Samson and Me
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Samson and Me April 18, 2010
A. Explain that there is a bit of Samson in every believer and that in studying his life we can find examples of how to be victorious against our enemy and we can find examples of what to avoid in order to prevent downfalls. Explain how Samson represents the life of a believer and that the Philistines represent the world.
B. (Judges 13:5) Explain how Samson was sent specially of God to begin the deliverance of His people from the rule of the Philistines. He had been set apart. When we are born into the family of God we are set apart from this world as well. Samson lived among the Philistines but he was not of them. We are in the world but we are not of the world. We are sent to begin the deliverance of people and in showing them the way to Christ. (Psalm 4:3; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; 2 Peter 2:9-11; Matthew 5:14)
C. Explain how God was with Samson and he grew and that as a new believer grows in the Lord we become stronger and have more power the more we get into God’s word and the more we meet with Him in prayer and fellowship with His people, meditating upon His words. Without the Holy Spirit Samson was not so strong, and neither are we, but with God’s Spirit just like Samson we have much strength. (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13)
D. Being Wise and Guarding Ourselves. Explain how the Philistines used Samson’s wife against him and how he let his guard down with her because she “seemed” harmless. Satan will always use what seems harmless to bring us down. We must be on guard and wise to his tactics at all times. Use the Hot Potato reference. The best way to eat a hot potato is to wait till it cools down. Satan will wait for us to let our guards down and for us to cool off before he will attack. We must be on fire with passion for Christ at all times so that we can stand strong against his attacks. We must be careful not to allow satan to use us against others as well. We are to help others, to lift them up not tear them down. (Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:24; Hebrews 12:12)
E. It does not matter who satan uses, he does not care. He will use rich, poor, weak, strong, young, old, male, female. We must be on guard and wise to his strategy and know that we need the Holy Spirit to help us to fight and win against him and his evil. He will many times try to use the people that we love the most. He knows our weaknesses and he will prey on those every single time. Just like Samson we may let our guards down and cool off a bit, but if we will trust God, we can once again kindle that Holy Spirit fire inside us that will burn hot so that we can bear much fruit for God’s glory. We must always be ablaze for the Glory and honor of God our Father!