Raise A Hallelujah! – Ps Bruce Claridge [03/03/2019 AM]
Three Out of Four Isn't Good Enough
1 Samuel 17:8-11 (NIV)
8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
- David made a decision to participate.
- As we start to move into what God wants for our life – the Goliaths come against you.
1 Samuel 17:11
11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
- Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of the Philistines and Goliath, but David looked at the impossible and saw it as a possibility in God.
- He felt it was a cause worth risking everything for, for God.
- The Goliath voices will come against you but stand up and participate against ridicule.
- Risk the possibility of being a spectator, by choosing to be a participator.
- Is there a cause? The cause is the souls of men and women.
- Reach out into the darkness and bring the light of Jesus to disperse the darkness.
- Whatever we do in Church, whether it is on the meet and great team, Hymns Alive, Youth, Kids or Music you need to participate to the best of your ability because there is a cause.
- We need to understand our position in God. David understood himself.
1. There is a call, and a purpose for your life
1 Samuel 17:33 (NIV)
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
- David knew he was called, he knew his identity and the presence of God.
- He knew God and His purpose for him. David knew his destiny.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
7 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 17:13 (NIV)
13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
- We don’t just live, exist and die.
- We need to know God’s purpose for our life.
- You are not a surprise to God.
- You are called by God.
2. We have been prepared
- Bruce was run over by a camel when he was five. He felt he should have died, but God saved his life for a purpose.
- God was preparing Bruce in his early days of sport for what he does now as a Sports Chaplain.
- David killed a lion and a bear when he was young, so the thought of killing Goliath didn’t bother him. God prepared him.
- Your mess will become your message.
- Eternity will reveal our mess and we will see that God has amazing things for us.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV)
29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- We have been called according to His purpose and we need to be prepared to face confrontation to stand up for the cause.
- Participation will help you understand why you go through the trouble. Don’t become religious, be flexible, let go and be propelled into your season.
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
- The storm will come, but Hope is also coming and will not disappoint.
- Jesus was in the boat with his disciples and the storm was raging, but Jesus slept. He knew the disciples had to go through the storm to get to the other side.
Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- What is God calling you for?
- What giants are mocking you?
- God is getting you ready for a cause.
- Who do you think you are?
- Understand the cause. Understand what God is taking you into.
- Face the giants with one stone. One step, one action.
- David only needed one stone to down Goliath.
- Keeping sowing your pebbles, pray and read your Bible.
- Jan Claridge had breast cancer a few years ago. Jan and Bruce used their pebbles of praise and raised a hallelujah for Jan’s healing.
- The giants will come down. Praise God in the midst of the storm.
- God will take your pebble and the giants will come down.
- When you step out, God will honour that.
- Bruce needed a car and after much prayer, the Bendigo Bank gave him one to use for his Chaplaincy work.
- God doesn’t forget the good works you have done. He will come through and provide for you.
- When you choose to participate, things come into action.
- Give praise to God and raise a Hallelujah in the midst of a storm, turn up when the enemy says don’t bother.
- Keep going because testimonies will come. Have Faith and continue to pray. Honour God in all you do. When you are called, you need to be prepared.
- Declare God’s word. Be the living light in dark places. Serve in your Church. Do it again and again.
- Perseverance develops character.
- Walk towards the challenge, not away from it.
- Participate, serve even when it’s uncomfortable.
- God will challenge us in the midst of the storm – sickness, finance, family, but we can stand strong because He has called us.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- Can you look at the impossible and see it as a possibility in God?
- Do you know you are called, know your identity, the presence of God and His purpose?
- Do you know you destiny? Can you stand strong in the midst of the storm?
- Discuss do you give praise to God and raise a Hallelujah in the midst of a storm, and turn up when the enemy says don’t bother?