Another Level

Another Level

How many solutions lie just beneath the surface of superficial vision?

1 Samuel 16:6-7
6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.” 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

  • God Looks On Another Level
    • It Is Easy To Be Fooled By The Appearance
      • Even the best of us (Samuel) can get caught up in the allure of the outside
      • Water bottle and chew incident
        • The outside was the same, same wrapper, same name on the bottle, same shape, same color, same lid, but the inside was different
    • He Can Find What Others Are Missing
      • He is the original author of your story
      • God often uses spiritual authorities to bring our best
    • Better Lens Equals Greater Vision
      • Can improve clarity
      • See further
      • See wider
      • Without changing your position
      • Conclusion: It is the vision that must change, not the position
        • A new angle won’t improve a bad lens
        • David did not have to change who he was or how he looked or where he came from… the vision of Samuel had to improve
        • How many solutions lie just beneath the surface of superficial vision?

1 Samuel 16:23
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

  • God Lifts On Another Level
    • Disobedience brought Saul a demon
      • Oddly, the only talent that soothed Saul’s troubled soul was worship music
      • When the need was made known, someone had heard of incredible talent in Bethlehem, his name was David
      • David was brought to the palace for a purpose beyond his talent
      • Do you believe David believed the harp was his golden ticket from the sheep pen to the palace? Probably not
    • Most people do not know how to measure
      • They are missing God because they don’t know how to measure
      • They are not spiritually capitalizing on talent because they have not dug deep enough to discover purpose
        • So many famous people fell in love with talent and forgot the Teacher
        • We begin to worship the gift over the giver
    • Talent Is A Tool
      • Talent is a tool, not he top of the mountain
      • Talent is a path, not an end
      • The goal was never the talent but the talent was a key intended to unlock freedom for others and bring glory to God
      • Talent was not intended to a be a period, rather a comma connecting what you born in to with what you were divinely called to do

1 Samuel 17:41-49
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head (only one sword on the battlefield). This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

  • God Leads On Another Level
    • Doing Things Others Won’t Allows You To Experience Things Others Can’t
      • Many want the trophy without a trial
      • They want first place without a tough fight
      • They want the chants and the cheers without the blood, sweat and tears
    • Misconceptions About 3 Dimensional Measuring
      • This wasn’t about experience
      • This wasn’t about size/stature/40 time, vertical jump or bench press max
    • There is no coincidence that your calling is tied to the conflict
      • I found you in obscurity
      • You will arrive in obscurity
      • You will fight in obscurity
      • No one will believe in you
      • Some will criticize you
      • They will tell you that you need more than what you brought to the battlefield
        • Had David dressed to impress he would have tried and died doing someone else’s way
        • Beware of experts that are unwilling to enter the fight
      • This moment could not have been imagined with 3 dimensional measurements
        • No measurement could have predicted this moment
        • How was David so sure?
        • David Knew About Fourth Dimension
        • He had measured Goliath’s stature against God’s strength
        • Your greatest opponents will require a four dimensional fight
        • Have you added the fourth dimension? The David Dimension
        • Where God Is Worthy Your Everything
        • Adding The David Dimension
          • Will allow you leave places you were not intended to stay
          • Will allow your talent to set people free
          • Will allow you to overcome giants no one thought you could defeat