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My Worst Enemy - One More Time

9/25/2022

SPEAKER: ERIC BARTON

My greatest enemy isn't out there, he’s right in here.


Romans 7:18-25

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.



Samson was an incredibly strong man, with a dangerously weak will.


Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.


Judges 16:22

But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.


Judges 16:23

Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”


Judges 16:24

When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.”


Judges 16:25

While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars,

1. FAILURE IS A PART OF LIFE.


Proverbs 24:16

for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.


The question isn’t if you will fail, it’s what will you do when you fail.


1 Timothy 1:15-16

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

2. THE NATURAL RESPONSE TO FAILURE IS REGRET


2 Cor 7:10

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.



3. THE GODLY RESPONSE TO FAILURE IS REPENTANCE


2 Cor 7:10


Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.


Regret is looking backward.

Repentance is moving forwards.


Phil 3:13-14

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


4. FAILURE IS AN EVENT, NOT A PERSON.


Lam 3:19-23

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Just because you are down, does not mean you are out.

3 THINGS TO DO FROM A PLACE OF FAILURE.


2. PRAY FOR STRENGTH


Judges 16:25-28

... “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”


2. PUT YOURSELF IN THE RIGHT POSITION.


Judges 16:29

Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,


3. POUR YOURSELF INTO WHAT MATTERS.


Judges 16:30

Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.