What are you carrying? Who are you carrying? Do we believe we carry Him? We hold precious cargo. In fact, God has said you are a vessel, a vessel of honor. There are places God wants to unload His cargo. The official definition of cargo is goods or merchandise carried by ship, plane, etc. You carry the good news as a vessel.
Continue on your voyage with the Lord. Your voyage is coming on the wind of the Spirit which shall blow upon you and your work. We are about to land, where God has told us to stand!
Paul landed at Tyre, where the ship was to unload its cargo. He stayed with them seven days. The disciples urged him not to go to Jerusalem and yet he said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21: 14)
They arrive in Jerusalem and were greeted warmly. Paul reports all that God had done among the Gentiles. The crowd sess Paul and they seize him. They accuse him of bringing Gentiles into the temple area. “They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul brought him into the temple area.” (Acts 21: 29)
- Never a good idea to accuse someone on assumptions and call them truth.
There was no evidence that Paul had brought anyone other than Jews into the area. Any Gentile found within the grounds of the court of Israel would be killed!
“The whole city was aroused and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple and immediately the gates were shut.” (Acts 21: 30) Then they beat him.
- This is the capture the Holy Spirit warned Paul of.
The crowd kept shouting, “Away with Him!” Paul is captured, but God is with him. (Shared from Acts 21: 1-36, Paraphrased)
When people don’t understand why we are put into situations and they ask, “Where is your God? These things I remember as I pour out my soul: How I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.” (Psalm 42: 4)
- When the road of our journey changes, we remember where we used to go, and what we used to do.
- It’s a good place to visit, but don’t land there.
“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, My Savior and My God.” (Psalm 42: 11)
- If things in life change, make a decision not to blame God, but praise Him, no matter what!
- Precious cargo is in our hands and in our mouths, even in our thoughts. We are carriers. (Shared from Psalm 42, Paraphrased)
Samson was carrying the strength of God wherever he went. It appears there was a weakness within him, with his women. He finds another woman, again, a Philistine woman, Delilah. The rulers of the Philistine go to her and ask her to find the secret strength of Samson, wanting to know how they can overpower him, tie him up and subdue him.
Delilah tricked him, just like his wife did, wanting him to reveal the secret strength. She manipulated him using the same tactic the first woman did by saying, “How can you say you love me? ” (Judges 16: 15)
- Recognize manipulative methods and stand clear of them.
She nags him, day after day, “So he told her everything.” Foolish man! I’ll bet she was winking at him too! :0
- Be careful who you share God’s secrets with.
- The enemy will try to wear us down and wear us out.
Samson’s strength was in his hair. Ultimately, our strength is in the Lord.
He falls asleep in her arms. See I told you she was winking. While he is sleeping she calls her Philistine man friend “To come and cut off the seven braids of his hair. And his strength left him. (Judges 16: 19)
- Know where your strength lies.
They attack poor Samson, gouge his eyes out and take him down to Gaza in the grinding prison. Gaza was a place where he showed great strength.
- The enemy loves to bring shame and humiliation.
- In our weakness, God is strong.
While in the temple, they bring Samson out, to parade him before the people. He asks God for supernatural strength again. He pushes two of the central pillars on which the temple stood. He braces himself pushes with all his might, and the temple crashes down on the rulers and all the people. Samson died with the Philistines, killing more when he died than while he lived.
He was a vessel used by God and for God. “Now build the sanctuary of the Lord bring the Ark of the Lord’s covenant and holy vessels of God into the temple built to honor the Lord’ name.” (1 Chronicles 22: 19)
- We are the vessels of God being built to honor the Lord. (Shared from Judges 16, Paraphrased)