Read I Samuel 5 (It’s only 11 verses!)
5 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod, 2 brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it next to his statue 3 When the people of Ashdod got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen with his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and returned him to his place. 4 But when they got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen with his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. This time, both Dagon’s head and the palms of his hands were broken off and lying on the threshold.
I love this story as it displays the power of God. And although we do not see this same exact display happening, that I know of, in the US of A, you can believe this is happening in the spirit world, all day long! For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6.)
It was the presence of the Lord that destroyed the enemies.
And the same is true in our own daily struggles.
Isaiah 61:3 The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
This is one verse I heard over and over and over growing up. And the truth of it is verifiable. What happens in your soul when you start to praise God? Here, I’ll give you something to experiment with:
Natalie Grant’s “Your great Name”
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Although the reason for the season is Christ, the feeling of the season can be mixed with stress, depression and hopelessness. So when those feelings start to bubble to the surface, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, and watch those Dag-gone Dagons tumble to the ground.
Check out moodypraise.org for some Christmas music that will really soothe the soul!