Going Down Leads to Turning Aside (8 of 17) by Ken Trivette

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Going Down Leads to Turning Aside (8 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength and Weakness
Ken Trivette
Judges 14:7-9

a) The Direction of His Life
b) The Deviation of His Life
a) Temptation
b) Desecration
a) The Scope of His Sin
b) The Silence of His Sin

1. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." What was Jesus saying? He was saying that the condition of our heart is revealed in the conduct of our life. What we do on the outside is always a reflection of what we are on the inside.

2. I remember a fellow talking to me one time and he used a curse word. He caught himself and said, "Oops Preacher, I don't know where that came from." I didn't say it, but I know where it came from. It came from inside him. If it wasn't in him it wouldn't have come out of him.

3. Do you know why a dog barks? It barks because it is a dog. A dog is going to bark because that is its nature. It does what it does because it is what it is. You have heard the saying, you can take the pig out of the pig-pen, but you can't take the pig-pen out of the pig. You can clean a pig up, put a pretty bow on it, and make it smell good with perfume, and call it Arnold, but the first chance it gets it will head for a mud-hole and the slop-bucket. Why? That's its nature. What it is on the inside results in what it does on the outside.

4. What am I saying? Our actions manifest our attitude. What we do always reflect what we are. The condition of my heart is always seen in the conduct of my life. As we continue looking at the life of Samson we see this truth illustrated in his actions. Samson was a weak strong man. He was strong physically, but was weak spirit ...

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