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turn your Bibles to First Samuel, Chapter 17. We're going to be in a obscure little passage that not a lot of people have heard off little story about a boy named David and a monster named Goliath. So we'll see that for many of us for the first time today. But first I want to tell you to Ah, just a little bit about Ah, just a story that when I was a CZ, many of you know I had a cornea transplant, and so I went I hadn't been able to see for a while. Then, once I got the transplant, it took me another year, plus two for that to heal in such a way that I could actually get a contact on it. And then once I did, though, I got a contact on it. And that was like January, end of January this year, and I put that contact in and it changed my world. It changed my life. All of a sudden I could see I went on the elders retreat was the guys were, like, laughing at me because I was like a little four year old that could read, You know, I was like laundry. That's right, says laundry. L a u N d e r y That's me. I can see that. I was point out stuff in the Yeah, I would just point. I was I was just stoked. I was there, so excited there was a brand new world I could see. And not long after that, I had a chance to do kind of the first major like activity being able to see for the first time in a long time, my dad and I went fishing at San Juan. Now, if you have, if you're a fisherman, you have been there, you need to go there and go fishing. It was a great time, but I got a little frustrated because I realized that as I was trying to, I'm trying to work out the casting, and I'm just I'm kind of diving into this activity where I'm not real good. I was really super timid in there. There's lots of times where I wouldn't even try things, and it and I was just I was just kind of of a weenie fishing. And I was like I mentioned in my dad. I go, I go, You know what I and still approaching life like I can't see when I could. It's like I had for gotten that I could see and this story today. But we have this comparison of Saul and David and Flash and in spirit. It's intended to invoke something, not just leave a static, not just allow us to just forget what we know but to remind us of who God is and that he speaks. This is a God who acts. We trust a God who understands the things that we face. He understands how formidable they are. This is a God who speaks truth in the harsh realities of our lives. This story about David and Goliath, this supremely practical for our everyday lives she got wants us to know that he has a plan. He wants us to know that he is at work. He's at work in our world. And so he gives us Rhea world details for riel people. As we go through this story, we will relate to the people in story because we know what fear is like. We know what danger is like. We know how sometimes we wonder what our reward will be and all of these details are in this passage because God wants us to know that his truth and the hope of his truth are rooted in him. And therefore we can know who we are in him. This is a story of seeing how God sees and as a consequence, seeing ourselves for who we are in him. Let's go ahead and start First chance Samuel, Chapter 17 verse one starts right out the gate. Now the philistine is gathered their armies for battle. They were gathered at SOCO, which belongs to Judah, and in camp between SOCO and as a cog in F es Domine and saw in the men of Israel were gathered and encamped in the valley of Elah and they drew a line of battle against the Philistine Tze and the Philistine stood on the mountain on the one side and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side with a valley in between them. So right at the beginning we have the philistine Sze who had gathered once again for battle and right away. As we dive into this story we're reminded of the failure the soul to accomplish his mission is King in Israel's enemy, the Philistine Sze were alive and well, and they're threatening once again. Now this location is this valley of Eli. That's where they are. It's just it's just showing that these philistine are in Judah. They're threatening Judah now. They're further west than they were like in chapter 13 and 14. Why? Because remember the God provided the route of those philistine and they chased him back west. Well, now they're coming back and they're not as far into Israel's. They were, But they're right here threatening Judah. And they're threatening Judah again because saw failed to accomplish his mission is king now Verse two way Have this this this grammar where the philistine is gathered in verse one, they were active. They initiated then in verse to the grammar emphasizes the passive, says that the Israel lights were gathered. It's in response. He kind of gives us the original language. Kind of gives us the sense that the gather they're drawn up for battle, but they're they're not real sure, but plan they have. They're not sure what the leader is going to do, but they're there. They're in the Valley of Elah Now. This value member last time in 13 14 where the big philistine army that made everybody flee and all that kind of stuff and they faced off over this ravine. That's kind of narrow ravine. And then Jonathan, his armor bear went down and then they went up and it was really tight quarters. But here in the Valley of Eli, it's a little bit different. It's the same in the job of the Philistines on one side and the Israel lights on the other