We are tempted to think that the more powerful we become, the better we will battle sin. But the exact opposite is true. The more power, influence, or prestige we possess, the more temptable we are. The strength of sin feeds on our sense of strength. This is why we are warned that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). In weakness, we feel our need for God, but when we are strong, we lack that saving sobriety. We lost the need of God and mostly in strength we tend to think THINGS ARE UNDER CONTROL..but it is not so. THEREFORE honesty towards God is needed the most…
Samson, the strongest of all. Recorded in book of Judges 13, how his strength defeated many and how he was conceived through a promise of God through an Angel. Known among his brethren by his strength in physical and weakness in women, it brought both trouble and conflict to the community of Judah and Philistines. Knowing all this, His strength is mighty as the Lord continues to supply him strength and how the Lord continually send his Spirit upon him ( Judges 14:6 / Judges 14:19 ). God indeed knew that Samson has his weaknesses yet Gods plan is to make him the deliverer of Israel from the hands of Philistines.
In all of his strength and popularity, he indeed relied on his strength and because of pressure, he had revealed his secret to Delilah. Notice the scheme of sin, first it gave assurance to Samson to know that he can withstand the pressure amd seduction of the woman. If we remember the first wife of Samson which was pressured by her people and in which she exposed the riddle but also led to her and her fathers death. This same scheme of sin was made in Delilahs turn. The assurance of sin that she loved him yet make him feel guilty and nagged at him daily and pressured him until he got tired that cause his soul to be annoyed with death ( Judges 16:15-16 ) that he revealed the source of his strength and he arose to fight yet the Lord had left him ( Judges 16:20 ) Samson submitted to the desires of his lust where his strength became his pride and was always moved by the promising beauty that his eyes rested upon. What lesson does Samson’s life can teach us? What shall we learn from his fall?
King David a man after the heart of God. A shepherd and a chosen King by God. He is often known for his strength and confidence to defeat the giant Goliath. For King Saul, knows David as the fine young man good in playing the harp. The music which mostly eased the mind of a troubled King Saul. David is known as handsome and wise, and God is with him. Yet in all this prestigious position and crown the King David carries, in the midst of a battle against Ammon he stayed home and had a walk on his rooftop. He then saw Bathseba bathing and lusted after her. It is then the time that he laid with her and that night made her conceived. As King David is aware of the war and the position of Uriah he then made evil plans regarding the womans husband and put him in the hottest part of the battle and died. Interestingly, King David did not notice his mistakes not until a prophet Nathan came to him and gave the message from the Lord.
David became honest to God and sincerely bend his knee and acknowledged his sin
1. He deceitfully took the Bathseba and killed Uriah her husband 2 Samuel 12:10-12
2. he outnumbered the people) 1 Chronicles 21:7-8 Which God heard him yet strucked him with punishment anyway.
David, in all his splendour did not escape the scheme of sin. It overpowered him with thoughts that God is with him and he will be delivered, yet God was displeased in his ways which brought destruction to himself. What lesson can we learn from Davids life? What shall we learn from his fall?
King Solomon, well known in his matchless wisdom and richest of all Kings of the earth in his reigning years. He was set by God through his father King David to take over the throne. King Solomons reign began with his desires to Love and Obey God and his unique understanding of Gods wisdom and understanding that became known in all the kingdoms of his neighbouring countries. He pleased God as he built a temple for Him and his Kingship was powerfully and prominently known in all the earth with which made Kings and prominent rulers come to visit him and had even brought him jewels and precious spices. King Solomon was filled of Gold articles and silver, expensive garments and all his drinking vessels were made out of gold and silver was ordinary.
(1 Kings 10:23) His great wealth and matchless wisdom was popular “So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.”
Yet in his great wisdom and riches, the very thing that God forbid is the very thing that brought him successively a destruction. He took wives from other tribes and nations and culture which is forbidden in his own standing of faith and culture ( 1 Kings 11:1-3 ) This women turned him to their cultures and King Solomon conformed in the needs of his wives and eventually made him built altars for their foreign gods. It is not the interracial marriage itself whom is wrong, referring to Ruth a Moabite woman whom have chosen to belong to the people of Israel was blessed in her decision. The mistake was that King Solomon took wives and forgot his God and Solomon himself helped to give offerings to the foreign idols with which made God aroused into anger.
