The Battle Is Not Yours-I’M Going To Show You How to Win


The Battle Is Not Yours-I’M Going To Show You How to Win. T.D. Jakes Sermon notes I took

1 Samuel 17:21-29 King James Version (KJV)

21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.

22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

The battle was supposed to be army to army. David was bringing food to supply his brothers with, and up pops a champion of the Philistines, Goliath of Gath. He was not part of the plan. He popped up unexpectedly.
Everybody has a big something you have to fight. Your Goliath. your giant, your devil.
All men of Israel when they saw him, fled from him. They were scared to death. They were sore afraid. Certain things make me sore afraid.

1 Sam 17:25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

“Make his father’s house free in Israel.” Free means no more taxes. You kill this and your daddy doesn’t have to pay taxes. You kill this and you kill your debt. You kill this and you can change your families environment. You kill this, you can break the curse over your generations. You kill this and it will put you on a completely different trajectory. It will take you from taking care of sheep to walking around in a Palace. If you can just kill this…

1 Sam 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?! Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of my destiny? The armies of my future. The armies of my peace. Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that whenever I take two steps forward, it knocks me three steps back? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that would come in and wreck my marriage!? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that would separate me from my own child?!
When you hear David talking like that, look at the resistance to accepting what others ran from.
“I will not let this giant disrespect, my God. I will not let this giant leave my daddy in debt.
You mean I got a chance to have another kind of life if I kill him!? You mean I can be free! What!? I was born into debt. I was born into trouble. I was born with this hanging over my head.” Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?

“Wait, David, you don’t understand something baby. You ain’t’ even in the army.”
It’s not like David is a soldier! David is a child. He doesn’t have any uniform, he doesn’t have any sword. He doesn’t have any shield, he doesn’t even have a horse! All he has is outrage!

1 Sam 17:27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

If you kill him, YOU GET IT ALL. Killing him will affect who you marry. Killing him will affect where you sleep. Killing him will change how your story ends. Killing him will open up new doors for you. Killing him will change your daddy’s situation. Killing him will affect your entire family. Killing him will affect an entire nation. Killing him will change your job description! You won’t have to shovel sheep dung anymore if you can just kill him.
I don’t know if I’m the only one that I got standing between me and what I’m after. Every time I go after it here comes something from Gath trying to stop me from the next level! The Devil is a liar!

1 Sam 17:28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

“What are you doing down here? You don’t have any business down here.” You know every time you get ready to do something great, there’s always somebody who reminds you of your place. Who are you to go after it? Who are you to build a house? Who are you to write a book? Who are you!?
Now, this does not come from the Giant. I could have taken the insult if it came from the Giant! But this comes from the same brother that I came to bring lunch. How could you eat my lunch and talk against my destiny?

David’s Giant was Goliath. Jesus was Golgotha. Jesus own disciples didn’t get him. They thought He came to overthrow Caesar, and to take care of their concerns. They had defined Him from what they needed from Him.
Oh yes, David did come to bring lunch to his brothers. Isn’t it hard to fight something that is kind of true? It’s easy to fight something that is a lie, but when it’s true…I did come to bring the lunch. But there is more to me than what you see. There is more to me than a political leader. My Kingdom is not of this world. You are trying to hold me down to this level of definition, but I have a higher purpose, that I must achieve. You say the victory was won at Calvary. I say the victory was won at Gethsemane because he made a decision.
Someone say “I have decided!” It doesn’t have anything to do with how I feel. It doesn’t have anything to do with what you said about me. I HAVE DECIDED!

I’m trying to figure out, am I preaching about David, or am I preaching about Jesus the son of David, or am I preaching about you? “Beloved now are ye”. You see if it’s true about David, and if it’s true about Jesus…then it’s true about you. You got something that keeps coming down from Gath snorting at you, telling you what you can’t do, and what you can’t be. Defining you by your childhood. Calling you a boy. Calling you less than.
There are three things I got out of the text that I want you to get, that are important.
It is at the point of decision that three things had to be decided:

1. Eclipse

Until your calling eclipses your circumstance…
It’s cause that brings about effect. If you don’t have a cause you don’t have an effect. In the absence of a cause, circumstance will always prevail. If you don’t give a man something that is more important than how he feels, he will always digress back to his feelings. Is there not a cause?
What happens in an eclipse is something blocks what was affecting you and when it blocks what was affecting you, it changes the atmosphere around.
You see David was a lunch boy until he came down to the battle, and he seen what was at stake. And then the calling eclipsed the conflict. Have you ever been scared of something until? What it was stopping you from became more important than what you thought about it. It will make a little woman jump on a man! If you don’t believe it , hit one of her children. Watch her turn into a Guerilla Warrior! Is there not a cause means your calling must eclipse your circumstance, or you will go back to being who you were.
Whenever what’s in front of you becomes more important than what is behind you, you will always get away. Is there not a cause? The cause eclipses the circumstance. You need a cause.
It is not about how well you fight. IT IS WHAT YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR. So I want you to find the thing that eclipses what you are afraid of.
Hebrews 12:2 When Jesus saw you and I before Him, it eclipsed the cross. It eclipsed his fear. You need an eclipse.

2. Enough

You cannot defeat your giant until you believe what you got is enough. What you got is enough. Until you believe who you are is enough. Shout “I AM ENOUGH!” I don’t need armies to help me. I don’t need my brother to believe in me. I don’t need Sauls armor to fight with. I will use what I have because what I have is enough!
No wonder the Devil spent so much time and energy trying to convince you, that you were not enough because until you decide that who you are and what you have is enough, you could never defeat him. It is not so important what is in your bag. It’s what you think about that’s in your bad. Do not become overly impressed with the rock, because the rock shouldn’t have been able to kill the Giant. But because how David thought about the Rock. What do you think about your Rock? It’s not what you look like, it’s what you think you look like. Someone holler “enough!”. I wish to God, to the people who shouted it, believed it.

3. You will always have victory when you use what God has already given you.

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Inspiring you to have more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life,

Dexter

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