This was when he began to play with the
anointing on his life. It is so dangerous to play with the
anointing of God. He delivered himself into the hands of
the Philistines, then broke the cords easily. He was
mocking them, but in reality, he was setting himself up
for his final undoing. He began to compromise what he
believed. Many people compromise what they believe in
order to be accepted.
Samson had a great anointing, but he played the
fool and lost the anointing. Samson got to the place in his
life that he thought he could do anything he wanted and
get away with it. I’m convinced that men of God get to
that place because of what God’s doing in the ministry.
Because of the anointing, the signs, the wonders, and the
miracles, they get into the place where they think, I can
do anything I want.
And if that’s so for the men and women of God,
how much is it for everyone in the Body of Christ? God
blesses them just a little bit and they get to the place
where they think, I can do whatever I want. No, you
can’t. Your life is not your own. You don’t belong to you.
You belong to the Most High God.
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot,
and went in unto her.
And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come
hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for
him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all
night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall
And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight,
and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two
posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put
them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the
top of an hill that is before Hebron.
The Prostitute and the Gates
The walls of some of the cities in those days were
so wide, they could ride six or eight chariots on the top of
them. So you can imagine how big the gates of the city
were. This man has just been with a prostitute. He gets up
out of bed, takes the city gates, and walks away with
them. He says, “I’ll show you. You lie in wait for me. I’m
going to take your gates away.”
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman
in the valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.
And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and
said unto her, Entice him …
Judges 16:4, 5
You see that’s what the devil wants to do to you
He wants to entice you. He wants to draw you. He wants
to lure you. He wants to get you to that place of
compromise so that at your weakest time, he can destroy
Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth
(find out what the key is), and by what means we may
prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict
him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven
hundred pieces of silver.