King Solomon counseled many ” not to lean on your own understanding” yet he did not took the counsel to himself. He thought that in his wisdom, still he could cover up the things he had done. And in the presence of God he had
- Collection of forbidden charriots: 1 Kings 10:26 / which is against the commandment of God written in Deuteronomy 17:16
- He made alliances with foreign Kings that were sealed with wives that brought idols in his home 1 Kings 11:4-6 / 1 Kings 3:1 / which is against the commandment of God written in Deuteronomy 17:17
- King Solomon thought he could escape the reminders of the commandment when he built a house for all his wives and likewise to all his concubines 2 Chronicles 8:11-12 / 1 Kings 11:7-8
What lesson can we learn from King Solomon’s life? What shall we learn from his fall?
Sin wants you to trust in your own wisdom, as you gain more knowledge it is been said in the writings of King Solomon that it is burdensome and must be exercised as he expressed himself in Ecclesiastes 1:13 and that wisdome itself bears much grief Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
‘I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.’ Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
As you incline yourself and set your heart by thoughts that I KNOW EVERYTHING AND NO ONE IS GREATER THAN ME indeed God had set for you wisdom yet it is interestingly blended with truth that you will know all everything but it is a lie that no one is greater than youand you will never know all things. This is part of sin’s scheme. The tempter assures you that you are wise enough to handle things in trouble. Sin wants you to think you’re safe because you “didnt do it” you just thought of it. And even while you are feeding your lust in sinful exploration (Ecclesiastes 1–2). You’ll be assured that you can keep things under control — after all, God is with you. This is mostly the thoughts that poisons even the great servants and elected of God. And in humility we can always assure that we can battle sin and PRIDE shall not come after us when we attain wisdom- We can battle Sin when we are honest to OBEY GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS TO WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE AND ALLURING WEB OF SATAN.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
James 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well.
Allow your weakness to drive you straight to God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One.
Allow your joy to come from the finished work of Christ.
John 19:30 After Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Pray for help and keep on praying until your last breath.
Psalm 86:1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
Sharing some fruity thoughts!
Sin underestimates you to conform in compromises. “Just a little look, it won’t hurt” And eventually it will entice you to think “I have not done as others did” If the devil cannot defeat you in big things and probably to the things you are aware of, he can entice you into small things. There is no truth about open doors to sin, but the truth about sin is it starts with small thoughts and enters into your hearts through your desires. And successively it will help you plan on how to perform them in reality. Although you will still have the FEAR OF GOD, eventually it will not disappear all at once. Gradually, the sin will damp your fear of God and it will distract you of the benefits and hope that you will attain “something good you never had” and it will nag at you daily and push you to feed the urge of sin that attracts you. You slowly become disillusioned with the severity of sin and eventually the fear of God decreases and will leave you and you will be mastered by sin. And in that case you will be ending up with idol-worshipping friends. If sin had overcomed the great ones and even the elected ones, it can take you too if you are not careful to observe the commandments of the Lord
Jesus said, he had overcome the world John 16:33 therefore we can battle sin by relying in his strength that we shall be aware of remembering his commands. Jesus in his human flesh was even LED BY THE SPIRIT TO BE TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL
( Matthew 4:1-11 ) therefore it is clear that Jesus is proven to be strong in senses and wisdom, His great humility and knowledge of the commandments of the Lord. To be strong to defeat the fleshly pleasures which is food, the pressure of danger to think that God will ignore us in times of troubles and the riches and power that we can attain in the world. The wealth is not bad at all, not if we PUT GOD FIRST IN ALL: and ALL THIS THINGS WILL BE ADDED not concluded.
Therefore we must be careful in all that we do, PUTTING IN MIND the words that God had told us not to do and to know his will by His commandments and in that way when the sin wants to allure us, we know how to avoid destruction and fall.
quote by Pastor Garett Kell
Jesus was tempted as we are, yet he endured without sin. His life was righteous and his death satisfied his Father’s just requirements. His resurrection gives us liberation, and his intercession grants us help in our weakness. Jesus is stronger than Samson, wiser than Solomon, and more devoted than David — and in him we find help to resist the tempter’s snares.
– Karla Rochelle Fäldt