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Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough, pure enough, holy enough or righteous enough to be used by God? Then I have a BIG secret to share with you today.
I want to share a secret with you today. Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough, pure enough, holy enough or righteous enough to be used by God? That was the single biggest barrier in my life for SO LONG!
Luckily I have a secret to share with you to move past that inadequate feeling. Have you ever heard the story of Samson from the Bible? I used to read it and absolutely hated it! I thought he was a stupid womanizer who was so easily manipulated by his lust. And that weakness caused his downfall in the end.
But the thing is, Samson wasn’t perfect, just as you and I are not perfect. We all have our weaknesses, but that didn’t stop God from working through Samson, and it does not stop God from working through YOU either.
You have access to One who can move mountains, shape worlds and fill oceans. That strength is open to any who are willing to seek Him. Set aside the fear and knock down both your spiritual, and real-world, foes.
“So he came back and told his father and mother, ‘I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.’ Then his father and his mother said to him, ‘Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?’ But Samson said to his father, ‘Get her for me, for she looks good to me.’ However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.” (Judges 14:2-4)
Samson being attracted to a woman outside of their clan was blasphemy, but it was the work of the Lord! Simply put, God knows what He wants and works through whom He wants. Regardless of their human flaws.
Samson does eventually marry the woman, who manipulates him into losing a large portion of his garments and loot to 30 Philistine companions. “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house. But Samson’s wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.” (Judges 14:19-20)
It was the Spirit of the Lord that gave Samson his strength. He was able to defeat 30 men! Just as God gave Samson the strength to defeat his enemies, He can come on you to defeat your debt, your adversaries, your past, your addictions and even your physical pain. Don’t limit the Spirit of the Lord!
Of course, after this Samson meets Delilah… who manipulates him into confessing where his strength came from. All because in the end, he could not overcome his weakness for women! He was not a perfect man. Even he had great weaknesses. What weaknesses are constantly getting you in trouble?
Don’t keep falling for the same manipulation, the same traps or the same troubles because of your weaknesses. Never forget you have access to the same Spirit that strengthened Samson.
And don’t get caught up with your imperfections! I realized I hated the story of Samson because he was SO HUMAN. Which means he was just like me – imperfect. But you have the ability to learn from his example, identify your weaknesses and don’t let them become your downfall.
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In great faith,
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