Sermon Series: Show Me Your Glory! 
Sermon Title: RESPECT THE GLORY!
You’re in My Space!
1 Samuel 5
After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.
2 They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon.
3 But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to the ground in front of the Ark of the Lord! So they took Dagon and put him in his place again.
4 But the next morning the same thing happened—Dagon had fallen face down before the Ark of the Lord Again. This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact.
5 That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor anyone who enters the temple of Dagon in Ashdod will step on its threshold.
 
 
1. You are what you tolerate!
Do not permit anything to capture the glory!
Hey Philistines, get your hands off the glory!
Verse 1: “After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.”
After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod. Verse 1
In the OT; The ark of God, God’s treasure chest, represented God’s presence, power, and promise. The ark of God facilitated the glory of God. The glory of God is the manifest presence of God.
Whatever heaven touched; rod of Aaron, mana, commandments etc; items described as glorious
The Philistines believed that if they captured the ark, the glory, Israel’s secret weapon, Israel would be defeated.
They believed they took the glory hostage.
They believed they took the power of God captive.
They believe they placed a lid on the presence.
They were soon to discover the following;
YOU CAN’T incarcerate the glory!
You can’t imprison the power of God!
Therefore, we must ask, why is the enemy attacking you?
He wants to capture your Father glorifying, Christ purchased, spirit sustained glory.
“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing (gift) from those who do what is right.”
Psalm 84:11
Glory is the manifest presence of everything that comes from the glorious one.
Through the vicarious atoning work of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection;
We are, ladies and gentlemen, carriers of the glory!
“And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.” Romans 8:30
This is why the prince of darkness hates your guts.
He does not hate you because of the color of your skin or your economic prowess.
The great thief doesn’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or an independent.
The dark disruptor can’t stand you because you carry destiny.
Hell schemes against you because if you are born again, and Jesus is Lord and Savior of your life, you carry the glory of God!
The Robber seeks to capture the glory in your family, faith and future.
Hell wants your glory.
Hell wants your joy.
Hell wants your integrity.
Hell wants your peace.
Why?
The enemy of your God ordained purpose and destiny is not threatened by your past, he is threatened by your future.
It’s not about what you did.
It’s about what you are about to do.
The enemy does not attack you because of the foolish things you did in your past.
He attacks you because of the glorious things you’re about to see in your future.
Around the world a looks like the enemy is winning.
If you go on social media or watch cable news or even listen to certain influencers,
It looks like the Philistines the 21st-century are capturing the glory.
Well, just like what took place in the temple when they placed the ark of the covenant next to Dagon, I need you to get ready!
Because what about to take place next will surprise your friends your family, haters and even probably yourself.
Four words=
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam we’re coming out of a global pandemic?
Watch God show up!
But Pastor Sam the country is more divided than ever before?
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam there are food shortages and rumors of crazy things to come?
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam there’s a war in Ukraine and now Russia is threatening Poland and China is threatening Taiwan?
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam my marriage is falling apart.
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam my children are rebellious.
Watch God show up!
Pastor Sam the medical report came in.
Watch God show up.
I want to make this clear!
I don’t think, I don’t hope, I don’t wish, and I don’t feel.
I know, I know, I know that God is about to show up!
And you may ask how can you be certain?
Because of Luke chapter 1 verse 37; the word of God never fails! Jesus is the word of God John 1:1!
All of God’s promises are in him,
2 Corinthians 1 verse 20.
Therefore, when he said in second Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14 if my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear their prayers, I will forgive their sins and heal their land.
When he said in Joel 2:28 and repeated in Acts chapter 2:17 that in the last days I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, I know that his word never fails!
I want you to get ready!
The philistines look like they captured the glory.
The philistines are acting like they successfully robbed the glory of God from the planet.
The spiritual philistines, the ideological philistines, the social construct philistines, the political and financial philistines truly believe they have successfully captured the glory but just like what took place in first Samuel, surprise surprise surprise!
We are about to see God show up like we have never seen before in our generation!
Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls get ready!
The next thing to fill your family will not be more drama, it will be the glory of God!
