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Living In Faith Rather Than Failure

(Judges 16:28) "And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." In (Heb. 11:32) Samson is immortalized for his faith, but just what type of faith is he immortalized for? All of Sampson's life he was considered under what is called a Nazarite vow. He was to abstain from intoxicating drinks, he was not to cut his hair nor touch anything dead, and he was to be holy and consecrated to the Lord, but as we read about his life in the Word of God, he wasn’t real faithful to the keeping of his vows. So where was his faith? Well, Samson was honored because God’s Spirit was his power, and although he lived unrighteously, he did repent of his sin at the end of his life and glorified God. Sometimes trials in this life are brought by God to bring us back to faith in Him again. Many times, we as stubborn Christians continue in our comfort and disobedience until we are woken up by the chastening hand of God upon us, but if we continue and refuse to listen our disobedience will bring us to the place of God’s judgment. God judged Sampson and allowed the Philistines to pluck out his eyes and then place him into captivity to bring Samson back to the place of repentance and faith. May we as Christians learn from this story, that it is better to repent and live godly now than to have God bring us face to face with our sin later and much worse his judgment. Repenting as early as possible in this life is far better than stubbornly waiting till the end. 



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