“7 Marks of a Champion” “All Champions are Leaders – but not all Leaders are Champions” INTRODUCTION • Champion = “Someone who stands between two armies.” • Spiritual Champion = “Someone able to discern the Divine priority of every moment in every situation.” • Principle: Champions are born, developed but most all summoned when the cause for which they were born arises – destiny! I. Champions - Prepare in Secret • Found faithful in the “prayer closet” before summoned to the battlefield. • Developed 4 skills in the closet (sheepfold) 1. Skillful musician – Praise 2. Man of valor – “means” provision 3. Warrior – confident in the fight of faith 4. Ability to speak – confession was right II. Champions – Not the product of a protected Environment • Attacked by bears & lions yet prevailed. • Your assignment is the only place you provision is guaranteed. • David brought order and victory in every situation by using God’s universal, battletested weapon of victory – His Word. III. Champions stay on the Offense • Notice position of the Giant: 17:8 “come down to me.” 17:28 “Have you seen the man who has come up?” • Two lessons Giant killers must learn: 1. If you don’t stay on the offense and run toward the enemy he will come to you. 2. Confidence gives courage to show up – trust gives you the strength to stay till you win. IV. Champions Learn what to Ignore and what to Pursue • David ignored: 1. Condescending brothers 2. Threat of defeat 3. Backslidden King’s advice & armor • Identify & eliminate, timewasters - people and activities. Abandon abusive relationships. Basement vs. Balcony people. • Pursue Victory (Glory of God) Goliath simple got in the way! V. Champions decide what to Magnify and what to Minimize • What you tolerate you will not change. What are you tolerating? • David minimized the threat. • “Faith is not ignoring present reality but minimizing its effect on God’s reality.” • David magnified the Lord over situation • David magnified the Lord thru worship: 1. Passion for His presence 2. Passion for Word of God 3. Passion His assignment VI. Champions focus on Today and Tomorrow – not Yesterday • Focus on the opportunities of Today and the possibilities of Tomorrow. • Never focus on the pain and disappointments of yesterday and fears about tomorrow. God never consults your past to determine your future. • 3 kinds of people invade your life – yesterday, today and tomorrow. REMEMBER: People God used yesterday or today…may have no place in your tomorrow. VII. Champions produce other Champions 2 Samuel 21:15-22 • Everything reproduces “after its own kind” Genesis 1:22-25 • Takes a Champion to make a Champion * No giant-killers in Saul’s army * David produced other giant-killers Hang with giant-killers. Pray for the rest.