Samson – Strong in the Spirit
“And the spirit of the Lord came mightedly upon him, and he rent him as he would rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand… And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating… And he said unto them, out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? (Judges 14:6,8,9,14,18).
On my job as a custodian at a high school last night, there was a huge swarm of bees in the tree and we cordoned it off. I checked out my Bible and I found swarm of bees only here in (Jud.14) and the Holy Spirit taught me this sermon. Only those who have been saved and born again of the Holy Spirit through the Lord Jesus can expound the riddles of the Bible in truth.
Samson, the strongman, the Holy Spirit was his strength. Most of the time Samson had no more strength than ordinary men. “At times,” the Holy Spirit gave him supernatural strength against the enemies of the Lord. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts” – (Zach.4:6). Samson had no might nor power but by the Spirit of God.
Samson is a type of the Lord Jesus with Holy Spirit strength, yet without sin. Twenty times “Mighty power” is used about Jesus in the New Testament. “And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God’ – (Luke ). Jesus had Holy Spirit power to work many miracles and to conquer Satan, the enemy, in every battle, even conquering death with His resurrection. It is written of Christ – “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” – (Luke ). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit as the Son of God and there was the source of His strength. And so it is with each one of us who have been born again of the Holy Spirit, we have Holy Spirit strength also. Only Christ has the power to save you from your sins – strong in salvation.
We Christians are to fight the battle against Satan with the same Spirit of the Lord Jesus. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – (Eph.6:10-12). We fight a spiritual enemy and therefore we use spiritual weapons. “For through we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds)” – (2 Cor.10:3,4). Mighty warfare with only spiritual weapons, exactly like Samson, exactly like Jesus. Samson had no carnal weapon in his hand, it was the hand of the Lord that slew the roaring lion.
Who is the roaring lion? “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” – (I Pet.5:8). The roaring lion that came against Samson represents the Devil who comes against us who are the born again saints of God. We wrestle against Satan as Samson wrestled against the roaring lion. But you can’t do much wrestling against Satan if you’re a babe in Christ, you must grow up into a strong mature Christian – “For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” – (Heb.5:13,14). You must study God’s Word after you’re born again and get weaned off the milk and the simple things and go on to the honey and the strong meat and deeper things in the Bible. You will be no match for Satan if you remain a spiritual babe in Christ. O’, that many people would swarm to God’s beehive and get the honey of His Word and go to heaven, the land of milk and honey.
It’s what God is showing you through Samson and the honey in the lion that he slew – honey is the strong meat of the Bible. You must get strong in the Word in order to defeat Satan the roaring lion. And you must literally eat honey as well. John the Baptist ate honey and he was a strong prophet of the Lord who knew the scriptures. And Ezekiel couldn’t be God’s watchman until he consumed God’s book which was honey to him – (Ezk.3:1-9). The Lord Jesus gave us the example in (Luke 24:27-45). Jesus ate honey and then expounded and opened up the scriptures and gave understanding of God’s truth to His disciples and He will do the same for us today – “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectations shall not be cut off” – (Prov.24:15,14). Again – “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” – (Ps.119:103). Bee’s wax is used for candles and you will “wax strong in the spirit” and be enlightened by eating and studying the scriptures as Jonathan was – (Is.14:25-29). Consume the honey of God’s Word. All the armour of a Christian depends on God’s Word. Jesus defeated the devil with - it is written, it is written, it is written – (Mt.4).
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Dear brethren in Christ, watch the false prophets today who are purporting to unravel and reveal the mysteries of this end time and yet they have no testimony of being born again in Christ and they do not preach the saving gospel of Christ. All they do is flash you news bulletins from around the world and yet do not expound the truth of it found in the scriptures. Their sites are filled with flashy, eye-catching images but they don’t increase your faith and make you strong in the Lord. Faith comes from God’s Word and is seen by inward eyes and gives you inward light – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – (Heb.11:1). Each Christian must have a testimony of being born again in Christ and he must confess Christ openly to the world. If he does not, he is not a true Christian and he is not saved. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”– (Mt.10:32,33).
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Are you saved and born again in Christ? What is your spiritual birthday? Unless you’re born again in Christ, you’re only deceiving yourself and you’ll go to hell for eternity – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” – (Jn.3:6,7). “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” – (Jn.1:12,13). Believe the seed of God’s gospel and repent of your sins. Believe on Christ in your heart and you will be born again. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” – (I Pet.1:23).
And then become strong in the spirit.
Pastor Mike Storti
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