Going Downhill Spiritually (6 of 17) by Ken Trivette

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Going Downhill Spiritually (6 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength and Weakness
Ken Trivette
Judges 14:1-4

Outline
1. DEVIATION FROM THE WILL OF GOD
a) The Identification of Timnath
b) The Location of Timnath
2. DISOBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD
a) His Disregard of God's Command
b) His Defiance of God's Command
3. DISTRACTION IN THE WORK OF GOD
a) God's Plan
b) God's Providence

1. Charles Oatman wrote in his hymn Higher Ground:

I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound
Lord plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till heaven I've found
Lord lead me on to higher ground.

2. Oatman's prayer as expressed in his hymn ought to be the prayer and desire of every Christian; pressing on the upward way, always going forward reaching for higher ground. But tragically that is not always the case for some. Instead of going forward they go backward. Instead of going upward, they go downward.

3. It has often been said that in the Christian life we are either going forward or we are going backward. There is no such thing as holding ground. It is either higher ground or lower ground. As we continue looking at the life of Samson we see one that began to go downhill spiritually.

4. I draw your attention to the words of verse 1, "And Samson went down." In verse 5 we read, "Then went Samson down." Also in verse 7 we read, "And he went down." Three times the Bible says that Samson "went down." Of course the Bible is referring to a geographical direction. Timnath was located about four miles downstream from Zorah, Samson's hometown. But the words also depict and describe the beginnings of a spiritual decline in Samson's life.

5. In Judges 13 we have seen Samson as a man with great purpose. He had been born according to God's plan and with a divine purpose. In God's ...


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