How to Keep From Self-Destructing (10 of 10) by Jeff Lynn

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How to Keep From Self-Destructing (10 of 10)
Series: Can You Deliver?
Judges 16
Jeff Lynn
Preached March 28, 2010

BUMPER VIDEO

TEXT: Judges 13:1-3, 5, 24

This morning we are concluding not only this two-part message on the destruction of Samson, but the conclusion of this entire series.

As I mentioned last week, it may be that you are someone who is being used by God, but you have this besetting sin or an Achilles' heel that keeps dogging you or leading you to destruction.
Or, it could be that you WANT to be used by God in a significant way, but you have destructive tendencies.

We've probably all known people who had so much to offer, and seemingly everything going for them, only to have it wasted because of their destructive behavior.
Samson was a prime example of that.
As we read in the opening text, Samson was primed to be someone special.
By way of review, look at the steps to keep from self-destructing from the previous chapter:

SHOW RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

HAVE REVERENCE FOR YOUR AGREEMENTS

BE RATIONAL IN YOUR ACTIONS

What are the final three things we can learn from Samson's life; what can we do to keep from self-destructing?

EXERCISE RESTRAINT OF YOUR APPETITES

Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her.
Judges 16:1

Samson's appetite for women was out of control.
You saw it in the previous chapter when he told his parents to go get him a foreign woman because she looked good to him. Here he is in Gaza where he sees a prostitute and commits sexual immorality.

Appetites are a good thing…as long as you use them within the boundaries set up by God. The appetite for food is God-given, yet you are to restrain yourself lest you become gluttonous, which is forbidden by God.
The appetite for the opposite sex is God-given, yet you are to control yourself and exercise restraint until marriage. In his letter to the church at Thessalonica Paul wrote,

For this is the will of ...


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