Judges 16:16 – And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
Judges 16:17 – That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
Hello readers, hope you are all going well today. New blog time today, and from the life of Samson. And the title of the blog is “I’ve had enough of the fight”. You know, it was a constant fight between Samson and the Philistines. Maybe your life feels like a constant fight. You want to do right, yet you do wrong. Welcome to the life of a born again believer. The struggle is real. We need victory, we need deliverance. When you got saved God birthed a new creature in you, you were born again. Samson is a picture of a born again believer… but who, like us, spends a lot of time living in the flesh rather than walking after the Spirit.
When the Spirit came upon Samson, he had victories. But the pull of his flesh was strong. He got deep in sin. And he gave up. He quit the fight. Have you been there. So many times it’s just like “it’s over”. Surely that’s the last failure God can tolerate from me. Christian, it’s not time to give up, but it’s time to fight. Samson gave up the fight. It got to much. He surrendered. We are in a world where the fight is really on, and Satan seems to be wearing us out. A constant bombardment of sin, wickedness, evil, lies… and we go under. Samson didn’t quit the first time, but Delilah’s constant pestering of him, it finally got him. Samson had won many battles with the Philistines. But as many battles as you may have won beforehand, Satan isn’t going to stop. Of course if you have been saved, you have been severed from your old master. But he still wants you back. If he can’t have you, he wants to ruin your life, ruin your effectiveness for Christ, ruin your witness and testimony and power to live godly. Samson eventually got overwhelmed by the enemy. But he only got overwhelmed because he gave up. He put himself in positions time and time again to fall, and fall he did.
It’s not that Samson didn’t know what Delilah was up to. He did. Often we know better, but we go ahead and do stupid sinful things anyway. We know it’s wrong, we know what’s going on, but we have a flesh nature that wants it. You know why we sin? Because we want it. For all the flowery excuses and justifications for our sin, you know what, we just want to sleep around, we just want to drink alcohol and do drugs. It feels good and that’s all that matters to the flesh. We find all sorts of ways to excuse, justify and blame… but the problem is US. Me, myself and I… that’s the worst enemy I’ll face. If I didn’t have a sinful nature, I wouldn’t be drawn in by enticements and seductions of the enemy of my soul.
What a warfare Samson had, but the battle he lost was the battle inside him. He had this Nazarite vow, things he did and didn’t do. But that didn’t change his heart. We need to see we need a heart change. Only God can give us a new heart. And give us a new heart he does when we believe on his Son Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus came not only to forgive you of the penalty of your sin, but he also came to and ever lives to deliver us from the power and presence of sin in our lives. It’s a complete and total salvation, and one that will be consummated when we are glorified with Christ. That promise awaits, but for now we are to watch and pray. We are commanded to abide in Christ by faith. To walk in faith. We are commanded to believe Jesus Christ not just to save us, but to sanctify us. Sanctification can be a tough process, by which God purges us, prunes us, roots things out of our lives, as he forms Christ in us.
Samson got in the deep end in with sin. His problem was he loved a woman who was a betrayer. She didn’t love him back. We should be careful about giving our love away to the wrong things and people. We find it so hard to love God, but so easy to love things that are no good for us. Isn’t that true? He found this woman in the valley of Sorek, and what a valley it was. Valley experiences are part of Christian living. We need God to not just be our God on the mountain top, but we need to realize he is the God of the valleys also.
1 Kings 20:28 – And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. The Syrians had come out to fight Israel, and they picked the spot, the valley. They didn’t count on God being able to deliver Israel in the valley just as much as in the hills. We don’t live like this is true though. We get in valleys and we can’t see the light, because the sun is obscured by towering hills. It’s dark in the valley. A Christian will have valley experiences, getting into spiritual lowlands. Depression, sin, darkness. Sure, it’s fun being up on the mount like Moses glowing in fellowship with God, but it’s a whole lot uglier down from the mount. When we get to that valley, and boy do we all get there, it’s pretty hard to get out. The Syrians thought they had Israel in the valley, but they hadn’t counted on the God of the valley.
We can spend a lifetime flirting with things that aren’t good for us. Little sins, little things which we keep from God for ourselves. Like Achan, just a little something from Jericho… but it was Achan’s undoing. It’s not Samson didn’t know what Delilah was doing, it’s just he had had enough of the fight. You know, the Christian life is a fight. There’s enemies, there’s an enemy that is constantly on your hammer. And we can give up. But here’s a wonderful truth. Although we fall, although we go to the worst depths, depths we think God can’t fetch us from, depths of our own digging… yet God can find us there. For it is God that never gives up on his own. 2 Timothy 2:13 – If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. What a truth this is. Christians can get a long way from truth, a long way from God. Noone loved Samson more than the Lord who had blessed him and delivered him his whole life. God had been faithful to Samson, while Samson had not been faithful to God. And we can bag Samson, but are we all really that different?
