Sunday, January 3, 2016

"The Real Strength"

   Now to His surprise, a young lion came roaring against him.
   And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. Judges 14:5-6

How about you? Have you ever felt like you wished you had the strength to wrestle with lions and win? The thing is Samson didn't fight his lion on his own or rather in his own strength. It says that the 'Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him,' and gave him the strength to take care of his lion. You will find this same phrase, ''the Spirit of the Lord came upon him' in verses 14:19, 15:14, when he had to fight other battles as well. Samson was know for His strength and the key here is that you and I, as believers have that same strength and anointing available to us as well. Why? How? Because we serve the same God and He is the same ...yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Because He is not a 'respecter of persons' in that He shows partiality to no man but rather looks at the heart and therefore when Jesus promised that the anointing of the Holy Spirit would come to those who believe.
   "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:38-39

   "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in You." John 14:15-17

We too have the ability to take on lions because we too, just as Jesus promised, have the same Holy Spirit anointing available to us! He is there for us the same way He was for Samson. We too can walk in His strength as the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us! The real question is ... Will we let Him?

   "There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it." Proverbs 21:20

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