Are we prepared?
The blessings and gifts of the Holy Spirit are always at work in our lives. Our God is a loving Father, who wants to see His children blessed in every area of our lives. When God chooses us and promises to keep blessing us, He never fails us, even at times when we fail Him. Question is, are we prepared? To walk in obedience forever? To hold on to the gifts bestowed upon us, freely from our loving Heavenly Father?
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is a “Scriptural Motivational Writer, who explain’s life’s, common principles, in a very lucid manner so that the younger generation can relate to the solutions, She offers through her writing, to all the problems they face on a daily basis.)
I was refreshing myself through the book of Judges. Chapter 16 narrates the wonderful story of Samson, a man of great might and strength. Samson was the son of Manoah, whose wife was barren. But God heard her prayers and blessed her with a son. Along with the child came specific instructions, guidelines and blessings from God. “No razor shall touch the head of the son, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.” (Judges 13:5).
Samson was undefeatable. Simply with a jawbone of a donkey, he had slain 1000 men(Judges 15:16).
Spirit of the Lord was mightily working in His life. Philistines were getting disheartened seeing much destruction in their fields and life, by Samson. Samson defended Israel for twenty years. Apart from his parents, no one knew the secret of his strength. (Judges 17: 6).
Samson had a weakness…for women. But inspite of his weakness, God never left him. God supplied his every need and was always guiding him. Unfortunately, Satan knows how to deceive ‘gifted’ people through his craftiness. So in Samson’s case, Satan knew his weakness for women, so used women only to bring him down. Lords of the Philistines tried luring Samson through women, knowing his weakness for them. Initially he outdid them, until he fell in love with Delilah (Judges 16:5)
Delilah tried her level best in knowing his secret but every time it turned out, it was a lie Samson gave to her and the Philistines. Ironically, Delilah’s persistent nagging in wanting to know his secret and tying Samson with ropes, never rang the bell of warning to Samson. Had he paid attention to the little details, at the right time, he would have understood Delilah’s false love for him. But probably his carnal desires overruled his obedience towards God. Ultimately he fell into the satanic trap of revealing his secret and eventual downfall and captivity. His enemies bore his eyes out (which earlier was an impossible task for the Philistines).
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is an enlightened writer and composer, who writes love saga of her Lord Jesus and herself.)
As long as He was obedient to God, God kept blessing Samson with extraordinary strength and might. But the moment he was casual about God’s commands for his life, and tempted to share his secrets with an untrustworthy women who shaved off his head while he was sleeping, Spirit of the Lord departed from him (Judges 16:20).
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is a philanthropist and a social worker, who tries to reach out to hurting hearts with scriptural blessings and kindness.)
Same way it works in our life present day. God knows that we are weak in our flesh (thank God for that), but till the time we walk in obedience, Holy Spirit keeps working on us! But the moment our own fleshly desires overrules His commands, Lord leaves us on our own to deal with the world ( and that’s very scary for me personally). Because when My Lord stands next to me, that’s a whole Army with me. As the scripture in 2 Kings 6:16 says “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. But moment we allow anything to distract us from God, His Spirit leaves us. The way He left Samson.
The power, strength , might, whatever form of blessings it is, physical, emotional, mental or financial, they are all gifts from God. At times we receive more than we deserve, but if we are not prepared to take care of it all, blessings go away from us.
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is a scriptural Motivational Writer, Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, Preacher and an Evangelist.)
Fortunately, His grace covers it all !!!. If we repent from our hearts and keep our focus always on HIM, theres nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ.
So inspite of being in our earthly bodies, with all our weaknesses, we need to assess, are we prepared to still walk in obedience? Always keep Him as our topmost priority? Always willing to listen to what He says? If yes, no matter how weak we are, Holy Spirit will keep guiding us, helping us to live a victorious life. “Through God all thing are possible” (Mathew 19:26).
“It is better to put trust and confidence and refuge in the Lord than to trust men. Psalm (118:9).
For His mercies and loving kindness endures forever (Psalm 118:1).”
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