#SamsonChallenge – Day Six FINALE
Read: Judges 16:23-31, Hebrews 11:32-34, 1 John 1:9
Samson was blessed with this gift of strength from God, but he used this special gift for selfish purposes, to carry out acts of personal vengeance. In today’s Church, God has blessed its members with various gifts, abilities and skills and in 1 Corinthians 12, we are told that these gifts are to be used to build up the church.
The gifts that God has given you are not just for yourself, they are for the benefit of others. Your purpose and gifts will always coincide with someone else’s needs but when you use your God-given abilities for selfish gains, you actually rob the Church and your siblings in Christ of the strength they would have drawn from you. We need to check the motives behind our ministry work. Get your heart right, let your focus be on serving others for the sake of Christ, by dropping all pride and picking up love.
Pride can cause us to take credit for the work we’ve only done because of God’s strength, just like Samson did in Judges 15:16. Saying ‘Glory to God’ or ‘Thank God’ when someone sees that you have achieved isn’t about presenting yourself as humble or super-spiritual, it’s because God really does deserve ALL the glory, don’t be ashamed to acknowledge that!
The Philistines believed that it was their god that delivered Samson to them, although, Samson’s capture had nothing to do with their worthless idols but everything to with disobedience. God always keeps His side of an agreement but there are consequences when we fail to keep our’s. However, a repentant heart with a heartfelt prayer will cause God to move on your behalf.
It is encouraging to see that in spite of Samson’s past, God still answered his prayer. Sometimes we feel like we can’t pray because of our sin, we let guilt keep us from our only way out which is prayer. ‘Perfect behaviour’ was never a condition for prayer. You can pray in any state at any time, as long as you are willing to turn to God again, He will be there ready to receive you. You might pray for forgiveness and not feel forgiven, but are you going to go by your feelings or by God’s word? Believe His word and let your feelings catch up with your belief.
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#SamsonChallenge – Day Five
Read: Judges 16:1-22 and Proverbs 21:19
Although we talked about Samson being real with God in the previous chapter, after reading the beginning of this chapter, we can deduce that perhaps Samson wasn’t real with God about everything.
Was Samson still hurting from his betrayal and heartbreak, after his Philistine wife was given to his Best Man and then killed by her people? Did he fail do deal with this hurt which led him to find temporary solace with a prostitute and with Delilah? Many Bible commentaries are quick to brand Delilah as this manipulative woman which she was, but ‘it’s not every day blame the woman, sometimes let the man take responsibility for HIS actions’, read the story with fresh eyes.
Oftentimes, like Samson, we fail to deal with our pain and pride, which clouds our discernment, causing us to make unfavourable decisions. Surely, Samson would have understood Delilah’s schemes after the third time, but His pride got in the way of sound judgement. He allowed himself to be swayed by flattery and he told Delilah those things to prove his strength and massage His ego.
We would have thought that Samson would have learnt to be careful when it comes to sharing intimate information and this time it was information concerning his Nazarite (belonging to God from birth through an oath) status. Samson trusted his fate to a woman who didn’t believe in the things that he did and in the end it cost him His life.
Who do you trust? Do they share your beliefs and morals?
Is there a hurt that you’re holding on to right now? Take it to God, deal with it, so that it doesn’t become a liability in your life.
How many times have you allowed yourself to be deceived by flattery?
Don’t allow anyone- man with the words, or woman with the charming smile, no matter how persuasive or attractive- talk you into doing wrong. Avoid being deceived by knowing the difference between deception and truth. When bankers study cash notes, they don’t study the counterfeits. They diligently study the REAL notes, so that when a counterfeit comes, they quickly identify it and void it.
It’s the same with us, as believers we must study God’s word so much, so that when something that doesn’t line up with God’s word is presented to us, we can quickly identify it and avoid being deceived.
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Move onto #SamsonChallenge Day 6.
