Lord be the Keeper of my Spiritual Strength
Bible Nugget 0214 [Judges 14: 18 – 19, KJV]
18And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? and he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
19And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.
Today is Valentines Day which people celebrate in different ways. However, we need to define what constitutes a proper relationship and how men and women should conduct themselves. The occasion is also an opportunity to heal hurting relationships.
There are three things that can radically alter the destiny of a man (or woman); the love of money [1 Tim 6:10], the love for power; and the lust for women (by man) or men (by woman). The same is also true for women. These are sins in the eyes of God. The word “love” should be understood as lust because that is the meaning in these contexts. In 1 John 2:15-27, the bible admonishes Christians to beware of the things that can rob the Christian of his salvation and lead him or her to hell instead of heaven.
1 John 2:15-17
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
In the case of Samson, called as a judge of Israel for 20 years at a time before there were kings in Israel, the lust for women was his undoing. Samson’s lust for women made him an easy target for the enemies of him and the people he was called to judge. He threw a riddle to the 30 Philistian men who accompanied his Philistian wife to his house at marriage. The riddle was impossible for the men to crack and the only solution was to go through the wife to solve the riddle. Through such scheme, the enemies repeatedly gained foothold on the source of Samson’s strength until he revealed the very secret on which his anointing and life depended, [his anointed hair and head, Judges 16:17] to Delilah, another Philistian wife which led to his death. .Note that Samson did repent before his death, and finished his calling as a judge in a blaze of victory over his enemies who wanted to use him as a sport before their gods [Judges 16:25-31].
Prayer Nugget 0214
Oh Lord, keep my heart from all evil. Instruct my heart to beware of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Let me be the shining star that will be the envy of my enemies. Help me to treasure my salvation and anointing carefully against the repeated attempt of the enemy to gain a foothold upon my life. They shall be ridiculed and put to shame in Jesus Name. They will not know the secret of my strength in you in Jesus Name. They will not be able to solve any riddle I put before them knowingly or unknowly. They will grope in darkness and leave me alone and be disgraced. Let your Holy Ghost fire throw confusion into the camp of my enemies. I triumph over those that want my downfall in Jesus Name. I shall finish my Christian race in a blaze of glory in Jesus Name. Amen.