From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
If you are God’s, then He has anointed you. The purpose of the anointing is to break yokes while you do what you are called to do (Luke 4:18). Isn’t that good news? Your life can help others because of it.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
However, the anointing is not to be taken lightly. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at the story of Samson to find out what destroys it.
The story of Samson is found in Judges chapters 13 through 16. He was called of God to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines (13:5). Looking back at his history, we can see that the Spirit of the Lord was on him at the beginning.
So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol. Judges 13:24-25 NKJV
Notice that “the Lord blessed him” and “the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him.” He had a marvelous calling up until the point of allowing himself to break God’s commands by going to a harlot (16:1). Right after that was when he fell in love with Delilah and from here we see his downfall. Read chapter 16 now to refresh your memory of what happened.
And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that h
is soul was vexed to death, that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazarite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
When Delilah saw that he had toldher all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Judges 16:16-18 NKJV
Notice that he “told her all his heart.” Samson didn’t use wisdom and guard his heart with all diligence did he (Proverbs 4:23)? Right after Delilah woke him up in verse 20 it says, “he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.” He had become so used to his sin that he was walking in deception! He probably thought everything was fine. If he was really paying attention to his walk with God then He would have sensed that the Lord had departed from him.
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
- Write in your journal what God has called you to do. Are you diligently guarding your heart to do all that God has said for you to do concerning your calling?
There is nothing on this earth that is worth losing your destiny. How can you guard your heart so that you will not lose your destiny?
Samson was so desensitized to his sin that he didn’t realize he was deceived. [Tweet this]
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