Samson’s Sweetest Downfall

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With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

-Judges 16:9

Lust was Samson’s downfall. And his affair with Delilah was his greatest debacle. Samson, a man who possessed mighty strenght and was chosen by God to deliver the Israelite people from Philistines was ruined. Though married, he visited prostitues and met Delilah. He fell inlove with her, lowered his standards, defiled customary tradition and let lust consume his life. Little did he know that she was just a temptress hired by the enemy to find out the reason for his mighty strenght. Delilah did her job well, whining and nagging until he gave in, revealing the secrets for his strength ultimately cost him his life and honor. Lessons we can learn from the life of Samson:

1. Take heed of you parent’s advice
His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” -Judges 14:3

Listen and pay attention to your parent’s advice. Dont forsake them, they are guide to your path. God placed authorities and people in your life to lead you into making wise and best decisions in your life that you wont regret. Take heed of their words, its wisdom from their experiences and past failures and victories. Dont neglect their instructions, dont turn your deaf ear to them, but in humility and great honor consider them knowing they only desire what’s best for you.

2. Emotions can’t be trusted
Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home. And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast. -Judges 14:19-20

One moment Samson was so convinced that he wants this Philistine woman to be his wife, but the next he despise her.  His feelings suddenly changed and gave her to his companion because of extreme anger. This only proved that emotions can change from one minute to the next, so you can’t fully trust them and rely on them. Theres no guarantee that what you feel right now for the person will be the same for the next days, months or years to come. Thats why it is important that you submit your emotions and thoughts to God. Dont conform to the patterns of this world. Seek to know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.

3. Beware not to cross the enemy’s border
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute.He went in to spend the night with her. -Judges 16:1

Dont dare cross the enemy’s border. It’s a place where you can see things that are pleasurable and tempting to the eyes. You’ll be vulnerable for attacks and you’ll put yourself in defenseless position. One thing leads to another. If you fully know yourself well, you know your weak spot and the areas you need to guard yourself on. If you cant stand it dont even come closer, dont even dare to think about it. Dont give a small chance for any works of darkness in your life.

4. Don’t Stay too close to temptation
With such nagging she [Delilah] prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. -Judges 16:16

If you think you’re standing firm be careful that you dont fall. Dont test your limits neither your tolerance to temptation. When you stay longer in tempting situations, the more likely you are to give in. When you stay in a position when your convictions are being challenged, you are likely to compromise. The consequences of disobedience are devastating. Dont allow anyone no matter how convincing or attractive, to entice you into doing something you know is wrong.

5. Always try to bounce back
Then Samson prayed to theLord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes. -Judges 16:28

The story of Samson was one of the saddest stories in the bible. He had a supernatural birth, a mighty strength and a great task from God. He was destined for greatness not until he showed cracks on his character and became defeated by his own weakness that caused his downfall. He didnt realized that his mighty strength doesnt from his own or from his long hair but from the presence of God in his life because of his obedience. When God left him, he lost his strength. But for the last time, he prayed to God for strength to do what he had been chosen to do. And God heard his prayer. In pushing down the pillars of the temple he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and presence of God. This is just Day 6! Thanks for reading! 

Put On the Full Armor of God

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Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. -Ephesians 6:13

Our everyday life is a battle. And our Christian walk is no different —  it is a fiery implacable battle. As believers, we are not only called as God’s children and servant but also His warriors–and a warrior’s job is to fight the enemy. Attacks and assaults are everywhere if we are not vigilant, we will easily fall down. This ongoing battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Why do we need to put on the full armor of God?

To protect you
No warrior will dare to go to a battle unprotected and unprepared. God has set out for you well-made weapons of the best materials to protect you from any evil schemes. But in the same way, the enemy has devised a strategic plan to win the battle. This is not like an afternoon athletic contest–this is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil. Without the full armor of God you will easily fall down and be wounded.

To let you know that your strength is not enough
A soldier no matter how strong and mighty will be proven weak without good strategy and a powerful weapon.  Thus far, it only proves that our strength alone is impotent. Our own strength is never enough to oppose Satan, but when we are strong in the Lord, even a little of His strength is sufficient to win any battle.

To create in you courage
God is your back up and His Word is your indispensable weapon. Having confidence of what your Master can do, relying on His mighty power can give you so much courage, and knowing He is fighting with you is an assurance that He is always there to protect you and He will never leave you nor forsake you.

To make you stand firm
You need to stand firm and let nothing move you so you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. It’s the best time to apply them.

To let you fight a good fight
God is strong, and he wants you strong. He wants you to fight a good fight of faith. You’re his your powerful warrior that He knows can kill thousands. The armor of God will make you stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. You’re not trained to just easily fall down and give in by just single attack

To make you finish strong
This is not an easy battle. You need the full armor of God throughout the battle. Take all the help you can get. It’s far more than you can handle on your own. You need to last in the battle so when everything is over, you’re still standing strong and you can shout your shout of victory.

