So we all love movies where the hero overcomes the odds, scores the girl, defeats the bad guy, saves the day, right?  As of the start of the week ENDGAME has made $2.73 billion which means a lot of people have seen it including one fan, Agustin Alanis who has seen it 103 times.

It’s like there is something in our DNA that is drawn towards stories of ordinaryish people who rise up and become the hero and I think something in all of us that wonders if we were put in that position… if we were bit by the spider… if we found a droid with a secret message… if we were struck by lightning… that we would accept the challenge and be the hero.. am I right?

Well in the bible we meet about a moment just like this – a guy plucked out of obscurity, chosen by God to be king, who against all the odds defeats the bad guy and saves the day.

So Israel have this king, Saul, but he’s gone off the rails a bit and God has chosen a new guy to be king and sends Samuel, the prophet to go and anoint the new king.

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Now here begs the question… where do you find a new king?  There aren’t schools for kings, you cant go to a shop and select one off the shelf and you cant order one from the internet.  Perhaps you could do a show like the bachelor, where you give a rose to the candidates and end up living happily ever after with the king at the end…  or survivor “the tribe has spoken”…

God tells Samuel to go to visit a family in Bethlehem and that he has chosen one of his sons to be king.

So Samuel arrives, calls all the sons to do a line up and eyes them all up and down..

1 Samuel 16 it says Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.”

Long story short….

Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”  So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”  So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.  1 Samuel 16:1, 6-13

 

So da da da David was anointed as the new king!  Yet he didn’t even get called for the family meeting… his own dad didn’t even rate him!

But don’t you love that even though his own dad didn’t rate him God totally saw where he was and that David was not invisible to God.

He knows who we are and where we are.

God has a specific purpose for each and every one of us.

You are called and chosen by God to know God and make Him known.

He is uniquely positioning and training us where we are today for our tomorrows.

David went from common shepherd boy to promised king in a snap.

David’s brothers were not chosen by God to be king.  Despite their strength and good looks and height and their position in the family, they were not chosen.

It was David that God chose, that God picked to be king.

So what was God looking for in a leader?

 

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  1 Samuel 16:7

 

In Acts 13:22 it says: After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.

Our heart is what matters to God.  Its where it all happens.  It’s vital and most important.

The world judges often by appearances – beauty, physique, material wealth, possessions, grades and scores, career success… but these things do not move the heart of God or qualify anyone for leadership or the cool stuff God wants to do in and through our lives.   Our hearts are infinitely more important to God than our physical features or human accomplishments.

What stirs my heart in this passage is the assurance that God sees me today where i am and if i am diligent in surrendering to His grace and transformation then He will promote me at the right time, if promotion is in His plan for me.  No matter how obscure my today may be, i am in His hands.  i don’t need to know the right people or push my way ahead but i can trust that God makes my life and shapes my life.

 

We need to ask ourselves: Are we people after the Lord’s own heart as King David was?

 

One of the things david is most known for is the show down between David and Goliath.

The battle of David and goliath is one of the greatest examples of how faith overcomes – how to overcome giants in our lives – not just only of the physical great big stinking men type but how to overcome giants on the inside and giants of circumstance and difficulty.

The battle of David and goliath, though played out with a shepherd boy and a warrior is a great picture of the battle of fear vs doubt – with most of the victory happening NOT on the battlefield, but behind the scenes in the lead up to their face off.

To overcome doubt we need to get a clear and accurate picture of who God says we are.

 

BELOVED.

CALLED.

CHOSEN.

EMPOWERED.

ETERNITY CHANGERS.

MEN AND WOMEN OF DESTINY.

 

To step out and be the person we are called to be and to do the things we are called to be we need to be people of FAITH – having faith in GOD – it is HIM who works in us – I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.

Overturn the doubt by fixing your eyes on Jesus and His truth and His words. It’s all about attitude. David’s attitude was one of faith. Not doubt. He was unshakable because  had faith in God’s unshakable power.

Our attitudes determine our actions. Change your attitude and you can change your perception and outcome. An attitude of doubt will hold you back from stepping out. An attitude of faith will propel you into adventure and opportunity.

To overcome doubt we must REPLACE it with the opposite thing: Faith

Let your FAITH be bigger than your fear.

Doubt isn’t conquered by confidence in our own giftings or abilities, which may sound like a contradiction to what I have said and will say – but the reality is that doubt is conquered when we know the greatness and power and almightiness of God!

God is faithful.

God is powerful.

God is compassionate.

God is for us.

God is holy.

God is the Creator of the Universe.

God’s thoughts and ways and wisdom are higher and greater than ours.

He is omnipresent, omnipowerful and omniscient. In other words, He sees all, knows all and has all the power.

He is awesome and glorious, good and great.

 

Have a holy confidence that is founded and grounded upon GOD and His abilities and resources!

 

You’ve got to have your own faith. You’ve got to have your own overcomingness. You cant do things based on your pastors faith, or a leaders faith, or your mum and dads faith. Its got to fit for you. And you’ve got to have your own strategy and your own relationship with God and your own understanding of faith and who God is and who He has made you to be and called you to be. You can’t live off someone elses giftings or annointings. You’ve got to know on the inside who God is and who He has called you to be and what He is doing in and through your life. Saul’s armour didn’t fit David, so David took it off. Saul wasn’t even prepared to wear his own armour to fight Goliath! It is YOUR faith that will bring the victory in YOUR life. That is why overcoming doubt is so important because it is YOUR faith that opens doors and breakthrough and sees the cool stuff God has planned done.

 

Part of this is reconciling that you are who you are. You are uniquely made. Uniquely gifted. Saul’s armour fit Saul. It wasn’t crafted to fit David.

 

To be successful in battle you have to have protection that fits you.

Too bulky and you’re weighed down. Too small and you’re left exposed.

David understood that he had to fight Goliath as DAVID, not as a wannabe Saul.

In life there is so much pressure to fit a mould.  be like this.  act like that.  wear these clothes.  talk this way.

but God has uniquely designed YOU to be you.

live YOUR life, don’t settle for being a carbon copy of someone else.

the world doesn’t need a someone else.  they need YOU.

God has designed YOU for YOUR purpose and you are wired and gifted for His plans.