side. But in the in the middle of that is a big valley, a big space setting the stage for a big story with a big guy that's gonna fill it first Floor says this. And there came out from the camp of the Philistine champion named Goliath of Gaff, whose height was six cubits and a span. He's over nine feet tall. He had a helmet of bronze on his head. He was armed with a coat of mail. In the way of the coat was 5000 shekels of bronze, about 100 and £26. Now notice we read in here out how many times the the author, the narrator gives us this word bronze, bronze, bronze Big in Bronze E. And he had bronze armor on his legs. And a javelin of bronze, which is probably a curved sword that's slung between his shoulders and the shaft of his spear, was like a weaver's beam and a spear's head. Wait. 600 shekels of iron. £15 you know. And on top of that, he had a shield bearer who went before him. Goliath is the champion champion. Specifically means that he is the man of the between. We have this, this champion that comes out and he is in between the lines that are gathered for battle. He's a representative, He represents the Philistine. And he's looking for another man of the between to represent the Israel Lights. Now his name, Goalie Art. This is that there's only twice that we hear his name. Here's this big valley, this big man with this, with all of this armor on him named goalie yacht. It's not like Francis. It's not like Jamie. When I was into and I played in high, I was I was. I was the captain of my high school football team, and, uh, my co captain was Shannon so Shannon and Jamie would go out to the coin flip called in hands. You know, mean strike and fear this man goal yacht. This foreign sounding name would be menacing. The man in between who emerged that day from the Philistine camp was named Goliath, and he's from a place called Gaff. We've heard of gaffes already. This is the Philistine city that's the closest to Israel in their territory is the one that's closest to the scene of this confrontation. And the mention of Gaff is, as Goliath City simply reminds us, that the previous suppressions of the Philistine Sze had only been partial and temporary. She has the narrator's telling us. A story is giving us all these details so that we can be reminded of these things. We are given this unusually close up view of Goliath, were given his height and we're giving it in Cuba were given his armor. They just view him as an under indestructible fortress. Then we see his weapons. He's got a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. He's got a shaft of this spear was like a weaver's beam. All he's saying here is has look, this guy is not messing around. He's defended to the hilt by his armor, and he's got some deadly weapons. And we talk about a spear with the like. That's like a weaver beam. It's like it has some straps on it so that he can throw it hard and accurate and fast. That's that's what he's showing out here. And then all of these things have this element of iron. Do you remember the significance of iron? Who owns the technology of iron? The Philistines? Not only is this threat big, humongous, large, he's also clad with the latest technology technology that the Israel lights don't have. The reason that the narrator gives us this unusual amount of detail. This close up view of Goliath is so that we, as the readers would have this impression of this colossal, powerful, apparently indestructible, menacing figure. You have that in your mind. Now add what they see. Add to that what they hear. Verse eight says this. He stood and he shouted to the rings of Israel, Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a philistine? And are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves. Let him come down to me. If he's able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us. Then he pauses. I think he says I defy. I scorn. I mark the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man that we might fight together. And when Saul on all Israel heard these words of the Philistine Sze they were dismayed and greatly afraid literally they were shattered. Why have you come out? Yes, indeed. Why have we? Could you imagine? There's relates to you. Why are you here? Why have you come out this day? Am I not a philistine? Am I not the embodiment of your enemy? Am I not? All that philistine is with my technology in my size and my minister. Look, I'm talking. You're listening Slaves. Are you not the slaves of soul? Now go choose somebody to come fight me. That's a little ironic, innit? Because they already chose somebody. His name is so the most Goliath like guy they got in their whole country. But what's he doing? He is with the rest of the Israel lights. When Saul and All Israel heard these words of the Philistine Sze, they were shattered and greatly afraid. That's where Sally's Goliath says. I need another champion. I want you to choose somebody who will intercede for you like I am for the Philistines. I think it's interesting as we look at the threat that is, before these Israel lights. We know what they're going through, don't we? We have a we haven't We were kind of clued in this this sense of feeling helpless and hopeless in the faith of menace. But this man, as large as he is as powerful as he is a skilled as he is in this Valley of Elah, represent a theme that runs throughout the Bible. That there is an enemy to God and his people, this enemy in his challenging, when what they hear in his