This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and presence of God. This is just Day 5! Thanks for reading!

The Power of the Cross

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Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” –Galatians 3:17

Growing up in a Christian nation where churches are just few blocks away, and going to church is just a dull moral concern, its no doubt why you will grow up so over familiar of the cross. It has become a neglected overrated religious symbol you can find everywhere. It was devoid of its power and lacking in significance. How easy it is to take God for granted given that situation? I was completely drowned of the deceptive wiles not until Jesus came into the picture and showed me its power. The Power of the Cross:

1. Cross gives new life
The revelation of cross gives me new life. My life has never been the same again when I had a personal encounter of the man hanging on the cross. All my life, I grew up being so familiar of that religious symbol. But I never realized its power to break chains of sin and its power to give me new life. I experienced 180° turn around and I became a new creation. I realized I go to church and turned it to my dwelling place instead of His dwelling place thats why changed life never happened to me.

2. Cross demonstrates perfect love
No person in this world will lay down their life for a kind and righteous person no matter how they love them. What more for a selfish, rotten person who would dare to die? The cross demonstrates God’s unreleting love. He didnt die just for the righteous and those who do good. He died for all of us. I found myself on my knees when I experienced that kind of love. He took the fall that was meant for me. He was beaten, ridiculed, humiliated because of me. I was forgiven, He was forsaken. I was accepted, He was condemned. I was humbled that that kind of love exists.

3. Cross sets captives free
I was captived of my selfish desire, sinful nature and arrogance. I was on my way to ruin but God whose love is so unrelenting showed me another way to live. We are made righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. And I now belonged to God and was no longer under the enslavement of the enemy.

4. Cross opens floodgates of blessings
The God who lavishly gives you His own son, his Holy Spirit will also give you abundant blessings. Those who live by faith will certainly received the favor of God. We cannot expect God to do something if we treat the cross as nothing and at the same time.

5. Cross connects you to God
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life no one can come to the Father except through me. He grants us direct access to the father through the cross. We were separated from God because of sin but God’s gift of eternal life is through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and presence of God. This is just Day 4! Thanks for reading!

Winning Battle Against Sin

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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7

Sin is exciting and pleasurable. But slowly as its taking you captive, without you noticing it, your life is ruined. Gradually, you have fallen deeply to the point that you cant move. Dont be helpless and powerless as the enemy ruins your life. Check out the steps here on how to win battle against sin:

1. Give it up!
There will be some point in your life when you will be torn between what you want and what God wants, what’s good versus what’s best, what’s temporary to what will last a lifetime. A time where you will decide which path to take between two completely different roads. A time where decision has to be made to give up and let go in order to fully embrace the choice you made. If you’re struggling really hard, perhaps you need to confront the fact that you’re not yet dead to yourself. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! Someone has to die, not physically of course!

2. Submit yourself to God
You might have tried to change yourself several times but failed. Because its only God who can change you. Submit and surrender yourself to God. It is only Him who can set you free. The start of overcoming temptation is to shift your focus and turn to God. If you’re life is fully submitted to God, you dont have time to entertain sin and temptation. You’re no longer taken captive but a victor and a free man.

3. Resist the Devil
Know the enemy’s territory and dont cross the line. One thing leads to another. Dont think you’re standing strong, lest you fall. Temptations are always pleasurable and pleasing to the eyes, if you know you cant stand it dont even come closer, dont even dare to think about it. One thing to resist the devil is to totally shut it out of your system. Dont give him even a small chance for it surely knows how to take advantage of it. Again, fully submit yourself to God and you can resist the devil.

4. Remember: Only dogs return to its vomit
You dont have the mind of the dog, you have brain so use it. Dont keep coming back to the things you already have let go. You’re already clean and purified, dont go back to the place where you were found dirty and lifeless. Only fools repeat their folly.

5. Always listen to the Voice of Truth
The name ‘devil’ means ‘he who slanders’ or ‘the accuser’. Accusations is one of the greatest strategies the enemy uses to exercise control over people. Always choose to listen the voice of truth. While its main goal is to fill you with sorrow, regrets of the past and condemnation of what you did wrong. God voice offers you grace and relentless loves, a gift of new beginning, a life filled with beautiful promises and a future full of hope. All those arguments were already cancelled at the cross.

6. Enjoy your New Life
There is no way the enemy can enter any territories guarded by God. There is no place for evil and curses when the presence and blessing of God is present. Enjoy your new life. Remain in God and He will remain in you.

 This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and presence of God. This is just Day 3! Thanks for reading!

Becoming a Strong Man to Defeat the Enemy

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In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.

