The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.
Throughout the truth of Sampson the spirit of the lord came on him many times.
Once when a Lion attacked him on his way to the Philistine country. With his bare hand he tore the lion apart.
Once after his first wife betrayed him and told her people the secret to his riddle. He struck down 30 men.
Also the ropes he was tied with became like charred flax and he struck down 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey.
Again when he caught 100 foxes and tied them together by the tail then tied a torch to them and set off through the fields.
It goes on and on….
The spirit of the Lord does not come to everyone in the same way.
Sometimes it is strength. Like when a mother lifts a car off of her child. Or a firefighter heaves a heavy object out of the way to save a life.
For me I know that the spirit of the Lord is with me when I get goosebumps talking in front of a group. I can’t explain it except for I KNOW that God is there and that my words are touching someone in a special way.
For authors it might be when they write a book or special paper.
Mechanics might get the feeling as they tighten bolts just before starting the engine that they just rebuilt from scratch.
For a mother it might be when her kids pray a special prayer or when she sees them doing something so kind that it melts her heart.
I think you get the point.
God does NOT come to everyone with strength like he did Samson.
Can you think of the last time the spirit of the Lord came on you?
How did it feel? Where were you at? What were you doing?
Sampson had strength and courage.
It took courage to go to a village that HATED the Israelites to find a wife.
It took courage to kill the lion.
It took courage to give himself up to the Philistines.
It took courage (and a little stupidity) to tell his wife about his weakness.
It took courage to pray to God to give him one last bout of strength after his eyes were gouged out.
God gives us all Strength and Courage of our own. We might not be able to tear a lion apart, or take down a 1000 men with just the jawbone of a donkey.
But we have our own strengths.
I have been blessed with many.
The ability to speak in front of crowds, to think on my feet and not have to have everything 100% planned out. Jenna would say that I NEVER have anything 100% planned out. Lol
God blessed me with the strength to share my faith with the world, to take MASSIVE action, to be able to teach others, as my dad calls it “the gift of gab” or the ability to talk to anyone anywhere about anything.
Today we really want to encourage everyone to use the strength that God has given you.
Look deep into your heart and soul and think about when you felt the spirit of God come on you. Now harness that feeling and go out into the world and make a difference with your God given strengths.
Lord, God, you are an amazing God! We know that you give us so much more than we deserve. You have blessed us all with these amazing gifts and powers. You might even call them SUPER POWERS! We pray today that you help us use our superpowers for you. Help us to harness them in a way that others might see you through our actions. God just like you gave Sampson massive strength and courage. We pray that you would give us the strength to use the gifts you’ve blessed us with. Not only the strength to use them but the courage to not be afraid of them. God sometimes I am scared to use the strengths that you blessed me with. But when I start showing them to the world, you always show me that is exactly why you blessed me with them in the first place. Today God we pray for your help and your guiding hand to be on everyone in the world. We pray for your healing powers to be spread throughout all the land and waters. And yes God we pray that your spirit come on all of us and help us to use the God given superpowers you blessed us with!
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!