Toying Around Death

Toying Around Death
“And Delilah said…tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound…” (Judges 16:10)
Samson’s fall began the day he started playing around sin. Many times, when we are instructed by the Lord not to touch certain things, it doesn’t necessarily destroy us immediately we disobey and touch. But, God’s command stands!
“Flee youthful lust” is such an explicit command, but many engage in actions more than lust and think they still live, just like Eve touched and ate the fruit and nothing amiss happened immediately, so also Samson moved from one harlot to another in search of pleasures, one who was meant to be a representative of God in his day. But, the moment he began his pleasure voyage, the closer he drew to death.
Samson began a conversation with a destroyer of destiny, the fair attraction that ended up darkening his path, the conversation lingered to an intimate one, and could have thought- “this can’t lead to a union, I won’t disobey God…”, the Devil has a grander plan.
The bait that initiated a discussion graduated to a friendship which excelled to an intimate union, that which he held so dear and would discuss with no man was divulged when the bait was at the peak of operation. Brethren, we ought to know the Old-man is ancient, on some occasions we can confront him, on other times we flee. Samson’s thought of confronting temptation by toying with it as usual rather than fleeing. May we not confront when we ought to flee!
The more we linger, the closer we get to death. You can’t strike friendship with God’s enemy yet be God’s child. Mutually exclusive!

As normal for anyone who dwells long around sin to fall, he opened his mouth and said the unsaid. The failure to restrain cost him all!
May we discern, brethren, through grace, to know when sin lingers near, and ability to flee in obedience and not to linger around death. Amen


1 Yield not to temptation,
For yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you,
Some other to win;
Fight valiantly onward,
Evil passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

2 Shun evil companions,
Bad language disdain;
God’s name hold in rev’rence,
Nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest,
Kindhearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through. [Refrain]

3 To him that o’ercometh,
God giveth a crown;
Through faith we will conquer,
Though often cast down;
He who is our Savior,
Our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through. [Refrain]

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