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Annually on November 30
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian
The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord
blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh
Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:24)
This was how God began preparing Samson to become a judge of Israel.
Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he
returned, he said to his father and mother, "I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah;
now get her for me as my wife." His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable
woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised
Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right
one for me." (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an
occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached
the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of
the LORD came upon him in power 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. (Judges 14:1-6)
Of course, we don’t do such things now to demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit, but
power from on high is available for every believer who will step out with faith according
to the leading of the Spirit.
In the New Testament, we read of Peter and John, 2 of Jesus’ disciples venturing into the
faith realm and witnessing a great miracle.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer - at three in
the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called
Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked
straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the man gave them his
attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not
have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking
him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became
strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the
temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:1-8)
Has the Holy Spirit been stirring you recently to take a new decision, to step out into the
ministry or to take up a new challenge in your ministry?
Often it is through the “still small voice” that God speaks to us. And some of us tend to
ignore it because it may not be too comfortable a thing. Well, usually God doesn’t force
things upon us, but what He chooses for us is the best. It may appear difficult for us at the
onset, but on the long run we will experience the presence of God in a mighty way,
because we have been obedient to Him.