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That My Sinfulness Is Breaking Me (4 of 11)
Series: I Can See Clearly Now
Judges Chapter 16
INTRO: It is evident from researching Samson's history, that this was no ordinary, run of the mill, servant of God. His history reveals:
1) The Barrenness that was overcome
(Judges 13: 2-3)
It would seem that barrenness is a platform upon which God launches his greatest servants. (Isaac, John the Baptist). Barrenness and it's fruit also reveals the long awaited mercies of God to his people in bondage.
2) The Barriers that were overthrown
Chapter 13: 24 tells us that the Lord "blessed" Samson, but then verse 25 relates that "the spirit of the Lord began to move him". We need to understand that the Lord's blessings are the demonstration of power, but until the spirit moved him, he had no direction of power. Because of the directing power of the Holy Ghost, Samson was able to:
a. He Killed a beast of might (Judges 14: 5-6) *
b. He killed a band of men (Judges 14:19) *
c. He killed a battalion of men (Judges 15:14)*
(the previous three sub points were borrowed from David Owens message on Samson)
Regardless of how great a beginning that Samson had, and regardless of the many barriers and barricades he destroyed, we now must look at the rest of his life. No matter how great are the miracles that God pleases and performs through a servant of His, that servant will always have to account more for his mistakes that for his miracles. One devastating sin can erase an entire lifetime of service. Here is the story of a man who had it all, and lost it all. The sad part of this story is that the one sin that he played with in the beginning, was the exact same sin that brought him down in the end. Samson paid the high cost of low living.
Illus: A rattlesnake will give you a warning by rattling it's tail before it bites. Sin gives no such warning, but it's bite is just as deadly as the rattlesnake.
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