As I was reading the story of Samson this morning, an interesting parallel came to mind. Many of us know of Samson as a man of great strength. However, there is no Biblical evidence that Samson looked strong. Instead, his great feats happened only “when the Spirit of the Lord” came over him. This story is interesting because Samson’s birth was actually an answer to the prayers for freedom by the Israelites who were in slavery to the Philistines for 40 years. An angel actually came to his then barren mother with strict instructions as the birth of Samson (and his Nazirite vow) would initiate a new covenant with God. Unfortunately, Samson did not remain ever mindful of his intended purpose on earth and he made very bad decisions which severed his covenant relationship with God. As that covenant was the only source of his strength, he was weak until he repented and restored that relationship.

The parallel comes when we fast forward to Second Corinthians chapter 3, verses 17 and 18 (NIV): “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

If you want true freedom in your life; freedom from anxiety, freedom from regret, freedom from fear; ask yourself if you are living in alignment with  God’s Spirit. Yes, this does put some of the pressure on you, but living a Christian life is all about constant self-evaluation and going back to God’s Word for wisdom.