Summary: Samson was a superhero as long as he walked with God, without God, he failed. You either go with God, or go alone.

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Intro: the year was 1973—a horse called Big Red—Secretariat had won a few races and then lost one a few weeks before the Kentucky derby—there were mixed feelings of whether this would be a super horse—it had been 25 years since Citation had won the triple crown—well Secretariat—won the derby with a track record—then won the Preakness going away—America was polarized to the final race—the Belmont—but what happened in this race made Secretariat the horse for the ages—He took early control and by the time he finished in 2:24 he had shattered the track record by 2 3/5 seconds and beat the field by 31 lengths—people took trips to Kentucky from all over the world to see Secretariat at home—

People love to have a hero—many times heroes arrive when things are going bad—here is where our superhero comes in today—Samson came into Israel in the midst of a 40 year captivity to the Philistines—He was called out by God to deliver his people—Samson means sunshine—a light in darkness—He would be a Nazarite—set apart—

Today we will look at Samson---

The Fall of a Superhero

Judges 13-16

• He was a superhero—when he was set aside for God’s purpose—to destroy the Philistines-as I read the account of Samson’s life—at times he did God’s will by destroying the enemy—

• He was a superhero-when he carried the anointing of the spirit of God in his life—when the spirit of God would move on him, he was a superhero

Ill) John Wesley Fletcher—great revival—if you didn’t get to the church 45 minutes early—you didn’t sit on the main floor—you may make a seat in the balcony—with the anointing he had some of the greatest services in Montgomery’s history---but without the anointing he failed mightily.

Samson was a superhero as long as he grew out his hair, but as soon as it was cut, as soon as the anointing was gone, he went from extraordinary to ordinary.

Ill) when Ben Franklin was 7 years old a family member gave him some money as a gift, one of his friends had a whistle and Ben gave his money for that whistle—he went around the house blowing his whistle when his dad explained he could have bought 20 whistles with the money he used—Ben put down the whistle and never blew it again—in his life when he saw people going in the wrong direction-he always would comment—you are going to pay too much for your whistle--

The fall of a superhero

a. when his passion for God was replaced by his passions

he started walking in the flesh and fulfilling the lust of the flesh- you must guard your heart, and your passions—if they control you, they will lead you in all the wrong directions

b. when he started taking for granted the anointing on his life---he thought God’s power a small thing—

c. he lost his purpose—instead of destroying the enemy, he spent time in the enemies camp..

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