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.

A Word for Those Who Are Transitioning

Right now it’s time to praise in the middle of the mess!

Is God transitioning you into something new? We all know that there is a time for transitioning and then a time to rest and to enjoy the new. So no wonder that you’re in a mess right now! It’s like cleaning up a full-packed drawer in your house. You first need to draw out all things! You need to sort things out, discard some of them, if necessary, and then it will look all good and tidy in the end. Clarity will come, but you won’t have it now. It’s not time yet, so why rush ahead of God? You can ask God for clarity, for sure, and it’s good to do that, but don’t expect all puzzle pieces to fit together now. Ask God for faith and patience in the process instead.

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised.

Isaiah 63:7a NIV

In all their distress the Lord, too, was distressed. It was no envoy or angel but His own presence that saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 63:9 NIV

About a month ago, God showed me that Isaiah 63:7 was the sword of the Spirit to use in prayer against heaviness and hopelessness. When we brag about our Lord and all the things that He has done for us according to His compassion and kindnesses, depression is slain!

Isaiah 63:9 also encourages us to believe that God is going to come save us, no matter what. Are you afraid of making the wrong move? It’s good to strategize but not to overdo it. What does the Holy Spirit tell you? Just do that, nothing more, nothing less. And even if you make the wrong decision, you are still His beloved child. You will only need to cry out to God and He will come save you. He will lift you up and carry you, again and again.

Oftentimes, when we get caught up in worries that we might make a mistake, we end up not seeing clearly. On the other hand, when we are still before God and know who He is and who we are in Christ, we see enough to base our decisions on what’s most important.

You are His precious child.

He delights in you.

He is so proud of you for trusting Him and making the move.

He’s got you.

He’s got your family.

He is never leaving you.

So keep praising Him! Give Him all the glory! Keep actively breaking off heaviness and any opposition in the spirit by lifting up the name of the Lord in prayer and worship. It’s not a time to lie disheartened in bed. It’s a time to awake and to reign in the middle of the mess!