How to be an Over-comer

Heroes of Faith:  David
Do you have a challenge of gigantic proportions that you’re facing right now? The truth is, we all do! This Sunday, we will learn from the life of David how to be over-comers and watch our giants fall!

Heroes of Faith: David
How to be an Over-comer 

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 19th 2017

Intro:

  • Part 7 of our current series on the heroes of faith, were we are learning from the lives of Biblical characters and applying what we are learning from their lives to ours.
  • This morning and next week we are focusing on a man named David who became the second and most important king of Israel. There is a lot in the Bible about David, my concordance says his name is mentioned 1,078 times in scripture and his life if recorded in 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st Chronicles and a lot of the book of Psalms is written by David.
  • My guess is that that two most widely known stories form David’s life are David and Goliath and David and Bathsheba and we are going to look at both events – how to be an over-comer, and how you can become overcome. Today we will focus on how to be an over-comer from the story of David and Goliath.
  • Over-comers all have three things in common, they all have challenges in front of them, critics besides them, and confidence within them.

You must have a challenge in front of you

  • Challenges are what I call “OTO’s” – opportunities to overcome – and we all have them
  • David definitely had a challenge in front of him
  • His challenge was intimidating

1 Sam 17:4-7 (NLV)

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! 5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. 6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. 7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.

  • His Challenge was terrifying

1 Sam 17:11 NLV

When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

  • His challenge was Insulting

1 Sam 17:42-45 ESV

And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”

  • Do you have a challenge in front of you? What is it?
  • It is going to be intimidating / terrifying / insulting . . .
    • Could be college, debt, addiction, ministry, goal, relationships, future, risk

You must have critics beside you

  • Some of David’s happen to be his brothers.
  • David’s Dad sent him out with supplies to the brothers
  • He went back and forth between Saul and his Father (he was working two jobs)
  • David saw what was going on, and asked some questions

1 Sam 17:28-29 NLV

But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”29 “What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!”

  • People will be angry – that you will do something they are afraid to do
  • People will question your motives “what are you doing around here anyway?”
  • People will degrade you worth, value and importance “those few sheep, you’re supposed to be
  • People will assault your character “I know about your pride and deceit”
  • Sometimes the people closest to us can cause us the most harm
    • Sometimes very people who should be cheering us on the most – hold us down the most
    • As I side note, stop doing this – encourage (give each other courage) each other
  • You will be marginalized – belittled, insulted, thought-less of, left out, put down, lied about, judged, made fun of, etc. this will happen and sometime it will be going on for a long time “What have I done now”?
  • Know the truth about who and what you are – from reflection and revelation (David was chosen by God to serve in His kingdom because of who he was “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”. (I Sam. 16:7)
  • So if you have challenges in front of you, and if you have critics beside you, you need only one more thing to be an over-comer

You must have confidence within you

  • Confidence from what you have done

1 Sam 17:34-36 ESV

David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them

  • Take small steps, one thing at a time, develop your skills and confidence
  • Confidence from who you are

1 Sam 17:38-40 HCSB

Then Saul had his own military clothes put on David. He put a bronze helmet on David’s head and had him put on armor. 39 David strapped his sword on over the military clothes and tried to walk, but he was not used to them. “I can’t walk in these,” David said to Saul, “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off.

  • Don’t try to be other people, be yourself! (everyone else is taken anyway)
  • Confidence from the team you are on

1 Sam 17:45 ESV

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with 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 defied.

  • Know that God is with you are for you, and you bear his name – He will help you!
  • Know that you have an army of others who are with you

Conclusion

  • To be an over-comer – you will have challenges in front of you, you will have critics beside you and you will have confidence inside of you.
  • Remember, there are always rewards for overcoming . . . focus on the finish line – let this motivate you.
  • if you have these things you have everything you need to be an over-comer – go for it!

Questions for the ride home:

  1. What are obstacles do you want to overcome?
  2. What have you done in your life that can give you confidence to overcome these challenges?
  3. What steps are you going to take to be an over-comer?