He picked up a donkey’s jawbone that was lying on the ground and killed a thousand Philistines with it. – Judges 15:15


Often we become so caught up in working for God that we fail to be refreshed by God. Samson killed a thousand men with a don-key’s jawbone. What a wonderful feat! However, in spite of this accomplishment, he cried out, “Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagan people?” (v. 18). In other words, Samson had worked hard for God, but now he needed refreshing.

You may be mightily used of God in deliverance and yet be perishing from spiritual thirst. A burned-out minister is worthless to the Lord, regardless of his ministerial abilities. But God will hear your cry, like He did Samson’s, and open up a supernatural spring for you. Verse 19 says, “Samson was revived as he drank.” The psalmist said, “He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalm 103:5). Refreshing and renewal take place whenever you bless the Lord with all your soul.

Elijah killed the prophets of Baal and then was ready the next day to die and go to heaven. What is the secret of longevity in ministry and spiritual service? Lay down the “jawbone” every evening. Don’t pick it up again the next day until you have been to the refreshing fountain of worship!


He picked up a donkey’s jawbone that was lying on the ground and killed a thousand Philistines with it. – Judges 15:15




. . . The Spirit of the Lord began to take hold of him. – Judges 13:25

Samson’s whole ministry resulted from the Holy Spirit’s coming upon him in power (Judges 14:19). Without that power, he was weak and insignificant. Jesus’ ministry also began with the power He received from His baptism in the Holy Spirit (John 1:32). How dare we think that we can enter ministry and be effective for God without the same power released in us! If the Son of God never performed a miracle or preached a sermon without that power, we certainly should wait upon the Lord for it as well.

All ministry has its basis in the Person and power of the Holy Spirit as He enters our lives and brings us into a deeper dimension. The Holy Spirit stirred Samson. This stirring literally means “to agitate,” “to trouble,” and “to move.” Samson was moved from the normal pattern of life and into the role of delivering Israel from the Philistines. The inward stirring and agitation of God against the oppression of the enemy is where the power of God is released. Allow the Holy Spirit to come upon you now and stir you to fulfill your destiny!

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