1 Samuel 5:1-5
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. 5 That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.
The Ark of the covenant was placed in the temple of Dagon by the Philistines. The Ark of God contained the Ten Commandments which are the Word of God, so you had facing each other the Word of God, the Truth, and Dagon an idol, the lie from Satan. God’s Word defeated the lie (Dagon) by putting its face to the ground. Once again Dagon was stood up to face God’s Word (the Ark).
Here you see, as an illustration, the Light vs. darkness or the Truth vs. the lie. The second time God’s Word completely destroyed the lie by chopping it up into pieces. When we are reading Holy Scripture and live according to it, we will have the Full Armor of God on (Ephesians 6:10-18) and will destroy any lie that Satan hurls at us.
We see the strength of God’s Word in the Book of Matthew 7:24-25 which says, 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
Satan can never defeat the Word of God, that’s why it is vital that we live by it so that we may be prepared on the day of battle.