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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 1/28/2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAMSON, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 1/28/2013

Judges 16:1-3
SAMSON AND THE SHADY LADY, Lesson 22b

v. 2 SAMSON AND HIS DISCOVERY
While Samson is in the company of the harlot, his enemies discover that he is in town. They set a trap to capture him. Samson thought he would turn aside for a few moments of pleasure in illicit sexual relationship. He thought he would have his fun and just leave town. He never thought he would get caught.

Then again, neither do we! The truth is, Satan uses our sins to set us up for a fall. This passage demonstrates the way sin works in our lives to attack us and bring us down.

Something About Sin’s Surrounding Work – The Philistines “compassed him in”. That means that his enemies surrounded him. They laid a trap for his capture.

That is the way sin works as well. Some people criticize Christianity and say that it is too restrictive. They complain that the way of God is no fun; that it leaves no freedom; that it allows no wiggle room. What the critics fail to see is that the way of God, that is, a life lived according to the Word, is a life of true freedom, while sin is a life of captivity.

Sin is like a boa constrictor. It encircles the lives of its victims and slowly squeezes the life right out of them. The freedom of the sinner is stolen away by the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual toll of sin. Diseases, addictions, trauma, financial losses, ruined relationships, destroyed families, shattered trust, depression, and for some, incarceration, limit the freedom of living and bring destruction and pain. The life of sin is not a life of freedom and reckless abandon; it is a life of profound bondage and dark slavery, (Eph. 2:2-3).

Something About Sin’s Steady Work – The Philistines also “laid wait for him all night”. They were patient as they waited for him to leave the harlot’s house. They were in no hurry because time was on their side.

Sin is also patient in the way it works. It will play its cards close to the vest until the sinner is hopelessly entangled in its web. The sinner doesn’t always feel the trap closing around them when they are living out their life of pleasure, but sin is patient, and when the time is right, it will spring the trap and destroy the life of its victim.

Most of the time, by the time the results of sin are known, it is too late to escape the trap. Ask the chronic alcoholic if there is a sting in the liquor bottle. Ask the AIDS victim if he feels the sting associated with his lifestyle. Ask the promiscuous girl who will never know the joy of motherhood if she feels pain of her sin because she has been rendered sterile by a venereal disease. Ask the criminal sitting behind bars if there is a price to pay for sin. All these people would have laughed in your face if you had tried to warn them on the dangers they faced when they were in the grip of their pleasure! Now, it may be too late, but they all know the truth!

It may take a while, but eventually, sin will play its hand, spring its trap and the sinner will pay terrible price for falling into sin’s trap, (Gal. 6:7). The time to repent is now. The time to escape sin’s bondage is now while there still may be time to escape the worst horrors of sin in your life. You will always bear some scars in your body, your mind or your spirit, but you might just escape with your life and your soul intact. Get out now while there is time!

Something About Sin’s Silent Work – The Bible says the Philistines “were quiet all the night”. They did not let Samson know they were there and lying in wait to capture him.

Such is the subtle nature of sin. It does not tell the truth. It leads the sinner to believe that there can be pleasure with no consequences. Advertisers tell us that alcohol use is tremendous fun. Birth control commercials tell us how to commit fornication without the nasty side effects of an unwanted pregnancy. The lottery, and other forms of gambling, is exalted as a way to get rich quick. The facts are somewhat different. Sin never tells the truth!

Sin never tells you about the ruined health, the empty wallet, the destroyed lives, the ruined marriages, the broken homes, the shattered dreams, and the wasted years it leaves in its wake. Sin is deceitful and we must take whatever steps are necessary to avoid it. If the sinner knew what was waiting on them at the end of a life of sin, they would never take the first step of that journey! ( Pro. 16:25; Matt. 7:13-14).

Something About Sin’s Slaying Work – The Philistines said “when it is day, we shall kill him”. Death was the plan for Samson. The Philistines laid their trap and they planned to capture and kill Samson.

Death is the end of sin, (Rom. 6:23; James 1:15). Sin is destructive! If the sinner does not escape, he will experience death in Hell, separated from God. Even if he does escape by the grace of God, he will discover that many things around him will have already died. Sin kills joy, peace, relationships, marriages, hope, churches, and even the human spirit. Sin is a killer! It kills everything it touches. No one escapes unscathed!

I praise God there is victory in Jesus, (1 Cor. 15:55-57). I am glad that He can deliver us from a life of sin and give a new life in Him. I am thankful that He will forgive all those who turn to Him, (1 John 1:9). Instead, of clinging to the hope that God will forgive, you should seek His power to avoid sin altogether. I will tell you again, if we would live out ( Rom. 6:11-14), we would not need (1 John 1:9) as much as we do.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 8:33-35 (New King James Version (NKJV)
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;

TODAY’S HYMN!
“At Calvary” By Wm. R. Newell (1895)

1.Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

2.By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.
Refrain:

3.Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!
Refrain:

4.Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God of Love, Light and Life! Help us to be separated from the world and yet still be an effective way to do your will. Show us how to live in this world and be Your light extended without being drawn into or influenced by all the darkness and danger. Strengthen us to reject all peer pressure to be anything other than who You want us to be. Show us our weakness where we have given in to practices that are not pleasing to Thee. Enable us to shut off or shut down anything that will pollute our hearts and our minds. Open our eyes to Your Love and light so we can become accustomed to living life Your way. Receive us so we may glorify the Lord of Lords, and the King of kings. It is in His name that we pray. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/2/2013 7:42PM

    God has always given us the freedom to choose. Satan uses force and deceit. I thank God for His character of Truth and for His perfect Law of Liberty.

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MNABOY 1/29/2013 12:16AM

    Amen. Some say we can't love the sinner if we hate the sin and thus suggest the sin is okay. I do not follow that rationalization.

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ANHELIC 1/28/2013 11:12PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. When we allow sin to enter our lives, we will never walk the path with God. He will always love us, but we may not hear his still small voice speaking to us and leading us in the right direction away from our troubles. Thank you for the goodie and note. I belive we are contantly learning from Sampson's life and the trials he went through.

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RDGISME 1/28/2013 5:42PM

    He gives us the benefits of forgiveness every day..the temptations put before us each day are clearly not tests of His but of the Dark One's...When we allow sin to enter our daily lives, encompassing our souls, beliefs and behaviors, He gives us each a silent whisper that He is the Truth, the Way and the Life!

Thank you Vic, once again!

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RSSSLHB 1/28/2013 4:13PM

    emoticon emoticon for posting Vic

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MARYBETH4884 1/28/2013 3:19PM

    Thank you Lord for your ability to forgive all those who ask for forgiveness! Thank you for being present in the lives of your children, keeping us strong to resist falling back into sinning! Amen

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DETERMINEDBABE 1/28/2013 1:14PM

    Words of truth....Amen!

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KALLIE1958AR 1/28/2013 12:34PM

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JOANIE69 1/28/2013 10:30AM

    emoticon What a wonderful lesson and old hymn and prayer today!
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I so appreciate your daily devotionals! emoticon

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MSKRIS7 1/28/2013 10:11AM

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EDITOR 1/28/2013 7:12AM

    When one says Christianity is so restrictive, they still walk by law and not by grace or perhaps they do not know Him who does conquer all on our behalf. When one says grace permits then to do anything they choose, they have not met the One who says," Come Follow Me, the path is narrow and straight."
Sin says much, but the love of Christ says more.
Thank you for today's lesson Vic, and thank you for the goodie and note.

On a P.S., I'll be thrilled when the lessons of Sampson are over with!
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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/28/2013 6:59AM

    Love the hymn today Vic! thank you!

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