Posted by: peebles | November 30, 2011

Judges 15:15 (NIV) ~ Finding a fresh jaw-bone of a donkey he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

This account of Samson and the donkey’s jaw-bone is very inspiring. The Philistines wanted Samson dead, they wanted firstly to destroy him, then humiliate him and parade him as some sort of trophy of their plunder.  Ultimately, the enemy wanted to rule over him. Even those who were with Samson on that day betrayed him, and they bound him with two new ropes to hand him over to the Philistines. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and he broke the ropes. Then, seeing a jaw-bone of a donkey on the ground, Samson picked it up and slew the enemy with it. An enemy, who had swords, spears, shields and staffs, was defeated by someone who, in the natural, had only the jaw-bone of donkey. 

When we call out to the Lord to help us in our battles and our times of need, He will enable us to overcome the enemy with what he has placed in our hands. He will rescue us, so that our faith is in Him, and not in what we have or do not have. A young man named David faced a giant of man called Goliath with only a sling-shot, yet God brought about a great victory. Jehoshaphat faced the armies of Moab and Ammon with just a bunch of singers and music, yet again, God brought about a great victory. Samson faced one-thousand men with only the jaw-bone of a dead donkey, yet, once more, God brought about a great victory. If God calls us into to battle, then it is He who will chose the best weapon for you to fight with. Prayer, His word and faith are the sharpest and deadliest weapons of warfare which we have in God. 

That jaw-bone of a donkey just lay there, and most people would never have thought it could achieve anything. However, when Samson took hold of it, what could it not do, now that Samson wielded it?  

My friend, many a man has felt like that old donkey’s jaw-bone; overlooked by the world, filled with feelings of being inadequate. As the world has walked on by and looked at you, thinking to themselves, “What can he do? He certainly does not look like much just laying there.” But remember this: “It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord. So when Christ, by His Spirit, grips you, surely you can adopt Paul’s faith-filled language from Philippians 4:13 (KJV) and say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Rise up in the power the Lord and slay the enemy in the anointing of the power from the Holy Spirit. Whatever we face today, may we face it with God on our side, for if God be for us then, who can stand against us? 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

 


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