A Passion for Christ Ministries: April 2003 Newsletter  

"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul" Acts 4:32(a)
Make Peace with God
APRIL 2003


Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).

This is an hour to reason with God.
This is an hour to make peace with God

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death (II Corinthians 7:10).

A Deliverer Will Come

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines (Judges 13:1-5).

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him (vs. 24).

The children of Israel had forgotten God -- failed God -- turned their backs on His commandments -- and therefore the Lord delivered them into the hands of their enemies. When the children of Israel grew tired of their oppression, they began to call again on the name of the Lord and the Lord sought for a deliverer in the form of Samson. Whenever people call on the name of the Lord, God moves for their deliverance, whether it is physical, mental, emotionally, or spiritual. He is the God of soul, mind and body and wants the ENTIRE man to be free free to serve Him.

One Thousand Men

And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men (Judges 15:14-16).

The mighty hands of Samson killed one thousand men. God allowed Samson to use His great power. There was nothing great about Samson. It was God's great power flowing through Samson that made the difference. Samson was just a man with God on his side. Man was created for God's glory, to show forth His [God's] power through us.

And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth (Exodus 9:16).

For in him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28a).

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18a).

A Judge For Israel

And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years (Judges 15:20). As long as Samson continued with the Lord, honoring Him, the Lord was able to use him as a deliverer and judge for the children of Israel. God can only use a person through His peace. We must want His way for our lives. When man failed in the Garden of Eden, he did not lose his free will. This is an hour to make the will of the Lord our will.

Entice Him

And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her [Delilah], and said unto her, Entice him, and see where his great strength lieth, and by what means we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver (Judges 16:5).

While with the Lord, there was no way that Samson could have been defeated. He had the peace of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Samson was consecrated before God. As long as his secret was not revealed, he used superhuman -- supernatural -- strength. Delilah was promised money to find out -- to find out Samson's great secret.

Samson never thought he would break his covenant with God and his parents. Samson never thought he would go too far and backslide on God. Samson was very, very, very strong . . . or so he thought. He began to lose, slowly, all that he had been given. Bit by bit the devil was winning, robbing Samson of God's peace -- of God's promises -- OF ALL.

It does not matter how close you are to God. If you do not obey Him entirely, it will be worthless. You will lose. When you continue to play with fire, the devil will rob you of everything. How many times have you said, "I'll be alright. I can handle it. I won't go too far. I'm alright." With the lateness of this hour, how can you afford to even take such a chance? You don't have the time that Samson had. The day is far spent. This hour is so late; you may not make it back to God. Can you really afford to draw your last breath without God on your side? Be careful, you are not as strong as you think. To fail God is to fail yourself.

I Love Thee

And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? Thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth (Judges 16:15).

Delilah whined and whined about Samson proving his love. This was not love that Samson was feeling but LUST. Lust destroys. Genuine love wears the garment of honor, protection, and respect.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren (James 1:13-16).

Much of what you experience -- many of the deep, deep, deep valleys that you have experienced in life -- were done by your own will. Remember, you may have been robbed of much but NOT your free will -- your free will to chose God over the things of the devil.

Lust and love. Lust and love. Lust and love. Many can't tell the difference. This has been the cause of many failed marriages down through the years.

She Pressed Him Daily

Samson told Delilah lie after lie. Remember, Samson never thought he would tell all. He never thought that he would go all the way. Sound familiar? In the beginning, Samson wasn't totally deceived, but as he continued to play the game his strength weakened and weakened. He wanted to be free of Delilah's whining. He wanted to be free and simply did not care. Samson just wanted peace. He had become miserable. Delilah's whining placed a great strain on his mind. He wanted a way out but there was none. Now spiritually blind, he had no more peace.

And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath showed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

So deceived, Samson thought he would shake himself as at other times before. The peace of God was gone. The presence of God was gone. The protection of God was gone. The devil kept back on the finale. He held back the ending but Samson would now find out the whole truth about the devil and the power of lust.

