Oh, how He loves you!

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The above picture is from the “Everything” skit.  

Whenever I hear a really great message, I must share it!  All credit is given to the speaker of this message, Jay Koopman.  He spoke on this topic at my church this past Friday.

Think back to a time when you were in love, or really loved something.  It could be a video game…or a human.  But regardless of whether it was a person of thing, when you were in love, you longed to spend time with that object or person.  Sometimes our problem is that we don’t experience God’s love in our life. We cannot “get right” with God by the things that we do, we need his love.

Now, the amazing thing about the Holy Spirit is that is has the ability to change us and thus, those around us.  Koopman began by saying that we will change the world, but first we ourselves need to be transformed.

When you look at the story of Samson in the bible, Samson was never supposed to have his hair cut.  In fact, his strength was never utilized until the end of his life because he was so scared of losing his hair.

When we look at the bible we see that we will have the authority to:

-Cast out demons

-Heal the sick

-Raise the dead

But how many of us do this?  The reason we do not is because we are not free.  Samson too was not free to live in his blessing.  

At one point in Koopman’s life, he rid himself of everything secular in an attempt to win God’s approval.  When the devil would try to hurt him, he felt as though God had abandoned him.  The problem was that he did not understand God’s love for him.

After he spoke, Koopman asked us to come to the front and open our palms expectant of God’s love.  I’ve seen and experienced many things in my life but nothing compares to feeling God’s love.

Someone once told me that we all have a “God sized” hole, we have that hole for a reason.  Nothing compares to the love of God, and nothing can replace it.

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Hey there Delilah?

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I was looking through my checklist of bible passages to read when a passage about Samson appeared.  I decided to keep reading past the passage assigned and I saw something about Delilah and Samson.  I read through it and saw how unhealthy their relationship was.  She was prodding him.  She didn’t really care for him and she betrayed him.  His interests were most important.  She wanted something and that was all that mattered,
I kept looking at that passage trying to imagine myself as Samson.  I’m obviously the brolic one!  The one anointed and ordained by God, right?  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was actually like Delilah and my friends in general are Samson.  My study bible said that Delilah was never mentioned in the bible again after this passage, but she stripped Samson of his honor.  How did one person leak their poison so powerfully into another person’s life?
Sure, it was Samson’s choice!  How could he make the same mistakes over and over again?  Stupid.  Not like I’ve ever ermmm done anything like that before.  *cough*
But how many times have I been a Delilah to the people important in my life.  The best thing we could ever do in our lives is encourage people.  To love people so much that they can feel the warmth of God.  But we’re predisposed to just hate.  
Human beings feast on hurting other and I fear that one day this nature in me will really hurt me or the people close to me.  Little people talk about other people right?  And I stand by the belief that it’s okay to share feelings, but there’s a point where it crosses the line.  I think I should know how to gauge that.
I don’t want to be remembered as someone who broke other people down.  I want to build other people up.  Samson was defeated by Delilah.  But we are made strong in Christ because our weakness is perfected in him alone.
I guess the problem comes when people who are filled with the Spirit stop listening to God.  Then just as Samson, God will leave us and we will not realize it.

I hope this was interesting to you!