by Jesse Hendley

Backslider: Samson
Jesse M. Hendley
Judges 13, 14, 15, 16

As we study the men who walked with God and yet backslid, we look now at the life of Samson. A backslider is one who has walked with God, has had communion with Him, has had His blessing upon his life, but then drifts and lets sin come in to separate him from communion with God. Someone has said that every sin you commit, after your conversion, will mean that much less glory in Heaven! I think that's right, friends. God has some solemn warnings about backsliding in His Holy Book.

Now in the Book of Judges, we read that Samson was a Nazarite from his mother's womb. He was filled with the Spirit of God. He did many mighty works for the Lord. But then he began to drift and was brought to destruction. This is a warning to us today.

Samson had a marvelous birth. You remember that God sent an angel to his mother (it was the Lord Himself) and said to her, ''Drink no wine nor strong drink, for thou shalt conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head. The child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb. He shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.'' Then, you remember, they asked the angel for his name, and he said, ''Wherefore askest thou after my name,'' saying, ''It is wonderful?'' The angel of the Lord appeared and said that Samson was to be a Nazarite from the womb, and that there should be no strong drink. See what God has to say about strong drink. God never condemns sin just to be condemning sin; He does so because it will hurt you. God is trying to keep man from hurting himself. Remember that.

Now in chapter 13 and verse 24, we read that the child was born and was called Samson, that he grew, and that the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him from the beginning. It is wonderful to be controlled by God! It is wonderful to have the Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life. We read in the Book of Romans that as many as are led of the Spirit of God, the ...

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