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January 30, 2017

Uncontrolled Weakness - Judges 16

The book of Judges tells of a man named Samson, who was so strong he could kill a lion with his bare hands (14:5-6). He possessed physical strength unequalled by any human being. But this could not compensate for his inner weakness.


All of us have areas of weakness. God wants these character flaws to show us how totally dependent we are upon Him. When we handle them properly, they drive us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. But uncontrolled weakness wreaks havoc in a person’s life.


Samson’s Achilles’ heel was uncontrollable lust. Although he was raised in a godly home and had a clear calling in life, he gave in to his desires and deliberately violated the truth he knew so well. Despite Nazirite laws forbidding involvement with foreign women, Samson pursued a harlot in Gaza (16:1). Later, he met a woman named Delilah, and even though her motives were blatantly treacherous, he gave himself over—heart, mind, and spirit—to sexual indulgence. He was in such bondage to the sin that he ultimately allowed it to dictate his actions, even at the cost of his life.


Before he died, Samson lost everything: his strength, eyesight, and honor. The man who once led his country mightily became a slave to his enemies (vv. 18-25).


What is your weakness? Is it lust, insecurity, fear, greed, gossip, or pride? Personality flaws can be a powerful motivation for good or ill, depending on our response. A proclivity for sin can ruin your life — as it did Samson’s — or drive you to utter dependence on God. The outcome is up to you.



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      The very basic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. As believers, we are to be have sanctified lives dedicated to living our lives for the sole purpose of worshiping and praising God. Join us as we study this series on how to live a sanctified life called: The Pattern of Sanctification.


Last Week:
      Last week we talked about repentance. If we do not repent, then God moves on to discipline. As a church, we are commanded by God to be involved in church discipline. This message is about the need for church discipline.
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Next Week:
      We will continue our series of what it takes for a believer to be sanctified by looking into the topic of Submission to Authority.




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