Be Set Apart: Let God’s Lordship Influence Your Behaviors

Read Judges 14:1-9

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. James 1:14-16 (ESV)

Instead of living a life set apart for God, Sampson lived for himself. He refused God’s lordship, dismissed God instructions, and what began as visits to the enemy, became marriage with a woman whose family and culture worshipped a foreign god. We do the same thing when we pursue what we want, when we want it, and pay no attention to what God wants for our lives.

Sampson disregarded God’s marriage instructions (even when reminded by his parents that he was not to be yoked to an unbeliever). It’s possible that Sampson disregarded the Nazirite restriction of not touching anything dead in order to satisfy his sweet tooth with honey.

Sadly enough, Sampson’s reasoning for marrying a woman of Timnah was, “She looks good to me.” Sampson’s fleshly thinking nurtured his fleshly desires and eventually influenced his decisions and actions. Since the Garden of Eden we’ve desired things that, although they appear sweet, are dangerous. Instead of pursuing them, we need to conquer them as Sampson defeated the lion. The impact of Adam and Eve pursuing their own desires and biting into the forbidden fruit introduced evil desires into our hearts. As a result, we need to learn to distinguish evil from good. Left to our own reasoning, we will not distinguish good from evil. Choosing God’s lordship in our lives aligns us with One who is truly good. Believing His truth and following His instructions keeps us safe in God’s protective care. Remaining here we are freed from the slavery that Sampson succumbed to in following his fleshly reasoning and in pursuing his desires and plans.

What wine is your mind drinking in and what choices are you making as a result of your thoughts. Let Sampson’s life invite you to question:

  • What have I allowed to influence my thinking?
  • What have I accepted as good?
  • What beliefs are influencing my behavior and driving my actions?

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