Satan Binds and Blinds
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.publishamerica.com
Judges chapter 16; John 15:5; II Timothy 2:25-26
The devil did not appear to Samson as an ugly ogre, but in the guise of a beautiful woman. The enemy was very subtle about it. He got Samson used to dallying with ungodly women long before he forged a bond with Delilah. Samson had a special anointing on his life, but fraternized with the heathen in a way I had specifically commanded Israel not to do. Samson’s moral sensibilities had become so jaded he was like putty in her hands. This winsome, charming lady, with her graceful airs and alluring perfume easily took this strong man captive with her feminine wiles.
Samson fell into the same trap many believers do. He had scored many triumphs; but through his own careless way of living he’d drifted away from reliance on My ability, and leaned upon himself instead of Me.
Samson felt powerless to break off his relationship with the Philistine Delilah. This brawny hulk of a man got himself into spiritual bondage to this dainty woman. She nagged him day and night, wearing him down, till he told her the secret of his strength: As a Nazarite, his hair had never been cut. One who is in captivity to satan has no rest day or night, as the enemy wears him down by inches.
For years Samson had flirted with the enemy, but I in My mercy did not immediately remove My power from this man. I gave him chance after chance to come to his senses and repent. Finally, Samson’s last link with his anointing was severed by the scissors of his godless consort. That was when My Spirit of Power left him, along with My strength.
He awoke from slumber, saying: “I will easily throw off my enemies, just like I always do.” But I said in My Word, Without Me, you can do nothing. What a shock it was to Samson when Delilah’s comrades in crime were able to easily bind him and blind him. Satan binds My rebellious children, and blinds those who have refused to let Me guide their journey through the darkness of this world.
The devil is the cruelest taskmaster. Those who refuse to obey Me automatically serve him! Samson was forced to grind corn for his enemies. Serving the devil is a grind which goes nowhere! Like a beast of burden, Samson walked in a circle endlessly, day after day, turning a heavy millstone, hardly pausing even to eat. He was in a rut.
During that time, he came to his senses. He pleaded with Me for mercy and forgiveness. He asked no special favors of Me, except to be avenged of his enemies for the loss of his two eyes. Physically he was blind, but spiritual sight was returning to him. His hair was growing back.
At last Samson was leaning not on himself, but entirely upon Me. At the time of his death he dealt the enemy a far more devastating blow than he’d done during the the sum total of his wayward career.