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Lords Power Or Demonic Power

Did the strength that came to Sampson when he pushed over the pillars and killed the Philistines come from the Lord or a demonic power? Read Judges 16:28, 30 very carefully.

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(1)The mighty strength of Samson did come from the anointing of God. I do not believe the Lord want anyone to lust after anything like Samson did with the Philistine women. But I do believe that what ever a man is willing to accept God will allow them to accept it? That called FREE WILL. I also believe that in the end, the Lords Will, will always be done.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/30/07

(2)Samsons did not desire to do the Lords will. He was called by the Spirit of God to Dan but he decided to go down to Timnath instead. This should remind you of the story of Jonah? While in Timnath he was tempted by lust for the Philistine women, Just as Jonah because of pride only decided to tell the Ninevehs Gods message. Jonahs pride leads him to believe the notion that the Ninevehs would not listen to the Word of God.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/30/07

(3)Samson in the end cried out for his eyes, just as Jonah cried out for the gourd. Nether one of them was willing to except Gods will, but in the end Gods will, was done.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/30/07

(4)Gods plan for your life will be accomplished even if all you want to accept is the lust of the world. He will allow you to accept a demonic spirit, if that is what you chose, to accomplish the end result of his will, as God did in 1 King 22:22 when He allow a lying spirit to enter King Ahabs prophets so they would advise Ahab to go to war were Ahab would die. The lying spirit was able to enter Ahabs prophets because they were not prophets of the Lord.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/30/07

Everytime Samson manifested his mighty strenght it was by the "Spirit of the LORD". When his "fleshy eyes" saw a daughter of the Philistines that
he favored to be his wife, it was of the LORD. He was blessed by the
Lord himself. Judges 14:4: "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."
---Nana on 11/30/07

His mission in life was as stated in Judges 13:5: "For, lo, thou shalt
conceive, and bear a son, and no rasor shall come on his head: for the
child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to
deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." He accomplished his call.!
---Nana on 11/30/07

Judges 16:30: "And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he
bowed himself with all his might, and the house fell upon the lords, and
upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his
death were more than they which he slew in his life."
---Nana on 11/30/07

Sham, I think that indeed the "Lord has reviled" Samson in your mind.
---Nana on 11/30/07

I don't agree with the Ruler, just the social injustice and the XY Chromosones.

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---Cynthia_Shaaouni on 11/29/07

(3)Samson never moved by faith. He was moved by everything his fleshy eyes could see. Only after his eye where taken away did he call out to God, this was the only time that it was mentioned that Samson prayed to God and it was in his last moments. A man that never walks the path that God has set before him is not ONE OF GODS MINITERS.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/29/07

(1)Hebrews 11 is talking about moving by faith and choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/29/07

(2)The writer of Hebrews mentioned the book of Samson but if he had spoken about the book of Samson, the faith he would have spoke of would have been the faith of the parents of Samson not Samson himself. Samsons anointed power came when his parents accepted the word of the angel of the Lord. After Samson was born he did not have a heart to suffer the afflictions with the people of God, but chose to enjoy the pleasures of sinful things instead.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/29/07

I honestly don't believe his power came from God. Samson had already warned these people that he would get his revenge. Jud 15:7-8. God tells us in his word for us to not do to those that they have done unto us. Pr 24:29. He also tells us avenge not ourselves but rather give place unto wrath, vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. That tells me that we shouldn't take matter into our own hands, but rather hand it over to God and let him take care of it.
---Rebecca_D on 11/29/07

Sampson's power was from the Lord. He cried out unto the Lord in faith (Heb 11:32). God heard him, and delivered him.

Judges 16:30 is a type and shadow of Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus did more for us at his death, gave us a greater gift by his death, than the gifts he gave us by his life here on earth. In death, Christ conquered death, hell and the grave! 1 Cor 15:55, Eph. 4:8.

