Samson was a wild man, who was given the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish various tasks for the Lord over the people of Israel, but he certainly wasn’t a man to emulate your life after. He struggled with issues many of us struggle with today; ego, lust, power, and difficulty with intimate relationships, among other things. We look at the life of Samson so that we can understand where our strength resides. I wonder if you are self aware enough to know what could bring you down? What are the issues in your life that draw you away from God, rather than draw you towards God? Can you determine the strength of God in your life, or do you succumb to weaknesses all the time? Find out with us, where your strength can reside, with God.
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Like King Herod, at the birth of Jesus, we resist the Kingdom of God breaking into our world. Sometimes people forget that God doesn’t come into our world like a tyrant and terrorist, but rather God comes near as a offering of peace, like a little child. God’s Kingdom is breaking into this dark world to take over your kingdom of selfishness and pride. Is it possible that we act like King Herod in our resistance to God’s Kingdom also? We need to be like the wisemen who came seeking proximity to Jesus, bringing gifts of worship to the Savior. We all, like King Herod, have gone astray, but God has come for us like only the Missionary God can.
The life of Noah is not necessarily one to emulate. He lived during a very awful period in time. Can you imagine everyone living to only please themselves? Can you imagine a time of extreme violence and depravity that would cause God to have a grieving heart? We live in a difficult time today too, so what is the solution? Do we need to all go out and work for our salvation? NO, not a chance. Jesus did the work for us. Jesus died so we could be saved. We need to obey the call of God the Father, and work a little bit with our faith, so that God’s blessing on his people might come through our obedience. Join us as we continue to look at characters of the faith in Hebrews 11.