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Summary: Beware, spiritual leaking can cause us to slowly, gradually miss God’s blessings to us as individuals.

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#2 LEAKING --- NO ABILITY TO RETAIN BLESSINGS.

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

This is part #2 of a 2 part lesson. I DO THIS PART IN TWO PARTS.

LEAK:

To not retain

To escape through an opening by fault or by mistake

A crack or a hole that lets something in or allows something to escape Information that becomes known despite efforts to conceal

TEXT:

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can

hold no water.

My friend, no doubt you have many seeds dormant in the ground. You have planted, you have watered, and you have had to wait a seemingly endless amount of time and you have never seen your dreams or vision come to

bear fruit as you have planned.

Noah built the ark, but there was a point he had to make the boat leak proof!

I. GOD’S SPIRIT NEITHER MOVES BY PROGRAM NOR BY THE DEMANDS OF A MAN!

John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

A. Today the world tries to be churchie, and ease the social conscience by good deeds and self sacrifice.

B. The church can become so seeker sensitive that compromise and program selling can tend to make the church worldly.

C. If we look like the world, act like the world, and smell like the world --- WE PROBABLY ARE THE WORLD!

D. I have heard some cry --- the Preacher is not spiritual enough for me?

What are they saying?

Loud, fast music? Emotionalism?

II. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE EXPRESSION WHEN THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG? NOW TODAY WE HAVE MANY WITH THE VAGABOND SPIRIT?

A. They want no fixed home place, I call THIS THE GRASSHOPPER SPIRIT.

They have no roots, no fruits and they follow singings and signs.

B. The Bible warns not to follow signs but signs follow believers.

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

C. It is not how high you jump, nor how loud you shout!

It is how straight you walk when your feet touch the ground!

D. SHECHINAH ---

WE CALL THE VISIBLE PRESENCE OF JEVOHAH MANIFESTED FROM THE MERCY SEAT AND REFLECTED FROM THE OVERSHADOWING CHERUBIM.

E. SHECANIAH ---

ONE INTIMATE WITH JEHOVAH

Moses’ face shone with God’s glory.

III. WHAT MOVES YOU?

A. We find several things in the Bible that moved people.

1. Jealousy --- green eyed monster.

2. Envy --- a painful or resentful awareness that of an advantage enjoyed by

another

3. Fear --- to be afraid, a strong sense of danger, to lose courage

4. Compassion --- merciful, desire to alleviate another’s pain or hurt

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

5. God’s precious presence

6. God’s sweet Spirit

B. WHAT MOVES YOU?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE US TO GET US TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

IV. AT TIMES SAMSON KNEW GODS PRESENCE! THIS WOULD ALSO INFER AT TIMES SAMSON WAS GOING A DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN HE KNEW WAS WRONG!

SAMSON HAD A DEEP STRUGGLE WITH OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND WITH STAYING COMMITMENTS.

NO WONDER SAMSON LEAKED OUT HIS VICTORY.

Judges 13:24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan

A. MANY KNOW ABOUT GOD! Many know about God’s Word!

Few seem to want God’s presence so real that they KNOW GOD IN A PERSONAL WAY.

I MUST KNOW GOD!

B. What is the difference in dedication and commitment?

That is easy to illustrate ---

The chicken and the pig were discussing breakfast.

The chicken suggested: BACON AND EGGS!

This describes the difference between dedication and commitment.

EGGS would be dedication for the chicken.

BACON WOULD BE TOTAL COMMITMENT FOR THE PIG!

V. SAMSON WAS DRIVEN BY SENSUALNESS. (The five senses)

SAMSON’S VALUE SYSTEM MADE HIM A SENSUAL RELIGIOUS MAN

OF GOD. NO WONDER SAMSON LEAKED OUT HIS VICTORY.

A. GOD HAD TRUTHS AND TEACHINGS FOR HIS PEOPLE.

God’s leaders had a higher standard than the normal people.

B. God and God’s word had warned Samson he was on a dangerous path.

Samson’s Mother and Father warned him.

I believe that Samson’s own conscience warned him

Judges 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get

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