Who or what (if anything) wakes you up in the morning?
What puts you to sleep?
- Some people are awake when they should be asleep.
What puts you to sleep?
- Some people are awake when they should be asleep.
- Some people are asleep when they should be awake.
Foretelling of Samson's Birth and Life
Judges 13:1-5 NKJVAgain the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. 2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, "Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."
Judges 13:24-25 NKJVSo the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Samson was lulled to sleep by sin, which hindered his usefulness.
Four Signs You Are Spiritually Asleep:
1. You ignore the advice of people who love you.
Judges 14:1-3 NKJVNow Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, "I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife." 3 Then his father and mother said to him, "Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" And Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she pleases me well."
2. You make decisions based on your feelings.
Judges 14:3, 7 NKJVThen his father and mother said to him, "Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" And Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she pleases me well."
7 Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
- He acted impulsively.
- He acted disrespectfully.
Judges 14:8-9 NKJVAfter some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion. 9 He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
3. You lack discernment.
(See Judges 14:12-15:6)
4. You assume God will overlook your sin.
Judges 16:4-15 NKJVAfterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." 6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you." 7 And Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known. 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with." 11 So he said to her, "If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And men were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread. 13 Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom"— 14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom. 15 Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies."
Why did Samson keep going back to Delilah?
- He was enjoying his life of sin.
- He believed he was in charge.
- He felt his good deeds outweighed his bad ones.
- He thought he was irreplaceable.
- He had no obvious consequences.
Proverbs 6:27 NKJVCan a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
Judges 16:16-19 NKJVAnd it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart." So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. 19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.
- What is the enemy using to put you to sleep?
- What is the enemy trying to take from you?
Judges 16:20-25 NKJVAnd she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. 21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven. 23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: "Our god has delivered into our handsSamson our enemy!" 24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said: "Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead." 25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may perform for us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.
When we sin, God doesn't overlook it. Instead, unbelievers overlook Him.
Judges 16:26-30 NKJVThen Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them." 27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. 28 Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, "O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!" 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
While it is true Samson eliminated many enemies at his death, he eliminated none after it!
Who or what are the "Waker-uppers" in your life?
- Examples (Looking at the good and bad done by others.)
- Devotions (Talking to and hearing from God.)
- Confession & Restitution (Examining our actions in the light of God's holiness and Word.)
- Declarations (Making & Reviewing statements that summarize our resolve to live for God.)
- Allies (Enlisting the help of others who know and love God and us.)
This is your "Wake up" call everyone!
It's time to rise and shine!
Questions For Kids
- Are you aware that God has a plan for your life? What do you already know about His plan for you?
- Samson was given unusual strength. What would you do if you had strength like his?
- Why is it important to respect your parents or those who are raising you?
Questions For Adults
- Why is it so hard for us to stay awake/alert spiritually?
- What are things you know the enemy has lulled you to sleep with or wants to?
- Do you see any of the signs you are spiritually asleep in your life right now? Which one of the five "Waker-uppers" can help you address this concern?
Please send Pastor Woody any questions you need help answering for yourself or your kids: firstname.lastname@example.org