threat, he's challenging not just the people of Israel but the god of the Israel lights. So despite the success, despite the constant reminder that God has delivered that they are his people and when they're faithful that he will deliver them, they forgot and in their self pity they became unhinged. They were greatly afraid. Now let me fast forward in the story. I am keeping time, so I'm gonna have to fast forward a few more things. So we're gonna fast forward then the 1st 23 We're gonna skip over the the introduction to David and his father, and we're gonna be in 23. So up to this point, David now has arrived on the scene. He's not there as a soldier. He's there is a son. His father, Jesse, had sent him to bring provisions to his brothers and his David arrives at the scene and goes to greet his brothers were witness to a completely different perspective on this threat than the Israel lights had. The perspective we see here is one of whose identity is as a child of God. His identity is in the Lord, and he views this scene from the perspective of his identity as one of God's people as those that God delivers. 1st 23 says this as he talked with them. His brother's behold the champion, the man of between the Philistine of gaff repeats those those details. This is just repeats like this. He's seen the same thing that everybody else saw. Goliath by name came up out of the ranks of the Philistine, and he spoke the same words as before. And David hurt him. All the men of Israel when they saw the man fled from him and were much afraid. What we have here is that that's the same scene, right? And we finally we know that for 40 days he came out twice a day saying the same thing over and over. Why have you come out to drop for battle? Am I not the philistine? Are you not the slaves for Saul? Choose from. Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be yourself. Be your slaves. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our slaves and serve us. I mocked the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man that we may fight together. David, Here's the same exact thing in the same exact setting. Watches their same exact response. See the key to this passage, This port part of the passage, right Here is two words in the original language. The end of verse 23. David Heard. That's the difference David heard. Now. Did anyone care about young David hearing anybody know? No, not at all. That's why they were afraid. But we know that this is the turning point for Israel and their fortunes. And consequently, it's the turning point for all of world history. See, the Israel lights were seeing Goliath as man sees through the lens of self, and the result of that is they were terrified. So we are left to wander as we're reading the story. What would go I, it looked like to someone who saw not, as man sees, but as the Lord sees someone who would look at this situation through the lens of a child of God. Now Verse 25. Keep going here. And the Man of Israel said, Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he's come up to defy Israel, and the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches, and I will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel. Apparently, Saul's plan to take care of this situation would be to reward somebody to do the job that he was supposed to do. I'm not sure exactly if that's what the people thought or that's what, but you kind of left like it does. There's not really a lot of leadership here, so just kind of fill in the blanks. The day becomes. And he asked two questions. Now, this is the first time in all of Scripture that we hear David speak. These are the first recorded words, and he asked two questions. Number one was to clarify the rumor. Is he really going to reward us with all that stuff? And then the second is a question that's a rhetorical rhetorical veteran. How about rhetorical? It's a rhetorical. The rhetorical defiance getting final place. Now it's a rhetorical defiance of the philistine arrogance, this air. This guy's not just big, but he's arrogant, and David says what he says for who is this uncircumcised philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God. Yeah, this might be a little bit different response, and we saw with the Israel Lights. It's a little bit different response, and we saw was Soul. David acknowledged that the God of Israel was the living god and he must be taken seriously by all people, including the Philistine Sze instead, including gold Liat, David recognize that Israel belong to this God and her armies being the armies of the living god who by implication, should trust and obey God. David saw the words of the philistine for the blasphemous insult that they were not just to Israel but to the living God and the result that he regarded this speaker of these insults as beneath contempt and unworthy of acknowledgment, let alone fear. Who is this uncircumcised philistine that he should mock the armies of the living God man, that's the way to see it in it. Now the people answer and say, Well, yeah, he's going to do all that stuff Like he said, That's his first question. Yeah, he's gonna give you the reward and their silent On the second play. They don't answer the second question, but somebody does. His brother Elliot answers 1st 28 Now Ellie AB, his eldest brother, heard when he spoke to the men and Ellie Abs. 