1 Samuel 17 tells the story of how David killed a man over 9 feet tall who had so frightened the armies of Israel that they had become powerless. David, a boy barely 18 (estimated age) arrived and took up the challenge of defending what was in fact, God's own honor. The King attempted to outfit this young man with the weapons of war that were in use at the time, but they were of no use to this young shepherd boy. So instead, the young lad chose 5 smooth stones and killed the giant with what he did understand.
This is what David understood:
1. I am unable to win if I don't believe in my own weapons to fight back with.
2. I am unable to win if I don't believe that victory is possible.
3. God is the only source of victory that I have, and the only one who can defeat the enemy, whatever it may be.
4. God will fight the battles for us if we choose to trust in him for the victory we need.
5. Even though God wins in us and through us, we still have to participate -- David still had to sling and fire the stone!
1. Jesus Christ, who has triumphed over death will triumph over our addictions! Romans 5:14 & 21.
2. Sharing our encouragement, strength & hope in Christ's ability to transform us into His likeness so that victory over our addictions can be attainable. 1 Thess 5:11
3. Through great healing by His grace comes great ministry for His glory! 1 Timothy 1:15-16
4. That recovery is participatory, you have to want to be clean, you have to believe in Jesus Christ to make you clean!Hebrews chapter 11 emphasis on verse 6.
5. "Not that I have already attained all this, or have already already made my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.."Philippians 3:12