Summary: We have all experienced failure like Samson. But do you feel your hair starting to grow back???

The High Cost of Living Low

Some are born to privilege, w/ many advantages, and can't seem to succeed, and then others are the opposite, born to nothing, and rise above it all to great success. Samson was an example of the former.

He was born at a special time in Israel's history. 7 times this nation had rebelled into apostasy. This time it is the Philistines which God used to punish and oppress Israel for 40 years. They were their worst enemy.

Samson means "sunshine." And in the darkest days of his nation's history, sunshine came into the world.

He was a Nazarite, which means different, separated, or set aside.

There were three elements to this vow.

1. He was to have no wine or fruit of the vine.

2. He couldn't come near or touch a dead body, whether animal or human.

3. And he couldn't cut his hair.

Well, Samson had been given great strength of the Lord. On one occasion he slew 1,000 Philistines w/ just the jawbone of a donkey. On another, he lifted the gates of the city up a hill on his shoulders. Then there was the time he was confronted by a wild lion, and destroyed it w/ his bare hands.

What did he look like? Like Schwarzenegger? No. Probably just average. How do we know? Because Delilah asked him the secret of his strength. It wasn't obvious...It was a supernatural strength.

14:5-6, 15:14-15 In each case the 'Spirit of the Lord came upon him'. Samson’s power was not his own, but the Lord’s to use as HE saw fit!!!

He was not only strong in body, but in mind and spirit. He was sharp witted. He loved riddles and had a great sense of humor. No wonder his name was sunshine...he was a bundle of potential. And yet this is not a happy story, it is a tragedy. He went from hero to zero, from victor to victim. Disobedience, defeat, disgrace, and destruction were his describers.

He was bold before men, but weak before women. He had the Spirit of God upon him, but lived for the appetites of the flesh. He was called upon to declare war upon the enemies of God, but many times we find him fraternizing w/ the enemies of God. He fought the Lord's battles by day, and broke the Lord's commandments by night.

Sunshine was his name, which speaks of light, yet he ended his life in darkness having had his eyes poked out. At times he soared to incredible heights, but also sunk to incredible depths.

If you had told Samson at the beginning of his life what he would do in the end, he would not have thought himself capable of going that far. Most of us do things throughout our lives that we never thought we could see ourselves doing!!! All it takes is a turning away…a dabbling with sin…a giving in to the temptation.

This reminds us that there are 3 people in your seat right now.

The person you are now, the one you could be for God, and the one you could be for the devil.

Was Samson saved. Yes! Heb. 11 mentions him as a hero of the faith. So, even Samson didn't lose his salvation. This is where opponents of eternal security say, "So, you are teaching that you can be saved and then do anything you want?" Pretty much, but you can't choose the consequences. Samson paid a high price for his low living.

How did Samson sink so low…how did he go from Champion to Laughingstock? From Victor to Victim ? By doing 4 things…

1. Samson dishonored his parents.

Judges 14:1 - 3 (NKJV) 1Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.” 3Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”

The first step in his downward journey. He had godly parents who pleaded with him to do right and avoid the unequal yoke of 2 Cor. 6.

ill.--a 3 fold cord is not easily broken [husband/wife/God]. But when God isn't holding the other 2 together, it is very easy for them to come untwined.

Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

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