Summary: In life we must realize that everyone that smiles in your face isn’t always your friend. Every body standing in your corner is not always in your corner. Smiling faces do at times tell lies.
Sermonic Theme: “Everybody Is Not Your Friend” with the undercutting theme of “Smiling Faces Tell Lies”
Now whichever theme suits your need, you have a choice. Everybody Is Not Your Friend, or Smiling Faces Tell Lies.
This sermon is one of great difficulty and pain to preach because when my mind cascades back into my own history, I can identify with the theme of everybody is not your friend and smiling faces do and will tell lies.
At times I look back and ask myself the question: “How could I have been so naive to be deceived by so called friends, and even sometimes my own blood.”
I know this is not a sermon for a lot of amen’s, but I’m being obedient and bringing forth that which God Almighty has given me!
I know you’re saying in the back of your minds, how can a preacher, have feelings such as those?
Can I just park here for a minute? You aren’t holy polely 24-7 or Ms Thang or Mr. Bigshot.
Some of you right now are probably mad with some Negro or Negroette that ticked you off on the job that either said or did something you didn’t like.
I know you don’t want sail on my ship, but I’m going sail it anyway!
We’re going to a look at man that had everything going for him. He had everything going for him because he had a special assignment. I’m talking about that brother called Samson.
In Hebrew the name Samson is called Shimshon (shim – shun) which means little sun. The Greek spell his name Samp-son and in Latin and English it’s spelled Samson.
He was an Israelite of the tribe of Dan, and was the son of Manoah. Now Samson was special.
First of all Samson was special because his birth was announced to his mother who was barren at the time by an angel. The angel told her that this son was going be a Nazirite from birth and that the Lord had chosen him to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.
So you see Jesus’ birth was not the only birth that was announced by an angel.
Now what makes Jesus’ birth so supernaturally special is that an immaculate conception induced His birth.
Now what are you talking about preacher? An immaculate conception is when the Holy Spirit impregnates a woman.
Jesus is the one and only one ever to be born of that nature because of what took place between Mary and the Holy Spirit.
The second reason why this man Samson was special is because God had a special assignment for him. If you will turn to the book of Judges 13:4-5 verse.
4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines."
Whenever God chooses you for an assignment, He sets you apart from everybody else and has special favor upon you. He gives you everything you need to do the job. The Bible says that God knew us before we were even created.
How do I know…. well if God is Omniscient which means He is all knowing and have all knowledge, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, He created the heavens and the earth from nothing, He knows what I don’t know and He sees what I cannot see, and thinks what I cannot think. The Bible says that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
Now Samson was set apart to do a special work for God, but he had a problem. Almost from his beginning, he was a slave to passion. Samson loved beautiful women. He didn’t mean to mess up, but he lost his focus.
Since God had chosen him for a special work, he was set apart from what everyone was doing. (I do think that that’s what we are to be about as Christians).
But Samson thought he was missing out on the fun. In his mind when he was praying to God, he thought his buddies were at the party. Hey God! What about me? When can I have some fun? All I’m doing is killing a few thousand Philistines here and there.
Can’t you find somebody else to do this job for a while? I want to try some knotty head they’re drinking. Come on God. I know about the bird, thunder bird wine, I want what’s on the vine Richard’s wild Irish Rose Wine. I heard that Remy Martin goes down smooth. Hey God, when can I get my chance.