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5/18/2019 12:11:00 AM
Secrets, Strength & Self-Control

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Judges 16:5 says, “The rulers of the Philistines went to her (Delilah) and said, See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him.”

The story of Samson has probably captured the imagination of every child who was told the story in Church. I had always envisioned Samson as a big man with lots of muscles. The great feats of strength that he performed while judge over Israel would lead you to believe he was the biggest and bravest man alive.

When you read the Bible you get another answer. The Bible never said that Samson was big and muscle bound. As a matter of fact, his enemies had no idea where he received his strength, but they believed it was from something other than his physical abilities. In other words, he was of ordinary size, but possessed extraordinary out of this world strength. Samson’s source of strength was a secret.

Samson led Israel for twenty years against her enemies and they could not outwit or defeat him. In Judges 13 the story of Samson’s strength is revealed. He was to be a Nazirite. A Nazirite was someone who took a vow of separation and self-imposed discipline for the purpose of some special service for God. Samson knew about his purpose in leading his people and he was a good leader. He loved his people, and they could depend upon him in times of crisis. However, Samson had a problem that plagued him during his time as leader over Israel. He had no self-control.

I want you to get your Bible and read this story for yourself and see the lack of self-control in Samson’s life. Samson convinced himself that he could speak for God, defend God’s people, but not honor God in his own life. Samson lived by one set of rules (his own) and expected everybody else to live by another set of rules (God’s). You can call this a mess! Samson’s enemies were looking for the secret of his strength and he didn’t believe that he would ever be defeated. He thought God would continually overlook his mistakes, but he was wrong. Remember that God is just, and His judgment applies to all of us.

The reason I shared this story with you is to remind you that no one is above sin or accountability to God. Samson was not worried about the Philistines because he had whipped them for twenty strait years. He should have been worried about his relationship with God, but he wasn’t and it cost him more than he wanted to pay. I know that it is easy to look at the Church and find fault with her members and say that you will never step inside a church because of old “so and so.” Trust me, don’t worry about old “so and so” and worry about the One who sits on the Throne in Heaven! He is the one that we will all answer to one day, and maybe it is sooner than any of us realize. The Christian needs to remember that his or her strength does not come from himself, but from Jesus Christ! We need self-control in our lives to let others know who we follow. Honor Him today by being obedient to Him everyday, starting today!

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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