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Bigger Than You Think - Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bigger Than You Think - Bishop T.D. Jakes
we are going into the word of god grab your bibles wherever you got to get it from get up out of the way get your bible first samuel chapter number 17 verse 17 through 29 there we will contemplate the scriptures that the lord has given us today it is our custom to stand for the reading of god's word we respect his word we esteem it above our necessary food we honor it even above our leaders our preachers our pastors our presidents we stand for them we're going to stand for god again first samuel chapter number 17 verse number 17 when you have it say amen and jesse said unto david his son take down for thy brethren and ephah of this parched corn and these ten loaves and run to the camp to thy brethren and carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand and look how thy brethren fare and take their pledge now saul and they and all the men of israel were in the valley of ela fighting with the philistines and david rose up listen to this and david rose up early in the morning and left the sheep with the keeper and took and went as jesse had commanded him and he came to the trench as the host was going forth to the fight and shouted for the battle for israel and the philistines had put the battle in a ray army against army and david left his carriage in the hands of the keeper of the carriage and ran into the army and came and saluted his brethren and as he talked with him behold there came up the champion the philistine of goth goliath by name out of the armies of the philistines that speak according to the same words and david heard and david heard them and all the men over israel when they saw the man fled from him and were they were so afraid and the man of israel said have ye seen this man that has come up surely to defy israel is he come up and it shall be that the man who killeth him the king will enrich him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in israel and david spoke to the men that stood by him saying what shall be done to the man that killeth this philistine and taketh away the reproach from israel for who is this uncircumcised philistine that he should defy the armies of the living god and the people answered him after this man is saying so shall it be done to the man that killeth him so shall it be done so shall it be done and a lie of his elder brother heard when he spake unto the man and elijah's anger was kindled against david and he said why came us down down hither and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness i know thy pride and the naughtiness of thine heart for thou art come down that thou mighty see the battle you ought to go home where you belong and david said what have i now done is there not a cause can you say amen can you say amen again look at somebody and say it's

bigger

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think

say it again it's

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father in the name of jesus i thank you for what you're about to do in the midst of your people i thank you because the flower fades to the grass with us but the word of the lord stands forever job is steamed it above his necessary food dave and said it was a lamp until my feet and a light until my pathway oh god the centurion said speak the word only and my daughter shall be healed that's all we want you to do today is speak the word to us and allow us to examine our perspectives our ideas our philosophies and challenge how we live with your eternal word i believe you for increase today in the invincible eternal immutable name of jesus christ our king and all the believers in the house said amen somebody ought to say amen again you may be seated in the presence of god it is an interesting text that lay before us today it is not the normal text that we would consider it stops short of dealing with the magnanimous powerful display of god's power through his instrument that defeated the foe of goliath and yet it does not even examine who david is in the fullest potential of his power and his prophetic value the slimmer of the text that i've chosen to discuss with you today starts out in the most simplistic and mundane way it is it is it is it is only meaningful to us because we know how the story ends and we know the story but i want to i want you to indulge me in a moment and imagine if you were david and you didn't know how the day was going again imagine if you were david and you had listened at your father that night give you instructions what you were to do now understand all of your bigger brothers are in the battle they have fancy swords and uniforms they have shields they have put on all of this armor they have red velvet garments and capes adorning them because they are the army of israel and you you're just a youngster an upstarter my grandmother would say a whiffer sniper that they left at home to take care of the sheep he's the baby boy yeah he's a baby boy and i want to talk to you about that because he is the baby boy he's the little one and little things matter and so he has given a little assignment the little boy is given a little assignment and he does this with this attitude he makes up in his mind that in the morning i will rise up early i will assign the welfare the taking care of my sheep to somebody to to be a substitute shepherd in my absence while i run this little errand for my father and i get in my hands this ifa of corn or wheat or whatever substance it was and ten loaves of bread and run down here with a little lunch and in essence david is a delivery boy it's a little it's it's a little thing that he set out to do you must understand when we start talking about this that david has no idea what will happen by the end of the day it is not the mighty majestic moves of god that we need help with how to handle it is the mundane ritualistic ordinary days that stand in between the mountaintop experiences that we live in most of the time we have more days of normalcy and complacency than we do of spectacular displays of power this is just another morning for david to get up with yet another chore to do and he wipes his face and brushes