Whose Servant Are You?

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by: Pastor Joey Vazquez

10/21/2021

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1 Samuel 17:8-11 (NIV) Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

The David and Goliath story is one that everyone knows, including people who don't know God. It's the famous story about how a young boy defeated a giant who was the nine-foot, six-inch champion of the Philistines. Goliath was defiant of the armies of Israel. He was not at all afraid of them, but he had good reason not to be. He identified them as "the servants of Saul." By this time, Saul had already turned from God, so he and the Israelites were facing this enemy alone. Because God was not with them, they struck no fear in Goliath while Saul and the armies of Israel were terrified. Because the men in the army saw themselves as servants of Saul, they were on their own. They only had their own strength to rely on and their own strength was not enough to overcome this giant.

When David came on the scene, he was armed with a totally different mindset and attitude. David was indignant that this "pagan Philistine" was defying the armies of the living God (1 Samuel 17:26). David didn't see Goliath as a threat but as a disgrace, and the reason for his view on things was all due to who he considered himself to be. He considered himself a servant of God and he considered the armies of Israel to be the armies of the living God. He considered the battle to be the Lord's battle and not his own. He knew that when it's the Lord's battle, there is no way that he or anyone else who puts their trust in Him could ever possibly lose.

There are a lot of scary giants in life made up of terrible circumstances, challenging situations and people and things that come against you. How you view yourself is of the utmost importance. If you see yourself as just representing yourself, then there is a lot to be afraid of. But if you are a servant of the Most High God with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then there is absolutely no reason to be afraid and every reason to be as confident as David was when he faced Goliath. You are a servant of the God of the universe who happens to be your Abba, Father. Anything or anyone that comes against you has picked a fight with God. As you live aware of who you belong to, you will be able to defeat every giant that sets himself against you, and you will win like David did. Know whose servant you are and know whose battle it is and the victory will always be assured!

Pastor Joey Vazquez

1 Samuel 17:8-11 (NIV) Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

The David and Goliath story is one that everyone knows, including people who don't know God. It's the famous story about how a young boy defeated a giant who was the nine-foot, six-inch champion of the Philistines. Goliath was defiant of the armies of Israel. He was not at all afraid of them, but he had good reason not to be. He identified them as "the servants of Saul." By this time, Saul had already turned from God, so he and the Israelites were facing this enemy alone. Because God was not with them, they struck no fear in Goliath while Saul and the armies of Israel were terrified. Because the men in the army saw themselves as servants of Saul, they were on their own. They only had their own strength to rely on and their own strength was not enough to overcome this giant.

When David came on the scene, he was armed with a totally different mindset and attitude. David was indignant that this "pagan Philistine" was defying the armies of the living God (1 Samuel 17:26). David didn't see Goliath as a threat but as a disgrace, and the reason for his view on things was all due to who he considered himself to be. He considered himself a servant of God and he considered the armies of Israel to be the armies of the living God. He considered the battle to be the Lord's battle and not his own. He knew that when it's the Lord's battle, there is no way that he or anyone else who puts their trust in Him could ever possibly lose.

There are a lot of scary giants in life made up of terrible circumstances, challenging situations and people and things that come against you. How you view yourself is of the utmost importance. If you see yourself as just representing yourself, then there is a lot to be afraid of. But if you are a servant of the Most High God with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then there is absolutely no reason to be afraid and every reason to be as confident as David was when he faced Goliath. You are a servant of the God of the universe who happens to be your Abba, Father. Anything or anyone that comes against you has picked a fight with God. As you live aware of who you belong to, you will be able to defeat every giant that sets himself against you, and you will win like David did. Know whose servant you are and know whose battle it is and the victory will always be assured!

Pastor Joey Vazquez

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