#SamsonChallenge – Day Four
Read: Judges 15
After reading this chapter, I think it is safe to say that Samson had anger problems. ‘An eye for an eye’ was the business back then, literally, ‘do me, I do you’. Samson was extremely cheeky and prideful in the way that He dealt with the Philistines. Let’s revisit verse 16.
‘Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.”’(NCV)
Aside from Samson’s WWE strength, there is something else that we can learn from him that is often overlooked. Samson has a personality just like you and I. Verse 18 allows us to realise this:
‘Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the LORD, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?”’ (NLT)
Samson was real with God about his needs. He may have been overdramatic, but I love his realness and the way his personality is conveyed. Of course, we are to communicate with God with the utmost respect, but this passage reminds us that we don’t have to take on a different personality in our relationship or communication with God. If you’re generally bubbly, don’t feel like you have to suppress that when you communicate with God. Or if you are a quiet person, don’t feel like you have to force a ‘loud’ nature because everyone else is doing it.
There is a tendency to copy what we see other people doing in Church, thinking that it will make us more spiritual. God would rather you be YOU and not a version of Sister A or Brother B. He would rather have you speak to Him with words that come from your heart, words that you actually understand and not the ‘Christian jargon’ that we feel pressured to say. You might be feeling like you’re ‘not spiritual enough’ or saying to yourself, ‘I’m not doing well in my Christian life’…but by whose standard?
Your judgement of your Christian walk should be made in light of God’s word and not in light of other people. Don’t use human beings as the standard, God’s word is the standard. Don’t let anyone make you feel inferior about your relationship with God.
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#SamsonChallenge – Day Three
Read: Judges 14:12-20, Genesis 16:1-12
Samson was so proud of his victory over the Lion that he made a riddle to summarise the event and asked the 30 relatives of his bride to try and solve it, in exchange for some suave garments. The men were unable to solve the riddle and so they resorted to threatening Samson’s bride to discover the answer.
Samson’s bride played the ‘if you really love me, confide in me’ card, and he fell for it. Samson didn’t fully analyse the situation, he lacked discernment and was driven by the emotions of another. What can we learn from this episode?
Check where peoples’ loyalties are before you reveal intimate things to them. Samson wrongly assumed that his bride was a ‘ride or die’. In her mind, she was still under the authority and influence of her kinsmen, her allegiance was to her family. Have you ever been open to someone about a personal issue and they go and use it for CNN’s breaking news? We need to discern peoples’ characters and loyalty before pouring out the intimate things about ourselves, lest they use it to harm you. It’s all part of guarding your heart where the issues of life come from, so that your issues don’t reach Sky News.
The second thing we can learn is that the influence of a woman can be dangerous or lifesaving. When a woman is not under the influence of God, her influence can become a threat. Ladies we have to discipline our ‘influence power’, bring it to the obedience of Christ and use our influence for good. Likewise, for the brothers too!
When we look at the story of Abigail and her husband Nabal, Abigail was instrumental in saving her husband’s life, by appeasing King David after her husband insulted Him. This is good influence. In contrast, Sarah used her emotions to influence Abraham to have a child with her maid, this influence birthed a whole new religion. Of course it’s one thing to be influenced, but it’s another thing to act upon it. This is why we all need the Spirit of discernment; to know what is a directive of God and what isn’t.
The last verse in this chapter must have been a big ego blow to Samson. His bride was given to His Best Man! Sounds like something from a soap opera. Poor Samson!
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#SamsonChallenge – Day Two
Read: Judges 14:1-11 and Galatians 3:28
Samson was clearly suffering from a case of ‘love at first sight’, although after reading the end of this chapter, we’d probably call it ‘stupidity in HD’. We can assume that Samson knew nothing about this woman who he wanted to make his wife, other than the fact that she was a Philistine, the daughter of ‘uncircumcised’ people. In other words, she was someone who did not believe in the God of Israel, but Samson was determined to get her.