Are you asleep upon the knees of the enemy, not considering the great cost you will HAVE TO pay?

The Philistines Be Upon Thee

And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house (Judges 16:16-21).

Delilah had been paid; the job was done. Samson. "Samson, the Philistines be upon thee". Oh how those words must have haunted him. Samson once so full of life, God's life, now was nothing. The devil degraded Samson to such a degree that his eyes were put out. Samson had been the light of his community. God needed him. God depended on him to deliver the children of Israel but all had been lost.

In this state, Samson was no good to God. His consecration was gone. His peace of mind was gone. He had been so high but now he would be grinding in the pits.

"Samson, was it worth it? Samson, as you look back now, did you see the steps -- didn't you recognize the strategy of the devil? Samson?"

The lion, the bear, the men you slew in the name of the Lord, nothing. Nothing. "Samson, what will you do?"

The Hair of His Head Grew Again

In the dusty dungeon, round and around Samson went. Day in. Day out. Samson was in his own prison, created by fulfilling the lust of the flesh. Never able to get away from his failing God, Samson dwelled on his failure over and over again. Would it be possible to reconcile from such a dreadful state? Would it be possible for Samson to once again find favor with God? How? How did Samson get there? How would he ever get out of the prison house?

Samson had to face the fact that he failed God and no longer had peace with God. Alone, going round and round in the prison, Samson got rid of his pride and remembered the God of his fathers. He wepted bitterly, I imagined as he played the failure over and over in his mind. Samson spent many days remembering how much peace he had doing the whole will of God. He had to face himself, acknowledge his failure and bring forth godly sorrow.

Matthew 3:8, Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. Samson brought that fruit -- that godly sorrow that is needed for true repentance.

Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven (Judges 16:22). Samson made peace with his God. Samson found his way back to God through confession and repentance. He was regenerated.

Some people will never have the chance that Samson was afforded because they won't really meet God face to face. Godly sorrow is being as sorry that you committed sin, as God is that you transgressed against His holy will. Some will repent and go right back into sin. Why? Their repentance was without godly sorrow. If it had been, they would have stayed with God.

O Lord God, Remember Me

And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years (Judges 16:28-31).

Samson did it. He found his way back back to God. The Holy Spirit has everything to do with the conversion. He brings us into the knowledge of our sin against God's holy word. He continues to deal with us and we are drawn to God's truth that if we don't repent, we'll never see His face. Through the truth brought to us by the precious Holy Spirit, we are convicted of our sins and we beg for mercy -- and we get it. It is so easy for God to forgive a heart that comes full of godly sorrow -- so, so sorry for treading the precious blood of Jesus Christ under foot. So sorry for making the Holy Spirit cry. So sorry for crucifying Jesus afresh. There in our brokenness, we find mercy, grace, restoration, and regeneration.

If Thou Return

Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible (Jeremiah 15:19-21).

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace (Numbers 25:12).

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven (Col. 1:20).

Neighbor, will you return to God? Will you repent while there is yet time and be reconciled to God through the precious atoning blood of Jesus Christ?

Make Peace With God

Please repeat this simple prayer with me, asking Jesus to cleanse you of all unrighteousness. He is able to restore, create, deliver, and most importantly, save you. He is willing. He is ready. He wants you, dear one. No one has ever loved you like Jesus. He does love you.

Oh, God! I have sinned against you. I am so sorry! I have come home to make peace with you God, and I'm going to serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I do believe. I do believe that you are able to deliver me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ can make me clean, whole and new. Come on into my heart and help me.

Help me, Lord. I trust and believe that through the blood, I can make it. I do believe that I can make it with your help. Oh, Lord, I want your help. I must find you this day. I must make peace with you today, Lord. Save my soul. Love me, Jesus. I must have your love. Love me, Jesus. I will answer your call to salvation today. Come on into my heart, Jesus! Come in!

If you meant that prayer, He has come.

Praise Him, He is Yours!


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