Transformed, Part 7: Vocational Health – Facing Giants in Life and Work, Dec 14, 2014

Your ability to dream is a God-given gift! 
Every great achievement began with a dream or thought or imagination.
1 SAMUEL 17:1-7
FACT: There were other giants David had to face in order to become what God designed him to be.
1st dreambuster: Delay – No dream is fulfilled instantly (1 SAMUEL 17:12-15)
There will people who will hold you back from your dream. Some of you were held back- because of your age, race, gender, looks any kind of discrimination can be a giant.
2nd dreambuster: Discouragement – Everyone was afraid. (1 SAMUEL 17:8-11)
Conventional wisdom is often wrong. Who are you listening to? Who says it can’t be done?
If you listen to negative statements long enough, you get negative (1 SAMUEL 17:23-24)
3rd dreambuster: Disapproval – Many will not go after their dreams because of this. (1 SAMUEL 17:28-29)
Sometimes family doesn’t want your dream to succeed. Sibling rivalry can lead to resentment.
You let the size of your God determine the size of your goal.
You must decide which is more important to you: the approval of God or the approval of man.
4th dreambuster: Doubt – am I capable and up to this task? The expert doubted David’s ability (1 SAMUEL 17:32-33)

So how do you defeat the giants? Do what David did.
1. Remember how God has helped me in the past. (1 Sam. 17:36-37, Ps. 119:11)
2. Use the tools God has given me now. Don’t wait for your ship to come out, swim out to it! (Ecc. 11:4)
3. Ignore the dreambusters. (1 Sam. 30:6 – …when others were speaking against him, David encouraged himself in the Lord.)
4. Expect God to help me for His glory (1 Sam. 17:45-47). It is His battle, not ours. What are you expecting God to do in your life? (Matt. 9:29)