WHEN YOUR STRENGTH BECOMES YOUR WEAKNESS
by: James Tester, Pastor
The Bible tells us of Samson. Samson was the strongest man to ever live. The secret to the great strength of Samson was in the power of God. When the power of God was present, Samson could do what no one else could do.
I know of many churches that were this way. They had great strength. They were able to do what no other church could seem to do. They had great strength in the area of winning souls and they led thousands to Christ yearly. They had great strength in the area of bringing converts to church. They had great attendance. They had thriving bus ministries, and their members were zealous about bringing people to church. They had great strength in the area of seeing people baptized. They had strength in seeing converts grow and become productive church members. They had great strength in the area of influencing other Christians to get on fire for God, insomuch that many people moved from around the country to be part of their ministry.
Sadly, just like Samson, their strength became their weakness. They no longer win thousands of souls to Christ, they no longer bring very many people to church, they no longer see great numbers baptized. They no longer see great attendance in their services. They no longer are influencing Christians to do great things for God. The power of God seems to have left them. They, like Samson, seem blinded to truth. They fail to see that what they are doing and the direction that they are now going is wrong and not right. They are even preaching shady things with new terminology, reaching into gray areas unknown to fundamental Baptist Bible believers. They, like Samson, seem to be spinning in circles wasting time grinding over new methods that fail to work. Don’t fall into this trap of allowing your strength to become your weakness. Let me help you to understand how this happened in the life of Samson.
1. Samson’s problem began when he started hanging around the wrong crowd.
He became infatuated with what he saw outside of his circles. He became impressed with the things that he did not have or in things that he had not experienced that God had warned him about.
2. Samson allowed the wrong crowd to influence him.
He started to fall in love with the crowd that he had been fighting. The crowd that God warned him about, his enemies.
3. Samson failed to guard the source of his strength.
His strength was in his separation to the power of God. He was a Nazarite. He had been separated to God from his youth.
4. Samson made light of his strength.
He had taken for granted the privilege of his inheritance that had been given to him. He failed to appreciate the truths that his parents had taught and handed down to him.
5. Samson allowed someone to cut off the source of his strength.
He got too close to the enemy and his vow to God had been compromised.
Don’t allow the influence of someone to cut off the emphasis of soul winning and reaching people for Christ in your life and ministry. When you do, death will be the end result.
Don’t allow someone to talk you into replacing your strength for weakness (new methods) that will not work. The Bible warns us not to remove the ancient landmarks, nor charter new paths to walk. The old paths still work.
6. Samson realized his error a little too late.
His ministry was almost over when he realized his mistake. He was blind, weak and had become the object of ridicule by God’s enemy. Yes, his strength came back but only temporarily as he committed suicide. His ministry was cut short because of poor spiritual decisions that he made as the leader of Israel that eventually led to his demise.
7. Samson died a premature death because he gave his strength to the enemy of God.
I often wonder how much more God could have used Samson to change the lives of others? How many more could have had their lives influenced for God, how many others could have been saved? How many others could have been influenced to that which is right? If Samson had not flirted with the world, only God knows what more could have been done.
Don’t fall into the same trap that Samson fell into. Don’t die a premature death. Guard your eyes! Guard who you allow to influence your life! Guard your strength and the power of God in your life! Don’t give your strength to the religious Delilah’s and the ungodly Philistines of this world, who just want to cut off and rob you of the power of God in your life. The Devil knows what he is doing to our Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches. He is trying to change us because he knows where our great strength lies. He is trying to cut off our strength of winning people to Christ, going after our converts, filling up our buses, standing for old-fashioned convictions and personal standards, and pushing godly conservative Christ-honoring Christian music. Let’s strengthen our strengths and work on our weaknesses and get back to the biblical methods of true Christ-honoring Christianity.
Pastor James Tester
Triad Baptist Church