That reminded me of how when we're tempted we tell ourselves no we're not going to do it, but instead of casting that thought down we dwell on it and give in to temptation. Samson was her husband, husbands have authority, if he wanted to he could've told his wife straight up that he wasn't going to give her the answer even though she was whining. Instead of using the authority Samson had, he gave in to his wife. We have authority in Christ and we don't have to give in to the temptations in our life.
Once again here is this girl in Samson's life trying to figure out the riddle. Samson knew that his hair was his strength and that he shouldn't have told Delilah, knowing that people were trying to capture him. Each time he gave her an answer people came and did exactly what Samson told her were his weaknesses. He should've known better than to tell her about cutting his hair. What's crazy is not only does it say that his strength was leaving him, it said the Lord had left him. God tells us not to do certain things and we don't listen not realizing that it's for our own benefit. We don't realize that we can leave God's will for our lives. God says that He will never leave us or forsake us but if you don't obey Him, you're the one leaving Him. Sin and disobedience brings us further away from God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-21
The Bible is the guide we need to be successful in this life. (1 Corinthians 10:11- All these things happened to them as examples—as object lessons to us—to warn us against doing the same things; they were written down so that we could read about them and learn from them in these last days as the world nears its end.) The books in the Bible are literally example after example showing us where people fell short or obeyed God, showing us God's love and also His wrath. (2 Timothy 3:16-17- The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.) No one is going to be able to get before God on Judgment Day and say "Lord I did not know" He gave us a whole book showing us what to do and what not to do. Many times when we read the Bible we say "wow how could they have done that" but how many times in our life is God thinking the same exact thing about us. "Samson really let them girls play him like that" well how many girls/boys have played you? We're so quick to say what we'd never do but don't think about the stuff that we've already done that we shouldn't have. (1 Corinthians 10:12- So be careful. If you are thinking, “Oh, I would never behave like that”—let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin.) Just because we're saved now doesn't mean that we weren't sinners before. We must remain humble, how can you ever bring anyone to Christ if you're proud and think you're too good to help a sinner. Remember that we all were sinners at one point, and God didn't save us to act like we're too good to help people. God gives strength to the humble but sets himself against the proud and haughty. We must never get comfortable where we are in our walk. There is always room for improvement and for us to grow. When we feel like we've learned all we need to know and that we're good where we're at is when we fool ourselves. When we get comfortable in our walk it's easy for us to backslide. I want to give some examples of a Christian who has backslidden, someone shared them and I wanted to share with y'all :
* “I'm Not Alone, Others Are Backsliding Too.”
* “I Have a Lot of Time; Christ is Not Really Coming Soon.”
* “There Are Short Cuts to Everything, Including Going to Heaven.”
* “God Loves Me Too Much To Punish Me.”
* “I Have More Time; I'm Not Going to Die Soon.”
* "It's between me and God"
They were so comfortable that they were sleeping when they should've been praying. They were so comfortable that when the temptation came they ran away from adversity. How many times are there in our life when we should be praying but we end up sleeping or just doing something else. Jesus wanted them to pray because He knew what was about to happen and he didn't want them to be tempted. Instead the disciples fled. How many times in do we just give God 5 minutes of our day when we know that we should be spending more time with Him. When we read the Bible we're feeding our spirit man and our spirit man should be fed everyday. No one is too busy to spend time with God, He's the one who made sure there was exactly enough time in a day.
When I see people going through things and I know they aren't saved I just be wondering what does it take for you to finally wake up. Why are you so comfortable with the way your life is going right now. When I was in the world life was really beating me down, thing after thing stressing me out. Wake up crying, going to bed crying it was really a lot. At some point in my life I had to ask myself when am I gonna stop running away from God and start obeying Him. After I got a certain age my dad told me he can't beat me anymore because I was too old but he told me that life has a way of beating you down. Whether you're famous, broke rich or poor it doesn't matter, life can still beat you down. If you're not living your life for God it'll always feel like the world is against you, you will never be satisfied. And if you don't believe me why is that so many celebrities commit suicide, they're rich but they're still not happy. (Ecclesiastes 5:10- He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness!) What I realized from all the things that happened to me before I got saved is that it only made me a better me. Everything I went through is the reason I'm saved now. God allows us to go through certain things so that we will finally decide to turn to Him, but it's up to us to finally come back to Him.
