Saturday, 15 August 2015

BEING TEMPTED IS NOT A SIN, BUT FALLING INTO THE TEMPTATION IS A SIN

THE STORY
SAMSON AND DELILAH
JUDGES 16:1-20 nkjv

 1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
 2 When the Gazites were  told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the  place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”
 3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
 4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.”
 7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.
 9 Now men  were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.”
 11 So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And men  were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
 13 Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom”
 14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.
 15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.”
 16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, deat
 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have  been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 18 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.

SAMSON
Samson was born to begin the liberation of the children Isreal from the bondage of the Philistines after 40 years of oppression. He was Nazirite (read the book of Numbers 6:1-21 to know more about Nazirite) from the womb and the spirit of the Lord was always with him.

He had been living his life according to the plans of the Lord until his days with Delilah. And that was the moment the story of the young man changed. The strong and mighty Samson lost the presence of God in His life and He became an ordinary weak man.

SERIES OF TEMPTATIONS
1. So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to AFFLICT YOU.” (Judges 16:6 nkjv)
HA!!! Samson!!! No matter the manners of asking or how she presented the question, there is a point of note. She want to know how to AFFLICT YOU!!! wait lemme check the meaning of "afflict" (:  ((of a problem or illness) cause pain or trouble to; affect adversely.) Wow, maybe this question should not be called "temptation" maybe it should be called "statement of intentions"

See Samson's reaction to that from verse 7-9. Samson did not yield to the temptation, but he didn't take cautions.

2. Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.” (Judges 16:10).

You know, the tempter always find a way of bringing you down. She felt she has been lied to, but she persisted in getting what she needed.
Samson's reaction was similar to the first one. Yet he didn't take cautions. Verses 11 & 12

3. Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom” (verse 13)

This was the beginning of his downfall, after being tempted two time, on the third time Samson did not fall completely but he already mentioned something that has to do with his strength (the seven locks of his head).

The tempter will know that shes not far from achieving her aims because Samson is not giving answers similar to the what he has been giving. Now he's saying something about his body.

4. Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.” (verse 15)

Oh Samson!!! the person asking you questions on how to AFFLICT YOU is now saying "HOW CAN YOU SAY 'I LOVE YOU' WHEN YOUR HEART IS NOT WITH ME." this means you have told me lies these three times that I have asked you "with what you may be bound to afflict you". Hmmmm

THE GRAVITY OF THE FALL, AFTER YIELDING TO TEMPTATION
Days after days, after series of pestering Samson yielded to her temptations. After falling to temptations, what happened? The Lord departed from Him. ): (Verse 20)

(See how the spirit of the Lord had been with him;

Judges 14:5-6 nkjv So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to  his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME MIGHTILY UPON HIM, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he  had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Judges 14:19 nkjv THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM MIGHTILY, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of  clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house.

Judges 15:14 nkjv When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME MIGHTILY UPON HIM; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
See also Judges 15:28-19)

There is nothing that can be worse than when the spirit of the Lord departs from a Christian.

TEMPTATION IS NOT A SIN, BUT FALLING INTO THE TEMPTATION IS A SIN.

No one is too young to be tempted neither is anyone to big to be tempted. In fact our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith was tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days and forty nights, yet He did not sin.

We will all become a subject of temptation from the moment we make up our mind to follow Jesus. But how do we handle the tempter when it comes?

We studied from the life of samson today. It not every time the tempter comes in form of a woman. The tempter may be a man, a woman, our parent, our children, our friends or foes. The most important thing is to know when we are being tempted and to pray to overcome it.


PRAYERS
Take a minute to say some words of prayer to God after reading this. Ask him to strengthen you to know when you are been tempted and let Him give you the spirit to overcome every form of temptations that the devil may throw at you.

Then pray that the Lord should not allow His Holy spirit to depart from you.

Amen.



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