MEMORY VERSE: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Peter 1 – 5
I thought Samson was going to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving to God immediately he secured victory over the Philistines. I expected Brother Samson to return home and testify of the Lord’s goodness. What did he do? He started praising himself. He started telling people how he singlehandedly killed a thousand men with an ordinary jaw bone of an ass. Judges 15:16 says: “And Samson said, with the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.” Instead of praising God, Samson began to boast about his great strength. Friend, are you beginning to boast about your strength? Are you beginning to boast about your ability to pray for 3 hours non stop? Are you boasting about your driving skills? Are you boasting about your good handwriting? Are you beginning to boast about your writing skills? Are you beginning to boast about your ability to read and comprehend things easily? 1 Corinthians 4:7 says: “…. What do you have that you do not receive...?”
Friend, have you started sharing God’s glory with Him? When some want to testify after passing their professional exams, they will say, “I thank God for passing my exams, I read and read and read, sometimes I slept in the library…” All they talk about is how they read and read as if those who failed did not read. We know you read for the exam, you did not pass only because you read or because you were brilliant, you passed simply because God showed you favour. Testify about His favour not how you finished the syllabus before the exam. Some parents even do this too. When their wards or children behave well or receives scholarship, they pat themselves on the back and boast about their parenting skills to their friends. Friend, you can make the effort, except God crowns it with success, it will be an effort in futility. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 says: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
Instead of thanking God, Samson began to boast about his good health; how he could jump up and down, how he could dodge blows and all, how he could hit a man at once and the man would drop dead. He boasted to the extent that he threw away the jawbone that brought him victory. Judges 15:17 says: “and it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-lehi.” Friend, I hope you have not cast away that fellow God used to counsel you when you were struggling. I hope you have not destroyed those relationships that brought you where you are now. Those you meet when going up are the same people you will meet when coming down. Samson never thought he was going to need the jawbone again so he threw it away. When he began to thirst, it was the Jawbone he cast away that God brought water from. Shamefully, he had to pick the jawbone and drink from it.
THOUGHT: Watch how you treat people because you may need to go back to them for help in the future.
PRAYER: Father , please send help to all your children all over the world
Bro Samuel | Reaching the world for Jesus.