March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

JUDGES 16-18

Focus Verse: She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
Judges 16:20


This is one of the most terrifying verses in the Bible. Samson had drifted so far from God that he didn’t even realize that God wasn’t with him anymore. Make no mistake, it had nothing to do with his hair. Samson’s choices and loose morals had consistently driven him further and further from God throughout his life. It just so happened that his haircut from Delilah marked the point of no return.


This is where we can get if we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit though. After a continued time of ignoring His warnings, of not listening to His leading, His voice becomes harder and harder for us to discern. Finally, one day we wake up and find that our hair has been cut. We try to go out in the power that once worked through us and find that He’s no longer with us. The prospect of that ought to terrify all of us.


But there’s good news. It’s called the Gospel. When Samson cried out from his captivity, “God remember me…”, God did just that. His RELATIONSHIP was renewed (not his strength) with God and Samson was restored. If it were just Samson’s strength that was renewed, then Samson still dies in his sins and there is no happy ending here. But Samson’s relationship with God is renewed, he gets his strength back and he serves the Lord one last time.


You are never too far gone for God to remember you. There is nowhere He can’t find you. There is nothing He won’t forgive. If you find yourself in a place where His Spirit has left you, call out to Him. He will always bring you back. Then live in such close communion with Him so that you never lose His Spirit again!

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