Fresh Hope – 6th December 2017

Samson could have been one of history’s greatest leaders, yet when all was said and done, he turned out to be one of the worst.

Samson had everything going for him. He was a special child, foretold by the Angel of the Lord to his parents. He had a God given destiny and purpose, which was to deliver his nation from the opposing forces, namely the Philistines.

Samson performed many great feats of strength during his life, yet despite his good start, Samson got himself into trouble many times and in the end he finished tragically. He was weak, blind and enslaved to the Philistines from whom he was supposed to deliver his people.

Why didn’t Samson become the great leader he had the potential to be?

Simple…his despicable character made him untrustworthy, destroying his ability to lead. He was impetuous, volatile, lustful, moody, emotional and unpredictable. No one could figure out his intentions, not even his new wife, his Father in law, or his own nation, the Israelites. Even his own people bound him up and handed him over to the enemy in order to save their own necks.

Not everyone of us has a great start in life but what we do have is the chance to build our lives and character in order to finish well. Samson’s lack of integrity was his undoing, when you lose that you lose peoples trust.

Be determined today to stay strong in character, no matter what temptation comes your way. If you’ve messed up, make sure you fall forwards, pick yourself up and start again. This time do it right.

Remember: it’s not how you start that matters, but how you finish. Stay strong.

Be a person of integrity, no matter what everyone else around you is doing.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Pastor Mark

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