PREVAIL

PREVAIL

I SAMUEL 17:48-54 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 

51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 

52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 

53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 

54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.

pre·vail

prəˈvāl/

verb

    1    prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious.

    2    synonyms:

    3    win, win out/through, triumph, be victorious, carry the day, come out on top, succeed, prove superior, conquer, overcome; reign

  1. YOUR PAST IS YOUR PREPARATION TO PREVAIL
    1. GOD SEES SOMETHING IN YOU THAT THOSE AROUND YOU CAN’T
      1. I SAMUEL 16:7 For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
      2. WHAT IT SEEMS ISN’T ALWAYS THE WAY GOD SEES IT
        1. I SAMUEL 17:28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before. 
        2. TURN AWAY AND CONTINUE TO PRAY
      3. I SAMUEL 17:16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
        1. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR ABILITY, IT’S ABOUT YOUR MENTALITY
          1. MOTIVATED OR MORTIFIED
          2. OPPORTUNITY OR OBSTACLE
            1. BROTHERS SAW POTENTIAL TO FAIL
              1. DAVID SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREVAIL
      4. I SAMUEL 17:33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.”
        1. YOUR PAST IS YOUR PREPARATION TO PREVAIL
        2. GOD SEES SOMETHING IN YOU OTHERS AROUND YOU CAN’T
        3. WHAT IT SEEMS ISN’T ALWAYS THE WAY GOD SEES IT
      5. DON’T LET THE DISBELIEF OF OTHERS CHANGE THE BELIEF IN YOUR CALLING
        1. I SAMUEL 17:34-37 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
  2. YOU ALREADY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO PREVAIL
      1. WHAT WE SEE AS INSIGNIFICANT, 
        1. GOD HAS PLACED IN OUR LIVES TO PREVAIL
        2. YOU ALREADY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO PREVAIL
    1. MALCOLM GLADWELL 
      1. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
      2. “the stones in the Valley of Elah were not normal rocks. They were barium sulphate, which are rocks twice the density of normal stones. If you do the calculations on the ballistics, on the stopping power of the rock fired from David's sling, it's roughly equal to the stopping power of a [.45 caliber] handgun.”
  3. YOU CAN PREVAIL - BECAUSE YOUR ENEMY ISN’T WHO YOU THINK HE IS
    1. VALLEY OF ELAH
      1. I SAMUEL 17:3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.
    2. UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO FACE YOUR ENEMY
      1. YOU ARE STUCK AT A STANDSTILL
    3. I SAMUEL 17:4-7; 11 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
    4. YOUR ENEMY ISN’T WHO YOU THINK HE IS
      1. I SAMUEL 17:23 …Goliath, the Philistine champion..
        1. A CHAMPION IS RELATIVE TO HIS COMPETITION
          1. PHILLISTINE
            1. UNCIRCUMCIZED - UNGODLY
      2. ISAIAH 54:17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.
      3. EPHESIANS 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-bloodenemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
      4. DON’T PLAY BY THE ENEMIES RULES
        1. I SAMUEL 17:45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
          1. ROMANS 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.    

BIG QUESTION: SURVIVAL OR SUCCESS 

            PREVENTION OR PREVAILING

I SAMUEL 17:51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

I SAMUEL 17:54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.

 

MY PAST WAS JUST PREPARATION TO PREVAIL

I HAVE EVERYTIHG I NEED TO PREVAIL

MY ENEMY ISN’T WHO I THOUGHT HE WAS