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The post below is not my work, but that of a fellow preacher who I admire and who feeds my spirit weekly with his posts. His lessons are always so on point, short and sweet. He truly lets the Lord speak through him. Let it bless you as it did me.
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_"For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy." - Psalm 61:3 (NASB)_

Living a life of faith often requires us to leave certain things alone.  When we choose not to, we inevitably self-destruct.  One great biblical example of such can be found in Samson (see Judges 13:1-25 & Judges 16:1-31).

Samson was a Nazirite with great physical strength who had been set apart for God’s service.  His accomplishments included tearing a lion apart with his bare hands (see Judges 14:5-6) and single-handedly destroying a thousand Philistine soldiers with the fresh jawbone of a donkey (see Judges 15:14-16).  But like a man trying to grasp oil with his hands, Samson failed to see that lasting contentment ultimately escapes all who seek it outside of the Lord.  The inner loneliness that so often follows great victory pushed him into the clutches of a Philistine woman named Delilah.  She enticed Samson to reveal the secret of his strength, thus causing him to lose all of his vigor.  Often in the Bible, a person’s name was indicative of an aspect of his/her character.  Delilah literally means “languishing” or “to be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor“.  Samson tasted the sweetness of bitter fruit by languishing with Delilah.

The Psalmist cried, “For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.” David found his answer in God’s presence; Samson never did and it killed him.  The seduction of Delilah appealed so greatly to Samson that he stayed too long, shared too much and lost everything.  The end result of many of our choices may not be obvious enough at first for us to recognize how damaging they’ll be in the long run.   Are you in danger of that happening to you?

Your Delilah can be anything that attempts to derail you and deplete you spiritually.  It can be a career you work at around the clock, a bad relationship or a destructive habit.  It’s what you turn to when you need escape.  Don’t be fooled.  Delilah may delight you tonight, but she’ll destroy you tomorrow because there is no right way to do a wrong thing.  Get up while you can and run!  Don’t walk - run to the arms of Jesus before you lose everything!  If you think it can’t happen to you, consider this your warning sign on the road to destruction.

“The more a man was in the Devil’s power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long as he knows he’s drunk.” - C.S. Lewis

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