation of everyone as we prepared to “let go and let God” meet us in our need. I FELT THE POWER OF GOD TOUCH ME AND I COULD SEE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS BEING TOUCHED. I’m sure we will be talking about the blessings received and the prayers answered at the altar that night for many years. It was monumental!!!!! I feel a change in myself and I see it in others as well. At our school during break and lunch time around the teachers table, the conversations have been about unexpected blessings, answered prayers, how God is moving for His people. Sis Lena said the other day, “I don’t want break to be over, this is so good.”
I am so very thankful that God allowed ME the opportunity to be a part of The Body of Christ.
Ready, Willing to move up higher with great expectations. Today eat of the bread of heaven. Come join us