2 Corinthians 7:1-11
Many people have testimonies like mine where God allowed something tragic to happen to bring us back to Him. Of course at the time it wasn't a good thing but now I can look back and be happy that God allowed it to happen. If God didn't use pain to bring me back to Him who knows what would've happened to me.
There also comes a point in our life where we stop making excuses for the sins we do and start owning up to them. People say "I like my life now, I don't wanna miss out." Jesus said if you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will save it. "I don't wanna let them go" remember God takes away but always replaces with something better. "I'm just living my life, but I still love God" Jesus said if you love me, obey my commandments. "But it's just so hard to stop" (James 4:7- Submit yourselves then to God, resist temptation and the devil will flee.) "But I don't do anything else just this one thing" (James 2:10- And the person who keeps every law of God but makes one little slip is just as guilty as the person who has broken every law there is.) The "I'm young and wanna have fun" excuse didn't work for me and it doesn't work for anyone actually. God doesn't like excuses. People wanna make excuses and justify their actions for what they do instead of just accepting that Jesus died for them & change their life. If you're struggling with a sin it's okay to talk about it but there's no need to try to justify why it's okay to do. God won't accept that. If God won't accept it, we shouldn't either. The Gospel can't be changed, it's pretty simple we either live for God or don't. No in-between. Excuses aren't gonna help at all. All God wants to hear is us saying yes to doing His will. God's will is more important than our feelings.
It's really time for us to grow in the Lord. People have been saved for years and no one can even see a change in them and that's not good. Just by the way we live people who don't even know us should know that we're saved.
There's nothing wrong with being a babe in Christ, we all were at some point but the point is to grow in Christ.
Jail is not fun or comfortable, I don't think there are people in jail that like where they are. I don't think people realize that when you're living in sin you're in bondage, you basically have invisible cuffs around your hands leading you closer and closer to hell. Remember that Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.) Some people in jail escape and some people don't, but everyone living in sin has a way of escape, but it's up to them to use it. If you were trapped and there was only one way to get out wouldn't you use that way. So why is it that people are living in sin, know the way to get out but won't use it? (Galatians 3:21- for the Scriptures insist we are all its prisoners. The only way out is through faith in Jesus Christ; the way of escape is open to all who believe him.) This is why we as believers have to go out and spread the Gospel because there are people who don't know they're in bondage and that there's a way to get out. We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead our lives so that we can help others come to Christ. Whatever it is that you know you need to stop doing, ask God to help you stop and He will. Don't allow yourself to still be in bondage even after you know the truth. Getting saved is the easy part, denying your flesh is the hard part but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can overcome.
One thing we also need to remember is that sometimes God will make us uncomfortable to allow us to grow. Everything that God wants you to do isn't always what you want to do, but we have to remember that God knows best. If you could see into the future you'd avoid so many mistakes right, well there's someone who knows our future better than us and that's God. When we let God take control, He molds us into the person that He made us to be. Before we got saved we made a mess out of our lives, so why allow God to clean us up just a little bit, take control again and make an even bigger mess? When God is our steering wheel, we can guarantee that we're going the right way every time. So don't worry about if things get a little uncomfortable remember that it's just a chance for us to grow. Let the Lord stretch and grow you into the person He wants you to be. Change is a good thing!
One person who had to step out their comfort zone was Moses God used Him to do many things and become a leader like no other.
"I'm not the person for a job like that" "I'm not a good speaker" and still Moses couldn't get out of what the Lord told Him to do. When God gives us a task He doesn't want to hear about how we can't do it all He wants is our obedience. When God calls He also equips. (Hebrews 13:20- And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing His will.)
Ask yourself: Is there anything God is telling you to do that's uncomfortable for you so you haven't done it yet? I'd advise you to do it and grow into the person God is molding you to be.