The issue of marrying outside of one’s religion, culture or race was faced even in the Old Testament. Aside from faith, differences in culture or race are petty reasons to give up the one God has shown you to marry, especially as the Word says, ‘there is neither Jew nor Gentile…’ we are all one in Christ.
In our generation, parents and elders tend to be the ones that perpetuate such ‘traditional’ restrictions on who you can marry. Sometimes people will oppose your relationship when they can’t see the vision or purpose behind it, just like Samson’s parents didn’t know that God wanted Samson to fall for the Philistine woman to accomplish his purpose of weakening the Philistines (Judges 14:4).
Now, this isn’t an excuse or an encouragement to date or marry someone who doesn’t share your Christian faith. This is an encouragement to those who are in Christ-centred relationships with a purpose, but are facing opposition from family members or friends because of petty reasons such as race, take heart. Let purpose keep you going!
It is very interesting to see that as Samson was pursuing his purpose (the Philistine woman), he had to defeat a Lion in order to get through to his bride. The Lion could be seen as a symbol of the extra opposition that we face when we approach our purpose or vision. Have you ever been in a position where you are doing God’s work, chasing the vision but find yourself facing so many obstacles?
Believe that as long as the work is God-focused, as long as the idea that you are pursuing is a God-idea and not just a good idea, as long as the vision is God-given; He will give you the power to overcome any obstacle, just like He did for Samson.
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#SamsonChallenge – Day One
Read: Judges 13, 1 Corinthians 1:27 and Matthew 1:20-21.
Israel constantly forsook God to chase after worthless idols and in an act of justice; God gave Israel over to the Philistines for 40 years. However, being a God of purpose and of His word, He made provision for their ransom and that provision was Samson.
Samson’s purpose was declared and given before He was born (Judges 13:5); it was to deliver Israel from the Philistines. Likewise, Jesus’ purpose was given prior to His birth. You don’t have to be a Bible character to know that you were born with a purpose.
What I love about God is how He chooses the lowly things of the world for His glory. God chose a woman who couldn’t have children by the world’s standards, to show His glory and power. You might be feeling like God can’t use you, because you’re not a Bible scholar, or you don’t pray as loud as others do. But let me ask you, by who’s standards?
When God calls you to do something for Him, He doesn’t look at your human ability, He looks at His ability and your willing heart. Don’t put a limit on what God can do based on your current abilities. God doesn’t call you because you are ‘able’. He calls you because you are available.
There is a popular quote that goes; ‘God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called’. In this instance, Samson’s mother wasn’t ‘qualified’ to have children, she was barren. But because she was called by God, He qualified her through the declaration of His Word spoken by the Angel. The world might say that you aren’t qualified, but what does God’s word say and more importantly, who will you believe?
Samson’s Father was extremely delighted by the word given to him and his wife and he wanted to give an thanksgiving offering to the Angel sent by God. Sometimes when we get a prophecy or a word from a pastor, prophet, minister or whoever; we get too excited with the vessel and not the content of that vessel, being God. Some folk will adore and honour their pastors more than they do God, which is wrong! In such cases, the onus is on the vessel to correct the adorer and tell them to direct their worship and honour to God, which the Angel rightly did.
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Did you know that ‘worry’ is actually a form of focus. Why would we want to focus on the things that we have no power to change. Why would we want to focus on the things that could go wrong? It’s crazy but we all have worried and are probably still worrying.
The account of Peter walking on the water is a great example of what you can accomplish when you focus on Jesus and not your situation or surroundings. Matthew 14:25-31 says:
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” (NIV)
Peter was bold enough to step out in faith and walk on the water, even in the midst of the storm. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to do something that defied natural laws; he was walking in the supernatural, He was focused on the supernatural, He was focused on Jesus.
However, while he was walking in the supernatural, he began to look at the natural things that were taking place around him and fear overtook His faith.
