Ex 15:3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE WARRIORS GONE?
Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
TWO PRINCIPLES EVERY WARRIOR MUST KNOW
1) EVERY WARRIOR HAS A ___________ TO ___________ FOR.
Ne 4:14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
2) A WARRIOR WITHOUT A CAUSE TO FIGHT FOR WILL FIND THE WRONG __________ TO FIGHT __________.
Ac 8:3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
TWO WAYS YOU’LL HAVE TO FIGHT
1) SOMETIMES YOU ____________ A ____________.
Jdg 16:28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Jdg 16:29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Jdg 16:30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
2) SOMETIMES YOU ____________ A ____________.
Dt 20:3 He shall say: “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. Dt 20:4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
The story of David and Bathsheba says a lot about ___________ ____________, but its lessons are much broader than that. At its core, it’s really a story about ______________ vs. ______________. And that’s a battlefield for all of us!!
Phase One: Spend Some Time With The ___________.
2Sa 11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 2Sa 11:9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. 2Sa 11:10 When David was told, “Uriah did not go home,” he asked him, “Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?” 2Sa 11:11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
Phase Two: Eat, Drink, and __________ Some More.
2Sa 11:12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 2Sa 11:13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
Phase Three: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try ____________.
2Sa 11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 2Sa 11:15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 2Sa 11:16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 2Sa 11:17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
A PATTERN AND A _______________
1Co 10:11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 1Co 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1Co 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Ps 32:3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Ps 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
God _______________ His Man
2Sa 12:1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, â€œThere were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2Sa 12:2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 2Sa 12:3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 2Sa 12:4 â€œNow a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.â€
The _______________ Revealed, Then the _______________
2Sa 12:5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, â€œAs surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 2Sa 12:6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.â€
2Sa 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, â€œYou are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: â€˜I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 2Sa 12:8 I gave your masterâ€™s house to you, and your masterâ€™s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 2Sa 12:9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 2Sa 12:10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.â€™
2Sa 12:13 Then David said to Nathan, â€œI have sinned against the LORD.â€
Ps 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Ps 32:2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Grief, Confession, and _______________
Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Ps 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Ps 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
JESUS WENT ALL IN FOR YOU
Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Ro 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Ro 5:10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Ro 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
TWO FACTS ABOUT JESUS THAT
DRAMATICALLY IMPACT OUR LIVES:
1. JESUS WAS _______________!
1Co 15:1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 1Co 15:2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1Co 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 1Co 15:6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 1Co 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
2. JESUS IS _______________!
1Co 15:8 and last of all he appeared to me also…
1Jn 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1Jn 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Ro 10:9 …if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Ro 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION
Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
THREE THINGS THAT MAKE A CHAMPION FOR CHRIST
1. Champions believe Jesus is the __________ __________ to eternal life.
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jn 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jn 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Jn 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Jn 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. Jn 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
2. Champions allow their __________ impact their __________.
Ac 3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Ac 3:2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. Ac 3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Ac 3:4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” Ac 3:5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Ac 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Ac 3:7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Ac 3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
3. Champions boldly allow their __________ and __________ impact the __________!
Ac 4:29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Ac 4:30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Ac 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
IMAGE vs. CHARACTER
LED BY AN _______________
1Sa 8:6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 1Sa 8:7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 1Sa 8:8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 1Sa 8:9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”
1Sa 9:2 …Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites—a head taller than any of the others.
GOD’S SURPRISING _______________
1Sa 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD'S command.”
1Sa 16:6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD'S anointed stands here before the LORD.” 1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
THE _______________OF THE MATTER
1Co 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 1Co 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1Co 1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 1Co 1:29 so that no one may boast before him.
Ps 78:70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; Ps 78:71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. Ps 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jn 19:28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Jn 19:29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
• THERE IS A SPIRITUAL _______________ ALL AROUND US.
Lk 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Lk 19:42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
• EVERYWHERE JESUS _______________, HE _______________ ON PURPOSE.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Ps 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
Ps 49:15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
• WE THRIST AND ARE _______________ BECAUSE WE DRINK FROM THE WRONG WELL.
Jn 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”Jn 4:11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
• IN HIS _______________, JESUS RELEASED THE GREATEST ANOINTING OF HIS LIFE.
Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
THE GREATEST ___________ IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND
Jn 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
THE SALVATION OF GOD CAN ONLY BEGIN WHEN OUR HUMAN _______________ ENDS
Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mt 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mt 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT SPELLED “D-O” or “D-O-N-‘-T”…IT IS SPELLED “___-___-___-___”
TETELESTAI (te-tel-les’-ty): to end, _______________, finish, discharge a debt.
• A Servant returning to his master, “I have ________.”
• A Merchant declaring, “The debt is _________ in full.”
• A Priest examining a lamb for sacrifice, “It is ______.”
Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, Col 2:14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
IMMEASURABLY MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM
Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
DO I HAVE A MORE MINDSET OR SCARCITY MINDSET?
1. Do I see myself as ____________ or ____________?
Dt 8:6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. Dt 8:7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; Dt 8:8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; Dt 8:9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
2. Do I give out of ____________ or ____________?
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2Co 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
3. Do I give out of ____________, or is it ____________?
1Ti 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1Ti 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1Ti 6:19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
4. Do I want to ____________ or ____________?
Jn 6:32 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. Jn 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
IT’S THE __________________ NO ONE SEES
WHICH RESULT IN THE ________________ EVERYONE WANTS.
• DISCIPLINE IS CHOOSING BETWEEN WHAT YOU WANT ______ AND WHAT YOU WANT _________.
WHY AM I SO INCONSISTENT?
15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate...18 I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it…24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:15, 18b-20, 24-25 NLT
TRAINING TO WIN WHAT MATTERS MOST
24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NLT
They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 1 Corinthians 9:25b
So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
WHERE DID YOU LOSE YOUR MOMENTUM?
- Our momentum slips away in the ___________________.
- Greater isn’t ________________ or _________________.
GOD’S RECOVERY PLAN
2Ki 6:1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2Ki 6:2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.” And he said, “Go.” 2Ki 6:3 Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?” “I will,” Elisha replied. 2Ki 6:4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 2Ki 6:5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water. “Oh, my lord,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!” 2Ki 6:6 The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 2Ki 6:7 “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
1) Realize that you can’t get your ____________ back on you own.
2) Cry out to ___________________.
IF YOU CRY OUT TO GOD, ASKING HIM TO RESTORE YOUR MOMENTUM…HE WILL ANSWER YOU EVERY SINGLE TIME!
3) By God’s grace, go _______________and identify where you got ________ _____________.
PRAYER: GOD, HELP ME TO SEE THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH I STRUGGLE DAY TO DAY, THAT I’M NEVER FARTHER THAN A PRAYER AWAY. GOD, HELP ME BE GET BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE I BELONG IN YOU!
Pr 24:16 For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.