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Faith that Conquers

(Radio 8/3/2006)

Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:45-47

All of us face difficult circumstances in life. We feel threatened by defeat, embarrassment, and despair. When we face those kinds of battles in life our greatest defense is strong faith in the living God, based upon the foundation of the word of God.  When faith is built upon this book it is possible to be victorious and to conquer in every single circumstance of life.  This message is about the Faith that Conquers, as exemplified by the story of David and Goliath.

All of us have Goliaths in our lives. They may be people, a job, bad habits, relationship problems. The Faith that Conquers makes it possible to face those challenges and be victorious.

1 Samuel 17:45-47

[45]  Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted.  
[46]  "This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky (lip smack) and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
[47]  "and that all (the) assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by the sword by spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands." 
 
Principles of The Faith that Conquers

  • Faith that Conquers recalls previous victories when facing battles.
    • David recalled killing a lion or bear (he'd done both).
      • 1 Samuel 17:32-36
      • Thinking back helped him know what to do next
    • Keeping a diary helps you remember events and what has happened.
  • Faith that Conquers reexamines and reaffirms the proper motives. 
    • David did not want to defeat Goliath for his own glory or gain, but for God's.
      • 1 Samuel 17:26, 30, 45
      • David would not tolerate Goliath's blasphemy
    • We must ask ourselves why we want victory.
      • God wants to mold us into Christ's likeness.
  • Faith that Conquers rejects the discouraging words of others
    • David ignored those who discouraged him.
      • 1 Samuel 17:28-30
    • We must be careful who we listen to.
      • The wrong counsel will make things worse.
      • It is vital to spend time daily alone with God.
  • Faith that Conquers recognizes the true nature of the battle.
    • David saw the battle was the Philistines' gods against the God of Israel.
      • 1 Samuel 17:25-26, 47
    • If we know the nature of the battle and it is worth fighting, focus on and trust God for victory.
    • Faith responds to "Goliaths" on the basis of three things
      • Who we are in Christ.
      • Who Christ is in us.
      • What we have in Him.
        • God is sufficient for us.
        • Zechariah 4:6
        • You don't have to see the victory to confess the victory.
        • 1 Samuel 17:37, 43, 46-47
        • God may put us in battle because he wants to accomplish something through us and in us.
  • Faith that Conquers reckons the victory before the battle is one.
    • Little faith: I know He can but I'm not sure He will.
    • Great faith: Yes, He will.
    • Perfect faith: It's as good as done.

Faith that Conquers the quality of faith that moves from, "I know He can but I'm not sure He will," "Yes He will," to "Thank God, it's done and I'm going to await His time to show me the finished product." 

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