-Mark 3:25

No one can ruin your life unless you allow them to. No one can steal the seed of greatness God has planted in your life unless you let them to. When I surrendered my life to God back in College I know I was already redeemed, restored and renewed. I was set free from the dominions of the enemy, from my insecurities, negative thinking  and poor self image. I was forgiven from all the things I’ve done wrong. From being a victim, God made me a victor. But along the way, its true that the enemy will not allow us to live a victorious life. It will continuously remind you of your past, condemn you of your shortcomings and weaknesses. It tries to take you captive and bind you again. Though we spend years building our life the enemy is always ready, like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour-to steal, to kills and to destroy your life. But God has come to give us life, a life to the full. Take a look at the ways to become a strong man to defeat the enemy:

1. Strengthen your faith
Soak yourself with the word of God. Fill yourself with the promises of God so you dont have time for the deception of the enemy. God wants you live life to the fullest and not to the foolish. You’re weak spiritually because you deprive yourself of your spiritual food. You lack faith and enthusiasm because you let yourself be over expose to the things of this world while you’re being under expose to the things of God. To strengthen your faith, seek God, thirst for His Word. No one else but you who will greatly benefit when you reach your level of spiritual maturity.  If your spiritually healthy, everything else follows. Things falls into its rightful places, though challenges and problems are inevitable you can still fight a good fight and be victorious.

2. Stay focus and settle the arguments in your mind
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. -Mark 3:25

Settle the arguments in your mind. Confront them with the word of God. Dont ignore it and dont think of running away from it. Face it, seek for the truth and the truth will set you free. Stay focus and dont lose sight of your destination. Making a decision and standing up for it is a real strength of character. Put your feet in the right place and stand firm. Make a decision and remain steadfast in the path you have chosen. Dont waver, dont doubt because the person who has unsettled mind never reach any destination or achieve anything worthwhile.

3. Be with people who will bring out the best in you
People can only either bring out the best in you or the worst in you. How can a person without a strength in character encourage you? How can problematic and depressed person motivate you? How can a mediocre mind push you to keep achieving more and go to your next level? Its true that you are who you hang out with. Always choose to be with people who will bring out the best in you. Being with yourself alone will not do you any good either. Take advantage of wisdom that comes from the experiences of great people.

This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and Presence of God. This is just Day 2! Thanks for reading! 

When God Called You | Reflections in the life of Moses

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So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” -Exodus 3:10

Who could really understand the ways of God? Why would He call an ordinary, fearful and stuttering man to accomplished a great task that involves the lives of thousands of people. A man who went to a foreign land to escape the sin he had committed. But he was called by God. God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind. It’s final and irrevocable. Moses was chosen by God. He may be totally disqualified to perform the task God commanded him in the standard of human eyes. He also recognized that he is not fitted for the task. He gave countless reasons, quick and witty retorts to excused himself. But God with no question ask always qualifies the called. When God called you:

1. He is giving you a chance to live an extraordinary and remarkable life.

2. He is giving you a power to make a difference on the lives of thousands of people.

3. He is giving you a privildge to be part of history that people will remember from generation to generations.

Moses from just tending the flocks was promoted to be a Deliverer, a person who will lead God’s people out from slavery. He couldnt believe the task that was given to him. He couldnt contain the promotion that falls on his lap. He started to grumble and utter doubtful questions to prove his point that its not totally for him. What are the common responds when God called you to accomplished a great task:

1. Who am I?
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

In situations like this, self doubt is formed. You began to question your skills, strength and identity. You see yourself as someone incapable to perform such great task, you belittle and degrade yourself but its not how God sees you. Man look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. You are more than what you think you are. You are greater than what you think you can and you are stronger than what you think you are.

2. What is Your name?
“Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13)

Fear is slowly crippling you and sooner paralyses you, you doubt not just yourself but God. You doubt his power and sovereignty. Gradually your fear is now greater than how you look at God. He became lesser and your fear becomes greater.

3. What if they dont believe me?
“What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:1)

Trusting God means being obedient even though you dont fully understand, its trusting despite of unbelief and being confident that He sees a bigger picture than what you can only see.

4. Please send someone else
“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)

“Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13)

You were defeated by fear. You didnt overcome and ask for a replacement to someone you think qualified and skillful enough. You began to think that its not for you. And sadly, you didnt give yourself a chance to overcome your weakness. But God is always faithful He will grant you a partner to fill in the weaknesses you think you have. And together fulfill the task God has given you.

When God called you, He will be with you. He will not just give you a command and leave you but will embark on a journey with you. God has already clear strategy and direction in mind, you just need to trust his leading and his plans. Obey because theres always blessing and provision in obedience. Be ready as you start a wonderful adveture with God.

 

This post is part of of my 90 Days Challenge devotion to soak myself in the word and Presence of God. This is just Day 1! Thanks for reading!