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2 Timothy 2:1
Timothy, my dear son,
be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.
(The New Living Bible)


This grace of God makes us strong. So says the Apostle Paul to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy.
What did Paul mean by the strength that comes into our life through the grace of God?

To be strong in grace involves three things:
we have looked first, at the RESOLVE of Joshua to be strong in grace;
Today we observe God's servant, Samson.

      This is what happened to Samson:
Judges 16:
4 After this, Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in Sorek Valley.
5 The five Philistine kings went to her and said, "Trick Samson into telling you why he is so strong and how we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."
6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong. If someone wanted to tie you up and make you helpless, how could he do it?"
7 Samson answered, "If they tie me up with seven new bowstrings that are not dried out, I'll be as weak as anybody else."
8 So the Philistine kings brought Delilah seven new bowstrings that were not dried out, and she tied Samson up.
9 She had some men waiting in another room, so she shouted, "Samson! The Philistines are coming!" But he snapped the bowstrings just as thread breaks when fire touches it. So they still did not know the secret of his strength.
10 Delilah told Samson, "Look, you've been making a fool of me and not telling me the truth. Please tell me how someone could tie you up."
11 He told her, "If they tie me with new ropes that have never been used, I'll be as weak as anybody else."
12 So Delilah got some new ropes and tied him up. Then she shouted, "Samson! The Philistines are coming!" The men were waiting in another room. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like thread.
13 Delilah said to Samson, "You're still making a fool of me and not telling me the truth. Tell me how someone could tie you up." He told her, "If you weave my seven locks of hair into a loom, and make it tight with a peg, I'll be as weak as anybody else."
14 Delilah then lulled him to sleep, took his seven locks of hair, and wove them into the loom. She made it tight with a peg and shouted, "Samson! The Philistines are coming!" But he woke up and pulled his hair loose from the loom.
15 So she said to him, "How can you say you love me, when you don't mean it? You've made a fool of me three times, and you still haven't told me what makes you so strong."
16 She kept on asking him, day after day. He got so sick and tired of her bothering him about it
17 that he finally told her the truth. "My hair has never been cut," he said. "I have been dedicated to God as a nazirite from the time I was born. If my hair were cut, I would lose my strength and be as weak as anybody else."
18 When Delilah realized that he had told her the truth, she sent a message to the Philistine kings and said, "Come back one more time. He has told me the truth." Then they came and brought the money with them.
19 Delilah lulled Samson to sleep in her lap and then called a man, who cut off Samson's seven locks of hair. Then she began to torment him, for he had lost his strength.
20 Then she shouted, "Samson! The Philistines are coming!" He woke up and thought, "I'll get loose and go free, as always." He did not know that the LORD had left him.
21 The Philistines captured him and put his eyes out. They took him to Gaza, chained him with bronze chains, and put him to work grinding at the mill in the prison.
22 But his hair started growing back.    (Good News Bible)

Unfortunately, he did not understand that strength involves being ready for action; being alert at all times.
Instead he fell asleep on the inside, he got caught up with wrong companions and as a result he did not stay actively engaged in his life.
Therefore, the strength of God's grace was lost to him and he missed his purpose in God.

We too must learn, from this terrible experience in the life of Samson, that daily, we must allow the grace of God in Christ Jesus, to give us the strength we need to be ready for action, both in challenging times and also in good times.


Prayer:
Father, today I receive Your grace which was bought and paid for by the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ;
and which was made available to me through His coming back alive from death.
Thanks for new strength showered upon me today through this wonderful grace,
in Jesus' name,
Amen.

See you tomorrow, God willing,
when you'll find a new thought here to challenge you!
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

Note:

    LB stands for
    "The Living Bible", by Tyndale House Publishers
    NKJV stands for
    "The New King James Bible",
    by Thomas Nelson Publishers

      
      

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