Samson

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Samson was the eighth judge God chose to deliver Israel from the Palestine’s. Although Samson was chosen by God, doesn’t mean that he lived a Godly life. Samson, the strongest man to ever live, was selfish, prideful, arrogant, and lusted after women. The life that Samson lived would eventually be his demise.

The story of Samson start’s in the Valley of Sorek, with the tribe of Dan, where Samson’s parents lived. An Angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s mother explaining that Samson was to be a Nazarite. According to the Law that God gave to Moses’ in Numbers 6:1-21, a Nazarite is not allowed to shave his head, eat grapes or drink wine or eat dried grapes (raisins), and is not to touch anything unclean (dead).

Samson’s birth was a miracle because his mother was barren. After the angel of the Lord appeared to his mother, she was excited and went home to tell her husband the news. Manoah could not believe the news so he prayed to the Lord for the angel to appear once more so he could hear for himself the instructions that were given to his wife. God answered Manoah’s prayer, the angel appeared once again. This time Manoah’s wife ran to get him. Manoah asked the angel, how shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him (Judges 13:12)?  Samson’s parents did as the Angel of the Lord commanded. The bible tells us, “The Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan” (Judges 13:25 KJV). So, we see that even at a very early age God was with Samson. The story of Samson really begins to shine through when he is about twenty years old, where he frequently visits the Philistine town of Timnath. During one of these visits, Samson see a young Philistine girl and falls in lust after her. He then goes home and tells his parents to get her for him as his wife. Except for marriage, this must not have been the first time that Samson talked with his parents about women. The Bible tells us, “Then his father and his mother said unto him, “Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines” (Judges 14:3, KJV)? Unable to convince Samson, they head out for Timnath. On the way, there happened to be a vineyard. Keep in mind about the Law, No grapes. While there, a young lion attacked Samson and the Spirt of the Lord moved on him and he killed the lion. Why is the lion important? You see, after some time had passed, Samson returned to the same spot in the vineyard where he killed the lion and discovered that bees had made honey inside of the lion’s carcass. When Samson saw this, he ate of the honey. There he goes braking yet another Law. He then gives some of the honey to his parents but never reveals to them where the honey came from. Samson knew his parents would be devastated by this act. They arrive in Timnath and Samson basically throw’s a party, we all know what goes on at some parties. Samson probably indulges in some wine, he starts talking and issues a riddle to the Philistine men there.

So far, Sampson has lusted after women, touched an unclean beast, and drank wine. Samson has given in to every temptation that has been before him.

Now, back to the problem with the riddle. The Philistine men didn’t have an answer for Samson. They became so desperate, they threatened Samson’s new bride. The men told her get us the answer or we will burn down your father’s house with you inside. She begins to nag at Samson, this goes on for days. Finally, Samson gives in and tells her. She then returns to the Philistine men with the answer and when they tell Samson he knew right away where they got the information they needed to solve the riddle. Samson became angered and killed thirty men to pay his debt. He then returns home to his parents for a while but when he returns for his bride she has been given to the best man. Samson must have been very upset because of this. He goes out and finds three hundred foxes, ties their tails together by pairs, attaches torches to them, and turns them loose on the Philistines’ grain fields. He then destroyed the vineyards and olive groves. Because Samson did these things, the Philistines began to oppress Judah even more. So, three thousand men from Judah went to Samson and told him what was happening because of the vengeance he took out on the Philistines. Samson then agree to be delivered to the Philistines but only if his people agreed not to kill him. They agreed.

Jawbone

When Samson arrived in Lehi, he broke loose and killed one thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey (an unclean beast). Samson just kept making mistake after mistake. He even took the gates to Gaza. Samson had the strength to defeat these things that were before him, but it was a woman named Delilah that would be the end of him. Samson fell in love with Delilah, but she was a greedy person that loved money. When the Philistine men approached her about finding Samson’s strength all they had to do was offer her some money, and well, that was that. Delilah began to work on Samson to find out his secret. She would ask him over and over, each time with the hopes that this time would be the truth. Each time Samson would lie to her and make a mockery of her. She began to pout and tell Samson, you don’t love me. She nagged and nagged until finally one day Samson broke and told her the truth. It’s my hair Delilah. If my hair was to ever be cut I would be like any other man. She lured Samson to sleep and called in a man to cut Samson’s hair. Samson was then captured; his eyes were gouged out and he was taken to Gaza. One day he was put on display for the amusement of the Palestines. Samson was placed between two pillars which held up the roof.  After some time had passed, Samson prayed to God, “please strengthen me one last time”. God granted Samson this wish, and Samson brought the roof down, killing himself along with three thousand Philistines. With one act, Samson killed more Philistines than he had killed his entire life, but Samson was gone as well.