his teeth and grabs his bag full of food and decides i'm going down there to be at a particular place to do what my father told me to do what i want you to understand though in spite of the simplicity of the assignment in spite of the smallness of the assignment in spite of how little it is in spite of how little david himself is in spite of the fact that he is so young and too young to be in the battle i want you to understand that little things matter i want you to understand little things matter and until you understand that little things matter you will never be able to fulfill your destiny throughout the course of our discussion i'm going to give you some lesson tips that that i want you to jot down and i want you to remember it's what separates the giant killers from the giant watchers these principles these transferable truths are just as relevant today as they have ever been in fact the first one i want you to to write down is great people do little things with excellence great people do little things with excellence great people don't just do great things with excellence they do little things with excellence they understand how important it is to do normal things in fact it is a sure sign that you're going to end up in a great place when you give great detail to little things when something little goes wrong and it bothers you when you want to make sure that everything is right even though you don't have a title and you don't have a position and you don't have recognition and you don't have prestige but you have a standard to which you hold yourself to it's not about them it's about a standard you hold yourself to and the standard is a standard of excellence excellence doesn't start when the lights come on excellence doesn't start when the crowd gathers excellence doesn't come when everybody's watching excellence is nurtured in mediocrity in ordinary days when you begin to appreciate the power of the words before nothing about this story forewarns us of the significance of this day there's no warning there's no warning label god puts no warning label on greatness he does not tell you that when you meet this person it is going to change your life he does not tell you that when you walk through this door you'll never be the same again he does not tell you that this little job this little assignment that you're going on is going to be the catalyst through which your destiny is released he doesn't tell you anything like that david is the baby of his family he he has a little chore to do it's just an ordinary chore he has a little assignment to take care of he has to manage his normal and yet perform a little assignment god has given him practice with managing responsibility because he is grooming him for greatness i don't know who i'm talking to out there but god is grooming you for greatness i know it doesn't look great right now your wallet doesn't look great right now you your house doesn't look great right now your car doesn't look great right now your situation doesn't look great right now people push past you trying to get to great people but god is grooming you for greatness if you cannot manage the little things you'll never be able to manage the big things if the little things overwhelm you if you complain and collapse about little things you'll never be ready for the greater things that god is about to do in your life but the lord told me to get somebody ready i don't know who it is but god told me to get you ready if it's you you ought to give him a praise god told me to get you ready in spite of how small it looks right now it's bigger than you think in spite of how small you look right now it's bigger than you think david does not know who he is yet he's yet to realize the full strength and power of what he is about to be david has not been recognized as being a king he doesn't really understand the magnitude of his position he thinks he's just an errand boy he thinks he's just going down there to carry lunch he has no idea he is going to be in the fight of his life he would have prepared differently if he would have known he was going into battle but he came down there to do a little thing oh but it was bigger than you think david didn't know that he was walking into a battle and david didn't even know who goliath was many of you have not yet met your goliath but your goliath is coming your goliath is coming and that's why i got to get you ready for it you don't even know that your goliath is coming and he's coming without warning and he's coming without an invitation and he's coming without you having preparation it is just that everything that you have been through in your past has been getting you ready the little things have been getting you ready the small task has been getting you ready the lion that attacked the cub is getting you ready the bear that came down after your sheep is getting you ready they don't come with a sign on their neck that says i'm getting you ready for goliath but these light afflictions which are but for a moment are getting you ready for the fight of your life so that when you get in the fight of your life it will not feel like the fight of your life because all of the fights that proceeded it will cause you to a deal with this fight with another level of confidence and strength that's why you got to rejoice when you've been afflicted rejoice when you've been up under attack rejoice when all hell has broken loose in your life because god's got you in training cam i want to talk to somebody today that's in the boot camp of greatness oh you're in the boot camp of greatness because you're bigger than you think and you don't even know it and god is about to blow your mind somebody logged on this broadcast today because god is telling you i'm getting ready to blow your mind shatter the way you think shatter your perspectives and your attitude shatter how you define greatness shatter how you define responsibility shatter what you call pressure i'm exposing you to pressure because i'm building up your tolerance because where i'm getting ready to take you what was precious them is going to become your normal and i got to recalibrate you and train the way you think yes of ephesians chapter 3 verse 20 it reads now unto him that is