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Summary: Part 3 of series on Samson

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Small Steps Toward Big Destruction

Samson Week 3

We are in the middle of a 4-week series called Samson.

In case you missed last week, let me give you a quick review.

At this time in history,

Israel had been conquered by and were being oppressed by

the Philistines,

and Samson was called by God

to free God’s people.

God gave Samson supernatural strength

in order to do what God called him to do,

and God just asked Samson to obey 3 Nazirite vows,

to not cut his hair,

touch dead things,

or drink alcohol,

as a way of showing that Samson was set apart

to be used by God.

Unfortunately we saw that,

just like many of us who have so much potential,

Samson again and again made bad decisions.

The first week, we looked at

3 attitudes that make strong men weak.

The first attitude is lust; 'I want it',

as he pursued a Philistine woman,

something he was forbidden to do.

The second attitude is entitlement; 'I deserve it',

as he went and touched something dead,

so he broke one of his Nazirite vows.

The third problem we see is pride;

as he throws a drinking party,

and breaks the second of his 3 Nazirite vows,

because he says, 'I can handle it,

I want it, I deserve it and I can handle it!'

those are 3 attitudes that our spiritual enemy, Satan,

loves to use, to make strong men weak.

The good news is though;

we serve a God

who loves to make weak men strong.

Now, last week we talked about

another weakness of Samson.

He was emotion driven, not Spirit led.

We watched him give in to two common emotions

that hurt men so often;

the emotions of anger and of pride.

But at the end of last week, we watched as Samson,

after defeating 1,000 men in battle,

kind of came to himself in the middle of a desert

and realized, 'I'm in big trouble.

I am going to die of thirst out here in the desert.'

And we learned the principle that

when you allow your deepest need to drive you to God,

God will meet your deepest need.

Today, as we pick up the story,

Samson’s in the desert, dying of thirst

he cries out to God.

Then God does a miracle,

and provides water for him,

Judges 15:19

Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, [which means, the spring of the one who cried out] and it is still there in Lehi.

20 Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

If you're not careful,

you can read just right past verse 20,

but that is actually an amazing verse.

because in one verse

it captures 20 years of apparent faithfulness.

20 years is a long time.

I’ve been a pastor here only 18 years,

but that seems like a really long time.

Samson humbled himself,

and cried out to God for help,

he was revived and refreshed

and all of a sudden now,

he's on the right track,

and he stays on the right track for 20 years,

doing what he was created to do.

We're going to watch though,

as tragically, this guy who is doing things well,

honoring God, serving Him,

as many of you may be doing right now.

we're going to see this guy

with so much God-given potential


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