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Reliance on God Banishes Fear

It has always been a costly mistake for man to rely on human beings rather than God who is able to deliver those who trust in Him. Obviously,  fear of his people robbed King Saul the dynasty God promised him. He feared the Philistines and the possible consequences  of his soldiers deserting him at a crucial time of impending attack from the warlike Philistines. In fear, he went to perform the role of Prophet Samuel by offering peace and burnt offerings whereas God had always delivered Israel from more grievous situations or afflictions than the attack from the Philistines. King Saul was expected to have gotten the assurance that God had sworn to forever deliver Israel and crush their enemies by HIS divine intervention no matter their strength and number: 1 Samuel 13: 8-13 (NKJV)

Another grievous instance of fear of men was the instance of King Saul’s partial obedience in not carrying out God’s commandment to destroy all living things in Amalek including Agag the king. Saul’s fighting men destroyed everything except their King Agag and the best of their sheep and goats. When Prophet Samuel arrived at Saul’s place in Gilgal bleating of sheep was all over. Saul began to rationalize over why he brought King Agag and the sheep to justify his action. He had irrationally feared his men instead of God by obeying the voice of men I Samuel 15: 13-29 (NKJV).

Christians should not fear man and should not give heed to the threats of wicked people. We are not to breach the trust we have in the Almighty Lord our God because of his awesome powers.

Non-Carnal Love Series # 7

Samson, the failed hero

Samson, the failed hero

It is crystal clear that a man of God can lose his anointing if he fails to resist the devil to the extent that it must flee from him. As it was with Balaam, so it occurred to Samson born with heavy anointing on him. He had a clear mission to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. He violated the agelong prohibition of marrying from non-Jewish clan, especially from the Philistines. He acted against parental advice. His first betrothed wife was married to his best man.
Samson went ahead with carnal love for another Philistine damsel- Delilah- a harlot. He lost possession of his anointing and fell prey to the beguiling power of Delilah’s ceaseless entreaties.

As soon as he spiritually deflated himself, the Philistines captured him and plucked off his two eyes (Judges 16 : 22). Samson without his anointing became an ordinary defenseless man. So it is in our everyday life that carnal love continues to destroy political careers of some prominent politicians.