Stones…and the Stories They Tell: You Are Not an Underdog
3 Ways NOT to be an Underdog
1 Samuel 17:2-51
1. Pick up a stone with an Anointed Hand
1 Peter 2:4-10
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
3 Things That Contribute to Fighting Like an Underdog
People try to tear you down
1 Samuel 17:28
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
People try to tear you down – But in Christ, God builds you up!
Problems try to get you down
The size of a problem tries to get you down but the size of God lifts you up
Past Performance tries to keep you down
Past Performance tries to keep us down. Jesus’ victory moves us forward!
2. Pick up a stone with a Skilled Hand
1 Samuel 17:34-36
“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. Saul’s response - “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
You get better at hard by practicing. Sharpen your skills and soften your heart.
3. Pick up a stone with a Fearless Hand
1 Samuel 17:45-47
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Don’t get distracted by personal attacks – the fight is bigger than you, it is the Lord’s battle.
1 Samuel 17:48-51
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
You can’t use your weapons running away. Keep growing into the person who trusts God and the weapons He has given.
The giant in front of you isn’t going away – you might as well face him now.
You are not the underdog.
You are chosen by God.
Set yourself apart intentionally
Fight fearlessly (No holding back)