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He woke up from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the Lord had left him. (Judges 16:20b NIV).
Samson knew he was a Nazirite, set apart to God since birth (v.17), so he was aware of his purpose. But he yielded to the weakness in his flesh and suffered. He became so overconfident about the Lord's presence that he forgot His command, telling Delilah the secret to his strength that came from the Lord. The weakness in his flesh had stolen his focus away from his spiritual purpose.
Samson faced deceit, through Delilah, by the words of his mouth. He did not separate himself from Delilah, even after knowing her intentions. Spiritual hearing forms an integral part of serving God. Samson chose to walk in the flesh and ignore the Spirit's wisdom. Like Samson, we too can be inclined to indulge in cravings of the flesh, being led astray and often lingering in the wrong place far away from God's purpose for our life.
We often fail to fully comprehend the importance of the new creation that is ours in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), but the Lord knows. We do not know the strengths that are in us until He reveals them. A soul that keeps in constant communication with the Lord always prospers. As the Lord helps us grow in His understanding, we must refrain from being overconfident in such a way that we ignore the voice of the Spirit. If we disregard His guidance, it can leave us stranded, alone in the weakness of our fallen flesh.
Nothing is impossible with the love of God and the submission of our flesh. As you feel the strength of His love, keep running to Him for more. The Lord loves a seeking heart and pours out His blessings upon all who walk faithfully depending upon Him.
We all have a Kingdom purpose, for God creates nothing in vain. Choose to walk by faith in the strength of the Spirit instead of by sight in the weakness of the flesh. Stay connected, and the Spirit will keep you focused on God's purpose for your life.
Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India - faithwriters.com; email@example.com
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