able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we may ask or think that god is able to do more than all that we may ask or think according to the power that worketh in us in other words god will not live in the jail cell of your mentality he will not limit himself to be incarcerated by your ideas in other words god is about to blow your mind he said i'm bigger than what you think this day is bigger than what you think it is this moment is bigger than what you think it is go ahead and get your little tin loaves and get on your little camel and saddle up and go ahead and put your little quilt on the back of the camel and ride on down to the camp because you think this is ordinary but it's bigger than you think because i'm able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that ye may ask or think my thoughts are above your thoughts my ways above your ways as high as heavenly is above the earth so are my thoughts above your thoughts and my ways above your ways and just because it starts out small does not mean that it ends up small that's why the bible said despise not the day of small beginnings because whenever god's getting ready to do great things in your life he tests you on small things i said he tests you on small things until you are faithful over a few you can't be faithful over many until you can be trusted with lunch you cannot be trusted with giants oh i want to talk to somebody that can't be trusted with lunch because you're holding out for the big thing and when the big thing comes you're going to be amazing until then you're just lazy and slow full and laid back and taking it easy and you don't understand it is how you handle the little things that determines what's coming next in your life get your head right today today today today is an opportunity for you to get your head right today people ignore the performance of little things waiting on the next big thing but the next big thing is a little thing i'm gonna say that again the next big thing is a little thing if david had overslept he would have got there too late and if he would have got there too late he would have missed the greatest moment of his life five minutes later and none of it would have happened 20 minutes later and he would have missed this earth-shattering experience that was to come on his life suppose david was late with lunch that's why you're not ready to be great until you think everything is important until everything matters to you if david had gotten delayed he would have missed it had david showed up early he would have been premature the timing has got to be right tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock with god everything is about timing with god everything is about timing there is a time to mourn and there's a time to laugh and there's a time to cry and there's a time to plant and there's a time to harvest and there's a time that god wants you to be there with lunch and he does not tell you that the lunch is a trip switch that is going to connect you with your destiny he just tells you that it's lunch and sees will you be there on time look at your neighbor and say show up on time oh my god trouble time david showed up as the fight was starting he was exactly where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there that is absolutely amazing the cataclysmic explosion of destiny and time collides when david jumps off of his camel and shows up just as the battle has gone into a raid and the philistines have begun to march out to attack israel david shows up in that exact moment because it was predestined it was predestined it was predestined for generations to generations to generation god has been setting things up i don't know who i'm talking to but you're about to walk into something that god has been setting up for a long time my second lesson i want to get to you is showing up for the battle is half the battle just showing up for the battle is half about just showing up just being in your place just being where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there is half the battle you don't have to have all the answers you don't have to have all the solutions you don't have to have the favor of the army you don't have to have the support of your brethren just show up that's why the devil doesn't want you to be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there because half the battle is determined by showing up on time somebody shout hallelujah now i want you to understand for david it is just another morning it's just another moment for israel it's just another battle for the philistines it's just another fight but for god for god this is a careful orchestration of the providence of god when we start to understand the providence of god providence is a timely preparation for future eventualities the timely preparation for future eventualities when you talk about god's providence you talk about the things that god has been working on before david's father ever met his mother god was working on this morning do you hear what i'm saying to you it is only in this trip that we realize why david's great great great grandmother naomi had to leave her home and go over into moab for had only not gone over into moab and there she found her sons getting married to a more bite this name ruth and has she not lost her sons and had she not lost her husband and had she not spent 10 years in moab and had she not decided after 10 years i'm going back to bethlehem and had ruth not decided to go with her mother-in-law back to bethlehem she would not have met boaz and had she not met boaz they wouldn't have had the baby obed and had they not had the baby obed they wouldn't have had the grandchild jesse and had they not had jesse they wouldn't have had david all of this god has been working on for several generations and it was important that david's great-great-grandparents would trace all the way back to boaz boaz boaz and ruth that they would meet and that they would fall in love and that they would mate and that through their lennies that david would come because god is positioning david to be king on the throne and he has to start the kingdom out with a kid he has been working on this for years and though this morning feels like an ordinary morning just another oh god i got to go