Have YOU ever thought of YOURSELF or a loved one as self-absorbed?
Join me as I delve into a 10-point deep dive into the spirit of this great man, that we may:
- grasp God’s mighty plan for us and our loved ones.
- see exactly where Samson went wrong regarding self-absorption.
- rescue our souls and those of our loved ones from the abomination of being self-absorbed.
Samson’s epic story is told in the Biblical book of Judges (chapters 13-16.) He was foretold by the Angel of the Lord (Christophany) to his barren parents. His name means “like the sun.” The positive amazing similarities between him and you, Christian, might surprise you. Take a look at the Table 1 below for 5 similarities between you and Samson:
|1. Light||Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson;… (Judges 13:24). |
Samson means ‘sun.’
|“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven |
|2. Promised||The angel of the Lord appeared to her [Samson’s mother] and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son |
|Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise |
|3. Set apart||Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite |
(Judges 13:4, 5a).
|Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart |
Separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you
(2 Corinthians 2:17).
|4. Called and anointed for service to God||You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines |
|And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. |
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
|5. Spirit -filled||(in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came and went from individuals) The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him |
Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him
|(Since Jesus’s ascension, the Holy Spirit dwells in believers) You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you |
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
(1 Corinthians 3:16).
Despite these great traits, something went deathly wrong in Samson’s life, hijacking his calling and ultimately taking his life.
Starting tomorrow we will look at 10 fascinating aspects of the spirit of Samson that may change your life or that of a loved one from being self-absorbed to fruitful and productive for the kingdom of God – this may save your very life. This applies to adults and children. Please remember, you cannot change a person, but you can powerfully influence someone else, especially children, who have been entrusted to you to mold.
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