June 1, 2019

Five Smooth Stones of Victory - Psalm 23:1-4

"I see a man with five smooth stones, five smooth stones that can conquer any giant in your life."


00:07 Men, if there was a Mount Rushmore that had the greatest images of the most powerful people in the world and you could sort of be any one of those images or your life could portray any one of those images. Let's say you had presidents like Mr. Bush or Mr. Trump or Mr. Obama. You had athletes like Mr. Tebow or Mr. Brady. Or you had great actors, you know, from Hollywood, you know Mel Gibson and others or if you had a picture of a shepherd boy, one that looked like a man named David, which one would you rather be? Well, for me, easily, if I could be anybody, first of all, I wouldn't want to be anybody but me. But if I could be any of those, I'd want to have the heart of a shepherd, because I believe as I've worked with men over my lifetime, that men with the heart of a shepherd are the most effective men in the whole wide world, especially looking through the telescope of eternity. And man, I believe with all my heart that any man that is willing, can be called by God to be a man after God's own heart.

01:25 Moses was slow of speech, but God called him. David was an adulterer. David was a murderer, but God called him. Gideon was the least and his family was the youngest, but God called him. Joseph was thrown away in a pit. He was kidnapped and thrown away but God called him. Paul was a murderer. Paul was a persecutor of Christians, but God called him. And I believe, men, that God can call you, any man whose heart is willing to have the heart of a shepherd. And I look at David through the 23rd Psalm, through the prism of the 23rd Psalm. And I see a man with five smooth stones. Five smooth stones that can conquer any giant in your life, whether it's the giant of hopelessness, whether it's the giant of depression, whether it's the giant of a difficult marriage, the giant of a difficult divorce or a giant of difficult children or giant of a difficult self-image.

02:33 We all have giants in our life. I've got many giants in my life. But I believe that David gives us the key with five smooth stones to be able to overcome any giant in the world. And the first stone that David would put in his pouch to kill the giant Goliath in your life is the stone of an undivided heart. God chooses a man with an undivided heart. David said, "the Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want anything else." The cry of a man after God's heart is "God, shepherd me exclusively so that I can shepherd others."

03:15 And the second stone is the stone of peace. David said, "you lay me down in green pastures. You lead me beside quiet waters." And I asks you, men, where do you lay your head? Where do you veg? Where do you chill out in front of a TV set? In front of Fox News or CNN news? In front of worthless movies? Or do you lay your head in green grass? The green grass of meditating on God's Word day and night. Because Psalms 1 says, if you meditate on God's Word day and night, you'll be blessed in everything you do. When you discover the joy of meditating on God's Word day and night, it's a promise. Men, you'll be blessed in whatever you do.

04:03 And the third stone is the stone of righteousness. David said in the Psalms, I go after righteousness for your namesake. A man after God's own heart has a passion for purity. Psalms 101:3 is the calling of a man after God's own heart. It says, I will put nothing unclean before my eyes. Nothing unclean before my eyes. There is no compromise.

04:40 And then the fourth stone is the stone of trust. Psalms 139 says, if I ascend to heaven, you're there. But if I make my bed and Sheol, you're there. If I take the wings of the Dawn, if I remember the greatest day of my life, God, you're there. But if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there, your hand will lead me and your right holding me. Men, the greatest trees in a man's life sprout up in the darkest valleys that you go through. I've had 24 surgeries on my body and I'm undergoing pain right now as I speak to you from another difficult challenge in my life. But I find that the greatest days of my life are when I've got cancer and when I've got, you know, facing amputation or other difficult things that have happened in my life. Those are the best days of my life because the stone of trust is believing God no matter what. God does his greatest things when we're having our most difficult days.

05:51 And then the last stone to defeat the giants in your life is a stone of hope. Psalms 84 says "how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord. I would rather stand," David said, "in the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." In other words, I'd rather be on the outside looking in. Where God is. David said, I'd rather be even just looking in the house of God. I put my hope in God and in God alone because Proverbs says, "hope deferred makes the heart sick, but if my hope is in God, I am never, ever even going through pain and difficulty, never, ever, ever going to lose my hope." So gentlemen, as we fight this battle together, Paul says, put on the full armor of God and dress yourself every single day in the armor of God and you will fight and you will win and you will defeat the giants in your life whatever they are. God bless you, men as we fight this fight together.

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