Confirmation comes with a warning

In October, I wrote about my taking the Nazarite vow. You recall the story of Samson, the long flowing locks and the vow itself. The vow is described in Numbers 6:1-21.
Some basic requirements are to:

• abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors and vinegar distilled from such
• refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head
• avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members and any structure which contains such

I am in my second month, the hair is growing, the beard is itchy and I haven’t had a drop of alcohol. And no, I have not touched or been near any dead bodies. My beard itches, sticks to my pillow and I can’t do anything with my hair, but kind of flip it back and out of the way. I call it, “my awkward stage”.

On November 27, I was visiting Regina and went to church with my friends to Prairie View Community Church (they don’t have a website) and the pastor spoke about Samson and Delilah. He spoke in detail about the vow that Samson was under and how Samson, played with sin.

Eventually, we all know that Samson was taken prisoner by the Philistines and ultimately was led to his death because of his sin. Continually he broke his vow and continually was led further to his destruction.

What struck the pastor, was Judges 16:20: “Then she called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’
He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the LORD had left him.

The Lord had left Samson and Samson didn’t even know it. The pastor then went to talk about how he was humiliated, lost everything and then died. I was waiting for the part of the story that I like, that Samson, as he is being led to his death cries out to the Lord and the Lord, gives Samson his strength and he kills the Philistines, as well as himself. A story of redemption.

It never came. He ended the sermon that God redeems, but it was a soft point. His sermon was a warning. No glory, no tales of God’s power. Only a simple warning.

Our friend, afterwards, asked him what prompted this particular sermon (she was told of my vow the night before) and he said he did not know, which is apparently unusual for him. He said a few weeks ago, he was prompted to do this sermon. He also said he thought of adding the redemptive message to it, but as he wrote the sermon, he was led not to.

And here I show up. The pastor, when I spoke with him, admitted that he had never known anyone that took the vow of the Nazarite, nor, would normally preach like that—to preach only a warning.

I heard it. I heard a warning that says “Don’t rest on your strength”, “Don’t play with sin”, Don’t indulge in sin”. I heard a warning and a confirmation. A confirmation that says

I am set apart to the Lord and that I am here in Swift Current to do His will.

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2 comments for “Confirmation comes with a warning

  1. Deanna Franklin
    December 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Very powerful Gary. Thanks for sharing. So awsome for God to give you His warning, He has so much planned for you, there’s no room for any junk.

    God bless you Gary, press on!

    Deanna

    • cvictory-admin
      December 20, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Thanks so much for reading and for your comments!

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