Who are You? Are you who God created you to be, or have you been conformed to who this world says you should be? 1 Samuel 16:7

David’s journey of self discovery; 1 Samuel 17:1-49

1. David to expresses himself; v. 1-27

  •  Be youself regardless of what everyone else is doing…

2. David is criticized for expressing himself; v. 28

  • Opinions are like noses, everyone has one…

3. David rejects critics and continues moving forward; v. 29-30

  • Regardless of what others think, follow your passion…

4. David is presented with an opportunity; v. 31-32

  • When opportunity knocks, open the door and step through…

5. David knows he’s ready to meet the challenge; v. 33-37

  • Evaluate the experiences God has given you…

6. David stayed true to himself; v. 38-40

  • You will never feel comfortable unless you’re real…

7. David faces his destiny; v. 41-44

  • Every time we step forward, we have to meet your fear…

8. David overcame his fear by knowing his true strength; v. 45-47

  • You may ask anything in My name and I will do it.” Jn 14:14

9. David embraced his task enthusiastically; v. 48

  • When the bell rings, don’t hesitate…

10. David fulfills who God made him to be; v. 49

  • You can’t be who God created you to be until you let it fly…

God made us who we are for a reason

Look at Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Gideon, Samson, Elijah, Jeremiah, and John the Baptist…

David used the power of who God created him to be, to bring glory to the God of Israel. We can use the power of who God created us to be, as believers in Christ, to also bring glory to our God and Father, also…

The spirit of Christ encourages us to be different; Romans 12:2

But it’s not about being different just to be different. It’s about being who God created you to be.

And to be who God intended us to be, we can’t listen to others…

We must be ourselves. Our Father encourages us to be the real person He created us to be.

 

I’ve Gotta be Me 

I want to live, not merely survive

And I won’t give up this dream,

Of life that keeps me alive, I gotta be me, I gotta be me,

The dream that I see makes me what I am

 

That far away prize, a world of success

Is waiting for me if I heed the call

I won’t settle down, won’t settle for less

As long as there’s a chance that I can have it all

 

I’ll go it alone, that’s how it must be

I can’t be right for somebody else, if I’m not right for me

I gotta be free, I’ve gotta be free,

Daring to try, to do it or die, I’ve gotta be me