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Propping Up Lesser gods

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Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to Ashdod. They took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon, and placed it beside Dagon. When the Ashdodites got up early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him back in his place. But when they got up early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. And the head of Dagon and both palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the torso of Dagon was left. - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

Mankind continually props up the lesser gods ‘back in his place.’ The Israelites were resisting the Lord. So they lost a battle against the Philistines and their god Dagon. Being religious, while also rebellious, the next day the Israelites brought out the big gun: the Ark of the Covenant. Everyone knew how Yahweh handled the Egyptians and their gods. So the Philistines were afraid. “God has come into the camp! Who will save us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. Not only did the Israelites lose the next battle badly, but the Philistines got the Ark. And yet even when God knocked the Philistine’s god on his face, TWICE…the Philistines still propped up their weak, headless god Dagon.

Daily Battle Order: Humans still attempt to prop up weak gods even after seeing The Lord of Hosts knock them down. Are you not tired of propping up your weak gods of fantasy, anger, porn and control? The puny ‘god of doing things my way’ is not worth propping up. Don’t try to bring God into your plans. Instead, submit your plans to Him. Think over your wants and desires and give them up to God so He can help you lean on Him alone.

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Tom Burke
Tom Burke
Mar 10, 2023

In the early morning hours as I was turning back (again) to my false god of fantasy, the Lord God, my Father told me it was my choice! Choose Him or my lesser god. It arrested me differently whereby I was able to stop what I was doing, seek God's forgiveness and turn to Him as my Lord and my God. The words of Joshua were in my ears, "Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I've made my choice and I'm not returning to prop up my lesser god.

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