Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

You Need To Put Jesus In His Place

I hope this title got your attention. If you’re reading this post, then it worked. Since you’re already reading, follow me for a minute. There’s only one place for Jesus in your life and that’s at the center. There’s no room for substitutes. He’s not your co-pilot; he’s the only pilot.

Image by Little Flight Photography

Image by Little Flight Photography

Scripture is pretty clear on where the Lord wants to be in our lives.

Isaiah 45:5, “I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.”

We need to get rid of the false idols that wedge themselves into the recesses of our hearts. Your false idol might be materialism, approval of others, sexual immorality, anger, bitterness and etc. I could go on, but you know what your struggles are.
There’s a story in the Old Testament of when the Ark of God was captured by the Philistines. (1 Samuel 5:2) This time period wasn’t exactly the Golden Age of Israel. It was probably one of Israel’s lowest points. When the Ark of God was captured they placed it in their temple alongside their god, Dagon. I’m sure they thought it couldn’t hurt to have another god and have all their bases covered.
The only problem is that God won’t compete with the other gods that vie for our attention. The next morning they found their statue of Dagon laying on its face before the Ark of God. Apparently, the only place we can serve God is before him, not beside him. There are no equals with God.
They put Dagon back in his place beside the Ark of God. The next morning they found him in the same position before the Ark, except his head and hands were broken off and laying on the threshold. The threshold became the butcher block where God disabled the god of Dagon.
They had to learn God is not worshiped at all if he is not worshiped alone.
God is not worshiped at all if he is not worshiped alone.
It’s interesting that in the story their god, Dagon, needed help to get back up. The false god of the Philistines was impotent of power. It needed human ingenuity to prop himself up and to stand on his own two feet. God doesn’t need someone to prop him up; we’re the ones that need propping up.
Are you trying to make something happen in your own strength and ingenuity? Have you invited Jesus into your life and situation? If not, then now’s a good time.

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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