daddy wants me to carry this one had he not gotten up that morning he would have missed the moment that god had been planning for four generations i don't know who i'm talking to but you are just now coming into a moment that god has been setting up for four generations setting the stage that you would be in the right place at the right time first of all that you would be first of all that you would be and then that you would be at the right place at the right time and this is the time that david now intersects with destiny david goes down to meet saul not as his successor he goes down to meet saul as if he is running an uber service with a lunch god has strange ways of connecting you in the right place at the right time oh hallelujah that brings me to lesson number three providence makes sense out of the nonsensical things in life providence makes sense out of the nonsensical things in life naomi couldn't figure out why did my husband die why did i lose my sons and why did i leave bethlehem to escape a famine and go to moab for 10 years only to find out that the people who stayed in bethlehem didn't die it wasn't really the famine that drew her to moab in the first place it was god orchestrating her life so that she could bring ruth into the lineage so that god could show us that he had a plan that included the idolaters the gentiles the unworthy that in the lineage of jesus bloodline would come amoribitus and when she comes home with ruth she just does not get it she is bitter and she's upset because a lot of things you're trying to understand today it may take years or generations for you to understand why you had to lose what you had to lose who you had to lose when you had to lose it nobody teaches about providence but providence lets you know that your god is a strategist he said i lift up this one and i take down that one i am god and besides me there is no other i decide who comes up and i decide who comes down i am the potter and you are the clay and you got to trust me even when it doesn't make sense you got to trust that my providence is stitching something together that your great-great-great-great-grandchildren are going to benefit from i don't know whether you can handle that but i'm preaching to somebody i'm preaching to somebody right now that it doesn't have to make sense to you naomi i don't have to explain why i had you move i don't have to even explain why you lost your husband i don't even have to explain why you lost your child but over time you will see that i never lost control of your life for a moment good god almighty i never lost control of your life even when it felt like your life was out of control when it felt like the devil run when it felt like the devil had the victory when it felt like you had utterly failed i've never lost control i walk all things after the council of my own will and i move this and i move that and i move the other and i bring this one in and i take that one out cause i'm working on something and it's gonna be bigger than you think it's gonna be bigger than you think i've been working on this for generations it's gonna be bigger than you think so when david comes walking down to the battlefield carrying lunch he thinks it's about the lunch it's not about his lunch it's about his legacy it's not about the bread it's not about the food it's not about the cheese that was just what god used to get you in the field of your destiny like your great-great-grandmother was gleaning in the corners of the field i orchestrated her to be over in the corner of the field so that boaz would look out there and see her and she would catch his eye had she been late she would have never met him god will put you in the right place at the right time because he's working all things after the counsel of his own will and he'll cause you to love who you love and like who you like and meet who you meet and be drawn to who you're drawn to because what god is doing is bigger than you think nah david is down here carrying lunch into legacy and he gets down just in time that he can hear the hoof prince can't you hear the hoof prints the hoof prints of the philistines coming and they're coming out against the armies of israel and david is coming with his lunch and he hurries up and checks his camel in for somebody to take care of his stuff and runs down to the battlefield to talk to the men to see how his brothers are carrying his lunch but it's bigger than you think just when they see the army of the philistines out from the behind the ranks of the front lines of the army of the philistines comes this giant named goliath and david happened he happened he happened to be there at the moment that goliath was first presented and the bible says in the 23rd verse and he talked with them and behold there came up the champion the philistine of gath goliath by name out of the army of the philistines and spake according to the same words and david heard them when goliath came out there talking smack david heard them it now everybody heard them but the bible doesn't mention who else heard them because they heard it but it didn't affect them like it affected david when david heard him say that david thought now women now women who is this uncircumcised philistine that he should insult the armies of the living god and so david starts asking questions what shall be given to the man to the man the kid asks the question what shall be given to the man that killeth goliath and it seemed so crazy because david was so little and goliath was so big and now you have to grapple when you have a great challenge and a small stature the dichotomy between the two that have stepped on the stage is so wide that it seems insurmountable how could something so little go after something so big somebody has got a great big vision and a little bit of money somebody's got a great big calling and a little tiny church somebody's got a great big dream and a little bit of help the dichotomy between the smallness of the boy and the height of the giant is an opportunity for god to show himself strong don't you think that god could have used a big man against a big man don't you think that god could have raised up a giant against a giant but god said my strength is made perfect in weakness so i'll