DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Why do we disobey God? Why do we seek evil over good? And why do we seek darkness over light? The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. We have a God who is bigger than the devil, a God who is all powerful and a God who is all knowing. God is calling us to do what is right and good in His sight so that it may go well with us and we can reign with Him in eternity.
King Manasseh reigned in Jerusalem for fifty-five years. He took over the reign at the age of 12 after his father King Hezekiah died. Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray causing them to do more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites. He disobeyed God by erecting altars to the Baals and he bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.
He also sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, he practiced divination and witchcraft, he sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger.
We read in 2 Chronicles 33:10-13, “The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.
There are consequences for our sins. As we see in the Scriptures, Manasseh’s disobedience did not go unpunished. He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and regulations given through Moses.” (2 Chronicles 33:7-8)
God gives us an opportunity to make things right with Him before we can feel His wrath. But when we continue to disobey Him, God pours out His anger upon us, for He is a holy and righteous God. Manasseh was taken prisoner, a hook was put in his nose and he was bond with bronze shackles and taken to Babylon. Many times, it takes a situation to bring people back to God. When you are in your tight places, that is when you seek the favor of God. Hardship caused Manasseh to humble himself and pray to God. Our God is merciful, He had compassion on him, forgave his sins and led him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.
Manasseh recognized that Jesus is Lord and he started to do damage control. He rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it.
Jesus wants us to humble ourselves, to be sorry for our sins and to confess our sins. Apostle Paul instructs us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Let us come clean before a Holy and righteous God. Matthew 6:24 tells us “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Many of us can testify that we were unfaithful to God and we did things our way. In some cases, it took sickness, death of a loved one or loss of a job to open our blinded eyes and bring us back in line with God’s Words. But thank God for the Blood of Jesus that washes white as snow. Our sins are forgiven, they have been nailed to the Cross and are remembered no more.
The Lord wants to clean you up today, if you would only humble yourself before a mighty God. He wants to make you brand new, just obey His call and turn away from all your wrongs. Incline your heart to follow Jesus all the way to eternity. When your ways please God, He makes even your enemies to be at peace with you. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. Come and be restored, come and be cleansed, come and be blessed. Will you come? Amen