My Fight | God's Battle - Part 1
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on March 3rd, 2014

1 Samuel 17 : 1 – 11

David and Goliath
 
1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh (sō kō’) and Azekah (az·ā·kä'), in Ephes Dammim (eh'·fes dam·mēm'). 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and they encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array against the Philistines. 3 The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. (pronunciations added)

INTRODUCTION
 
2 Chronicles 20 : 15
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (emphasis added)
 
This Word of God has spoken to generations of God’s people who have trusted him to do the impossible in their lives.  King Jehoshaphat feared the attack of a great enemy, but sought the Lord regarding the actions that nation of Israel should take.  In the midst of the people King Jehoshaphat declared God’s power over the enemy. God spoke to his people through one of his priests, Jahaziel, reassuring them victory (2 Chronicles 20:15).
 
Life requires us to fight.
We must fight our enemies – The enemies of our nation, the enemies of our family, the enemies of our soul.
** In the spirit realm, which is far more significant than the experiences we encounter in the natural realm, we must rely upon God to fight the battle.
 
Every battle has a scene in which the battle occurs.
 
The Scene of the Battle
VERSE 1 – 1 Samuel 17
Shochoh
  • pronounced sō kō’ ;  meaning: “hedge”  “bush”  “bushy” (H7755)
  • Town Located in Judah (“praise”) 

Azekah

  • pronounced  az·ā·kä' ;  meaning: “dug over”  “broken up” (H5825)
  • Town Located in Judah (“praise”) 

EphesDammim

  • pronounced  eh'·fes dam·mēm' ;  meaning: “edge of blood” (H658)
  • Town Located in Judah (“praise”)
  • Located 16 miles (25 km) southwest of Jerusalem (“city of peace”) 


VERSE 2 – 1 Samuel 17
Elah

  • pronounced  ā·lä' ;  meaning: “an oak” (H425)
  • Town Located in Judah (“praise”) 

The enemy sets up camp, a temporary home, NEAR the place of battle.
The enemy sets up camp, a temporary home, IN YOUR LAND.
God’s people set up camp at the place of battle (The Valley of Elah).
 
The Enemy and God’s People are set up on opposing mountains, ready to do battle.

The Enemy perceives that he has the superior force and the superior power and threatens the people of God.

How can the world (forces of darkness) believe that it is more powerful than the people of God?
1) The world is deceived by its ability to win.
2) The world has believed the lies of the wicked one who says there is NO God.
3) The world has not seen the power of God fully in action LATELY.
** King Saul disobeyed the Word of the Lord in battle in 1 Chronicles Chapter 15, and God rejected him and his kingship.

  • A true enemy can detect weakness.
  • A true enemy waits for his opportunity to attack you in a moment of vulnerability.

The people of God APPEARED TO BE VULNERABLE because the king who they asked God to give them had the Spirit of God (His Anointing) taken from him. (1 Chronicles 16 : 14).

MESSAGE

WE WILL BE CHALLENGED BY OUR ENEMIES.
The enemy challenges God’s people three (3) ways.
 
1.   His Warrior Record                                            

1 Samuel 17  verse 8
8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me.

2.   His Warrior Plan

1 Samuel 17  verse 9
9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

3.   His Warrior Contempt of Their Fighting Power

1 Samuel 17  verse 10
10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”

CONCLUSION

Question: WHAT WILL OUR RESPONSE BE to the Challenges of Our Enemies?

A CAUTIONARY TALE - A WARNING

In 1 Samuel chapter 15, King Saul did not utterly destroy the enemy as God instructed him to.
1 Samuel chapter 15 verses 1 - 9 
1 Samuel also said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD. 2 Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”
4 So Saul gathered the people together and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.
6 Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8 He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

  • Their Warrior Response

 
1 Samuel 17  verse 11
11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

The King (King Saul) reacts with fear.
The People of God (The Nation) react with fear.

No one reacts with humility before God.
Do they trust in His Divine Power?



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