Samson lived a life that many of us have lived ourselves. We have all done things we are not proud of. Perhaps you like to chase the women, drink, or dabble in things that you knew were bad for you. Like Samson you probably never stopped to think about what the consequences or outcome would be. Just live for the moment. I sure have done that many times. Thank God it didn’t cost me my life or yours.

We as soldiers of God still must be on guard. We must keep a constant eye out for weakness and temptations. As we grow closer to God, our trials will get more difficult, they will be more frequent, and we will grow weary, just as Samson did. If the strongest man to ever lived struggled, why would we think we might be able to do better at resisting? We must pray daily, ask for repentance, and always give God the glory in our victories. Remember, God is with us always and if God is for us, then who can stand against us?!

Temptation

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One of the first things we learn about as Christians is the fall of man (Genesis Ch3). Scripture tells us that Eve was tempted by the serpent (satan) in the Garden of Eden. She also gave the fruit to Adam and and both of their eyes were opened. Therefore, sin and death entered the world.

Why bring this up?

I want people to understand how dangerous temptation is. I don’t think that we stop long enough to think about that. You know; what are the consequences of my actions? How will this affect those in my life? When temptation presents itself, most of the time it is spur of the moment. We get blindsided, satan’s main tactic. Satan will lay in wait just for us to come by when we are at our not expecting the great deceiver to show up. We know this of course but somehow he still sucks us into a situation where we know better.

But how do we prepare for temptation?

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In Mathew Ch4, we are given the best example. After Jesus fasted for 40 day’s and night’s, satan appeared to tempt Him. Jesus totally defeated satan with God’s Word. Satan thought that because Jesus had fasted and was weak from hunger, that he could step in and take advantage. Those 40 day’s and 40 night’s, Jesus was preparing. Fasting brings us closer to God. This is why, when we have some tall mountain that we feel is insurmountable, we should fast and bring it to God and let Him help us move the mountain. You see, Jesus was very prepared. In Mathew Ch 4 v. 4,7 and 10, Jesus used Scripture to move His mountain.

The Promise.

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1 Corinthians 10:13:  There hath no temptation taken ye but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This Scripture tells us that we will be tempted, we will be able to take control, and that God loves us and will be there to see us through. God will never leave us alone. We (Christians) are His sheep. As long as we are a part of the flock, He will always be there to help, guide, and defend us. This is true because God cannot lie. For God to lie would mean that God is contradicting Himself. So, as Christians we believe God’s Word to be infallible, then we must have faith that God will stand true to His word. So, when you feel discouraged because temptation has set itself before you, remember the promise presented in  1 Corinthians 10:13. Be still, pray, and hold fast, for you are not alone. Our Father can move any mountain.

Brilliant is He

Brilliant  When you hear the word Brilliant, the first things that pop into many of our minds are descriptions such as bright, intellectual, smart, genius.  Many words that we often use to describe, or associate, with people.  Those such as Einstein, with his brilliant mind, Beethoven, a deaf composer and musician who had the ability to reach deep into our souls with his music, Leonardo da Vinci with his ability to bring life to canvas, presidents, authors, and so many more that have made it into the pages of history. This we might also apply to more everyday people, so to speak, such as doctors, those individuals who save lives everyday, even those who imagine and perfect these same life saving procedures.  But even greater than all these, is the One who creates life, gives life, and takes it away, God Himself, the Creator of all we behold.


