Find Your Fight

Find Your Fight

You don’t have to give up and you don’t have to give in.

1 Samuel 20:1-3
1 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?” 2 “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!” 3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

  • Good Friends + Good Intentions Does Not Always Equal Godly Advice
    • Jonathan had the best intentions
    • Jonathan thought he knew Saul’s heart
    • But, There Was More To The Story
    • We should always trust God’s leading over the good intentions of others
  • You Have To Test It
    • So many times we are told two opposing stories
      • Who do we believe?
      • What if they are family?
    • Oftentimes, We must untangle the lies of our past in order to uncover the purpose of our present
    • We must reflect on the possibility we have believed a false reality
      • How I look at marriage, parenting, work, religion, sex
    • We must evaluate our emotional commitment
    • We must weigh the benefit of the doubt against the behavior displayed
  • Discernment Is The Difference Maker
    • Just like Jonathan was able to discern his father’s intent, David had to discern the timing of his exit
      • Consider:
      • Why did David wait?
      • If he could defeat the lion, the bear, Goliath and dodge Saul’s spear, why would you have to leave?
    • Don’t Leave Too Early
    • Don’t Stay Too Late
    • It is not an exact science, one spear throw, 2, 3?
    • There is a lesson in ever level

1 Samuel 20:41
41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.

  • Emotional Exits
    • There Will Be Tears On The Trail To Greatness
      • How do you feel when your fate isn’t in your hands?
      • Have you ever felt like you were losing everything you have worked for?
      • Have you ever felt wrongly accused?
    • Weeping Is Part Of The Process
    • David knew one season was ending
    • David was helpless to change the outcome
    • God Will Always Send Us Someone On Our Darkest Day

1 Samuel 21:8-9
8 David said to Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword on hand? I didn’t even bring my sword or my weapons since the king’s mission was urgent.” 9 The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there isn’t another one here.”
“There’s none like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”

  • Go Down Swinging
    • We Need To Run To Right Place
      • God Will Always Send Us Somewhere
      • Ahimelech was the High Priest at Nob
    • Is There A Sword In The House?
      • Even when I’m running, I’m thinking about winning
      • And if I go down, I’m going down swinging
      • Don’t Let Their Betrayal Steal Your Fight
    • He was running away but not giving up
    • The sword reveals there was still some fight in him
      • I may have lost today
      • I may have to run today
      • I may be delayed today
      • But someday by the grace of God, under promise of His purpose, I have ascend because I have been anointed, Someday, It Will Be My Day
      • Find Your Fight!