choose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise i want to talk to somebody that's listening at me right now who has felt inadequate i want you to see the dichotomy between the big tall giant and the little tiny boy i want you to understand that historians jewish historians suggest to us that david was only about four ten maybe five feet at the most just a little boy just a short little boy four ten not even five feet on the other hand some have suggested that goliath was as tall as nine feet tall so he was in essence twice the size of david little boy huge giant and anybody who was standing on the outside would think as big as god is god would be with the big guy but no god god good god almighty god it's with the little guy never will forget when i started pastoring they all made fun of me and they called me the boy pastor and i was preaching in montgomery west virginia and i had about seven members and they said that boy is going out there to preach and they was trying to make me feel bad about myself but i fought him back i said david was a boy when he killed goliath but it didn't make him any less dead god will use a little thing that's why the enemy is trying to make you feel inadequate because he wants to slander your potentials and your possibilities and deactivate your faith and your courage and he's using how things look to you to intimidate you so that you don't think you're the woman for the job so that you don't think that you can preach well enough so that you don't think that you can sing well enough so that you don't think that you're worthy of where god is about to place you so that you don't think that you're worthy to hang out with the crowd that you're about to step into and you're coming into the situation from a perspective of smallness because if the devil can convince you that you are small you are already defeated the bible said that we were in their sight as grasshoppers and so were we in our own side whenever you think you're a grasshopper you're not ready to possess the promised land you got to know who you are in spite of your stature you have to understand who you are in spite of your wallet you have to know who you are in spite of your academics you have to know who you are in spite of your husband leaving you you have to know who you are and what you got i rebuked the spirit of inferiority i remove the spirit of inadequacy i remove the spirit of incapacitation little is much when god gets cited of all the people in israel god uses a little thing good god of mercy god who owns heaven and earth god who could have sent the angels from heaven god who could have sent michael and gabriel chose a little boy to get into a big fight i want to talk to somebody that's in a big fight right now and the odds are against you and it doesn't look good and you're trying to get up your confidence and you're trying to get up your strength and satan is so afraid that you would feel capable that he will cause your own brother your own brethren to rise up against you and belittle you in front of everybody and there david was the little boy coming up against a big thing a thing that was twice his size you would think that his brothers would have supported him but the enemy used his brethren to try to further deflate his confidence elias said what are you doing up here i know you're foolery and you're a trickery why don't you go back home eliot is reinforcing david's spirit of inadequacies i want you to identify your elias what everybody has all these lives in their lives people that you let in that you thought would support you people that you came down to help and instead of them helping you they bring you down you see you don't get it yet david was coming to bring elias lunch and instead of alive being grateful for the launch elive is trying to tear down have you ever tried to help somebody who wasn't trying to help you have you ever tried to encourage somebody who wasn't trying to encourage you have you ever had somebody that was trying to bring you down to your knees and make you feel inferior in front of people open the humiliation he said where are them sheep than few sheep you're supposed to be taking care of i could have understood it if it was anybody else but his brother i could have understood it if it would have been any other soldier i could have understood it had it come from the philistines i could have understood it had it come from somebody in the community i could have understood it had it come from the camp but from his own house he is attacked a liar was up against him and i came to speak to somebody who was wounded by somebody that you loved i wanted to come to talk to somebody who already had to fight off feeling inadequate and instead of getting some help from the people that love you they reinforced your insecurity they laughed at your dream and they told you you don't belong on the level you're on well i came to tell you if you didn't belong in this spot god wouldn't have put you in it and if you didn't have what it takes god would have brought you down here into this fight and if you didn't deserve to be here you would not have been here you were called for such a time as this and this moment this moment right here this moment right here this moment right here god told me to tell you it's bigger than you think it's bigger than you think it's bigger than you think it's not about the bread it's not about the cheese it's not about the seed it's not about the grain this thing that's happening right now is bigger than you think that's why your life is trying to discourage you because you're on to something look at somebody and holler you're on to something david didn't plan to fight that day it wasn't what he saw it wasn't what he planned it was what he had in mind and when you just looked at what he saw you would see how he could feel inadequate he's no match for goliath he's not the size of goliath he has no weapons like goliath he has no army backup like glass if you look at what he saw you would quit but the bible doesn't emphasize what he saw the bible emphasizes what he heard it doesn't say when david saw that it says when he heard that in fact the sentence is so simple and david heard him for we walk not by sight but by faith and faith cometh by what hearing