Life of Samson: #7 - Temptation

Judges 16:1-3

Every one of us faces temptation every day to do things that displease God. In our text tonight we see a contrast between two aspects of Samson's character. As we have said before, he was strong physically, but was weak spiritually. Can we see that contrast here?

The amount of physical strength that was required to do what Samson did in these verses was nothing short of supernatural. Gaza was a large Philistine city and that meant that this city gate would have been huge. Also, the distance he carried made an already remarkable feat even more remarkable! Hebron was 38 miles from Gaza!

Samson, perhaps more than any other character in the entire Bible, had first-hand knowledge of what the power of God can do in a person's life physically. But he continues to waste God's power on foolish and selfish behavior. And that is the tragedy of a life wasted! Along with the physical strength that God made available to Samson, there was also spiritual strength, but it seems that he never tapped into that resource. We see it time and time again in his life, and that is tragic! But wait, not just tragic for Samson, it is tragic for you and I tonight…to have access to the power of God and still be servant to the flesh! To know that the abundant life is available to us…but to continue to live on in spiritual mediocrity…that is tragic!

Note: Ephesians 1:15-20 Ephesians 3:14-21

What Paul wanted for the Ephesians, and what God wants for all believers like you and me, is exactly what Samson did not have.

With that in mind, we want to consider four biblical principles that will help us overcome temptation, and have power with God.

I. Temptation Blinds Us To The Danger of Sin

II. Temptation Blinds Us To True Reality

III. Temptation Blinds Us To The Power of Sin

IV. Temptation Blinds Us To Coming Judgment

Temptation Blinds Us…