God Can Take Care of Himself; the Proud Will Fall

When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

1 Samuel 5:1-5 ESV

Sometimes our pride and fears drive us to rush ahead of God. We fail to wait and become unwise in managing the revelation we have received from God. “He is too slow,” we might say, “He is not coming through.” Can we deny these thoughts? All in all, we are doing it for God and He is just not responding the way we would have Him.

This morning I hear the Lord say to His people that it is enough! He can take care of Himself and nothing we do, no matter how noble the cause, will push Him into a box. He is God, the Creator of the universe. Let the whole world know and bow before Him! Lift up His name and get ready to be in awe of the grand schemes of Jahweh!

Dagon is no match to Him. Dagon is believed to be the father of Baal but what if he is the idol of idols? His head shall be cut off and so his hands! The fear of God shall set mightily on all who serve them!

Lift us His name! Drench your days and nights with worship and proclaim that in His time, what needs to fall will fall and what needs to be raised will be raised. Tremble before the Lord and learn to truly cherish the revelation He has given you. Learn to manage wisely with love and self-discipline. I feel this fire, this roar inside of me this morning that even if His own house and His own people fail to honor and treasure His thoughts properly, He will show Himself holy to the world. He will make the proud fall.

The proud will fall.

Amen.

Teach Me To Love, Jesus!

“Teach me to love, Jesus!”

Every once in a while I don’t know how to love anymore. Every once in a while I reach my limits where my old way of loving does not work anymore. This is the most painful part where I literally have to die again to be raised up anew. It’s all about faith. ‘Cause without a greater measure of faith, I cannot pull the weaker out of the fire. The Lord will increase it as I submit under His mighty hand.

“Teach me to fear you, God. And I shall not doubt but remain in my calling. I shall not lose focus but obey.”

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1. Corinthians 13 NIV