and hearing by the word of god this is a fight between sight and hearing are you gonna believe the way it looks or are you gonna believe what you heard and david had him why did it say that david heard him and it doesn't mention anybody else hearing them are all the other men deaf absolutely not it is not just that david heard goliath it is how he heard goliath it was how he heard it he heard it as an outrage he heard it as an insult he heard it as a mockery he heard it in a way that said i will not let this go down he heard it as a solace as a challenge he heard it as something to be riled against and to be how you hear things determines how you respond to it some people can hear it and run everybody else heard it and they were horrified david heard it and he got hot watch how you react to what you hear because it is some indication to what you have been empowered to change you can't change what you're not insulted by you can't change it until you hear it right until you hear it as a challenge until you hear it as an insult until you hear there's something to be fought against that's lesson number four lesson number four is this get this down what you believe will always overcome what you see what you believe will always overcome what you see i don't care what you see i don't care how out of sorts it is i don't care how dichotomous it is i don't care how ridiculous it is what you believe will always fight off what you see somebody right now is in a fight and everything you see says this is impossible and it's ridiculous and i don't have the resources and i don't have the backup and i don't have the education and i don't have the money and i don't have the training and i feel so small and i feel so inadequate i didn't ask you how you feel i asked you what do you believe david believed that god was not to be trifled with david believed in the god of israel david believed in the armies of the living god david believed that he was bigger than the enemy david believed that he had the victory david believed that he was an overcomer david believed that he was more than enough david believed that if god sent him he was more than the world sent against it david so believed that he could do it that even without elias help without the support of his friend without the backup of his family david said i'll fight him let's go let's get after it let's get down you mess with the wrong black man this time let's go you underestimate me just because i'm four foot ten don't you look at what you see you need to look at what's down inside of me greater is he that's in me that hallelujah who am i preaching to you've been underestimated all of your life they've always told you what you couldn't be and what you couldn't do and what you couldn't have and what you couldn't become but the devil is alive this is a showdown moment in your life this is a moment for god to show himself strong in your life this is a moment for god to show up and in spite of how you feel god is going to do what you believe so speak to your feelings and tell yourself to get a grip speak to your emotions and call them up under order speak to every negative voice that says you belong back in the sheep field and say no i'm gonna fight today i'm gonna fight today somebody said i'm gonna fight today i'm gonna fight that they said i'm gonna fight today i'm gonna fight today win or lose shoot or dribble i'm gonna fight today hallelujah you will not get the victory you and i defeat me you are not bullying me you would not hold me back greater is he there he stood with his four-foot self there he stood with no sword and no shield there he stood with no training and no background he wasn't even enlisted in the army he wasn't even in the service but he made up in his mind i will fight you back i will fight you back and in spite of his stature god brought him before the king your gift will make room for you and bring you before the king whoever heard of such a thing that a boy would be brought to the king as a solution to a national crisis over top of the whole army they brought in this little boy and said this little boy down here is talking smite while the army is running he's talking smack now the army looks big but david was big on the inside he was little on the outside but he was being on the inside and if you big enough on the inside they'll bring you before kings they'll set you before princess they'll move you into positions of power if you know who you are if you walk in the room like you're supposed to be there people start paying attention and all of the soldiers that should have been on the field brought david before the king and the lord told me to tell you to get ready for the shift get ready for the shifts get ready for the shift i know you're scared but get ready for the shift i know you're nervous but get ready for this shift i know you feel incompetent but get ready for the shift i know you have insecurities but get ready for the shift i know you feel insufficient but get ready for the shift gonna bring you before the king and he sent me here to tell you that it's bigger than you think and here david is standing before the king and he brought him before the king and the king told what you come to do he said i came to kill goliath now look at this whoever killed goliath would win saul's daughter whoever killed goliath would be enriched financially whoever killed goliath their family would never have to pay taxes the rest of their life david is fighting for a family that don't even like him you haven't fought until you fought for somebody who don't even appreciate you you haven't fought until you fought for somebody who thinks you don't even belong in the place that you're in but the reason david was on the battlefield was if he killed goliath his daddy who didn't even like him would no longer have to pay taxes sometimes you have to fight even when people don't appreciate you and david walks in the room and he says i'll take him on and he said i will kill goliath killing goliath change david's family's life killing goliath changed david's life killing goliath changed how the army saw him killing goliath set david up to be positioned to be king as i get ready to come to the close of this message i want to warn you whenever god is about