The story of Samson has many parallels to the life of a believer with the supernatural anointing of the Holy Ghost. Samson was set apart for sacred use. Samson’s name which means awe inspiring/distinguished/sun-like is an indication itself that God did not intend us to go through this life unnoticed as we walk in God’s supernatural manifestations. He was born (as we are born again) with many advantages:
1. His birth was announced by the angel of the Lord Judges 13:2, 3.
2. His mission in life was declared before he was born v.v. 4, 5.
3. He was raised by godly parents’ v.19.
4. Blessed by God as a young man v. 24.
5. He was empowered supernaturally by the Holy Spirit v. 25.
He had everything going for him and was set apart by God for God’s sacred use. He should have been leading the fight to throw off the Philistine oppression in his generation for that’s why God anointed him but he failed to consecrate himself to live holy in order to protect his anointing. This was the seed bed of weakness that later lead to his defeat and overthrow at the lap of Delilah. Some would say Samson’s weakness was wrong women and that certainly was an issue but Judges 14: 1-9 reveals more.
1. He decided everything on his own after the sight of his eyes Judges 14:1, 2. (Lust of the eyes)
2. He wasn’t submitted to authority (in his case his parents) v.v. 2, 3.
3. He lead a double life of secret compromise v.v. 6-8.
4. He began to play with sin (couldn’t stay away from the sweet to protect the holy) vv8, 9; Numbers 6:1-6.
There were certain things Samson wasn’t supposed to go near as a part of his vow of consecration and to protect his anointing.Numbers 6:6 says, “All the days that he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall come at no dead body.” Samson violated this when one day, “…he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother and he gave to them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion Judges 14:8, 9.” Don’t be emboldened in sin just because you have others participate in it with you. Can you stay away from the taste of the sweet (pleasures of sin for a season) to protect the holy calling and anointing in your life? Without holiness we have no power to impact our society or personal strength to be culturally incorrect agents of change.
The world needs to see a living God through a church who shares the Gospel with power. The problem is that much of the church, like Samson, won’t stay away from the “sweet” to protect the “holy.” The anointing in our life is precious and we must protect it. There are certain things we should not touch (sin/the dead body of our flesh) to protect the anointing and calling on our life. God has made us holy positionally by virtue of our being in Christ but it is our responsibility to cleanse ourselves and perfect (practice) holiness in the fear of God 2 Corinthians 7:1. We’ve been set apart for sacred use at we must live right.