Samson - Man of Faith
in the most impossible and difficult setback, where everything in his life had been
stripped away from him, where his life now was in ruins, and he's no longer
fulfilling his purpose, he dared to believe that God was still good, and would help
him at that moment.
It's great when life is going well, to think good of God; but you know when you're
right down there, and things are in trouble, and there's pressure on you; that is
when you need to know that this God we serve, is a God who loves us. He's a
God of grace, and He's a God who can reach right down to you, wherever you
are; and everyone's said: it's over, you're history, you've failed; and God says: I
see the fire of faith in that man's heart; I can pick him up out of there, and I can
cause his end to be stronger than his beginning. Now that is a great message,
and Delilah's got not much to do with that. It's all about God. You've got to focus
on the right things.
It says in Judges 16:4 - it says: afterwards he loved a woman in the Valley of
Sorek, the Valley of Vines, whose name was Delilah.
Delilah means literally - it means to bring you low, to dry you up, to make you
feeble - how about that? To bring you low, dry you up, make you feeble; so every
person has got a Delilah, something that brings you down, makes you weak,
makes you feeble. Your faith starts to falter.
It could be some little wee habit you've got in your life, it could be some area in
your heart, whatever it is, the devil knows about it. I can tell you now, and he will
have assignments, that will go descend a Delilah into your life.
Your Delilah is whatever you trade with, to feel better. Your Delilah could be the
television, it could be the Internet, could be romance novels, it could be all kinds
of things. Your Delilah is whatever you trade away your purpose and destiny, to
feel a little better about yourself.
Your Delilah comes in when you feel the need of comfort, when you're feeling
lonely, it comes in to offer you comfort, and it'll take away your purpose, your
destiny; it'll steal your vision, it'll steal your strength, take everything away - and
everyone has got one.
The question is whether you can name your one. If you can't name it, it'll be
working on you all the time; and so it says here: the Philistines, Lords of the