Judges 16:18-19 “When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, ‘Come back once more; he has told me everything.’ So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.” (For the entire story, see the attachment.)
The Spirit of Delilah
Don’t be deceived by what is happening in your marriage. Spouses are engaged in a spiritual battle. We wrestle not against flesh and blood (See Ephesians Chapter 6). The devil himself has been coming against marriages since Adam and Eve. His strategic plan against marriages is in full effect. Now laws such as legalized gay marriages have been imposed by the kingdom of Satan to come against God’s sacred institution of marriage. The hurts, issues, and attacks that women and men have suffered through and have not been healed and delivered from leaves them open to the wiles of the devil in his attacks against marriages.
So many marriages and relationships are in turmoil right now because of Delilah. Delilah’s character is extremely complex. Let’s explore Delilah the manipulator. First, her relationship with Samson clearly wasn’t based on “love.” Samson was a man of power and status and Delilah was attracted to his power. When wives (or husbands, as a man can have this same spirit) are dealing with other women coming after their husbands, we must be able to recognize that often, the women only want our husbands because they belong to us. Going after something that belongs to someone else (covetousness) empowers the spirit of Delilah and gives her a “rush” to go after someone else’s spouse. The other woman often times seeks something in the affair other than love – they seek power.
Holy Spirit revealed to me that Delilahs who come after married men have a demonic strongman of “control” (in addition to some other sexually immoral demons) with associated demons such as possessiveness, dominance and witchcraft. Dominance is “power and influence over others.” Synonyms for dominance are power, authority, rule, mastery, and control. The task that the enemy assigned to Delilah was to come against a man of God with a calling and purpose in his life. The enemy used her to destroy the assignment and ultimately the man. Think of your spouse’s purpose in life, even if he/she isn’t operating in it. God has revealed to you your spouse’s purpose in the kingdom. Please understand that there is a strategic attack against your spouse’s purpose. The affair isn’t limited to what you can see with your natural eyes. The affair is deeper than that; it is about canceling the purpose and assignment of your spouse.
Delilah’s inner spirit of control enabled the enemy to use her in his assignment against Samson’s purpose. The Philistines were able to use Delilah in their conspiracy against Samson because of her own thirst for power. The text doesn’t suggest that she had to be coerced or urged outside of the initial bribe of eleven hundred pieces of silver from the lords of the Philistines. After she accepted the challenge, the dominance began. She asked Samson to tell her the source of his strength. She pursued him with such influence that his soul was vexed. She pressured him and overpowered him until he gave in.
Delilah’s objective was to “expose” Samson’s secret. Have you noticed that most adulterous relationships don’t remain “hidden?” The other woman/man really and truly wants to expose the secret affair. Although there is a thrill in the secrecy of the affair for a little while, the thrill wears off and in order to achieve that next high, Delilah must provide traces of her involvement with your spouse for you to find. That is when she/he feels most empowered – when the spouse is aware of the indiscretion. Do we play into Delilah’s hands in our response to her tactics? We must always be led by Holy Spirit in not only our response to Delilah but our response to our spouses as well as every action that we take when we discover indiscretions.
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