Summary: What destructive results does your sin have on yourself and others?
The Destructive Wake of Sin
Today I want to deal with a very serious subject… The destructive Wake of Sin.
Not what I had planned… God often moves in ways different than I have planned.
Today we will be looking at negative example… Samson.
Today I will plan to do something I only plan to do once a year…
deliver half a message
just the negative
Usually do that on Palm Sunday so I can offer the good news on Easter
Today we are going to see half the message in the life of Samson
Next week we will get the good stuff
Samson has much to teach us about the destructive nature of Sin
both on the guilty person
and on others
1. THE BLESSING OF A GOODLY START
Every racer… whether they race on foot, or in NASCAR… knows the importance of a good start.
If you get a bad start you may never be able to overcome it.
If you get a good start it may be the difference between victory and defeat.
Racers will tell you there are few blessings better than a good start.
I know one… A GODLY START !
There are few blessings in this world that are greater than being raised in a Christian home, by Christian parents, taken to a Christian church and taught the Christian truths.
Samson was the beneficiary of such a blessing.
Judges 13 the angel of the Lord, [God in disguise] came to a woman and told her she had been chosen by God to give birth to a special son who was to be a NAZARITE.
You can tell that they were godly persons because of the choice.
You can see it in their prayer life.
You can see it in their desire to do things just right.
Having Christian parents does not guarantee that a child will turn out right… or that they will not at least get off the right road for a while.
But having godly parents, who are godly examples, and actively take their children to Christian church, and teach the Christian disciplines, and expose them to godly people and protect them from un-godly things and people
Makes that child is about 50 times more likely to become a Christian.
I know there are the horror stories of godly parents who have little demons
But THOSE ARE THE EXCEPTIONS....
A godly home gives the child a HUGE HEAD START.
Samson had that head start.
2. THE DESTRUCTION OF BAD CHOICES
Life is all about choices.
What you get in life, what you become, who you marry, is very much a product of choices.
Let me illustrate..
Life is all about choices… every time you make one choice you slam the door on other choices.
Look at the screen… explain
Bad choices limit you and your choices. They can lead to disaster.
Godless choices are even more disastrous.
The 13th chapter was such a tremendous story of godliness, of seeking God and God’s will, of surrender and of obedience.
But that was Samson’s parent’s story.
The 14th chapter begins Samson’s story.
It begins with four tragic words... "Then Samson went down,.."
THEN denotes the passing of time... as Samson grew.... when he was older… no longer a minor, no longer UNDER his parents control and influence
Samson is a man now… making his own choices.
WENT denotes intentional action.