When dealing with a reoccuring sin habbit the Lord God once said to me, “Delilah.” What He was saying with that one word sermon to my heart was this. The enimy was attacking my area of weakness to render me ineffective for His kingdom in the same way Delilah and with Samson.
My Promise to you is this: Read this entire message and pray the prayers encluded in the text and you will be blessed.
Judges chapter 13:1
“And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years,” (Judges 13:1). The backdrop of the story of Samson begins with God’s people living in rebellion. Having chosen to reject the ways of the Lord and live instead in the ways of the world around them, God’s children were given over to bondage by the neighboring Philistines.
Point to Ponder
Ancient Israel had rejected God and desired the ways of the Godless people with whom they lived. In turn they became dominated by the very thing they desired. The same is true for us today. When we choose to reject God and live for the pleasures of this world, we become enslaved to the very thing we desire. Drugs, alcohol, and pornography are obvious examples of this. The more we chase after these things the more they dominate and destroy our lives. Less obvious are the hidden sins. These include things like greed, pride, and unforgiveness. Yet, they two dominate and begin to destroy our lives. We are in danger of being in bondage to any evil, sin, or rebellion we have against God.
Pray, “Father in Heaven, how I pray You forgive me for things I have allowed to become more important to me than You. Reveal anything in my life that is displeasing to You. I repent, turn away from, sin and turn back to You oh God. Wash me clean by the blood of Your Son Jesus and use me today as I surrender again to Your will. Help me Holy Spirit, I pray. Re-direct my heart towards You oh God. I confess I have surrendered to some of the thigs of this world. Here and now, I surrender to You oh Lord. Take me I pray in Jesus Name. Use me I pray in Jesus Name. Help me pursue You with the same passion I have chased after the things of this world. I pray these things in Name of Jesus. Amen.
“There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, 5 for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”
Point to Ponder
Here we see a glimpse into the will of God. God had chosen Samson before he was born to be set apart for His kingdom, to do His will. The same is true of us today. The Lord God spoke to Jeremiah saying, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” (Jeremiah 29:11). God had a specific plan for Jerimiah and has a plan for us as well. In fact, we were created to serve Him with good works according to Ephesians 2:10. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Pray, “Father in heaven, I know You have a plan for my life. I pray You forgive me for the times I have not fulfilled Your will in my life. I pray as the Apostle Paul said, that I might take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Here I am Lord. Use me in my family. Use me in my work. Use me according to Your will. I surrender to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. 6 Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson’s eyes.
Point to Ponder
2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” God strongly supports those who’s hearts are surrendered Him. When we face lions in our lives God give us strength to overcome.
Pray, “Father in heaven, show me any area of my life needing to be surrendered to You, I pray. Father, here and now I surrender to You. Your will be done in my thoughts, words, and actions. Help me I pray, face each challenge I face with courage knowing You are my strength. I pray this is Jesus Name, Amen.”
8 After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. 9 He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.
10 His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, for so the young men used to do. 11 As soon as the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes, 13 but if you cannot tell me what it is, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Put your riddle, that we may hear it.” 14 And he said to them,
“Out of the eater came something to eat.
Out of the strong came something sweet.”
And in three days they could not solve the riddle.
15 On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband to tell us what the riddle is, lest we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?” 16 And Samson’s wife wept over him and said, “You only hate me; you do not love me. You have put a riddle to my people, and you have not told me what it is.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?” 17 She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her, because she pressed him hard. Then she told the riddle to her people. 18 And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,
“What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?”
And he said to them,
“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
you would not have found out my riddle.”
19 And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck down thirty men of the town and took their spoil and gave the garments to those who had told the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father’s house. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.,
Point to Ponder
God uses imperfect people to do His will. Here we see Samson making a very large wager with the Philistines. This questionable behavior was followed by the unwise decision to tell his wife the riddle, resulting in him loosing the bet. Although Samson may not have acted wisely, God still had a calling on his life. God’s will was to use Samson to begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines. God showed Samson grace and mercy by continuing to use him despite his foolishness. The same is true of us today. God truly is a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Pray, “Father in heaven, thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. Thank You for not giving up on me even as I live imperfectly. Forgive me, I pray, for the times I have been foolish. Help me live in Your wisdom Lord, I pray. I ask all of this in Jesus mighty Name, Amen.
Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah and made a raid on Lehi. 10 And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.” 11 Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.” 12 And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.” 13 They said to him, “No; we will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.
14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. 15 And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men.”
Point to Ponder
Samson was used mightily by God when he was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yielded to the Spirt of God, Samson began fulfilling his purpose to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines. The Bible says, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure,” (Phil. 2:13). When we allow God to work through us we begin to take hold of that for which God took hold of us. We begin to fulfill Gods purpose in our lives.
