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Samson had found love. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with this woman. She made him feel so happy. What could be so wrong with acting on those feelings of love?
It went directly against the Word of God. 
Samson had been set aside since birth to do the work of The Lord. He knew the laws. He knew that Jews were to only marry Jews. Yet he fell in love with a Philistine woman. Then he followed his heart and took her as his wife. She would eventually betray him.
As Christians we can get into trouble when we base our decisions on our feelings and not on the Truth. We have to be willing to seek God’s way and then apply it to our lives. Even if it doesn’t make us feel good.
Just because we want something to be found acceptable by The Lord doesn’t mean that it will be.
Judges Chapters 14:1-7

Give and Take

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The Philistines took Samson’s sight from him. Samson begged The Lord to allow him to avenge the Philistines for the torture he had endured.

Within minutes Samson would realize that The Lord had given him opportunity to do that very thing. But for his desire to be fulfilled he would have to sacrifice his own life.

Samson brought the building down. In his death he slew more Philistines than he had in his life. Samson’s prayer had been answered.

Sometimes sacrifice is necessary to see our prayers answered.

Time…hobbies…plans…

Be willing to do your part in seeing your dreams realized.

Judges 16:28-30

Well Equipped

Psalm 119:140

The Philistines felt nothing but hatred in their hearts toward Samson. They were ready to destroy him. Samson stood bound by cords, without a way to defend himself. As the Philistines shouted, taunted and verbally tormented Samson the Spirit of The Lord descended upon him. The cords were loosened. A weapon to defeat the Philistines was provided:

The jawbone of an ass.

Samson needed water. Single handily, he had just destroyed a thousand Philistine men. He was weakened and thirsty. Samson couldn’t find anything to drink from. Then The Lord provided water for him.

In the jawbone of an ass.

The jawbone was the only tool that Samson could have used to defeat the enemy. It was also the instrument that was a available to sustain his life. The jawbone had dual purposes.

The Word. It has dual purpose in our walk with Christ. The Lord has provided it to be used as a weapon to defeat our enemy. He has also given it to us to use as a source to draw life from.

Samson used what The Lord provided him with. You do the same. Use The Word to fight your battles and to lead you down paths of righteousness.

Decision Maker

Jeremiah 17:9

Samson had found love. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with this woman. She made him feel so happy. What could be so wrong with acting on those feelings of love?

It went directly against the Word of God.

Samson had been set aside since birth to do the work of The Lord. He knew the laws. He knew that Jews were not to marry other people, including the Philistines. Yet that’s who he fell in love with, a Philistine woman. Then he followed his heart and took her as his wife. She would eventually betray him.

As Christians we can get into trouble when we base our decisions on our feelings and not on the Truth. We have to be willing to seek God’s way and then apply it to our lives. Even if it doesn’t make us feel good.

Just because we want something to be found acceptable by The Lord doesn’t mean that it will be.

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