SAMSON PART 2 – WHEN STRONG MEN ARE WEAK
Emotions That Take Strong Men Down
Last week we looked at three attitudes that make strong men weak. The first was lust. The second was a spirit of entitlement. And finally, pride.
Samson left his town, traveled four miles to go pursue a Philistine woman that was off-limits to him. He said, "I want it!" Then he broke his Nazirite vow by touching a dead lion for a handful of honey. He said, "I deserve it!" And when he wasn't supposed to get near alcohol, he threw a party before his wedding. And he thought, "I can handle it!" We watched an extremely strong man become very, very weak.
Samson was emotion driven, not spirit led.
This week we're going to look at another of his vulnerabilities. His emotions. Guys, I can hear you from here saying, "But I'm not emotional. Some people even say I'm a bit stoic." Women are the ones who are emotional. And women talk about their emotions.
We're the strong ones. The reality is, we're all emotional. Emotions were given to us by God. They're not bad. We just shouldn't be driven by them. We may not talk about our emotions, but we act on them.
Be honest men. How many of us would say that sometimes your emotions (anger for example) have led you to do something you shouldn't have done? The problem is, for many of us, we act on our emotions and usually end up doing the ungodly thing rather than being led by the Spirit. That's why the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:16-17 that we are to live by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Let's look at Samson's emotions that took him down.
Two emotions that take strong men down
- Samson burned with anger.
Judges 14:19-20. His anger cost him and those he loved.
- Samson was filled with pride.
Judges 15:15-16. A man's pride is born out of his insecurities!
Don't let your emotions drive you to do something you'll regret. Our emotions will lie to us. Don't believe them. And don't follow them. Take the high road. Humble yourself and let God take over the situation. Believe me, He's infinitely more capable of taking care of the problem than you are. Trust Him.
At the end of Samson's life he had nothing left. No hope. With his final few breaths, he prayed out to God. "O Lord God, remember me, I pray, strengthen me..." Judges 16:28. He grabbed two columns, pushed against them and took down the house, killing himself and everyone with him. It's said he killed more at his death than he had killed in his life.
Don't let the end of your life be like Samson's. Here's your homework for this week.
Read Judges 14:10-20 and Judges 15:1-20.
- Describe a time when you let your emotions get the best of you. What resulted from your emotional outburst?
- Samson was emotion-driven and not Spirit-led. Why do you think so many men allow themselves to be driven by their emotions instead of being driven by God?
- What unchecked anger in your life do you need to own up to immediately?
- How has your unchecked anger affected you and those you love?
- What does pride look like in your life? Where do you seem to struggle the most with pride?
"If you let your needs drive you to God, God will meet your deepest needs."
Read Galatians 5:16-18.
- What kind of man do you think God wants you to be. How is your pride and anger keeping you from becoming that man?
- How can you keep your pride and anger in check while at the same time not losing the passion and heart of a warrior that God has given you?
Daily Bible Readings
- Day 1: Judges 14:10-20
- Day 2: Judges 15:1-20
- Day 3: Galatians 5:1-26
- Day 4: Ephesians 4:1-32
- Day 5: James 1:19-27
- Day 6: Galatians 6:1-10
- Day 7: James 4:1-17
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