How many times have we been like Peter, in the storms of life and started out with our focus on Jesus but got distracted by what was going on around us? Understand that everything the enemy orchestrates in our lives and in this world is to get us to take our eyes off Jesus.
Whatever you focus on is what you will head towards.
Worry became Peter’s focus and He was heading towards disaster.
But when Jesus became His focus, He was heading towards comfort in the King of Kings.
So, what will you choose to focus on?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil 4:6 (NLT)
When you feel out of control, when everything seems to be going wrong, it’s tempting to focus on your situation – remember, whatever you focus on is what you will head towards, so focusing on your worries only makes you head towards more worry! But prayer redirects your focus to where you should be going…which is to Jesus.
Are you worried about something today? Choose…
…and remember to Thank God in advance like the scripture says.
- Sister Kanayo
BRAINS & BEAUTY – SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST
Cultivating BEAUTY – Strengthening VIRTUE – Building CHARACTER
In a society that endorses living for the moment, recklessness and self, we’ve been called to be a light, to be set-apart and correctly display what it means to be a Christian. God has called us as His children to live a life totally dedicated to Him – a life that unapologetically declares Christ as Lord and showcases to the world the limitless power of His Love.
However, in a world that encourages us to pursue our sexuality and force-feeds us false images of beauty on a day-to-day basis as a Christian female, one of the hardest tasks for us is to prize inner-beauty, and the quiet, gentle spirit that’s spoken about in 1 Peter 3:3-4. It is for this reason that Love Limitless presents… ‘BRAINS & BEAUTY’.
VENUE: Circus 1 – Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E15 1BX
** FEMALES ONLY*** LIMITED SPACES***
Brains & Beauty (B&B) is Love Limitless’ second annual summer women’s conference, it aims to educate, equip and empower young females to draw nearer to Christ, as well as give them a new perspective on what it means to be a woman and have the total package – ‘brains & beauty’.
The conference will encompass different talks, panels, debates, discussions and entertainment. It will serve as a forum for ladies to grow as well as meet other like-minded females.
Purchase your tickets here: www.brainsandbeauty2.eventbrite.co.uk
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UNI POWER CONFERENCE – SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST
Speaker: Mimi Ajala
Ministration: Bright Serenity Choir
Venue: Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8UJ
Admission: FREE – Registration required via Eventbrite
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God is interested in securing the salvation of the youth in this generation. Many of their salvation has been stolen by the enemy via the route of university. University is a necessary and great place for these young people to flourish in their destinies. However this avenue has been corrupted by the devil to produce young men and women of knowledge and intellect without any spiritual future. Now indeed, what will it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?
We must as believers understand that the future of the church is in the sustained salvation of our youth. How many times has a youth gone to university, seen the temptation of wild parties, freedom without boundaries and sexual immorality of all sort and lost their way?. But God has a plan.
By ensuring that we prepare a good soil in the hearts of our youth leaving for university, the fruit of their salvation will only but grow, even in the heat of great temptation. Remember the parable of the sower in Matthew 13? The seed was thrown on different sort of ground, however it was only the seed that fell on good soil that produce much fruit. Preparing them and charging them before they go, we set them up for good success.
This conference is set to empower them, build up their faith and connect them to youth in university with strong faith. This means they now go to university not only sustaining their salvation by God’s grace but also vessels to be used by God to harvest more souls. As a result, they will become influencers in a dark world and not the influenced.
JAM – SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – 9TH AUGUST
DLP (Divine Light Production) will be holding a charity event titled “The Persecuted Church” which will allow you to learn about the persecuted church and do something with the knowledge that you have gained after. Ultimately it is our responsibility to respond to the issues concerning the body of Christ. Watch the video below for more details and let others know about it as well.
Please register…its FREE: https://persecutedchurch.eventbrite.com/
‘STAND OUT’ – SATURDAY 16TH & SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST
VENUE: World Harvest Christian Centre, London 25 – 27 Ruby Street, London, SE15 1LR