Do you have 39 glorious minutes to commit to sound teaching today? I gladly recommend this sermon preached by J.D. Greear (another servant of Jesus). It is a powerful one because Jesus was proclaimed boldly and obedience to him was greatly emphasised.
The title ‘When the Strong Become Weak’ is based on the trajectory of Samson’s life in Judges 14. I was heavily convicted by how the mistakes Samson made, stemmed from flaws in his character; flaws which I also share and need to fiercely fight with utter desperation and prayers to overcome, through the Holy Spirit’s power.
Verse 3 of Judges 14 summarises the core issue responsible for Samson’s character flaws and mine:
“Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”
“She pleases me well”. Samson’s primary driver in life was what pleased him. He struggled with unrestrained indulgence. Samson was impulsive; he was driven by his lust, stomach and anger. J.D Greear reminds us that you cannot be desire-controlled and spirit-led at the same time.
Samson’s impulsiveness was one issue. Another issue was taking the presence of God in his life for granted. Becoming complacent, compromising, passive and comfortable with making ‘mistakes’. Samson treated the commands of God casually.
Samson was also unteachable. He was a loner. No one could speak into his life. He despised godly counsel, wisdom and instruction.
This made me ask myself, how do I respond to correction? Who is speaking truth into my life? Do I receive it with gratitude and humility or does my pride get in the way?
This sermon also reminded me about the fatal trajectory of sin. First it excites and makes itself at home in your life and destroys you eventually.
God has made his grace available to empower us and give us victory in our walk with him. It is our character that sabotages what he wants to do in us and through us. There are few things more important than gaining mastery over our impulses – self-control. It is more important than riches, talent, gifts and abilities. Whatever good we possess, will be wrecked by lack of self-control. We desperately need self-control.
I cannot possibly cover all the lessons I received from this sermon. Trust me, there are more! Please watch it dear friend.