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God Almighty will NOT be mocked!

I have been reading through some old testament books over the past week or so. I am reading through 1 Samuel currently. Though I have made it past chapter five, I still periodically go back in my mind to a story in that chapter. I LOVE the truth posed in that passage. God will not be mocked. He alone is God and there is none, ABSOLUTELY NONE, beside Him!

“Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth, before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.”

Dagon was a god whom the Philistines worshiped. He was part man and part fish. He is said to have been the “chief god” of the Philistines. Imagine the shock that these people had when they found their god on its stony face before the ark of God Almighty! God is Holy and He alone is worthy of worship and praise. 

Again, these people sat their god up, next to the presence of the God of the Israelites, and the very next morning, not only was their god bowed down before God Almighty once more, but they also found Dagon broken into pieces.

Dear friend, our God will not be mocked. He is Holy, Righteous, and Matchless. Anything that we put more time, devotion, money, love or passion into besides God becomes an idol. All idols will be torn down. All idols will fail in comparison to the One who created you and I. Are you worshiping something or someone that is finite? Are you pouring time, money, emotions, and love into something that will one day pass away? If you are (and most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, are.) then you are not only setting yourself up for loss and heartbreak, but you are not fulfilling the purpose for which you were made and THAT will keep you from ever finding a true peace or happiness.

What were you and I created to do? We were created to worship. This is why it is so natural for us to cling to people, famous or not, or to things. This is why it is so easy to pour everything you have physically, mentally, and emotionally, into a person, job, degree, or money. We were created to worship. But we were not created to worship the temporary things of this life. We were created to worship the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD. When we worship anything less than Him, we will be hurt and unstable in this life. 

What are you holding in a higher position that the Lord? I do not have to hear your answer to be able to tell you that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth it! Ask the Lord to help you re-position your priorities so that He is the greatest in Your life. (This prayer brings pleasure to His heart and He WILL answer. It may take awhile, but if you are fervent and you do your part, then you WILL see Him change your heart!) Do not simply try to fit Him in. Place Him where He is supposed to be. Dead center. Then everything else that is supposed to be in your life will fall into place. And as you worship, He will fulfill your every need and desire. I am speaking from the sweetest experience. The cost may seem great — but He is worthy at any cost…because He has willingly and most lovingly paid the highest cost for us! 

The richest man on this earth is the poorest man if he does not have a true relationship with Jesus Christ. What you gain as you seek to put Christ where He belongs in your life will outweigh any riches of this world. 


And He opened their understanding…

“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Word.”
(Luke 24:45) 

The disciples were full of doubt when Christ was buried after the crucifixion. Mary and the other women who witnessed the empty tomb and delivered the angel’s message couldn’t convince the men. Neither could Peter, who ran to see if the women were telling the truth. Not even the men who encountered the Lord Himself on their journey to Emmaus! Jesus finally appears to the disciples all together – and even with them standing around Him, He STILL had to prove He was alive! After the men had touched their fingers to His hands and feet, and watched Him eat some food, they finally believed that their Christ had risen from the dead. Jesus begins explaining to these men the Gospel and the fulfillment that His life became for all the prophecies concerning the Messiah…

…”And He opened their understanding…” 

I love this so much. Can you imagine how Christ felt as He explained the Master’s perfect plan in the greatest detail for His followers to completely grasp the Victory that His Death and Resurrection purchased for their souls at Calvary? The wonder and amazement that had to fill the eyes of the disciples as they FINALLY realized the perfection in His plan must have brought much joy to the heart of Christ! Oh, the cost He had paid for these men and for every man who will ever set foot on this earth! IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED!

All too often, people do not understand the Scriptures and give up, all too easily defeated. If Satan can keep believers from reading the very Word of God, they cannot accomplish much, if anything, for the Kingdom of Heaven, so he (Satan) is not worried at all.

Many of these who do not understand the Word struggle because they don’t realize that our understanding can be opened!

“And He opened their understanding, that they may comprehend the Word.”(Luke 24:45) 

Jesus has ascended into Heaven and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, but He did not leave us to try to live this life (or understand His will and His way) on our own! He has given us His Holy Spirit (when we choose to follow Him) and HE opens our understanding to comprehend the words of the Bible. We MUST ask for the Holy Spirit to speak to us and help us understand so that we will know the spiritual things that God intended to show us when He inspired it’s writing!

The Word of God is ALIVE. We can gain knowledge by reading a book with our intellect. But when we are depending on the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher, the words in the Bible convict us. They change us. They encourage us. The Holy Spirit administers hope, joy, peace, strength, and more as we dwell and meditate on the Word.

We will not understand every mystery of God. He is infinite and we are not. When you arrive at a passage in the Word that does not make sense, ask the Spirit for revelation and wisdom.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”(James 1:5-6) 

If after awhile of TRUE seeking, (not half-hearted seeking) then you could ask for some guidance in understanding from a strong believer that you know. You also should study other portions of scripture. That passage may be brought to light in your understanding at a later time by the Holy Spirit. Whatever you choose to do, do not forsake the Scriptures. Do not close and stack your Bible on a shelf because you do not understand it or are discouraged. That is one of the worst possible things that a follower of Christ could choose to do. It is your “sword of the Spirit” according to Ephesians 6, and without it, you will not accomplish anything or become any stronger in the faith.

Ask Him for wisdom. It brings Him pleasure to answer that cry. You will be changed.

Blessings and prayers, friends.

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