That's the way I see it.
---trey on 11/28/07

Some people have a very punishing God.
---Mima on 11/28/07

I think the power came from the Lord. . . In the end, when we look at the story of Sampson, who gets the glory? The Lord does. Thus this too is a reflection of God's power. It proved that even in a time of dispare God's power is almighty. Also it showes how he lets us rise above our foes even when to the eye it may look as though we are defeated. The Philistines were not up against Sampson. They were up against God and his Power. Our steps are ordered by God.
---Amelia on 11/28/07

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Wasn't it God who gave Samson the power which remained with him as long as his hair was not cut? He lost the power but regained it towards the end of his life when his hair grew long again. Wouldn't that power also be from God if the original power was? Why credit the devil with the things that are from God?
---RitaH on 11/28/07

(3)The Spirit of God is not going to prompt you to want to die. Samson spoke out of desperation the words LET ME DIE. The state of mind he was in was a compromising one. Like people do when they are so frustrated and anxious to have their prayers answered, they will try to negotiate and say or do anything to get what they want. What caused him to speak words of death was another spirit, and it is from that spirit that he received the might to push over the pillars killing the Philistines.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/28/07

Thank you all for your responses. This is what the Lord has reviled to me about the story of Samson and was confirmed the next day through a sermon that one of our clients heard that morning. Thank be to God.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/28/07

(1)Although Samson was anointed he himself did not have a heart to obey the Word of God, as his parents did when they accepted the Word from the angle of the Lord. Fear is the only one of the Seven Deadly Sins that Samson did not committed. He was at heart a fornicating, out of control brawling, adulterous whom God had finally gotten around to through Delilah, to take away his anointing.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/28/07

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(2)In his last moments Samson was asking God for the strength so HE HIMSELF could take VENGEANCE on the Philistines for HIS eyes. This is contrary to Roman 12:19 that states vengeance is mine says the Lord. So the vengeance that he was asking for was something that would be considered a mist, to be used upon his own lust, the lust for his eye. This is why he did not get his prayer for strength answered from God, as stated in James 4:1-6.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/28/07

Blessings to all, the strength that came to Samson came from God Almighty Himself. What was real in Samson was his fearless faith in God in a time of doubt and apostasy, and this Faith God honoured(Heb.11:32). God Bless friends!
---Cynthia on 11/28/07

I think people that give satan that much power are useing him as a crutch. I think satan was destroyed along with Jerusalem in 70ad when Christ returned in judgement, just like Revelations says. Therefore, no satan, no one else to blame but yourself.
---mary on 11/28/07

The devil comes at you and tries to find that opening where you will compromise.
He will lure, draw, and entice you.
At your weakest moment, he wants to destroy you.
Samson had one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. His desire for things of the flesh was greater than his desire for the presence of God.
We cannot play with the world and get away with compromise.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

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Samson had reached such a place in God where he thought even if they shaved his hair off, he was invincible.

Compromise vexed Samson's soul so badly that he wanted to die. "My soul is vexed to death."

That's what the enemy wants to do to the Church. He wants to get you to a place where you open your heart and compromise the things of God and lose your ministry, your purpose and your effectiveness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

Philistines were having a feast.

But at a time of reveling, time of feasting, comes a time of greatest defeat.

Samson remembered what was once upon his life and he prayed a prayer that would fulfill his ministry for the last time.

As he bowed himself before the Lord in that pagan temple, he pulled down the pillars. The whole place came down.
In his death, he fulfilled his purpose and ministry, and the call of God on his life.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

Samson repented for his compromise.

Delilah, compromise, could be your friends.
It could be anything that will keep you from your call, your purpose, and your ministry.
You must locate it and deal with it before it kills you.
Never let compromise steal from you. We have to do what it takes to keep the blessing of God upon our lives.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

When you compromise with God, you will do the work of a donkey.
Life will become a grind, and you will go one more time around the mill.
Compromise will make your life repetitious.
There's no joy, no strength.
Your freedom in God will be gone.
The world has the ability to mock you when you compromise.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

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When Samson chose compromise, Delilah, he lost God's anointing and didn't know it.
There are people that have already lost the anointing today in churches, and don't know it. They don't know that it's gone.

The world is mocking at the Church right now.
They're mocking men and women of God that have lost the anointing through compromise.
---Michelle on 11/28/07

Samson is God's man.
God gave him a second chance, because Samson repented.
In his final moments on earth, Samson's final deed was Samson's greatest for God.

How could anyone interpret Samson being used by the devil instead of God?
---Michelle on 11/28/07

I have read Judges 16: 28-30. Who did Samson ask to restore his power? Also, why would a demonic power impower Samson to destroy people who were already captured by demonic spirits? Will Satan fight and destroy himself?
---Mima on 11/28/07

Two men in Scripture who did more to fulfill the very will of God in their deaths than they did in life: Were Samson and Jesus Christ, Though Samson was not a judge he judged Israel and so did God. Samson wanted to kill the 3000 Philistines to avenge himself for them taking his eyes, but Gods will was also accomplished, as this brought about the deliverance of Israel and Philistine oppression.
---Whisper on 11/28/07

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