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Summary: To show that we don't need to use our own strength and our weaknesses but we leave it all up to the LORD to use His Own Strength in our lives.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you strong in the LORD?

Yes.

Ephesians 6:10 (Amplified Bible)

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we don't need to use our own strength and our weaknesses but we leave it all up to the LORD to use His Own Strength in our lives.

IV. TEXT:

Judges 14:18 (Amplified Bible)

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for Your Grace which is all sufficient for me in my times of weaknesses made me really weak in physical strength but strong, able and powerful in divine strength.

Lamentations 1:14 (Amplified Bible)

The yoke of my transgressions is bound by His hand; they were twined together; they were set upon my neck. He has made my strength fail and [me to] stumble; the Lord has delivered me into the hands of those I am unable to resist or withstand.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).

VI. TITLE:

Samson: sweeter than honey stronger than a lion

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown, tradition attributes authorship to Samuel

B. Date written: 1086 - 1035 B.C.

C. Purpose: To review Israel's history following the conquest and prior to the Monarchy.

D. To whom written: Israel

E. Main theme: History of Israel during the time of the fifteen judges.

F. Keyword: apostasy

G. Key verse: Judges 17:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

GOD never intended for us to be sweeter than honey, and stronger than a lion in our days, in this dispensation, but what GOD wanted us to be is wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16 (Amplified Bible)

Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.

Samson gave a ridde and he never knew it will cost him his life, because the riddle is himself. His enemies were able to determine how to attack him, his weak spot, and of course his weak spot is not his strength, his weak spot is his sweetness.


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