Summary: The things you need to know to stay strong in the Lord.

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October 9, 2011

Morning Worship

Text: Psalm 27:1-14

Subject: Walking with God

Title: Standing on the Solid Rock: Maintaining Your Relationship with God

One of the greatest needs in the church today is consistency. What I mean by that is not that the church is inconsistent, but that people in the church struggle in various areas of their lives. I want to get you ready for the sermon by building up to it with the story of Samson. Samson was the product of the prayers of a man and wife who had no children. The first thing we read about Samson is from Judges 13:24, The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him… and then in verse 25, and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. The Holy Spirit was working in the life of this young man. Now here is were the problem lies. Samson was a man called by God for a purpose, but Samson never was able to get his flesh in agreement with the Spirit. 14:1-2, 1 Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” You see, having the Holy Spirit does not guarantee that you will live a godly life. It gives you everything you need, but you have a responsibility. Samson was consistent in this – he wavered consistently. Back and forth between the Holy Spirit power in his life and giving in to the flesh. 14:19, 19 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power… but Samson continued to give in to the lusts of the flesh. Samson’s problem was that he loved beautiful women and it didn’t matter who they were or what kind of woman they might have been, if he saw one he liked he went after her. God gave Samson superhuman physical strength but because of his weakness that strength left him. Now, what was Samson’s real problem? His real problem wasn’t in his relationship with God, because we see that God had chosen him. The problem was in his lack of understanding and concern for the word of God. Had he taken the Word of God seriously he would have avoided many of his problems. Finally, when Samson gave in to Delilah, he hit rock bottom. It was then and only then that he began to focus on what God wanted for his life. God had sent him to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines and it was only after Samson realized his own weaknesses that he became consistent in his walk with God. Unfortunately for him it came at the end of his life.

I want to show you today that your walk with God – and maybe it isn’t as inconsistent as Samson was- but your walk can be continuous, consistent, and solid in Jesus Christ.

Everyone hold up their bibles…

I believe this is God’s word…

I believe it is all true…

I believe every promise written in it…

It’s for me…

It’s for now…

And I accept it… in Jesus’ name..

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