And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God , remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. – Judges 16:28 KJV
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Following the prophecy from the Lord, Manoah, a Danite and his wife gave birth to a son that they named Samson. As foretold by the Angel, he was very powerful and was destined to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the enemy especially the Philistine. He displayed so much of supernatural ability that confirmed every prophecy made before he was born as he won every battle that he went out to fight. He however could not defeat the battle originating from within. It seemed he had a great appetite for women that even his marriage to a wife of his own choice could not satisfy. On several occasions, this appetite of his for women got him into difficult situations but with the Grace over his life, he was able to overcome and come out of those situations unscathed.
Like every bad conduct, there was always going to be the occasion when the event will overcome the person’s ability. In such situations, the person will be lucky to have a second chance because most times such circumstances sweeps the person away. The case of Samson was not different as the day of reckoning actually came and did not give Samson another chance. He had gone to satisfy the desire caused by the battle in his life when the enemies caught up with him and with the assistance of his weakness, he was overwhelmed and was brought into a circus where he was turned into an object of entertainment. The enemies gathered and ridiculed him by making him entertain them whilst they mocked him after pulling out both eyes. In his state of humiliation he called on the Lord in the scripture today asking Him to remember him and strengthen him for the last time to be able to destroy the enemy. His internal war had made him lose Grace and God had forgotten him even though he came to both realisation late.
The scripture throws up two major points to note for the Christian today.
1. The first point of note is that no matter how gifted a Christian may be, there is the need to confirm that there are no personal battles to fight and if there is, they have to be focused on just as one is focussing on the external enemies as they can even be more destructive than the external wars.
Many people concentrate on external enemies believing that they only are responsible for the challenges of their life. This may be true in some cases and the ability to remain with God and follow all instructions as laid out by the Holy Spirit ensures victory for such a person. But no matter how much one with internal enemy is able to overcome the external enemy, the danger remains if the internal enemies like bad habits, wrong interests and negative attitudes cannot be defeated. These are conducts that are specific to the individual and no matter how externally powerful the Christian may be, he/she will need to get it right in these areas to remain a victor. Like Samson whose inability to overcome his extreme love for women became the route for His destruction, envy was the downfall of Cain. Impatience was the internal war that affected King Saul just as fear was the threat to the survival of Peter. Should you be one going through the torture of an internal war and you have confirmed it as a potential agent for your downfall, my prayer is that as you approach God in the name of Jesus Christ for victory over this enemy, God will grant you the ability to defeat such enemies in Jesus name. Amen.
2. The second point to note is the need for the Christian to be aware of the irrevocable Grace that remains in the life of an anointed person irrespective of their fallen state – Rom. 11:29. Most lives are in turmoil today for joining in mocking a fallen anointed of the Lord. Imagine the number of people who became victims and met untimely death because they were in that building to mock Samson. The Bible says he killed more people in his death than when he was alive – Jug. 16:30. The fact remains that God’s gift is irrevocable and the fall of an anointed or anyone for that matter should never be a reason for rejoicing for anyone. Mockery of any sort is not approved by God but becomes worse if the victim of the mockery is an anointed of God. One who gets involved in mockery can never be blessed (Ps. 1:1) and as revealed today, an environment of mockery is a dangerous environment to be in for anyone who values both his/her physical and spiritual lives.
You reading this need to make a honest assessment of your life and ensure that you are not hounded by that internal war. It may seem like something that you are created with but it is a lie from the pit of hell. It is all the deceit of the devil to keep you in a path that can only lead you to destruction. God did not create anyone with negatives that will destroy them so if you find yourself manifesting a negative that is constantly exposing you negatively, you need to plead with God to help you with it. He is always willing to intervene in such situations if invited.
Likewise as a Christian, you must resist vehemently any invitation to a situation that will involve the mocking of anyone as nothing positive can come forth from such locations.
May God grant us victory over all those internal and unknown wars in Jesus name. Amen