THE DRAINED MAN!
“And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.” Judges 16:4, 5
AS MEN OF HONOR:
Here we find the popular story of Sampson and Delilah, wherefore it is written,
“And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.” Judges 16:1
This is Sampson’s Sin. Yes it was a sin of the flesh, but even more than this, it was a sin of the soul in that this sin was a sin that gave ammunition into the hand of his sworn enemy, the Philistine. His taking a Philistine to become his wife was the equivalent of the Christian man that would take a sworn Wiccaan or a lifetime friend of Satan that has vowed to destroy him, simply to fulfill his desires within. And what was it that Delilah used as her weapon against Sampson? Sure her beauty may be cited, but what Delilah was very good at was appealing to a man’s lust, as we have read here.
A harlot’s work is to appeal to a man’s lust in order to get paid. Someone, esp. a woman, who engages in sexual intercourse for money. This is what Sampson fell prey to. His true weakness was not in the losing of his hair, (which was the secret to his strength. Judges 16:5-17), but it was the giving in to his lust that was his weakness.
Most men, if not all, or at least all that I have known, have struggled in this area of lust. It is of the three things that God hates, as we read,
“For 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.” 1 John 2:16
WE ARE IN THIS WORLD, NOT OF THIS WORLD…
Christians, these three things God hates, these are the three areas that our enemy exploits in order to destroy us, and these three are in this world right now roaming about seeking whom they may find to be weak in the areas of lust and pride. In this world is where they exist, just like us, they are in this world, in fact they rule this world through pride and lust! As Christians we must open our minds to understand that we are not living in a friendly world, in fact we are in a world that is hostile toward us. So that we never fall prey to the pride and lust that may destroy us we must be vigilant! For the enemy is always on the prowl, as we read,
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
We must realize how quickly we can be drained of our strength if we should give into this area of lust. As we are instructed,
“My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” Proverbs 7:1-5
JESUS CAME TO SAVE US!