And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.
Looking into the life of Samson we would have to say he was a very impressive person in the Bible. In fact, he was physically the strongest man in the Bible. When I hear the name Samson my first thought is “Strength or power”.
One lesson we can learn from Samson is that physical strength will not win battles in the spiritual world. It will not be of any value when it’s time to fight against the wiles of the devil. Samson, in his own mind, felt he could not be defeated. In a moment of weakness he gave away the secret to his strength as he laid his head where he never should have laid it, and allowed himself to get comfortable in a place he did not belong. The results, the loss of his God given strength. The consequences of his bad decision were devastating. Samson found himself blind and a servant to his enemies. His physical strength was lost and he found himself in a place he never thought he would be-powerless. There are a few of things that can cause us to lose our power.
1. The miss-use of that power. Never offer God given gifts or power to fleshly desires.
2. The non-use of that power. Never neglect the talents, gifts or power God has given you.
3. Thinking the power is based on your own abilities.
4. Not appreciating the power or gift that you have been given.
Defeated, humiliated, and helpless Samson does something that would be out of the norm for him, he prayed. Don’t let losing your power be the key to your prayer; rather, allow your prayer to be the key to your power.
Sometimes God has to allow our power to be taken so that he can do something powerful with us. I know we often read the story and think, Yes Samson messed up and lost his power but he did get his power back. That would be true, but it cost him his life. It’s always easier to retain the power by doing right than it is to lose that power and try to regain it again.
You can’t go wrong by doing right.
Don’t give your power away.
Don’t end up blind and working for the enemy.
Don’t be a Christian who “USE TO”.
Pastor Todd McClain