to elevate you there's always a goliath in front of you goliath is always the gatekeeper on the next move of god who am i talking to until you find your goliath you won't find your throne whenever you're close to your throne i'm telling you what i know in my personal experience whenever you're close to your throne goliath will always stick up his ugly head to fight you he is always an alarm system that you're close to the treasure satan always leaves a goliath to guard your treasure when you find your goliath you have found your treasure wherever the giant is that's where destiny is calling you and when you see the giant don't run from the giant because if you run from the giant you will run from your destiny while everybody else was running away from it david was running toward it because he knew that the giant was the key to the next dimension in his life now hear me i feel a prophetic influence coming over me right now that goliath that you see right now is proof positive that he's guarding your treasure when you take him out god is going to open up something amazing for you don't run from the giant run at him run straight at him now you have to understand they tried to give david saul's armor david put it on but it didn't fit you can't fight your goliath being somebody else you have to fight your goliath as yourself because it was you that god brought to the place don't show up as a stranger who am i talking to don't show up as nobody else it's you that god bless it's you that god called is you that god anointed it's you that god set aside it's you that god prepared for such a moment as this show up as yourself and he shook off saul's armor and he said i can't i can't fight in your armor and you know what i always made the mistake whenever i read this text i thought that david left home with five smooth stones but he didn't he said wait a minute all he had with him was a bag a shepherd's bag and he had to go down to the brook and get him some stones because you have to realize david didn't even come down there to fight so he this was an emergency and in an emergency you got to use what's at your disposal in an emergency you got to use what's within your reach in an emergency you got to go back to the basics in an emergency you got to go back to your roots somebody said how in the world after 43 years can you stand to preach in an empty church i said because i started in an empty church and in an emergency i know how to go back to your shelter i know how to go back you mess with the wrong one cuz i know how i came out of the storefront i know how to stand flat-footed all by myself and preach the unadulterated word of god david knew how to fight with rocks he didn't know nothing about shields he didn't know nothing about swords he didn't know nothing about catapults he didn't know nothing about horses all he knew how to fight with was rocks but whatever you're good at god will use something you got god will use something that you're used to god will use something that you're familiar with and david there david was the would-be king of israel is down in the riverbed like a child looking amongst the crawdads picking out rocks i want that one that one's too rough i want that one right here and that one that one right there and he made him a weapon he made him a weapon it wasn't even a slingshot it was a shepherd's bag turned into a slingshot it was a bag it was a rag and a rock and he ran down on that field and said what did you say he ran down in that field and the dichotomy was so strong that goliath snickered and laughed and said that's what they all got to sing against me today and that little boy with that rag and i brought this wasn't going to kill me what am i a dog that you send this kid down here to kill me the enemy was insulted that god would sin so little after so much but what the devil didn't know is that it's bigger than you think the donald didn't know that's what he don't know about you he don't know you bigger than he thinks he don't know that you're bigger than he thinks he doesn't know that god's gonna use you in a greater way than he thinks in spite of how you grew up in spite of what happened in your childhood in spite of your background in spite of your hardship in spite of your insecurities the message that god gave me for you is that it's bigger than you think and i closed this message today i want you to understand this whatever you had in your mind that god was going to do get it out whatever you thought was gonna happen get rid of it whatever you thought god might do in your life is too small the holy ghost said this is bigger than you think lift your hands open up your mouth and say yes to the bigness with your forefoot self hallelujah with your worry self with your insecure intimidated self let god hear your voice because what he's about to do in your life is bigger than you think and i know he lied like and i know they didn't treat you right and they didn't welcome you and i know they didn't do what you thought they would do when you thought they would do it but the lord sent me here to tell you the reason he's caused all his hubbub in your life was to shift you into position because what he's getting ready to do is bigger no no no no it's bigger than that think again it's bigger than that it's bigger than you think what god is getting ready to do in your life is bigger than that so i rehearse this for you number one great people do little things with excellence number two showing up for the battle is half the battle number three providence makes sense out of the nonsensical and number four what you believe will always overcome what you see hey through that little bitty rock in goliath he could hardly even see it but it was bigger than he thought it hit him in the head it knocked him to the ground and then we see why david had no sword because god used goliath's sword to kill him god is going to use what your enemy is trying to use on you god's going to use it on him and david was and goliath was beheaded by his own sword i want you to praise god while your goliath bleeds you will prevail and you don't have to be no taller and you don't have to be any richer and you don't have to be any greater any wiser or any smarter because you are bigger than you think because