I love the story of Dagon. You can read about it in 1 Samuel 5. I have a personal application. In the 70’s I had my house up for sale. A fellow came to look at it. When he saw my desk he asked what I did for a living. I told him that I had my own bookkeeping business. He offered me a job.
I went to his place of business. He showed me where my desk would be, which was across from his little office. As I walked into his office, there was a life size picture of a nude woman. I asked him to take it down, which he refused. I told him about Dagon. I said that I would ask the Lord to make it fall like Dagon. The next morning I walked into my office and the picture was bent over on itself. He took it down.
What is defying the Lord in your life? David faced a giant with confidence. In 1 Samuel 17:45, he said to Goliath, “…I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
The giants that we ALLOW to remain in our lives usurp and defy our God. The Lord uses our adverse circumstances to shake what we have not removed. Let’s start with our thoughts against ourselves. They are thoughts based on lies that we have believed.
When our thoughts do not align with what God says about us, then we need to renew our mind with His truth that will set us free. Psalm 119:73 says, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.”
We learn something through a process. First we have to hear it. Then we need to understand it. Isaiah 55:3 says, “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live…” Incline means to listen favorably.
There are so many Scriptures that tell us how the Lord sees us. We need to believe them and apply them to our lives. Joshua 1:8 says that we are to ‘observe to do’. Psalm 119:5-6 says, “Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed when I look into all Your commandments.”
It is essential to read His word daily so that we can apply it. Just reading it is the first part. To observe means to mark it as something significant that will bring inner transformation. You see, the lies that we believe diminish our understanding. They blind us through deception. The truth is opaque, but the lies are bright and in our face.
Proverbs 2:1 says to receive and treasure. Verse 2 says, “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.” King Solomon was instructing his son, yet we can make personal applications.
Verses 3-4 say, “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasure.” Verse 5 is the result. It says, “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
Psalm 119:15 says, “I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” Contemplate means to deep dive into something through our thoughts. Let’s take one of God’s ways to contemplate. Do you love yourself? In Matthew 22:36 a lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest commandment of the law was. He spoke the first one, and in verse 39 He said, “…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
I encourage you to ask yourself: how do I love myself? This is not an answer of self-love. It is an understanding of how much we are loved so that we are able to express His love through us to others. John 15:12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”