FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 1/12/2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Sat, 1/12/2013
A BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!
ALL THE SIGNS POINT TO DANGER, Lesson 17b
v. 3 SAMSON’S DISRESPECT
His Parent’s Charge – When Samson’s parents hear what he wants to do, they immediately warn against following this course of action. They know that what Samson had planned is not the Lord’s will, and they try to change his mind by encouraging him to marry a good Israelite girl.
What they do is what any loving, caring parent would do if they saw their child about to make a serious mistake. It is exactly what Paul told parents to do in Eph. 6:4b, “…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Parent’s, your children my not appreciate it, but you have a responsibility to warn them when they are about to do something harmful in their lives. Sometimes the Lord uses parents to hold up the stop sign in front of our child.
Samson’s Choice – Despite the pleas from his parents, Samson is settled in his heart. The phrase “she pleaseth me well,” literally means “this is right in my eyes.” Samson doesn’t care what his parents think. He doesn’t care about what God thinks. He doesn’t care about what’s right or wrong. All he cares about is what he thinks, what he wants and what he feels. All he cares about is pleasing himself. So, he disrespects his parent’s wishes and he disrespects God will. This should have been a warning sign to Samson.
When there is rebellion in a heart, that rebellion will manifest itself through disrespect for others and for the things of God.
When you find yourself doing as you please with no regard for how your actions impact others, you are headed for trouble. When you could care less about what God says in His Word; when you could care less about how your actions could hurt others; when you show no regard of people’s feelings, you are headed for trouble.
The desire to live for self; what I think, what I want; and what I feel; is a manifestation of a rebel’s heart. It is a warning sign that should be heeded.
Life is bigger than you. What you do affect everyone around you. Your actions impact your family, your acquaintances and your church. Disrespect for others, their feelings and their needs, is a warning sign!
John 10:14 (New International Version (NIV)
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
“I Am A Sheep” By Dennis L. Jernigan (1988)
I am a sheep and the Lord is my shepherd
Watching over my soul.
My soul to keep guarding over me ever,
Watching wherever I go.
And when the winds blow He is my shelter!
And when I'm lost and alone He rescues me!
And when the Lion comes He is my victory!
Constantly watching over me!
He is constantly watching over me!
We are his children and he is our Father
Watching over our souls.
Great is His love for His sons and His daughters,
Watching wherever we go.
Faithful Father, God of Love and Hope! Thank You for Your Spirit of love dwelling in our hearts and minds, so that we may be filled with Your hope for us. Help us to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of Your love. Enable us to continuously receive the love of Christ in our hearts which passes all understanding, so we may be filled with His fullness. Teach us to love others the way You do: teach us to love just like You; to care just like Jesus; and to share just like the Spirit. We know that even if we speak like an angel, but have not love, we are just making noises; even if we can move mountains, but have not loved, we are nothing. Spirit of love and hope, flow powerfully through us today and always, to the glory, praise and honor of our Loving God. This we pray in His Loving name. Amen!
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