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Summary: The devil will use anything he can in this battle of spiritual warfare in order to cause you to fall

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“A Lethal Weapon Named Delilah”

Judges 16:1-5 & 29.

The phrase Spiritual Warfare is not found in the Bible; however, the Bible is loaded with scripture that let us know that there is indeed a battle that is being fought and we are to be prepared in order to be able to fight in this battle and be victorious. Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The word wrestle means to struggle or fight against, understand that we are not fighting against a humanistic force, but a supernatural force. The supernatural force that we are wrestling with is the devil and his demons. Within this spiritual warfare the devil uses weapons against us. These are not weapons like a gun or a bomb, these are spiritual weapons. According to the dictionary a weapon is something used against someone in either a defensive or offensive manner. The Bible also says that we have been given weapons to counter attack the adversary for in 2nd Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” STRONGHOLDS are the weapons that the devil uses to fight this spiritual battle against us. A stronghold is a mind set that is impregnated with hopelessness that causes a person to accept as unchangeable something in their lives even though they know it goes contrary to the will of God.

Just like in the natural there are weapons that don’t kill but stun or disable a person for a while, and then there are weapons that are lethal. The word Lethal = capable of causing death. A lethal weapon is something that is used against someone that is capable of causing death. Someone may say well okay, but what does that have to do with the portion of scripture that you read. Well turn to someone and say “A Lethal Weapon named Delilah.”

Out of all the judges that ruled over Israel there is none whose legacy has stood the test of time like that of Samson. If I asked you who were Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Deborah, Barak, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, or Abimelech I believe very few would be able to tell who they were and the part in history they played, but if I say Samson, everyone knows about Samson. The drug dealer knows about Samson, the crack-head knows about Samson, the businessman knows about Samson, the Sunday school child knows about Samson, everyone knows about Samson and his lethal affair with a woman named Delilah.

Delilah is every woman’s nightmare. She is in most cases every man’s wildest fantasy, but if we were to take away the stimulating façade, the tantalizing temptation, we would find out ever so quickly that the fantasy would metamorphosize into a nightmare and become a horrific reality. Regardless of how sensuous and sexually stimulating she may be we must realize that Delilah is the most treacherous, wicked and most lethal weapon you will ever have to face in your life.


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