Then he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There
hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been
a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be
shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall
become weak, and be like any other man.
And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his
heart, she sent and called for the lords of the
Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath
shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the
Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in
And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she
called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the
seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him,
and his strength went from him.
And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.
And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out
as at other times before and shake myself.
You see, Samson had reached the place where he
thought even if they shaved his hair off, he was
invincible. “I’m going to get up and shake myself and go
out like I did the other times.” That’s what he thought.
And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.
The Anointing Has Left and Some Don’t Know It
Now, I want you to see something here. Samson
lost the anointing and didn’t know it. There are people
today in churches who have lost the anointing and don’t
know it. They’re deacons, elders, ministers, and
congregation members who have lost the anointing and
don’t know it’s gone.
That’s a sad thing, that people who have had the
anointing of God upon their lives can go into an area
where they still think the anointing of God is on them, yet
it’s gone. That is one of the most dangerous places to be.
But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and
brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters
of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after
it was shaven.
Judges 16:21, 22
The Results of Losing the Anointing
The first thing that happened was Samson lost his
covering; he lost his hair. And in losing his hair, he lost
his strength. I believe he not only lost his hair, I believe
he lost his joy. Because the Bible says the joy of the Lord
is our strength. The hair of Samson was his strength. He
lost his hair and he lost his strength. Here he is a bald,
The second thing that happened to him was that
he lost his eyesight. They poked his eyes out and he lost
his ability to see. When the anointing goes from you, you
lose your ability to see into the Spirit. You’re like a blind
man stumbling around in a room.
You can’t see clearly. You stumble around in
darkness, crying, “O God, show me, show me.” And there
never comes an answer because you can’t see.
Samson lost his eyesight. He lost the ability to
see. He lost his freedom. They put him in captivity. They
bound him with chains. Then they took him and made
him do the work of a donkey. When you lose the
anointing, you become like a donkey. His job was to
grind the corn. How hard it becomes.