Many of us are so distracted by the world around us we fail to cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirt. The Spirit urges us to surrender to Him that He might use us mightily. Pray, “Father in heaven, how I love You! You are truly great and greatly to be praised. Father, You know I have lived in spiritual weakness when all the while You offer strength. I have lived in confusion while You offer clarity. I have lived in brokenness while You held out Your hand offering healing. Father, I want to be used more and more by You. Help me to surrender fully to Your perfect will for my life. Yours is the kingdom! Help me live today for Your Kingdom. Yours is the Power! Help me live today by Your power. Yours is the Glory! Help me live today for your honor and glory. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.”
Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her. 2 The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.” 3 But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.
Point to Ponder
Although Samson was called and equipped by God for a special mission he still sinned. God did not immediately rebuke Samson for his sin, rather He showed grace and mercy by rescuing him from an ambush that threatened his life. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” We read in Romans 2:4, “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” These verses teach that God is patient with us when we sin. God’s will is not that we suffer punishment for our sin rather that we experience His grace and mercy and come to repentance.
Pray, “Father in heaven, how I thank You for mercy! If You oh Lord punished me for everything, I have done against Your holy will I would be undone. Father, I pray You encourage my heart to quickly repent when I find my thoughts, words, or actions are sinful. Here and now, I confess all unholy thoughts I have had. I confess all unholy words I have spoken. I confess all sinful things I have done. I pray You wash me in the blood of Jesus, for without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness, the Bible says. Forgive me I pray in Jesus Name. Thank You for Your amazing grace to heal and forgive. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.” 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.”
7 Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you might be bound.” 11 And he said to her, “If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 12 So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And the men lying in ambush were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread.
13 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web.[a] And she made them tight with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.
15 And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.” 16 And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. 17 And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.”
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. 20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. 21 And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. 22 But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
Point to Ponder
Delilah relentlessly pursued Samson until she found his weakness and then exploited it until he was no longer able to fulfill his purpose. The enemy works the same way with us today. The enemy knows our areas of weakness and attacks us there. Like a lion who kills the weakest animal in a pack demons work on our personal areas of weakness. For some it is drugs and alcohol. For others it is sexual sin. Still others are week in the areas of pride, envy, or selfishness. Some are given to anger, anxiety, or depression. All of these and countless others are areas the enemy will exploit to keep us from fulfilling our destiny. The devil and his demons work in the unseen spiritual realm to steel, kill, and destroy our lives, livelihood, and God given purpose.
Pray, “Father in heaven, here and now I renounce the spirit of Delilah at work in my life in Jesus Name. I break, uproot, and destroy every demonic attack against me in Jesus Name. As a child of God, I command every demonic spirit working against me to leave in Jesus Name. GO! Father, I pray Your forgiveness for participating with the enemy in sin. I surrender my weakness to You in Jesus Name and pray You become my strength. Help me to live in Your power I pray, in Jesus Name, Amen!
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.” 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.” 25 And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. 26 And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained.
28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. 31 Then his brothers and all his family came down and took him and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel twenty years.
Point to Ponder
Samson paid the price for his poor decisions. The same is true for us today. We truly reap what we sow. Samson stayed with Delilah after he knew she meant to cause him harm and he suffered dearly for it. You and I sometimes do the exact same thing. We flirt with sin believing the lie that we can handle it. We believe that just a little won’t really hurt, or perhaps no one will know. We believe we are in control, and it will not get out of hand. All the while the enemy is working to dominate and destroy us.
Pray, “Father in heaven help me to surrender all my sin to You before it is too late. Help me, I pray, to live a life of radical obedience to You that I may live the life You created me to live. I pray in Jesus Name. Amen.
Point to Ponder
Samson had been defeated by his enemy. He was betrayed and taken advantage of. He had failed and was suffering the consequences. Yet, through it all God was faithful. The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Samson believed God could still use him despite his failure. He called out to God asking if God would bless him with one more miracle of supernatural strength to accomplish God’s will through him. God answered Samson’s prayer. The Bible says that God’s will for Samson was to use him to begin to save Israel from the hand of their oppressors, the Philistines. We are told that Samson put to death more Philistines in that one act than those he had killed throughout his entire life. The same is true for us today. God can still use us although we may have fallen or failed. We may have had to suffer the consequences of our actions, but God can still use us.
Pray, “Father in heaven, how I pray You use me. With the time I have left may I be found faithfully serving You. Strengthen and empower me for Your work. Give me wisdom I pray as to how and where You want to use me. Make me aware of Your leading I pray. Help me start fresh today living for You. I ask these blessing in the Holy Name of Jesus my Savior, Amen!