Brother Cliff Donoho sends out a daily devotion that I really enjoy. This morning's really touched my heart as it seems that satan is busy attacking on every front at the moment. I know the enemy is more fierce when we are close to victory so it's kind of exciting and frustrating at the same time. Does that make sense? Anyway I thought I would share this morning's devotion with you.
Hello, my friends. We've been looking at "guarding" ourselves so that the Devil doesn't take us captive. Samson wanted a Philistine who lived in Timnah for his wife. When he told his parents, they tried to talk him into taking a wife among his own people rather than from the "uncircumcised" Philistines (Judges 14:1-3). This seems wrong. Why would Samson entertain such an idea and why would he be so demanding of his parents to fulfill his wishes?
Sometimes when everything seems so wrong we conclude it is from the devil. This was not the case with Samson and his Philistine wife. "(But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.)"(Judges 14:4). This was not only "not from satan" but was actually "from the Lord!"
God uses the weaknesses of Samson to accomplish His purpose. God desired to confront the Philistines for how they were ruling over Israel and He accomplished His confrontation through the weaknesses of Samson, a man of great strength.
Samson accomplished great things through great strength prompted by great weakness and even sin. This is not an example so that we might live likewise. However, it is an example of God's providence, reminding us that God is at work even when situations aren't right and even when the intent of man is meant as evil. Don't allow the devil to get "toe-hold" in your lives. He'll twist your thinking and before you know it, you're disobeying him in one area because you're upset in another area. He'll drive you so far that you will turn on your own friends; family; & even church that loves you. God Bless You, Pastor Cliff
Cliff is our chapel speaker on our upcoming Harvest Cruise. I just found out that He and His wife are going to be sitting with Kathy and me at dinner each night! I'm looking for practical joke ideas in preparation. :)
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