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? Look, contempt. I know your presumption in the evil of your heart where you have come down to see the battle I know your heart, your evil little heart, little brother. Now this just comes. This should come as a surprise because in 16 we know that Samuel was anointed or not. Samuel David was anointed by Samuel and his brothers were watching. So here's Elliott and his brothers who know the David was anointed by Samuel, but he still has scorn and contempt. He's sliding into the position, taking the side of the philistine. He can't know this guy's hard as evil. What do we know? This is God's chosen king. This is the king of God's heart. In other words, Ellie AB says he knows, but he knows nothing because he still saw as man sees. So David says, What have I done now? I just used his words and you just got to get the like, apparently the original languages like, so I'm big us. It's like I'm not even gonna I'm not even gonna give that I'm not gonna give away just then he turns and he talks to everybody else, starts out with his brothers. You talk. They kind of get on him a little bit. And he's like, Forget it. I'm thinking myself said that would crush me. The people that know me the best don't think that I can do what I could do. But not David because he sees as God sees now, in the words that David spoke were heard. They report they were repeated before Saul and he sent for them. You don't know how much they gave Sol, but we know it's enough for for salt and say, OK, maybe it's just the guy. He's talking a good game so he gets before Saul David does, and he says, Let no man's heart fail now. Here before the king, he sees the big scene. Let no man's heart failed because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this philistine, and Saul said to David, Um, not so much. You're not able to go against this philistine to fight with them for your butt. A youth And he has been a man of war from his youth. But say 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, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he rose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 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. Now, we must point out that this is the first time the Saul and David have met. We gotta get there. A little bit of chronological disorder from 16 to 17. This is clearly the first time that they've met. And David says, Let no man's heart fail. Fear not. So I will fight. How absurd is that? Could you imagine? Fear not. I will fight your servant now you know how. Remember our leg goliaths. Who Who are you Servants of Salt. To be out here with me. A philistine. David takes that service is on a servant. And that's a good thing. That no man's heart fail because of him. You're still a servant. Will go and fight with this philistine. There's an imperative here. There's there's an imperative. And in this proclamation of good news, fear not. This is what you do, don't fear. But the imperative is always follow with an indicative. Why wouldn't I fear? Because I will fight for you. Absurd, Stupid. Maybe a little audacious. Maybe just cocky. Do not be afraid. I will fight. But when we keep reading, go to Verse 37. We think maybe he's not so audacious. Maybe he's not so out in left field because in Verse 37 David says the Lord who delivered me from the pall of the lion who delivered him before I that's what I did. I went after this line. I killed this line. I did these things. What? Because of this right here. The Lord who delivered me from the POV, the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver from the hand of this full of philistine. And Saul said to save it. I like how you're talking. Go and the Lord be with you. God, Speed! No! When David says that the Lord who delivered me from the pod, the lion he uses a word. Yeah, way for the first time here the Lord Yeah, way Who delivered me from the Paul the Lion and from the POV? The bear will deliver me Ya, Wei will deliver me from the hand of the spill Is Steen The message here is that behind the delivering hand of David have been the delivering hand of yeah way himself. The fear that had gripped Saul's heart and all of the Israel lights heart reflected their failure to know. Yeah, way David saw everything differently. He reacted to everything differently because he knew that Yeah, way delivers. So Saul says at speed now to justice, all believe them. Did he understand this whole idea that yeah way delivers? We kind of get a clue that maybe he didn't cause he's like, Hey, where my armor getting you put the stuff on. And what's he trying to do? He's trying to dress him up. I want you here. Take a look on one of the few Israel lights that has bronze and iron stuff. Take my bronze and iron stuff that's fit for a king so that you could be like all the rest of the King so you could be like Goliath and you could go be the man in between. So David puts it all on right? And how does that go for him? I can't do this. I can't do it. He says this. So they took. This is verse 40 his staff in his hand. He chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand and he approached the philistine. No different picture. I have stoned the slings, got a staff, no armor, no metal anywhere. When we get into the action now, this is this is 40 verses setting the stage before we get to the action. Lots of detail in there so that we would have this picture in our mind that we would we would see this menacing threat, that we would see two different responses to that threat. And then we finally get to see the action in the philistine verse 41 move forward and came near to David with his shield bearer in front of him. And when the philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome. and appearance, just like when we first met David. And what was the whole point of that? Samuel. Don't look at this through man's eyes. Look at this through God's eyes. And then here we are in the battlefield and we have Goliath, this menace, seeing with man's eyes saying the same thing that we saw when he was anointed and he disdained him. And the philistine said to David, Am I a dog? Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks and this philistine cursed David by his gods? Now I'm kind of doing like I'm reading it right. These guys are in the Valley of Goliath, is Are you and where do you think I am, a dog that you would come with a stick? A boy, a good looking weenie boy. That's kind of what's in his mind. And you could just kind of feel the whole valley just fill with his rage. He has contempt. Hell says He says this, he says. Then the narrow tells us and the philistine cursed David by his gods. Uh ah. I cursed you by my gods by invoking the philistine. God's Goliath signals the true dimension of this confrontation. It's not about Israel and the Philistine Sze. This was the gods of the Philistine Sze versus the living God. This is day gone versus God's king, the one that he chose. Now, if you'll remember when Dagen went up against God in the past, how'd that work out for him? Not so well. Well, I don't know. Hands, heads chopped off, falling over the threshold. Not a good picture. I think that's what this means. Who, when we understand that this confrontation is not just about men but about God's of the philistine versus but living God. When we understand that you ever have those moments where you forget, you're gonna say I just had one. So So if you have a good let me know after service, have you got a good response to that? Thank you very much. Uh, Verse 45. Let's go. Let's keep moving Here then, David Fetzer 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. All right, you arrogant costs You come to me with a sword with all that technology cursing me by your gods. Look, I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied this 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 stage of the birds of the air, into the wild beasts of the Earth that all the earth may should know that there is a god in Israel that all of 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. The threatened disaster is not gonna happen this day. And I think it's good to be reminded that you know what? The inter lights deserve to be beaten by Goliath and the Philistines. Their disobedience guy said, This is what's gonna happen. So that's the scene is a little bit complicated. But then when we hear David respond to the threat of Goliath, we realize that this threatened disaster it's gonna happen. Not the day. And not because Goliath was less powerful than he seemed. Not because Israel had the wherewithal to resist him. Not because Israel Israel did not deserve this fate. They did deserve it. It's because the Lord of Israel has chosen a king for himself. David is not the underdog Goliath this But I forgot earlier. Get that David is not the underdog. This isn't underdog story. Where the underdog overcomes. This is the underdog is Goliath and he gets his. He gets worked. Davis was like, There's two powers here. You come to me with a sword. In the spirit of javelin, I'm coming to you. In the name of the lore of the host, the God of the armies of Israel. I'm coming in the name of the Lord. At no point in Scripture does a man claim to come in the name of the Lord, deliver people until right now there's something special going on with David. I com In the name of the Lord, you've mopped the Lord, I will destroy you and the world will know who God is. This is the gospel. This is good news. It's a call to trust in the Lord and not fear the nation's. It was a call to the nation's the Philistine specifically to stop their foolish defiance of the Lord. All of that is wrapped up in David's response, and then we see in Verse 48 that when the philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine, and David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the philistine on his forehead and the stones sank into his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground. So David prevailed over the philistine with a sling and with a stone and struck the philistine and he killed him. And then we had this important detail. There was no sword in the hand of David. We had all of this detail setting this whole thing up. And then when the philistine arises and comes and draws near to meet David, what does David do? He goes out because this, in David's mind, is an opportunity to be a servant, to to prove that God is living so that everybody watching will know instead of being coward and afraid and unhinged and then just miring and self pity. We have David running out to the battle and he swings the stone in the philistine is forehead and the stones sank in his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground and David prevailed over the philistine. You write, the crowd goes wild. And how did the philistine respond? Now they're the ones that are fleeing. Now they're the ones that are unhinged. They're the ones that are afraid. Who's your daddy? Now? That look is the living God just took care of you and they chase him and you might go. So