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Below the Waterline: Growing Maturity as a Disciple - David’s life

Have you ever had those moments of stopping and asking yourself, “Why do I feel this way?”

1 Sam 17:26-45 NIV

Part of growing in spiritual maturity as a disciple of Jesus, is understanding our inner self and what God desires us to be.

Maybe you are fearful of a meeting coming up? Maybe you are sad and don’t understand why? Maybe you dread family gatherings because of the ongoing conflict?


How in touch are you or I with our inner self? Part of growing in spiritual maturity as a disciple of Jesus, is understanding our inner self and what God desires us to be.


'Below the Waterline' is a dive into this inner self and today we look at David’s story. Last week we saw King Saul bow to other pressures and had a poor understanding of his inner self. David’s story in his battle with Goliath is radically different (1 Sam 17:26- 45). David had to overcome the obstacles of expectations of his family—big brother thought little of him and questioned his motives. Expectations of Saul who tried to dress him in his armour and his way of battle. Goliath belittled and mocked David, seeking to instil fear. Each of us battle the voices of others in our minds and also the false self voice within.


But David knows who his God is and who he is in God. There is a history of God and David—faithfulness, provision, and trust. David goes into battle with God and to defend His name.


“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 defiled” (v45)


David’s confidence was in his God. He stayed true to his identity, his true self, in God.


When other voices belittle, instil fear, and mock you and your God, remember who you are. The true self is uniquely loved and valued by God.


God bless.


Pastor Stephen


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