August 2, 2018

Judges 16:6 (NLT) — 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.”

Remember that when you cozy up to the enemy by stepping outside of the boundaries that God has set, his purposes never change. He will always steal, kill and destroy. Always!

Judges 16:16 (NLT) — 16 She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Addiction to sin is hard to break even when what once was pleasurable now has become painful.

Judges 16:20 (NLT) — 20 Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him.

It is one thing to abandon the Lord but it is a terribly sad day when you don’t realize that the Lord has left you to wander on your own. > Romans 1:24–25 (NLT) — 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

Unrepented sin has a way of making a loser out of you. Not only did Samson lose his eyes he lost his witness, his reputation, his parents, his freedom,, his dignity, his purpose, and worst of all his closeness to the Lord.

Judges 16:25 (NLT) — 25 Half drunk by now, the people demanded, “Bring out Samson so he can amuse us!” So he was brought from the prison to amuse them, and they had him stand between the pillars supporting the roof.

Sin turned a champion into a comedian; someone one that people laugh at behind their backs.

Judges 16:28 (NLT) — 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.”

“Remember me” reminds me of those same words that were uttered by the thief on the cross to Jesus. As bleak as things may be God responds to the call of a repentant heart.

Judges 16:30 (NLT) — 30 he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.

God used all of the situations that Samson got himself into to still kill many of the enemy. But just think how much more effectively he could have used Samson if Samson had been obedient.

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