what? Jamie the okay, I get it. I mean, that's David. You specially We're gonna learn a lot more about David. So I'm gonna go into that. Now they get that guy delivers these realize through Moses, I get it that he delivers to David. I even get that that he delivered. He's gonna deliver his people through this guy named Abraham, and there's gonna be there. Just gonna be this late. I get all of that. But how does this apply to me. Now let me talk to if you're a believer this morning. If you call yourself a Christian, then you need to understand something. You have an identity. You have an identity that you share with David. So we need to see how the relationship between the Lord and his people is understood in terms of father son relationship. God's going to make Abraham Genesis Chapter 12. You can make his name great. He's gonna do that by giving King David his descendant a great name. Then God will give rest to his people Israel, by giving wrasse to King David. And the way that he's going to do that is by providing offspring sons who will reign forever. You see, God's people will be his sons because their king will be God's son. Who is your king? Christian Jesus, a descendant of David who will reign forever. Now look, you're not the man in between. I'm not the man in between. That's David pointing Jesus, the ultimate man in between. Who is gonna intercede on our behalf. But you know what? We share an identity as the children of God, John. 1 12 says this, But to all who did receive them. That's Christians who believed in his name. That's Christians. He gave the right to become the children of God. That's why Jesus, he's talking to Peter. He says. Who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter replies, You are the Christ the son of the living God. When we hear Paul right to the Galatians for in Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God through faith. You, our sons of God, you represent God. He invites us. He changes us. He adopts us to be his children so that we can make much of him so we can identify with David as children of God. It's an identity thing. I think it's important to understand just real briefly this identity, that we have his children of God. It's not like it's not like we're a son that, like, you know, he needs $20 allowance every week so we can go buy pizza. Dad, can I have some guy accused of? It's not that kind of fun. It's a representative son and we know that in all of our suffering, in all of the threats and all of life, God is at work Why so that we would be made Maur and Maur and Maur into the image of Hiss son were like him. That is our identity as a child of God. And so what that means is this Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn't mean that you won't suffer. It simply means that we will suffer but not his victims. That means that we will suffer as Victor's. He doesn't take the threat away. He calls us tow lean into him to believe in to him. He calls us to embrace our identity as the children of God, embracing the promises that he will deliver us. How you doing, Christian? In living out your identity as a child of God? I wish I could stand up here and tell you I'm doing There's way too often that I see myself running around looking at the suffering and the things that I'm involved with and I just going, Yeah, I'm gonna go about This is my opportunity to reveal God's what everybody will know that he exists. I am appalled that instead of doing that, how quickly I go into self pity how in my fear I blame everybody else for what's wrong in my own life. I see in my own life how I have this identity. Amnesiac kiss, Paul Trip called it. I forget constantly that I can see so I act like I can't The guy says, I've opened your eyes. I've saved you. I've made you my own See, Ladies and gentlemen, it's by God's grace that we are children of God. Don't take that grace in vain. Let me close with some reading from Chapter eight of Romans. Paul is talking to the believers, and he's He's talking about the suffering and what God's doing. He talks about the sons. This is the chapter verse 28 29 where guys working all these things out together so that you be transformed in the image of the sun. And then he gets the 1st 34 he says. Who's to condemn Christ? Jesus is the one who died more than that, the one who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who is indeed interceding for us. He's our champion. The man in between Well, so what? Jamie last, Paul, he says. Verse 35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword as it's written for your sake. We're being killed all the day long. We regarded his sheep to be slaughtered. But no 1st 37 in all these things, we are more than conquerors. Through him who loved us, you suffer. But in your suffering you're more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers 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 was praying, Father. God, give us the eyes to see, as you see, help us to see the significance of who we are in you as your children protect us from ourselves, Father gun. So that we might represents you in a way that people would know that you're the living god. Amen.
Jamie Self

Jamie has served in full-time ministry since 1999. He loves serving Christ, discipling men and eating smoked beast. He is proud to be married to his beautiful, godly wife Andrea and enjoys spending time with his two adult children, Makenzie and JJ.

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