Summary: All of us at one time or another have fallen, had a setback or an emotional battle. It can either make you bitter or better, the choice is yours. I say it is time to bounce back. The team may have suffered some minor setbacks but we are going to bounce
It’s Time to Back Bounce
Pastor Jamie Wright * Maranatha Fellowship Church
If you have ever played sports you know what it means to bounce back. You have suffered a defeat and you need to come back with a win. In the business world if you have suffered a set back you need to bounce back with a profitable day. The title of today’s message is IT’S TIME TO BOUNCE BACK. You can allow circumstances in your life to become set backs or opportunities to bounce back.
“The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
To steal- means to pilfer through, to take away from, to whip, to embezzle, to pick pocket.
To kill- means to slaughter, to eradicate, to take life away from
To destroy- means to wipe out, to demolish, to devastate, to tear down or to level the ground.
Satan’s main agenda is to cause us to fall. I picture it like this:
Any attack he brings is meant to tear you down, to level you to the ground, to demolish you and devastate you. It’s like running full steam ahead and he puts something in your path to take life away from you and to whip you. He means for it to be a weight that pulls you down. He wants that divorce to devastate you. The rest of your life, He intends to frustrate you in your finances. His plan is for your relationships to be rotten. He figures the pain of your past is enough to bury you.
God says it’s Time to Bounce Back. Don’t allow it to bury you allow it to propel you toward your destiny. Don’t let it suffocate you let it spring you forward into your calling. Don’t let it get leverage in your life but rather allow it to vault you into the next opportunity for promotion.
Say it together: IT’S TIME TO BOUNCE BACK!
Tell your neighbor: IT’S TIME TO BOUNCE BACK!
Today, together, let’s look at some situations in scripture where men did not allow the situations in their lives bury them, but they BOUNCED BACK from them. Got your Bibles out? Good! Let’s look at the Word together!
I. Samson…He bounced back after lying in the lap of a woman. Judges 16
a. Killed 1000 Philistine men with a donkeys jawbone
b. Tore the gates off the city walls
c. Captured 300 foxes and lit their tails on fire torched the grain fields of the Philistines
Judges 16:4 he falls in love with a woman.
Vs 6. Delilah asks where his great strength came from and what needed to be done to bind his strength.
Men look out. Satan has a woman out there for all of us. He wants to use her to take away our strength. He wants to use her to devastate you and me, to tear us down and level us to the ground. (Woman you look out and make sure Satan isn’t using you as the trap for men. Even innocently)
Verses 7-16 he toys with her and plays with her each time getting closer and closer to revealing where his strength came from.
Verse 17 says “…he told her all his heart…” that is when he fell.
Verse 21 they captured him put his eyes out and made him grind at the mill. GOING IN CIRCLES. Don’t let it bury you.
Verse 22 the hair of his head began to grow again.
Samson could have died grinding at the mill going in circles. Men that is where a lot of you are. Going in circles allowing the sin that does so easily beset you keep coming back up and defeating you. As long as you grind at the mill and keep going around and around at the mill with the same problem you will DIE there. Don’t let it bury you BOUNCE back from it. Don’t allow it to tear you down, let it PROPEL you toward your destiny. Look what Samson did. He bounced back and did more to the enemy at the end than he ever did his entire life.
Verse 27 says there was 3000 people gathered together to mock Samson, they didn’t realize his hair had grown back and he was about to bounce back.
Verse 28 Samson asks the Lord to remember Him and the Lord recognized Samson and restores his strength.
Verse 30-31 he pushes with all his might and pushes over the temple of the Philistines and kills more at his death than in his entire life. Bounce back. Samson I believe went to be with the Lord because HE BOUNCED BACK. If he had died going in circles he would have never made it to heaven.
Samson Bounced back and it brought his final BLOW to the enemy