Is it destiny, distraction or a detour?
In the story of Samson, Judges Chapter 13 to 16, Samson had a destiny to be a Nazarite to God from the womb; and he will begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. The Spirit of the Lord began to make Samson to travel with the army of Dan between Zedah and Eshtoal. And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a women in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. The Lord God made the battle more personnel to Samson. The Lord will lead us into battle because sometimes we coexistent with the enemy instead of driving the enemy out from us. How many times do we live with little doubts about the God’s promises until we find ourselves in a battle for our lives or the lives of our love ones? All the promises of God are yes and amen. Victory is ours!
How many times do we war by declaration and decreeing the promises of God when we are trying to pay a bill by the due date? But if a ministry ask for a denotation we simply say we don’t have enough instead of standing on the promises of God that we have enough for every good thing.
The enemy of best has always been good. Unless we are committed to live a life
of total submission to the Lord Jesus Christ, we could be constantly during good
at the sacrifice of the best. Distractions can pull us off course, sometimes for
years. A distraction can be addictions, pride, or covetousness. Paul encourages
us to lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let
us run with patience the race that is set before us. God has a divine destiny
but an addiction can keeps us in bondage for years. If God is prompting you to
do something in service do it, don’t let pride has stopped the flow of the
Spirit. “What will people think if I kneel, when no one else is kneeling?” Any
addiction or evil desire will be a hook within our soul that will enable the
devil to lead us around and around the mountain never being able to climb higher
and higher in God. Anger can be a distraction that holds you back from a
stronger anointing of God?
Samson began walk with in his destiny but was distracted by his desires. Desire is a powerful force rooted in the will of man. Desire can be birthed from lust or love. Love is centered around others, love gives. Lust is centered on one’s self, lust takes. A desire rooted in love for Lord Jesus will cause us to draw near to God and as we draw near to God we remember now your Creator. We cry out create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. We know that the only thing that can drive out the evil desires within us is the Holy Spirit. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. We are but earthen vessels and must be filled.
Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. As the army of God we need to quit desiring the rapture and get to work expanding the kingdom of God on this earth.
Judges 15:7 And Samson said to them, though you have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease. Samson took a detour from fighting the Philistines. He ceased the attack to dwelt in the cleft of the rock. The tribe of Judah acknowledged that the Philistines were rulers over them. Samson left the path of his destiny, defeating the Philistines, and sided with the popular opinion of men.
One definition of detour is a deviation from a direct course of action. A detour is founded in fear, fear of man, fear of the future, fear of failure. A detour is when you hear the voice of God. You start to walk down the path that God is leading you on. Then you come up against a road block. A road block could be lack of funds, the opinion of your friends, courage to do the things God is telling you to do, lack of energy, lack of time or ambition. Some people would say, that can’t be the will of God for my life I can’t get through and they would go around or choose the path of least resistance. Others would stop and camp at the road block until the words of the Lord is just a faint memory and over time the word is removed from the mind.
Once we hear the voice of God, we need to set our faces like flint and don’t get off the path. If the path is blocked, then wait on God and pray for an opening. If you believe God knows the beginning from the end, then He knew that roadblock was there and He made a way of escape, listen for that still small voice saying this is the way walk in it.
Delilah, meaning feeble, deceived Samson into thinking she was for him. Deception will always pull you from your destiny. Don’t fear being deceived, but by faith believe that you know the voice of the good shepherd and you follow his voice and the voice of a stranger you will not follow. Whatever you focus on you draw to yourself.
Don’t operate deceptively, “But let your ‘Yes' be ‘Yes,' and your ‘No,' ‘No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. Don’t lie, because lying will open the door for deception because you came into agreement with it. Have no other agenda but to do the will of Father God and to become one with Him in desire. Decree and declare accepting by faith, that the Spirit of Truth abiding in you.
As members of God’s army we are destined to expand the kingdom of God, destined to be leaders in our community and lead the people to Lord Jesus. When you are found faithful with the ten, God will entrust you with fifty. The fifty will expand to the hundreds and the hundreds to the thousands. Our destiny is linked to our faithfulness and obedience to the task at hand.
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. Samson could have been a mighty man of valor and slay the Philistines in war not captivity?
Samson had a destiny but the enemy will attacked Samson’s weakness to get at to his strength.
In Judges Chapter 18, we find the tribe of Dan leaving their inheritance that the Lord had given them and traveling north to take over the land of Laish and conquer a people who were peaceful and quiet. Dan left their inheritance because the Philistines were too great for them and over took a peaceful people. The failure to complete our destiny will effect a future generation.
If distraction, desire, or deception leads you on a detour, repent and resume your destiny. There is a more excellence way: understanding that it is God’s plan and purpose. All He needs to fulfill His plan is a willing and obedient heart. To obey God is better than sacrifice. I believe God will use whoever is willing and obedient. The rewards of being willing and obedient is eating the good of the land. I’m reminded of the time that John G. Lakes saw William Branham preach. William Branham was stumbling over his words, until Lord Jesus step into him. Then the words of knowledge and healing began to manifest at the meeting. As we develop the listening ear and the willing heart, Lord Jesus can step into us and we will become one with Him in thought and deed.