god is bigger than you think because your little weapons that you got down out the brook that don't look like nothing but the toys of a kid are bigger than you think don't be afraid to throw it it looks small but through it it looks small but it invested it looks small but planted because your little seed might be real small but it's bigger than you think for what you're believing god to do it looks paradoxical to everything that you're trying to do but the lord told me to tell you and it's bigger than you think it is no accident that you are listening at this message today this is the sunday that sets an array the armies of the living god and things are about to shift for you in spite of how you feel you've been nursing your feelings all of your life your victory is not in your feelings sweetheart your victories and your faith and david heard him out of all the people that heard him when the right one heard him he said you're going down today you going down today and everything that was promised to him he got it he ended up with saul's daughter he ended up rich and wealthy his family ended up paying no taxes and he ended up with the throne of the king because this day that nobody preaches about this lunch that nobody preaches about these ten loaves that nobody preaches about this eva full of corn that nobody preaches about they don't preach about it because they don't think it's big they don't preach about the trip and getting up early in the morning to bring a lunch because they don't think it's big but when i read it god told me it's bigger than you think i leave those words with you teach them to your children tell them they're bigger than they think share it with your spouse you're bigger than you think teach it to your ministry you're bigger than you think i know the odds are against you and things don't look good but god said it's bigger than you think can i pray with you right now i want to have an honest moment just me and you an honest moment with people who don't feel like they're enough who late at night when everybody else has gone to sleep feel like that they're an imposter in their own life that people respect you more than you respect yourself and they believe in you and they expect things from you that you don't think you can do yourself because they see greatness and you you measured yourself and you know you're only four foot tall i want to pray with people who have backed away from challenges because you measured yourself who don't know how to receive compliments because you measured yourself who don't know how to take on new challenges and feel strange in big rooms with new people because you feel so vulnerable so insufficient so less than i want you to just be honest and let me in that room that you don't show anybody so you and i can touch and agree i don't want to pray for who you pretend to be i want to pray for the four foot you who's standing down in the field looking at something that's so tall you can't see the end of it i want to pray with the part of you that shrinks away from opportunities that makes excuses when you have chances the part of you that stuff tries to stay quiet and be invisible in rooms because you don't feel like you're enough and you never have but today god wants to heal you and he's going to use this word to do it and i know the people that should have built you up didn't build you up and the voices that should have told you who you were they laughed at you and told you to go back home and take care of your sheep but that's why god sent me to remind you in spite of how you measure yourself you're bigger than you think and as you and i pray today the holy spirit said don't be scared you're standing on the precipice of a great opportunity don't forfeit it don't make an excuse in running high because of your feelings of inadequacy you have always thought you were inadequate and you have always been wrong i touch and agree with you right now in the name of jesus that that part of you that lying abusive voice that has always tormented you would be reputed by the power of god and that once and for all you are standing the integrity of who god says you are that once and for all you would run after the thing that's running after you with rocks in your hand because you know who you are that once and for all as you and i touch and agree that you would recognize that your god is bigger than your biggest doubts and your biggest fears and your biggest worries and because he's in you you two are bigger than you think if i don't rebuke this spirit it's gonna kill your life it's gonna kill your ministry it's gonna kill your opportunity it's gonna kill your marriage it's gonna kill your family it's gonna kill your career it's gonna kill your company i come against that four-foot you you're a giant killer and you don't even know it i speak to those of you who have been surrounded by ordinary days and you've stopped being the best version of yourself because you don't think that it matters but little things matter the way you walk the way you talk the way you present yourself the way you speak the way you dress it all matters god uses these little ordinary days as precursors to the greatness that's about to break forth in your life don't waste another little day because every little day is bigger than you think i challenge you right now without worrying about who's looking or what they think or how they might judge you to lift your hands and open your mouth and let the holy spirit come on in let the holy spirit come in and touch the forefoot you the forefoot you the frighten you the weary you the you that makes excuses and you that hides and the you that runs and the you that feels inadequate and the you that argues with people and barks and people so that they won't see that behind that barking dog you're just a scared little puppy lift your hands lift your mind lift your thinking the word of the lord has come to you today you're bigger than you think this is the word of the lord from the potter's house to your house this is a prophetic utterance about the mediocre mundane plain days that you let escape you every one of them is bigger than you think your lunch is your legacy in jesus name amen you
bigger than you think   bishop t d jakes

Source : T.D. Jakes