- If you were dropped off by a helicopter in the middle of nowhere and could only have one item to take with you what would it be and why?
- Would you rather be stranded in the middle of a city or in the middle of a forest for 7 days? How would you survive?
- What is the best sport ever and why?
Samson | Week 3
What is his legacy? Hero? Villain? Something else?
Samson had so much potential but he consistently struggled with realizing it.
He kept allowing things in his life derail him. Our goal is to identify them and be on guard?
Week 1: Samson the story
-A man’s legacy isn’t something easy to put into a few words
-God is more concerned with how we live our life than what we accomplish in life.
-There’s nothing wrong with being driven by the need to succeed but kept in it’s proper perspective.
-Samson ‘fell’ many times and God still used him. Same for us.
Week 2: Samson (What makes strong men weak?)
-Men are in a constant battle to not look weak or uncool.
-We are made weak by our attitudes toward things.
-Weak attitudes: Lust, Entitlement, Pride
-Our true strength is in realizing our weakness and guarding up those weak areas.
-Don’t put it in a closet but realize we need extra protection here.
SMALL STEPS TOWARD BIG DESTRUCTION
Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi. 20 Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines. Judges 15:19-20
SAMSON DIDN’T RUIN HIS LIFE ALL AT ONCE. HE RUINED IT ONE STEP AT A TIME.
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.” Judges 16:1-2
SAMSON’S SMALL STEPS TOWARD HIS BIG DESTRUCTION
There’s 56,250 steps between where he was supposed to be and Gaza.
It took Samson that long to get to where he would shipwreck his life.
Men don’t mean to get addicted to various things. It’s small steps. It begins innocent and ends in destruction.
1) SAMSON TAUNTED HIS ENEMY.
But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron. Judges 16:3
These doors probably weighed around 700 pounds. This is basically him flipping off his enemy.
You have a spiritual enemy and means business.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
2) SAMSON RATIONALIZED THE SAME OLD SIN.
Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. Judges 16:4
The rulers of the Philistines went to [Delilah] and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him…” Judges 16:5
Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me
the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Judges 16:19
3) SAMSON ASSUMED HIS DISOBEDIENCE WOULD NEVER COST HIM.
Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke 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. 21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison. Judges 16:20-21
WHERE DO YOU THINK MEN CAN STEP AWAY FROM GOD?
- What’s one of the biggest mistakes you’ve ever made? What started you on your path towards making that mistake?
- What are some of the most common struggles you’ve seen that tend to lead men towards destruction?
- What is the one thing you struggle with the most that could drive you down a dangerous path?
- How have you rationalized your own sin throughout your life in the same way Samson did?
- What prices have you paid as a result of your sin? What have you learned from your actions?
- Why do you think so many men continue to make the same mistakes when they are well aware of the consequences?
- Samson took 56,250 steps towards his destruction. Where are you stepping away from God right now?
- As you turn back to God, what are some of the first steps you’ll need to take to leave your sin behind? Who will help you take those steps?
Make the decision to begin walking back toward God.