Scripture Reading: Judges 15:9–1 7
“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,” Judges 15:14.
Our Father and our God, we thank you for all you have done, are doing, and will do. Let all glory and honour be unto you our God. We lift our hands up to you and magnify your name for you are a great good God. What you accomplish, no one can hinder. Whom you deliver, none can bind. Blessed be your holy name.
Many people want to work, to accomplish certain things, but nothing they do flourishes and their goals seem impossible to reach. These people have bands on their hands that need to be loosed. Something is binding their hands so their work cannot be successful. Beloved, the Word of God has the solution to that problem.
“Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. And the men of Judah said, why are ye come up against us? And they answered, to bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, as they did unto me, so have I done unto them. And they said unto him, we are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock,” Judges 15:9–13.
Samson was in a very difficult position. His enemies had hurt him when they took his wife and eventually killed her. In response, Samson tried to kill these enemies, but they were very powerful and retaliated by raiding the land of Judah.
Samson’s people, even his own family, gave him up to the Philistines. But Samson had the God-factor that the Philistines could not reckon with: the Holy Spirit had anointed him. The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson when the Philistines shouted against him, and the cords they tied him with were loosed.
“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. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi,” Judges 15:15–17.
Are any Philistines shouting against you right now? I pray in the name of Jesus that the Spirit of the Lord will come mightily upon you and every shout of the Philistines will cause the activation of the anointing in your spirit. Then, the cords that the enemy has put upon you will become as burnt flax and your bonds will be loosed in Jesus’ name.
The God-factor, the Holy Spirit, the power of God, the anointing that can come upon every believer of Jesus, came upon Samson. The Holy Spirit is the fire of God and He is able to burn bands so they will disintegrate.
If you are a Christian whom the enemy is shouting against, or if you are a Christian bound by oppression, I pray that the Holy Spirit will come mightily upon you so that those cords around you will burn as flax and your bands will be loosed. Just as the Lord helped Samson, He will help you.
The Spirit of the Lord is the God-factor that makes a difference in hopeless situations in your life, but the Spirit of the living God cannot come upon you except you are born again. To accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, pray, “Dear Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins with your blood. Write my name in the book of life. Give me the born-again experience and let your Holy Spirit come mightily upon me so that the cords become as burnt flax. Let the bands be loosed off my hands.”
Father, let your Word work in our lives. Let your Holy Spirit come mightily upon us today so that every cord that the enemy has used to bind us will be burnt with the fire of the Holy Ghost and the bands that have been used to tie our hands will fall off.
Let the cords of witchcraft, poison, sickness, ailment, idleness, joblessness, apathy, pain, and sorrow all be burnt by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I pray that the power of God be established over the work of our hands, over our homes, ministries, and loved ones in the name of Jesus. Let the bands be loosed off the hands of your children so that we will be productive again in the name of Jesus. Amen.