"Five Smooth Stones" (I Samuel 17)


Overcoming the Giants that Invade our Lives

 I Samuel 17


A. Did you know that there are giants living in our day?

ILL:  The biggest man in the Union Army was Capt. David Van Buskirk of the 27th Indiana Regiment who stood 6’11” and weighed 380 lbs.  He was captured in 1862 and was sent to a Richmond Prison where a Confederate entrepreneur put him on exhibit.  Even Confederate President Jefferson Davis came to see him and was astounded when the impish Van Buskirk claimed that back home in Bloomington, IN, “when I was at the train station with my company, my six sisters came to say goodbye.  As I was standing there, with my company, they all came up to me, leaned down and kissed me on top of the head.” 


B.  There are not many physical giants, but there are many spiritual

     giants living in our day.  That has been the point of my sermon



C.  We have studied three stories of giants in the Bible.

            These correspond to three struggles we have spiritually.

            1.  Our struggle with Society (the world).

                        Depicted by giants in the days of Noah.

            2.  Our struggle with Self (old man).

                        Depicted by the spies when they saw giants.

            3.  Our struggle with Satan.

                        Depicted by the story of David and Goliath.


D.  Satan is still our giant adversary today.

            “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

(I Pt.5:8)

            a.  He may move us to be devilish.  EX:  rappers, gangs

            b.  He may move us to be deceitful.  (He is father of lies)

            c.  He may move us to be discouraged, defeated, distressed.

                        EX:  Like Goliath taunting the Israelites.


E.  How do we overcome this giant?  With Five Smooth Stones.

I.  First Stone:  Determination.


A.  The Israelite army did not determine to defeat the giant.

            1.  Non-confrontation makes the giant bolder.

            2.  Non-confrontation makes us weaker.

                        “Give the devil an inch, and he will be your ruler.”


B.  David Determined to Confront Him.

            1.  He determined immediately to not stand for giant.

            2.  He determined ultimately to stand against the giant.


C.  The only way to defeat Satan is to first make up your mind to

defeat Satan.

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  (Jms.4:7)

“Whom resist stedfast in the faith”  (I Pt.5:9)


EX:  The first step of any twelve step program is to admit

your problem and determine to do something about it.

EX:  Alcoholic,  Shopaholic, Chocaholic, Workaholic

(BUSY=Being Under Satan’s Yoke) 

Worryaholic, Lustaholic, Tvaholic


     The only way to get out from under Satan’s control is you have to determine to be out from under Satan’s control.


EX:  Abused wives will stay under an abusive husband until they determine to leave.


II.  Second Stone:  Meditation.


A.  David didn’t listen to the Nay-Sayers.


     Do you ever have nay-sayers when you try to do something to improve your life?

            EX:  Mary—“You’ll never amount to anything.”

     Satan is your greatest Nay-Sayer and will inspire other Nay-sayers.

     God is never a Nay-Sayer.

“I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  (Phil.4:13)

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”  (Rom.8)


B.  David Meditated on the Victories in His Life.


            1.  God had given him the victory before.

            2.  God would give him the victory again.


            EX:  I don’t worry about God providing for my needs,

because He has always provided for my needs.


III.  Third Stone:  Presentation.


A.  David realized this was not a physical battle,

but a spiritual battle.


Have you realized your battles are spiritual battles?

     “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  (Eph.6:12)

            Any battle you are having with anybody is not primarily a physical battle, but a spiritual battle.

            EX:  Spouse, parents, children, boss, classmates, IRS


B.  David realized he didn’t need a physical armor,

but a spiritual armor.


The way we battle with Satan is to be clad in spiritual

armor.  (see Eph.6:11, 14-17)

·        Do you have your loins girt with truth?

·        Do you have the breastplate of righteousness?

·        Do you have feet sandaled with peace?

·        Do you have the shield of faith?

·        Do you have the helmet of salvation?

·        Do you have the sword of the Spirit?


ILL:  A number of years ago we took our church kids to the zoo in Monroe, LA for a day of fun.  It was hot in the middle of summer.  We had a number of adult sponsors, some men and some ladies.  One of the favorite spots was the reptile house because it was dark and cool inside.  Two of our ladies were passing by the glass where a large snake was coiled up.  They really were not paying attention.  All of a sudden that snake jumped at them and hit the glass (smack).  Those ladies came running out of the reptile house.  But they were unhurt, just frightened.  It will be something they will never forget.

     What made the difference?  What side of the glass protection they were on.  If they had been on the snake’s side they would have been struck and poisoned.  They would have been more than scared, they would have been dead.

      The devil, that old serpent, is alive and well today and just waiting to strike.  You better be sure as you walk around this world that you are protected. 


IV.  Fourth Stone:  Preparation.


A.  Why did David take five smooth stones?

            1.  Some think he knew Goliath had four brothers.  (Nah)

            2.  David did not know how many he would need.

                        He went into the battle prepared.


B.  When you fight a giant you must go prepared.

            Sometimes we go into battle ill prepared.


            ILL:  The seven sons of Sceva

“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”  (Acts 19:14+)

ILL:  The disciples that could not cast out a devil

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustad seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”  (Matt.17:19-21)


We must be ‘fessed up.

We must be prayed up.

We must be studied up.

We must be filled up.

            ILL:  We should keep our tanks filled up when we don’t

know what tomorrow holds.


IV.  Fifth Stone:  Execution.


A.  There were two parts to David’s battle:

            His part and God’s part.


            1.  David went out & threw the stone.

                        He took aim & threw it with all his might.


            2.  God directed that stone so that it killed that giant.

                        “The Battle is the Lord’s”


B.  There are two parts to our battles:  Our part and God’s part.


            1.  Salvation: 

·        Our part is to repent and believe.

·        God’s part is to cleanse and regenerate.

2.  Evangelism:

·        Our part is to tell the good news.

·        God’s part is to prepare hearts, convict souls, enlighten minds.

3.  Prayer:

·        Our part is to take the time, bring our petitions, fast.

·        God’s part is to answer in accordance with His will.

4.  Struggles.

·        Our part is to take aim and throw hard.     

We are to resist the devil with all our might.

·        God’s part is to direct and defeat.

Only He can make the devil flee from us.


C.  If we are being defeated, it is not because God is not doing His

part.  It is always because we are not doing ours.

            ILL:  Suppose David went out and didn’t throw the stone.

                        David would not have been victorious.

                        But David did throw the stone and (hit head)

                        the giant came tumbling down.



     Satan is a giant that we are against.

            But Satan can’t defeat you unless you let him,

            because you have somebody bigger on your side.



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