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Scripture Reading: Judges 16:28-30
Sin Will Always...
1. Sin is real and its deceitfulness lures many unsuspecting souls to spiritual ruin, Heb. 3:12-13 (Immorality, false doctrine, defiled consciences, compromise, regret, pain and sorrow...).
2. Sin never delivers what it offers, Heb. 11:25; 2 Pet. 2:17-19.
3. Samson: Never lived up to his potential: Heb. 11:32 ř Nazirite (Num. 6:1-5, Separation, holiness) ř Lk. 9:23 ř Gal. 2:20 ř2 Cor. 6:17-7:1.
a. Jgs. 13:5: Though a judge, Samson was often ruled by personal revenge and lustful passions that weakened his devotion to God (14:1-4; 16:1, 4).
b. His sins included a lack of complete devotion to God (personal revenge, uncontrolled passion, failure to honor God as power source).
c. Only in death does Samson appear to be fully impressed that his strength was from God (Jgs. 16:17, 20, 28).
4. Judges 16: Three things sin will always do.
I. SIN WILL ALWAYS TAKE YOU FARTHER THAN YOU WANTED TO GO, Judges 16:4-20.
A. Samsonís Will was Finally Broken by the Constant Enticements of Delilah, 16:15-17. (At first, no intention of telling her...cf. sin.)
1. That is the time when he should have told her ďfrom GodĒ, and thatís final! 16:6-7
2. cf. Allurement of sin must be rejected from the first, Prov. 1:10-16; 4:14-15 (1 Cor. 15:33).
a. How? Commit to wisdom, Prov. 7:1-5.
b. cf. Aaron, Exo. 32:1-6; 32:21-24.
B. Sin, Left to Itself, always Progresses into More Evil, Psa. 1:1.
1. Error is an eating sore, 2 Tim. 2:16-18 (Rom. 16:17-18).
2. Evil grows worse and worse, 2 Tim. 3:13.
3. Hardens and condemns, Heb. 6:4-6.
II. SIN WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU LONGER THAN YOU WANTED TO STAY, Judges 16:20-21.
A. Samson had no Intention of Remaining Bound, 16:20.
1. He did not know God had left him.
2. cf. When sin attracts us: We often fail to adequately consider the bondage it brings! (cf. Alcohol, drugs, etc., Prov. 23:29-35)
3. We experiment with sin: Curiosity, excitement, boredom, etc.
a. Sin blinds hearts and sears consciences, 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Tim. 4:2.
b. Unexpected to Simon, Acts 8:18-19, 23.
c. The power of sinís bondage, 2 Pet. 2:19.
4. Prodigal son, Lk. 15:11-17. His sin led to despair and desperation.
B. Beware of the Controlling Power of Sin, Jno. 8:34 (Rom. 7:22-23; 6:11-14; 1:18-32). The flesh, error, evil hearts, etc.
1. You can escape its control by obeying gospel and serving righteousness, Rom. 6:16-18 (1 Pet. 4:1-4; Eph. 4:22-24)
2. Abide in Christís word, Jno. 8:31-32.
III. SIN WILL ALWAYS COST YOU MORE THAN YOU INTENDED TO PAY, Judges 16:30.
A. Samsonís Recklessness with Godís Blessing Cost him his Sight, his Dignity, his Strength, his Freedom, and Final≠ly his Life, 16:21, 25, 30. Samson finally acknowledged God as the source of his strength, and God blessed him one last time, 16:21, 28-30.
B. Choosing Sin Will Cost You:
1. Your soul, Rom. 6:23; Lk. 12:20-21 (4-5); Matt. 16:26.
2. Godís approval and fellowship, 2 Jno. 9.
3. Peace of mind, peace with men and with God, Phil. 4:6-7 (alienation, Col. 1:21).
4. Your dignity, honor and reputation, Eph. 5:12 (1 Pet. 3:11-12).
5. Heaven, Rev. 21:7-8, 27.
C. Instead of Sin, We Must Choose to Pay the Price of Discipleship, Lk. 14:26-33 (devotion, sacrifice, separation and holiness).
1. Learn from Samson: Sin will always do these three things.
2. Do not be deceived into thinking you can master sin by yourself, 1 Cor. 10:12:
a. Only in Christ is victory over sin achieved, Eph. 6:10, 13.
b. By being obedient and submissive to His will.
3. Where there is sin, the need is repentance, 2 Cor. 7:10; Acts 26:20.
-Plan of salvation-
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: July 17, 2013