The story of Samson in the Book of Judges (Chapters thirteen to sixteen) has many parallels to the life of a believer with the supernatural anointing of the Holy Ghost. 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:
- His birth was announced by the angel of the Lord Judges 13:2, 3.
- His mission in life was declared before he was born 13:4, 5.
- He was raised by godly parents 13:19.
- Blessed by God as a young man 13: 24.
- Empowered supernaturally by the Holy Spirit 13: 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 dedicate, devote, or 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 before he finally yielded to Delilah in Judges 16:16, 17.
- He decided everything on his own after the sight of his eyes Judges 14:1, 2. (Lust of the eyes)
- He wasn’t submitted to authority (in his case his parents) 14: 2, 3.
- He lead a double life of secret compromise 14:6-8.
- He began to play with sin (couldn’t stay away from the sweet to protect the holy) 14:8, 9; Numbers 6:1-6.
- He finally yielded the secrets of his strength to Delilah Judges 16:16, 17
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 need to dedicate and devote ourselves to live out this holy position. Dedication means “to be given up to,” or “be devoted to.”
Every day we are given the privilege of presenting ourselves, yielding ourselves, dedicating or devoting ourselves to God’s sacred use. We are to draw closer or near to God in fellowship and daily communion with Him. These are not things Christ has done for us, or what the Holy Spirit has done for us, or what God has done for us. It is totally our response to what has been done for us. Samson was sanctified or set apart for sacred use but not dedicated or devoted to it in his daily walk.