Samson was the tallest and strongest in the nation in his lifetime. He was called from his birth to take the vow of the Nazirite. Because of his parents’ obedience in his upbringing, Samson was blessed by the Lord and afforded the position of “Judge”. The thing is though Samson had an appetite for women and because of his great strength, he considered himself to be impregnable. He believed that he could have any woman he chose. His first wife was a Philistine who would conn him into divulging a riddle. This set the stage for the battle that would ensue between Philistia and himself. Having great strength is a curse and a blessing depending on which God you serve. Samson was self-serving and it will cost him his life and any good that would have come from him. When the Lord blesses us with the gift or gifts they are in their rawest form – “potential”. The care we put into developing our gifts tells the Lord “what we think of them”. Consider an “empty box” it can either hold a large amount or scant few items depending on how they are packed. To Samson’s credit, he killed more Philistines in death than in life which is a sad epitaph because it was not the “be all end all of his mission”. My encouragement for you today is, “Commit your gifts in the Lord’s service and He will help you to pack more into your life than you can possibly conceive.
Verse: Judges 16, Exodus 28:36-37, Psalms 29, Luke 6:37-38,
Famous Quote: “Mere talents do not give glory to G-d but a humble heart” – Mac Conoza
You graciously endow us with gifts and talents when we are born. The size nor the adoration that comes from them is not the tall tale sign of our love for you, they are the fruit of a developed gift. When we do not hone our gifts, they will remain as “raw materials” that neither look nor sound good. Help me today to use my gifts for your glory that people will be fed by them and people will come to serve you. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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