It’s such a sad part of the Bible, but how many times have we all got stuck in sin, how many times like Peter, the shows over and we have gone back to the old fishing business. God’s going to show us how much we need him. God’s doing a work in us to change us, to transform us. Life can get pretty ugly, life can get pretty messy. But God’s still doing a work in it all. He hasn’t quit on you. The fire goes out, we’ve betrayed God, we never lived up to all we purposed to do, we are abject failures. But behold the love of God. Behold the faithfulness of God. See, your whole life will go by and as you go by… you’ll realize the truth of this verse not just in theory, but in your own personal life… in 2 Peter 3:15 which says “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation“.
There are many people who have found themselves in the valley, and they’ve been conquered by the enemy. They gave up. It’s over. They’re sick of fighting. They stop standing for truth, they stop contending for the faith, they’ve been run over by the Philistines. Peter thought it was over, he’d betrayed Jesus, and for all of his sincerity and good intentions, he’d failed. But just picture him there in the fishing boat, thinking I blew it, the game’s up, and he’s spent a fruitless empty night trying to catch fish and caught nothing… and he sees Jesus Christ on the shore. He didn’t even know it was the Lord till John said… it is the Lord. See, it was always the faithfulness of God to us. We live in a Christianity spruiking “my faith”, but really it’s the faithfulness of Christ. And his faithfulness to us is what gives us faith. That’s what “from faith to faith” in Romans 1:17 means. You have no faith until you realize the absolute faithfulness of your Creator. Faithful to give you his word, faithful to you in all seasons, in the hills and in the valleys.
Samson paid a high price for his sin. And blind grinding in the Philistine prison he got to longing for that old way, that old life, that deliverance of God, that purpose, that love. He couldn’t quite see anymore. Sin will put our ability to see out. Many Christian’s don’t see. Because they’ve surrendered to this world, they’ve become prisoners again. They were set free but they chose to go back to Egypt. They’ve got no sight. There are so many Christians who are useless in the service of God, their eyes are put out, and they’re just doing jobs for the enemy. They’re shells of Christians. They’ve been put out to pasture. And they’ll oppose those who are actually doing right.
It’s a case of what could have been versus what is. They can be so different. Oh God we need to value the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and his word so much more than we do. We don’t realize the value of what we’ve got til we’ve thrown it all away. How could you end up wanting Delilah’s love more than the Lord God? It’s why we are meant to put our flesh to death, to die with Christ, to make no provision for it, to keep our body under subjection. You can’t expect to feed your flesh, and yet stay the boss of him. That man feeds and feeds and becomes a fat man like king Eglon in Judges, because you’ve fed him up and now he’s taken over and you’re a slave. Why do you think people have such trainwrecked lives… they didn’t set out for it to be so… but it became so because sin is their master, they’re slaves to it. How much of a slave can you be when you know something is bad on all fronts, yet you do it because you simply have to because your ravenous flesh nature, that incontinent, that never satisfied, that lustful prideful beast, demands more and more. What were those sacrifices to Moloch all about? Appeasing the god. And the price went up and up to the point they were chucking their babies, their precious flesh and blood to him. Don’t mess with your flesh, put it to death by faith, get in Christ… in Adam all die, but in Christ all live. See true life isn’t just going to heaven, but life right now, a life free from sin.
It’s pretty bad when you go from good to bad. Christian life is meant to be a path that shines more and more til the perfect day. How often though we instead go backwards… we build that which was destroyed. We return to our old ways. The fight’s too much. But why is the fight too much? Because we’ve been doing a whole lot of what we shouldn’t have been doing. Be sure your sin will find you out. You can’t expect to sow to the flesh and not reap corruption. And Samson gave up. He threw up the white flag. He quit. And what a horrible price to pay.
But the story is not over. Remember how we have been talking about the faithfulness of God. So here is Samson thoroughly unfaithful… but God was still faithful to him. God was faithful to his word. That’s why you get in his word, because his words and true and faithful. You can count on the faithful words of the book. The Bible says the hair on Samson’s head began to grow again. He got to remembering the mighty deliverance of God. The purpose of his life. You see, you won’t find happiness or fulfillment or anything outside of the purpose and plan of God for your life. Samson prayed and God let him win the greatest victory of his life in his death. He pushed over the temple of the Philistines. Has the temple of your body become a Philistine stronghold? It’s going and doing things for the enemy, and they’re making a proper mockery of your life. Or is your body the temple of God? So often our body is up to sin, rather than quickened by the indwelling holy Spirit to serve God. It’s a choice though, who are you yielding your members to? God by faith… or sin?
