A Message From Jon

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

March 31

When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

1 Samuel 5:2-3

Half fish and half man, Dagon was the god of the Philistines. Also worshipped by the Assyrians, he was considered by the people in the region of Canaan to be the father of Baal.

I once talked to a man who desperately wanted to be free from a certain addiction. Although he had tried numerous programs and counseling sessions, nothing worked. This story of Dagon proved to be a key for him. Dagon could not stand in the presence of the Lord. Therefore, I told this man that if he tried to get victory over the “Dagon” of his addiction in his own power, he would only become obsessed with it all the more. “Forget about Dagon,” I said. “Instead, bring in the Ark. Bring in the presence of the Lord. Spend time in His Word, in prayer, in fellowship with Him - and Dagon will fall.” And that’s exactly what happened.

The key to overcoming darkness is not to curse, cajole, or karate chop the darkness. The key is simply to turn on the Light. Bring the Ark into any situation and watch Dagon go down because darkness and light are mutually exclusive. Light always eventually wins (1 John 1:5).

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi. If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.