It was night time again and as our usual routine would go, we had to tell her a Bible story. Of course it’s very predictable. Her favorite story is of Samson and Delilah. Yesterday, she wanted to hear dad’s version of Samson and Delilah.
She said, “Tell me a tory of ‘Sason’ [Samson] and ‘Elilah’ [ Delilah] daddy!”
“Alright, once upon a time….”
Her keenness intrigues me.
Well yesterday, as daddy read her the story, I took the Bible and reread the story of Samson and Delilah. I know the Lord wanted me pick up something I had never actually picked it up before.
See, Samson was an anointed man of God. A judge anointed by the Lord to lead Israel.
His story spans from Judges 13-16.
God’s strength was on him. Makes me wonder, if Samson was that strong, then how strong is our Lord? But well, I was keen on Chapter 16. His encounter with Delilah. He seemed not to have learnt from his previous mistake. A mistake from his previous marriage with Philistine woman. Sin was definitely at his door step, ready to overpower him.
This was a man who unequally yoked himself, entangled in ungodly relationships yet playing catch up with God every Time He was called upon for ministry, so to speak.
Judges 16:19-20 says, After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him, and his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.
He will go out as before? How?… and he didn’t know that the Lord was not present!
That right there shook me.
How is it possible that a man with seven locks which had never been shaven off since birth could not recognize that he didn’t have them anyway? I know he was probably too strong that his locks were a feather weight compared to his mass.
But how could it be possible that one gets so conditioned into sinning, that you hardly recognize yourself when operating as a solo mortal man?
This filled me with fear and it should fill all of us with holy fear that the thought of doing the work of the Lord without His presence should shake us.
Sin is sin and we should be weary of its deceitfulness.
It doesn’t announce its coming, it crouches at our doors, every man’s door – Genesis 4. It’s possible that we can live in so much compromise, yet think that since we always lead praise and worship, still attend our prayer sessions regularly, give, pray, lead fellowships, – that the same prior impact will be felt.
The truth is, sin defiles and once it defiles, the power of the HolySpirit lifts. You can still preach yes, but out of your own strength and not through the power of the HolySpirit.
Take an introspection, are you one of them?
The Lord reminds us to offer our bodies as living sacrifice to Him, holy and acceptable to Him which is our TRUE and PROPER WORSHIP – Romans 12:1.
What we do on Sunday, is just Ecclesia. Gathering ourselves together to extol one another and encourage each other. What you do after that, is your TRUE and PROPER WORSHIP!
The moment we flirt with sin, no matter how anointed we were, we might not even recognize that we are all alone doing what one was called to do in His vineyard.
The possibility of going on in an attempt to do the work of God after God has withdrawn Himself, is an appalling one.
This is a clarion call to all of us. If you are living in sin, ask the Lord to cleanse you once again. His blood restores.
You might go on with your gifts as if the Lord is there since His gifts are irrevocable, but the power that drives that gift will be missing.
You will be more like a clanging gong with no melodies that attract people to Christ. Moving as if God is present, but He is not. Physically, some people might not discern, but spiritually, you are anemic.
Sin has its consequences and Samson perished with the Philistines at the temple, but God was gracious to Him one last time. See grace does not remove the consequences of sin, but gives you a platform to grieve over your sins and be repentant, lets not twist the word of God.
Sin has consequences.
Sin encroaches at every man’s door, but you must master it- Genesis 4:7