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BattleShift – Benaiah – Sermon Notes

20 May on Existence Church, Old Testament, Sermon Notes   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“We cannot go where God is calling us to go, we cannot do what God is calling us to do, and we will not be who God is calling us to become until by His grace and power we make certain shifts in our life.”

Today in church, pastor Shawn finished off our BattleShift series with a sermon about Benaiah, the best of King David’s “Mighty Men” (2 Samuel 23:18-39) who became David’s top bodyguard (2 Samuel 23:22-23).

The BattleShift of today’s sermon: Moving from walking AWAY from challenges in our life, to walking INTO challenges in our life.

Even though Benaiah isn’t a popular Bible stories character, he had a huge role and his prerequisites proved he was well deserving of the job.

Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. He killed an Egyptian, an impressive man. Now the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.

– 2 Samuel 23:20-21

  1. 1. He was the son of Jehoiada (ref: 2 Chronicles 23:8-9)
  2. 2. He killed the 2 sons of Ariel of Moab
  3. 3. We went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion
  4. 4. He killed an ‘impressive’ Egyptian man with his own spear

As you can see Benaiah was a warrior even when the odds were against him. He¬†definitely¬†wasn’t somebody who played it safe (chasing lions into pits, and going after opponents with spears). So if there was anyone qualified to be in charge of the troops and to protect King David, Benaiah was the most fitting for the position.

“As believers, we should be lion chasers. We should not be satisfied with the status quo. If we are followers of Jesus, that means He’s leading us places. That means He’s stretching us. That means that He’s calling us to do things that we could not do on our own. That means that we must break thresholds of fear, that we must conquer them, and we must grow spiritually and our faith must expand. The only way that our faith expands is by using our faith and seeing God be faithful.”

– Mark Batterson

Here are 3 things we can learn from Benaiah;

  1. #1 Don’t make EXCUSES even when the ODDS are against you (2 Samuel 23:21, Romans 8:31, Philippians 4:13)
    • You will never meet a challenge that is bigger than your God
  2. #2 Don’t waste your OPPORTUNITIES to be COURAGEOUS (Jeremiah 46:17)*
    • Life is full of opportunities. Make the best of them.
  3. #3 Don’t let the FEAR of failure stop you from moving forward in FAITH (2 Timothy 1:7, Daniel 6:20-22)

We are constantly blessed with opportunities to be courageous. We must have faith in our God and not make excuses, even if we are scared and the odds may seem against us… After all; “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31)


*Jeremiah 46:17 – The Egyptian name of Pharaoh Hophra (Jer 44:30) was “Haabire” (Gk. Apries). Hebrew for “lets … go by” (he’ebir) sound like Haabire. The pun may refer to Egypt’s poor response to Judah’s hour of need in 587 B.C. (Jer 37:5-6).