Summary: Showing the importance of listening to the Spirit.
Embracing the Hoy Spirit: Tuning In
Theme: To show the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit
Text: Judges 16:18 - 20
Judges 16:18-20 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart." So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. (19) Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. (20) And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
Most of us have heard the story of Samson and Delilah. Samson was a judge of the Old Testament. It between the time that Israel had just come in to the promised land and the reign of the first king, Saul.
Instead of a king God would raise up judges to deliver and lead the people. From Samson’s early age he was set a part to deliver Israel. He found himself caught in many conflicts with the Philistines who oppressed Israel at the time.
Samson had two weakness 1) He was spoiled. 2) He loved women. Maybe it was because of his special birth but for whatever reason his parents would give into his request.
Samson’s downfall was women. Especially one named Deliah. This is where we pick up the in this story. Delilah had a way of wooed Samson. She had false motives to get his “secret”. As you know Samson had great strength and agility when needed. Lifting gates over 1,000’s of pounds and catching numerous foxes.
Each time it is noted “the Spirit of the Lord” came upon him. Yet it was this last fight with the Philistines that Samson learned that God was more than just someone who was making you show off.
The saddest of words, “So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.”
I want to tell you, the Spirit of the Lord is nothing to play with. He is not here for our entertainment. And if we don’t stay “Tuned In” we can miss what He wants to do.
So this morning I want to share with you a few things that can help you stay “Tuned In or Connected to The Spirit”
I. It takes a different way
Samson was called to be a different character. He was Nazarite. That meant that he would not cut his hair, drink from the fruit of the vine or teaching anything that had died.
John the Baptist had taken this vow.
These things may seem strange but it is what God expected of him to maintain that relationship.
He may not expect the same from you but I can tell you He will expect something. It will be sacrifice. But what it will do is keep your heart and spirit in check.
We read it Wednesday night that we are called to offer our bodies as “a living sacrifice” from Romans 12:1. This is not easy. It is easier to be conformed than transformed. But as Paul says, “this is our reasonable (or expected) service.”