Judges 16: MSG
20 Then she said, “The Philistines are on you, Samson!” He woke up, thinking, “I’ll go out, like always, and shake free.” He didn’t realize that GOD had abandoned him.
Matthew 7: MSG
22 I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’
23 And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’
When I was younger an uncle of mine taught me the game of Chess. To this very day I like to have a game once in awhile if possible. It keeps the mind strong in deductive ability.
Children play all types of games growing up, like king of the hill, hide and seek, baseball, etc.,
Then somehow as they reach those teen years and dating they learn new games and some carry over into adult life reaching even into marriage. There is much that can be written just on this subject alone, but that is not the purpose of this article.
There is a game being played at this moment that could affect millions upon millions of lifes. The end of this game will only be known when we reach eternity and stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The game is called “Church”!
Samson was a man chosen while still in his mother’s womb. She knew that God had something special in mind for this man child. God spoke to Samson’s mother and told her that his hair was to never be cut for it would be his secret of his mighty strength.
Samson grew into a mighty strong man and there was not one person who could defeat him. Every enemy that came up against him, Samson was the victor.
Now, for the purpose of this article I am going to use some conjecture and say Samson is a type of the “Church”. His “hair” a type of the anointing and the Holy Ghost. Delilah is a type of what we would call the “world”.
I grew up with a strong sense of a move of God in our congregation. Let me explain, we were “pentecostal”, but “independent”.
I was raised to believe when you are a believer that you were baptized in water, then in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of “speaking in tongues”. To be honest, I still adhere to this because I find nowhere in Scripture that those days have ended. What is different today is that what is called “speaking in tongues” is nothing but pure babbel. In the Book of Acts when they spoke in “tongues” it was a language recognizable by someone listening.
Acts 1:6-8 KJV
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
If I believe, teach and have preached over my lifetime is true that the true Church of Jesus Christ has a job to do, that there must be one last global reaching revival of souls before the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, then something must have to take place within the churches worldwide.
I sometimes am left with the impression that the gathering together with others of the Body of Christ means very little to most these days. It is more than just a time of women showing off their latest fashions, or being entertained by some musician or singer. It is even more than some orator causing us to rise to our feet in a standing ovation because it pleases our ears and appeals to our flesh.
Our gathering should be solemn in remembering the price that was paid on a rugged dogwood tree outside the city of Jerusalem on a hill called Golgotha meaning the place of the skull.
Samson lost his strength when he was duped by Delilah as he laid his head on her lap. Oh, he caught her deceit the first few tries, but, he fell prey to her deception and gave her the key to his strength, his hair. And as he fell asleep on her lap of deception men came and shaved Samson of his hair, and stole with it his strength.
To see if what Samson had said was true this time the deceiver Delilah cried out, “Samson, the Philistines are upon thee”! Poor Samson, he got up not realizing what had happened to him and he shook himself like he had done so many times before but his strength was gone. The Philistines led him away bound in chains, robbed of his eyesight. Finally, in one last gesture he convinced the guards to lead him over towards the columns that held up the building. Samson prayed one last time that God would give him his strength back and Samson brought down the building upon the Philistines and killed more in his death than he did during his lifetime.
The old preachers use to say, “the church has become too worldly, and the world too churchy”! I am inclined to say it is true.
The church will never win the world by becoming like the world.
Maybe to the reader I sound like an old fire and brimstone preacher, if that is what it takes to bring revival before the Lord’s return, so be it.
I went to research a certain quote by John Wesley but found it was inaccurate.
This is the correct quote by John Wesley:
“Set yourself on fire with passion & people will come for miles to watch you burn.” John Wesley
I am very concerned on the things I see, read and hear from pulpit across North America and around the world.
You can go to a building every week, sit on some nice cushioned chairs or pews, and hear some great message, and still miss out on Heaven and eternity with Christ the Lord.
I am not sure what it will take to see a spirit of repentance come to the shores of North America, but, I am sure, if it does not happen soon all may be lost for the western hemisphere.
Yet, God is going to require some to give an answer for what they have done with what was given to them.
Yes, they played with fire and now the fire is going to play with them.
The mad man are those who are standing behind them screaming, wailing, gnashing at them because they were not told the truth.
You can play the game of “church” if you like, but in the end it will be you, the mad man & God alone.