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With a single glance around us, no matter where we might find ourselves, we are privy to God’s divine brilliance, the greatest mind of all.  Brilliance is not the Big Bang, or even how Earth came into being, if you choose to think of it in this scientific realm, but greater still is the brilliance of the one who placed these particles into being, time, space, and hung them into existence.  Science is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, it has made leaps and bounds for many of the luxuries a great number of us take for granted every day.  But keep in mind,  without brilliant minds science would be a mute point.  With this being said, let me remind you that we are created in God’s image.  Now stay with me just a minute longer. I have said all of this to say my idea of brilliant is simply faith in God.  Allow me to explain.  We all know that faith is the essence of believing in that which we cannot see.  Someone once told me that faith is like breathing across the arm of an individual.  You feel the air as it sweeps across the skin, and even though you can’t see it, you know it’s there because you have felt the effects of it. Faith basically works the same way.  Even those who consider themselves simple minded can comprehend the concept of what I have just described.  An individual of limited intelligence, or should I say education would be far more accurate, with his or her brilliant mind can brilliantly comprehend brilliant faith and brilliant life given to each of us, in the blink of an eye, by a loving, awesome, and brilliant Creator, Jehovah God, the great I Am, the author of all things brilliant.

Christian or Goody to Shoes

Sometimes I wonder about the answer to this question myself. Being a Christian, I feel that we all are Created equal. In God’s eyes none of us are any better or worse than the one next to us. There are however those that claim to be Christians that will look down on others because they come from a rich family, have a better education, and so on. I’m here to tell you that’s not the Christian way. Christians are to be One Family under God. Just because someone looks, dresses, talks, or even smells a little funny, don’t give Christians the right to judge. God said Judgement is His. I’m saying all of this because I want people to know that not all Christians and Churches are not the same.

Example

Just a few days ago I got a phone call form a young man asking me if I was a member of such and such Church. I was at one time and know plenty of their members. I told the young man that I could give him a phone number to call. The young man began telling me how he had been going to this Church and he was being evicted from where he was staying, he had to sell his truck and lost his job. I felt really bad for the young man. I told him that I wold pray for him and his situation. I gave him the number to the member of the Church. Did I mention that it was going to snow later that evening and the temperatures were unseasonably cold for South Carolina this time of year. We’ll I went on about my business, thinking all is well. About six hours later the young man calls me back and ask if I have talked to anyone. You see he did call and speak with the individual about his situation. Hmm. I said no I had not. Long story short, I got in my Jeep in the snow to go pickup this young man because the Church that he had been attending would not send anyone and they had given him the run around. Real Christian like. On the way to pickup this young man I prayed to God that this act of kindness would save this young man from leaving the Church all together. I could tell just talking with him that he was young in the spirit as well as years. What a shame to loose a young person over something like this. Once we met, he was very thankful and offered to pay me. I would not let him do that. I got him situated for the night with a local shelter. The next day he asked if I could take him to meet his girlfriend’s mother to pick him up. I was helping my wife with her work and was not sure if I would be able to. Once again I made some calls and got the same response, so I took care of him again. I told him that God has a plan for him and to not get discouraged. I dropped him off, shook his hand, told him I would pray for him and check on him tomorrow. I did as I promised and I told him to find a Church and to surround himself with Christians that could give him the strength that he needs right now..I later found out why he had been treated this way….It had been rumored that the girl he and his father were living with was involved with drugs, had been/ is under investigation for her husbands death, SLED had raided the home looking for drugs. At this point I just said wait, aren’t those the people we as Christians are supposed to reach out to? I mean the Apostle Paul was not sent to Club Med to look for sinner’s. He was sent to places were sinners lived. This is the problem with a lot of Church’s and  Christians.  Some not ALL think they can sit in their pew’s and just pray the World to Salvation. While it is great to have those Prayer Warriors going at it, the rest of us Christians need to get outside and talk to people and invite them to Church. We don’t have to go far perhaps just to the house next door. Now don’t go thinking I’m being judgemental, I’m not, just calling it like I see it. And I want people to know that not ALL Churches and Christians are the same. With that being said, if you are in a Church where the Holy Spirit is not showing up during service, you may want to look for a new Church.

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About Chris Norris

I was born in Loris, SC in 1971 to my parents, Ronald and Bonnell Norris. To say I was a hyperactive child would be putting it mildly. My father worked long hours, and my mother worked nights at the hospital. I was always in some sort of trouble. Some how God brought us all through it. In the summer of 1999, I attended a church service at Mt. Hebron, which was my Grandfather’s church. I drove by the church and didn’t see my Grandparents’ car, so I decided to go back home. Then I had this feeling that I needed to go back, that church should not be about my Grandparents, but about myself. So, I turned around and went back and found a seat in the back row. That day there was a guest speaker. I can’t recall his name or much of what he said, but when he gave the alter call I found myself standing in front of him clueless. That doesn’t matter now, because that day I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. After the service, there were so many people that came up to me that I had never met and said to me, “You must be Chris? We have been praying for you for so long.” WOW! I could not believe the members of that church had been praying for me. That was an awesome feeling to know that people that I had never met felt that strongly about me. After I talked with my Grandfather about the experience, he told me that one day I would be a Pastor. Wait a minute Granddaddy, I think you have your wires crossed. I will never be called to do something like that. After several years, more and more people began to confirm what my Grandfather has said before. There was only one thing…..