The next thing to capture your mind will not be more negative thoughts, it will be the glory of God!
The next thing to invade your atmosphere will not be demons, legions, principalities, devils sin or powers of darkness, it will be the Holy, righteous, powerful, transformative, life-changing, destiny catapulting, ministry elevating, harvest producing, joy revealing, glory of God!
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
This is the glory that yields an unprecedented harvest.
This is the glory that makes us one!
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.” John 17:22
Your family is coming together!
The church of Jesus Christ is coming together!
Because when all the races worship Jesus together the devils stronghold is broken!
A multi racial church is the Devil’s worst nightmare!
But not just that. The glory of God brings people together. John 17:22!
Not only ethnicity and race but when the generations come together!!!!
Let me prophesy and declare that we are about to see four generations worshiping together!
Even in your family you’re about to see for generations serving the Lamb together!
And we’re not going to permit the enemy to hold hostage not even one generation!
PÍVOT!!!!
Wait!
They carried the glory into the temple.
They carried the glory into the temple.
They carried to glory into the temple.
Did they drag the glory?
Did they place the glory on the ground and push it. No!
They carried it!
Because even the enemy knows to respect the glory!
Do not permit anyone or anything to drag you.
Do not permit anyone or anything to disrespect you.
Why because you carry the glory!
Your days of being dragged are over!
Your days of being disrespected are over?
Somebody shout “respect the glory”!
#respecttheglory
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18
2. Two objects can not occupy the same space! 
Verse 2 “They took the ark of God to the temple of Dagon and put it next to a statue of Dagon.”
They took the ark which represented the glory of God in a box and placed beside Dagon.
Dagon was a statue of a Philistine God; a false God.
They placed the true right next to the false.
*Two objects can not occupy the same place.
Your past and your future cannot occupy the same space.
Your dream and your nightmare cannot occupy the same space.
The prophetic and the pathetic cannot occupy the same space.
Complacency and conviction Cannot occupy the same space.
Truth and lies cannot occupy the same space.
Hatred and love cannot occupy the same space.
Sin and holiness
Forgiveness and unforgiveness cannot occupy the same space.
Belief and doubt cannot occupy the same space.
Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space.
Something has to go!
They took the ark which represented the glory of God in a box and placed beside Dagon.
Dagon was a statue of a Philistine God; a false God.
Modern day Dagons!
We stand next to HYPE;
Hyperbole, hyper tolerance, hyper intolerance, hyper sensitivity (I am offended by people that are easily offended), hyper victimization.
We stand next to relativism, and a deconstruction agenda committed to the complete unraveling of our Judeo Christian value system.
We stand next to ideological philistines attempting to capture the glory from our children. Hey philistines, you’re about to come down!
They placed the true right next to the false.
Hope next to the spare, the prophetic next to the pathetic, light next to darkness, freedom next to captivity….
And something extraordinary happened!
What happened?
The next morning when they arrived at the temple found a spectacular setting.
They found Dagon on the ground and the presence ark, the glory ark still standing!
I said they found Dagan on the ground and the glory still standing!
I said they found DAGON on the ground and the glory still standing!
They found the false God, lies, and idolatry, on the ground while the holy, the clean, consecrated, God’s glory and presence still standing!
There’s a glorious presence inside of you.
1 Cor 3:16
There’s a glorious promise inside of you. 1 Cor 2:9
There’s a glorious purpose for your life. Psalm 138:8
So if today you find yourself standing next to a problem, next to rebellion, next to failure, next to pain, next to fear, next to despair, next to anxiety, next to the very thing that is mocking you or occupying your space.
Here’s the word.
Whatever Dagon, whatever rebellious mocking entity or circumstance stands next to you right now, by the end of this service, it will come down!
Get ready to see Dagon fall!
Tell your neighbor get ready to see addiction fall!
Get ready to see depression fall!
Get ready to see poverty fall!
Get ready to see adultery fall!
Get ready to see sexual immorality fall!
Get ready to see abusive relationships fall!
Get ready to see toxic atmospheres fall!
TIMBER! Dagon is coming down! 
And when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, the statue of Dagon had fallen face down before the ark of the Lord! Verse 3
Dagon fell!
