by Ernest Easley

You Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Judges 16:20-22
August 21, 2005

There's an old saying that's true: You Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry. There's so much we take for granted: our health .. those we love ... God's blessing on our life and on our church! You Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry!

That's also true spiritually! In fact ... in Judges16 .. Samson lost the power of God in his life and he didn't even know it. Look if you will to Judges 16 for ...

You Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry
Judges 16.20-22

Now look back to verse 20b, "But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him." Do you see the word "departed?" It literally means "to turn off ... to turn aside."

In other words .. God had turned him off! When it came to Samson .. God had turned aside! But why? Why did God turn aside or turn off Samson? And if God turned him off ... does that mean that God can turn us off? The answer is YES. God can turn us off ... individually and collectively!

God removed His hand of blessing and strength from Samson ... and don't miss this: and Samson didn't even know it! What a frightening thought. That we can be so busy in our activity ... attending our Bible studies ... going through the motions of worship ... living our life ... doing our thing and God's power be removed and our not know it.

When you study the life of Samson ... you find that God's
power came upon Samson from his early years. On one occasion .. he killed 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. He killed a lion with his hands. He slaughtered 30 Philistines who plotted to kill him. Word was out .. God's hand of blessing was on Samson. He soon learned that past blessings are no assurance of future blessings. And Samson became like the other men.

That's true for churches too! Churches that were once blessed by God ... active in soul winning ... reaching their community .. on fire ...

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