The Bible says faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. God said to Jacob in Genesis 28:15 – And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. See it really is all about the faithfulness of God. So this blog is about having enough of the fight. Old Samson gave up, quit, surrendered, chose sin… but even for all the cost, God was faithful to him. Proverbs 24:16 – For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. For all of Samson’s failures, for all of his falls in his life, he even rose up again after this. Was it anything great about Samson? No. That’s why the Philistines couldn’t discover his secret, because the secret wasn’t in Samson, it was the Lord God who was with him, who this world does not know anything of.
Have you ever quit on God? Betrayed God? Sold out on God? Well there is a way back, and that way back is the Lord Jesus Christ, simply praying to him. Samson could’ve had the victory whenever he wanted, he had it his whole life. And it was a stint in the prison house where he learnt to pray again. How far do you have to go to choose the path of life? How deep do you have to go to see the faithfulness of God? When you understand the sheer faithfulness of God to you in all seasons, that’s what will build your faith. God did hear Samson’s prayer of faith. God is faithful, that’s the faith that truly matters. He can be faithful, because he is alive, he’s not a dead god nor dead religion. Only someone that is alive can be faithful. God is faithful past, present and future. He can be counted on. Why do we ever depart from that?
We all require his faithfulness ever day. We never stop needing it, and he never stops supplying it, it’s an endless supply. It’s that fountain springing up into everlasting life in us. His faithfulness will satisfy your thirst, you’ll never thirst again. Samson is simply a tribute to the goodness, mercy and faithfulness of God, God gets the glory because he was such a failure but God so strong on his behalf. He’s a God that even after we’ve stuffed up AGAIN, even after we’ve quit the fight, even after all the messes we’ve got ourselves in… he can and will find us. But boy the price can be high so please don’t think this blog is saying you can sin and God will let you off… because look where Samson ended up, our choices have consequences. God’s faithfuless isn’t a license to sin, it should rather make you realize how hell deserving and wicked you are and turn your heart to repentance and faith in him. There is a balance to all scripture. This isn’t to excuse sin, because look, Samson realized sin wasn’t that fruitful with his burnt relationships, betrayal and gouged out eyes. His sin stung him, it didn’t pay off. God wasn’t part of Samson’s sin, he delivered him out of it when he wanted it, but when Samson gave up, God left. Samson needed to be taught a lesson he’d only learn the hardest of hard ways. It wasn’t God stopped being faithful, he did it because he IS faithful. It’s a faithful God that does what is for our best, even if that best can be a tough lesson that we won’t learn any other way.
God’s faithfulness… well Samson ABUSED rather than embraced that for a lot of his life. He was like a modern Christian, turning God’s grace into lasciviousness. Hey God will deliver me so I can just go and live like a hog. But no, that shows you don’t get it, and you’re dead as a rock inside. Is there any spiritual life in you at all? Samson lived a life quite destitute of grace of God that was so faithfully and freely and undeservedly extended to him. Don’t fail of the grace of God. Don’t receive it in vain. We do have a choice. We are not robots. But we are the problem. We need to come to a realization and appreciation for God’s faithfulness to us. His proven track record versus our incredibly chequered, tattered record.
Thank God that God doesn’t quit on us. He’ll go to great lengths… and he did. See, anyone can say they love you, but God proved his love to us. It’s proven love, proven faithfulness. Didn’t God prove it again and again in Samson’s life? God proved his love for us in that he sent his only begotten Son to die for us. And that Son will go after that lost sheep in the wilderness to save him… are you a lost sheep? Do you need his saving? He’s ready to save you. You need but simply pray. If God heard Samson’s prayer after all that, he will surely hear an honest prayer of faith from you too. We are all a tribute to the grace, mercy and faithfulness of God. That’s what the church is, a body that gives glory to the Saviour. And that will be forever. May God reveal his utter faithfulness to you, and that turn into saving faith in your life today. Get in the fight of faith, faith is warfare, faith is a fight. Many people are losing that fight. Many people having given up that fight. But God is faithful, and today is a call to get to the fight. David got to a fight one day and he whipped Goliath. All because he trusted God. There is an enemy of faith, that wants your faith, that wants to clean your faith out, just like all that hair gone that was shaven off his head. There are a lot of Christians with a clean shave, Satan’s got the whole lot. His hair was a life’s work, and the whole lot went. The battle is on Christian. Don’t give up, instead pick up your sword, fight the good fight of faith, trust in God’s holy, pure, preserved, faithful word!
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