said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his
sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake
myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.
of the signs of a heart that has shifted from God is the absence of spiritual
power. If you are like Samson, you will not be immediately aware that God’s
power has left you. Only after he tried to defeat his enemies did Samson
recognize that something was wrong. He went against the Philistines as before,
expecting their swift defeat. But this time the Philistines easily prevailed
you allow sin to creep into your life, if you refuse to obey your Lord, if you
do not reconcile with those who have hurt you, your spiritual vitality is
waning. You may assume everything is fine, but when you pray, answers do not
come as they once did. You once had a positive effect on those around you, but
now your influence is negligible or even harmful. Your life once brought
reconciliation, but now you experience problems in your relationships. Those
around you who have relied upon your strength are discovering that you are not
as helpful to them as you once were. Your lack of spiritual power is not crying
out for attention; but you are seeing subtle changes in your spirit and in your
relationship with God.
can you stop this spiritual decline? You must regularly repent of any sin. You
must invite God to search your life to see if there are attitudes,
relationships, or activities that need to be removed. You must fervently obey
His will. If you walk with God in this manner, you will grow in spiritual
strength and be used mightily by Him.