Oh, Delilah!

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Judges 16:1-31

If you play with fire, you're going to get burned. That was the message that came across to me as I read about Samson and his relationship with Delilah. Samson clearly knew that Delilah was, for lack of a better phrase, working with the enemy for his demise. But, he was in love, and chose to ignore it. Bad, bad decision.

We've all been there and we'll be there again--tempted to play with fire. Think about what that "fire" is (or "fires" are) for you. Now, what are some things you can do to combat that temptation (or temptation generally) when it arises? Tami W.

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I think all too often we allow our selves to be deceived, and that is what opens the door wide for Satan to trip us up time and time again. Satan is not all knowing and will tempt us with anything that he knows goes against the will of God, but, if we will stand firm then most often we will have the victory in that area of our lives. Not to say Satan won't try in another way and perhaps the same, but he does not know our weaknesses until we reveal it by yielding to those temptations he puts before us. If we are born again believers, we have the strength and power to overcome Satan's temptations. Don't allow him to know just where we your weakness lies. Always think twice if that still small voice gives any hint that something may not be what we should participate in or yield to, no matter how much enjoyment we may think would come from it. Remember we have been given the mind of Christ, use it!

There are so many Deliah's in the World. Men beware! Seek God and he will give you strength.

I agree with Dee and Carolyn. And not all Delilah's are of the female persuasion. Your poison can be liquor, drugs, or any of a number of self destructive behaviors. These are truly used by the enemy to attack us and worm his way in. It starts off small, and eats away at us piece by piece. The only way to protect yourself is to don your Armor of Christ daily, by reading the word, praying, reflecting and living right. Temptation will always rear it's insidious head, but we have to realize it for what it is, in order to not be decieved.

Reiterating yesterday's closing statement: without the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we have little defense against temptation to sin. We have Holy Scripture to tell us what is right and what is wrong...not always enough to stop us from doing it anyway. We have godly men in our pulpits to preach it to us brother!...not always enough to stop us from doing it anyway. We have a conscience that clearly tells us when we've crossed the line...guess what...not always enough to stop us from doing it anyway. This scripture keeps popping up in my blogs, but it really is the key: Galatians 5:16-18. We (believers in Christ) have to learn to allow the Spirit to lead and direct us in all aspects of our lives if we really are who we say that we are. Do you really love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength? Then let Him have ALL of you. If you're holding back, then you're only fooling yourself. Just let go...give it up for the abundant life that God has planned for you from the beginning of time. He's in control. He knows what's best for you. Make pleasing God your #1 priority every minute of every day. Galatians 5:13 tells us that we are called to be free. If you're holding on to something in your life, then your hands are busy holding on and you're not truly free...just let go...you just might be surprised by what God will do with your hands once they're free, and I guarantee that the satisfaction you will receive from THAT will far out weigh whatever satisfaction you thought you were getting from whatever you were hanging on to.

My fire? People-pleasing. And if your the opposite sex I'd do any thing for you! All because you "have" to like me. And if you don't? Well---I get hurt and I want to retaliate. Don't we have some kind of innate nature where we want to be liked/loved? I don't know how to handle people-pleasing so I just stay away. I've been alone so long that it no big deal now. May GOD bless and keep you & yours!
P.s. Thanks for the advice Carolyn G.! Little late for me though, even as I write this PS tears well up in me eyes. Love certainly can cut deeper than a knife! Adios amigos y via con Dios!

I have been thinking about this issue for the past weeks - I get quite defensive, especially when I feel belittled or degraded. That is when I lose self control and may want to defend myself. This is not right, when our Heavenly Father tells us He is our vindicator and we should practise self-control, forgiveness and overall show love. A scripture I can remember is Matthew 5:38-42. We must be obedient to the Word of God.

Lord, help each of us to honor and encourage our husbands. Help us to be a Christ-like help that our families may witness this. Help us to be the women you will for us to be. In your heavenly name I pray, Jesus, Amen.

I thank God, I am a new creature in Christ Jesus, the old "me" is dead. God's " grace and mercy" kept me from getting burned in the past when playing with fire. Today, continuous praying & staying/studying HIS word keeps me focus on HIS righteousness. I press on everyday.

It's silly to think that this story is a warning to men to watch out for women, thats pretty shallow and totally missing the point of just how sinful (in so many ways) Samson lead his life. Take responsibility !!! Play with fire, you get burnt and no amount of finger pointing will make an ounce of difference. The world is your enemy so stay out of it.

The world is your enemy so stay out of it. Yes it is! Thank you for reminding me.

The New Testament doesn't list Samson's failures, nor his incredible acts of strength. Hebrews chapter 11 names him in the "Hall of Faith" among those who "through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised ... whose weakness was turned to strength." This proves that God can use people of faith, no matter how imperfectly they live their lives.

We might look at Samson and his infatuation with Delilah, and consider him gullible—stupid even. His lust for Delilah blinded him to her lies and her true nature. He wanted so badly to believe she loved him, that he repeatedly fell for her deceptive ways. Why did he give into temptation and give up his treasured gift?

Because Samson is just like you and me when we give ourselves over to sin. In this state, we can easily be deceived because the truth becomes impossible to see.

Spiritually, Samson lost sight of his calling from God and gave up his greatest gift, his amazing physical strength, to please the woman who had captured his affections. In the end it cost him his physical sight, his freedom, his dignity, and eventually his life. No doubt, as he sat in prison, eyeless and zapped of strength, Samson felt like a failure. Do you feel like a complete failure? Do you think it's too late to turn to God? I hope not!

At the end of his life, blind and humbled, Samson finally realized his utter dependence upon God. Amazing grace! He once was blind, but now could see. No matter how far you've fallen away from God, no matter how big you've failed, it's never too late to humble yourself and turn over your dependence upon God. Ultimately, through his sacrificial death, Samson turned his miserable mistakes into victory. Let Samson's example persuade you—it's never too late.

PS these are not my words, I found them on the Net while doing further research. I hope I can turn all my many miserable mistakes into victory one day.

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