The Problem

You see the problem was I was not completely sold into the idea of being a Pastor or anything else with the Church. Even though I was saved, I was still holding on to the ways of the world. I’m sure some of you can relate. I still wanted to do what I wanted to do and not what God was starting to reveal in my life. I knew the Holy Spirit was with me because He was continually telling me, “Chris, DON’T DO THAT..” Of course I rarely listened. I would put it in the back of my mind and do whatever it was that I had planned, and then bam!!! Something bad would happen. Then here I was saying, God I should have listened to you, now will you get me out of this situation, and I”ll be in Church Sunday morning. Sound familiar? I was using God as a security blanket, a get out of jail card so to speak. I did this for many years, until….

The Complete Transformation

For as long as I can remember I have known that  there is a God that loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with each and everyone of us. As the years passed, I started to feel God’s presence growing in my life. I joined the Army in 1993 and served until 2010. The power of prayer has brought me through a lot. I am so glad God did not give up on me. He was with me through it all. After my military life was over, I began to fight a spiritual war within myself. I was angry, ill, depressed, and separated from everyone in my life. I didn’t want to have contact with anyone, not even myself. I had contemplated suicide. That is how bad it was to be me during that time. The thing is I didn’t see what my trials were doing to my family, they were suffering with me. My wife and I were arguing all the time and not spending any time together, my kids were angry at the world and me. My life was falling apart. Then one day in October of 2017, I made a phone call by mistake, or was it a mistake at all? Tash, is a close and dear friend. She has been someone I could talk to from the moment she entered my life. That day in October I was calling someone else, but she answered the phone. We began to catch up with what was going on in our lives but as the conversation continued, I noticed a change in her. The change was the way she was acting and talking, she had changed. After we said our goodbyes and talk to you later, I went about my business as usual. It was not long that God spoke to me, “WHY? WHY HAVE YOU LET ONE PERSON COME BETWEEN US?” There was no mistaking who it was that was talking to me. God was calling me out. Now, what kind of excuse can I give to God? Let’s see, oh, there is not one. God began to thump me in the head for the next few day’s. I asked my Mother if she was going to Church that Wednesday night. She replied,” Of course.”  I told her I was going too. I showed up and things started rolling from there. A few months later, and here we are. My Grandfather was correct all along. God was calling me into the ministry. Thing is, now I’m ready to accept and answer the call. Since I have accepted God’s call the war within myself has ended. My life has truly changed, a complete transformation. I am full of the Holy Spirit and I no longer even want to see, hear, or experience the ways of the world. I know that I will not be able to escape the world because I have to live in it, but I can control many things that show up. I truly know now beyond a shadow of a doubt that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Thank you Tash for shaking up my spirit, I love you!

The Message

God’s word is infallible. It is truth at it’s very core. You see, to not believe God’s word, is to not believe in God. Why? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(John1:1). In the Old Testament, God created all, and in the New Testament, God gave all! God took on the sins of the world for us. A perfect and sinless God manifested Himself in the flesh, fully God and fully human, to take on sin and death for both you and me so that we can have Eternal Life. What a gift! All we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, Profess our Faith in public, and be Baptized. That’s it! Here is where to begin:

Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

How can we know, you may ask?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

If you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon you right now, then I encourage you to say these words. “Dear God, I am a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Lord I’m sorry for all the wrong I have done. I realize that you came and gave your life for me on the cross so that I can be saved and have Eternal Life. God I accept you right now as my Lord and savior. Amen.”

The next steps are on you, find a Church, surround yourself with Christians that can help you to grow in God and become a light in this world to others. We are all called to be disciples of Christ to go out and spread the Word of God. I pray that you will become a strong person of Faith and that God will lead you to your Calling……. Keep in mind you are a new creation now.  Just as in Genesis 1:1, God created the heavens and the earth, you too are now a new creation in God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.