The Secret to Victorious Living (3 of 3) by Ernest Easley

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The Secret to Victorious Living (3 of 3)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Judges 13-16
October 9, 2011

If I were to ask you today: are you living the victorious life or the defeated life … how would you answer? You say, "Well, it depends on what you mean by victorious and defeated." Fair enough.
OK … to be fair .. let me narrow it down to this: are you living in victory over self? The evangelist D.L. Moody said, "I've had more trouble with D.L. Moody than any man live."
Are you giving you trouble these days? Let me ask you this: are you living in victory over sin? Are you conquering sin or is sin conquering you?
Well .. the last couple of times together from the life of Samson .. we've been learning The Secret to Victorious Living and that secret is living the surrendered life. The way to victory is surrender. That is .. the victorious life begins with the saved life and then grows through the surrendered life.
Every area … everyday .. surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. And when you're not willing to live the surrendered life .. you will fall and fail in the areas where you are the strongest. That's what happened to Samson and if you're not careful .. it will happen to you.
Now beginning in Judges 13 .. here is what we've seen so far.
(1) The DESIRE God had for Samson.
And remember … that the DESIRE God had for Samson is the same desire He has for us: HOLINESS. The desire God has for us is HOLINESS and do you remember why? Because He is holy!
And that word "Holiness" describes a separated life. In Judges 13.5, " .. for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb .." And the word "Nazirite" means "to separate." That's a picture of holiness! Holiness is living separated unto God for His glory and for His use.
And by the way … God chose you for holiness! Ephesians 1.4, "… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." You say, "Ernest, I cannot live a holy life." That's right. You cannot … of yourself! Holiness is the work of God in your life! Holiness is the result of God in you! You don't wake up on Monday morning and say, "Today, I am going to be holy and then be holy." NO! You wake up on Monday morning and say, "Today, I surrender my all to Christ" and then He makes you holy.
Do you see it? Jesus brings you into holiness! Holiness is the fruit. Surrender is the root!
(1) The DESIRE God had for Samson.
(2) The DIFFICULTY God had with Samson.
Samson got careless in his walk with God and it cost him! Do you remember how he got careless? The same way we get careless: he refused to surrender an area of his life to the Lordship of Christ.
Samson was a He-man with a She-weakness. He had unsanctified hormones! And because he failed to surrender to God in the little things … he failed in the area of his strength!
Hey folks .. it's the little foxes that ruin the vineyard! When Samson be ...

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