You will not be defined by the wall in front of you you will be defined by the shout that brings it down.
You will not be defined by the giant that mocks you.
You will be there by by the stone that brings him down.
What does this mean?
In the name of Jesus addiction comes down today!
In the name of Jesus captivity goes down today!
In the name of Jesus bigotry falls today!
In the name of Jesus Every lie of the enemy collapses today!
I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19
Wait, wait!!! It’s not just how Dagon fell, It’s how he fell.
He didn’t just fall.
Read it, he fell with his face to the ground in front of the ark. Hebrew Exegetical.
He was worshipping!!!
Psalm 97:7
All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.
Psalm 95:6
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Here’s the word:
Your problem is about to fall in front of your promise.
Your sickness is about to fall in front of your healing.
Your sin is about to fall in front of your holiness.
Your past is about to fall in front of your future.
Your curse is about to fall in front of your blessing.
Your captivity is about to fall in front of your deliverance.
Your sorrow is about to fall in front of you my uyour joy.
Your brokenness is about to fall in front of your breakthrough!
And everything will fall in the NAME OF JESUS!
In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. Colossians 2:15
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
When I counted three Dagon will fall down!
 
3. Never Again! 
 
Don’t Pick it Up! Do not crucify what God resurrected and do not resurrect what God crucified.
Do not pick what God knocks Down!
“Then they raised Dagon and put him in his place again.” Verse 3
What did the Philistines do when they saw Dagon on the ground?
They picked him up and placed him beside the ark again.
You see it was not a supernatural force, demons or powers that picked Dagon up.
It was people.
People like to resurrect what God crucifies and crucify what God resurrect so.
Men like to gather what God knocks.
Do not pick what God knocks down.
Do not pursue what God removed.
Do not crucify what God resurrects and do not resurrect what God crucifies.
Isaiah 43: 18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Surround yourself with people that do not pick up your past!
Surround yourself with people that instead of reminding of your past, push you towards your future.
But the next morning the same thing happened—Dagon had fallen face down before the Ark of the Lord again. But this time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact.” verse4
It should have stayed down!
But this time! Somebody shout “this time!”
The bible says that This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact.
In other words, this time, God made sure Dagon would never stand next to the glory again!!!
Here’s the word;
God’s glory is about to manifest in your life in such a way that the things that the antithesis, the opposing, antagonistic, the contrary, the enemy, will be defeated where he won’t be able to occupy your space again!
It’s not that it won’t stand up again, it’s that it can’t!!
Somebody shout, Never again!
When Jesus said it is finished, John 19:30, he meant it is finished!
When Jesus died on the cross he forgave our sins, he did it once and for all Hebrews 7:27
Which means what?
The things that once stood next to you and occupied your space, your thoughts, your conversations, your peace, THEY WILL NEVER RISE UP AGAIN!!!!
BTW:
Sometimes Dagon is not a foreign construct.
Sometimes and arguably the biggest Dagon in our space is the old version of us.
BE STILL!
What did the ark do?
Did the Ark move?
Both the former glory and the latter glory.
Both the glory in a box and the glory hanging on the tree did the same thing.
They stood still.
They lived out Psalm 46:10; Be Still and know that I am God!
Our faith stands measured not by what we do when heaven falls upon us but rather by what we do when hell stands next to us.
It’s what what we do when hell stands right next to us.
It’s what we do in front of adversity.
God has given you tools to overcome the enemy!
Your prayer will stop him!
Your praise will confuse him.
Your peace will paralyze him.
Your integrity will disarm him.
And your resistance will make him flee!
Private Battles-Public Rewards!
Where did Dagon fall?
Who was there?
No one except God.
When the glory manifest the private process has a public outcome.
God privately showed up and publicly the ark was brought out.
You see it’s the private battle that produces a public reward.
It’s what you do in the secret place.
It’s the battle on your knees that enables you to stand up before your enemies.
Private crucifixions result in public ascensions!
What you kill in private will determine what lives in public!
BTW; They climbed over the broken pieces.
-Breakthrough-when you climb over the very things that existed to break you!