Steven Furtick — How To Defuse Your Doubt?
Now I want to read about this first person to you in verse 28, the first force of doubt, that David encounters. I want you to look for yourself in this passage and see how this relates to you and where you are today. It says verse 28: "When Eliab, David's oldest brother", little sibling rivalry going on, you're about to see how David's family is dysfunctional too, just like yours. "When his oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, 'Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle'". What's he doing? He's accusing.
How does the devil plant doubts in our mind, concerning our destiny - by accusing us. One of the names, that the Bible gives to Satan, it's only mentioned one time, but I think it's one of the most accurate, is the accuser of the Brethren, the accuser of God's children. And so God will show you your sin to change you, but He will never show you your shame, He will never rub your nose in what you've done wrong, in order to bring you down. And that's how you can know whether it's God speaking or the devil. When God speaks to you about something in your life, that he doesn't like, He'll always speak in a way, that will lift you up to a higher way of living. But when the enemy comes, he comes like Eliab, to drag you down. "I know how wicked you are. What are you doing here? What are you doing in church"? You know, some of you while we were even singing today, that's what the devil was saying to you: "Who do you think you are, lifting your hands? You know how you lived last week. Who do you even think you are, being in church? Who do you even think you are, trying to study the Bible"?...