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Brian Doten - May 7, 2017

Be Who God Made You

Courageous Faith

The David and Goliath story is one of the most famous in the Bible and is even a popular metaphor in our culture. Everyone identifies with it in some way. One of the biggest lessons from the story is the importance of being who God made us to be, not what others want us to be. You see, King Saul thought David needed his armor and sword to defeat Goliath so he gave David his bronze helmet, his coat of mail and his sword. David took two steps and said, “I can’t go in these. I’m not used to them.” So David took off Saul’s armor, picked up five smooth stones and headed across the valley to face Goliath … and we all know what happened next. Similarly, we need to wear and use what God has given us for our battles and not try to be someone else or use someone else’s armor. God made us uniquely who we are and we do our best work when we are who we are and not try to be someone else.

From Series: "Courageous Faith"

Following Jesus is a walk of faith, of trust and of courageous obedience to do what Jesus wants. The Bible if filled with stories of people who courageously followed God – people who placed their lives and futures in the hands of God and trusted him with everything they had and were. Their lives and words challenge us to live courageously for God today, because following God requires courage in every generation. So, do you consider yourself a courageous Christian? This spring we’ll look at eight people God used to do extraordinary things because they were courageous for God. Hopefully, God will use their stories to inspire us to live courageously for him!

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