Daily D – 2 Chronicles 33:15-16 | Matthew 3:8
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
The evidence proving a person has made a transformational change includes a resolute break from the choices and patterns that once characterized his or her lifestyle. As John the Baptist put it, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Manasseh had a lot of repenting to do. He had a lot of fruit to produce to overcome all the evil he had created and led others to participate in. Read 2 Chronicles 33. If you are loyal to God, you will hate what you see here. Turn to 2 Kings 21:16 and read these damning words:
Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
Manasseh was warned. Verse 10 says, “The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings,” (New Living Translation).
Verse 11 tells us Manasseh was taken prisoner. A hook was placed in his nose. He was bound with bronze shackles and exiled to Babylon. Verse 12 tells us what happened next:
and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors.
If God can transform Manasseh, he can transform you. Verses 15 and above tell us how Manasseh proved his repentance. Some keywords from these verses are removed, restored, sacrificed, and serve.
Repentance leads us to remove the sinful patterns of our lives. Repentance restores broken trust and wounded relationships. Repentance sacrifices the self-centered behaviors of the past in exchange for a special future of God’s good gifts. Repentance leads to service that honors God and blesses others.
Manasseh finished well.
George Eliot is credited with saying, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Manasseh demonstrates this truth. Will you? How well will you finish? Since most of us do not know our expiration date, today is a good day to become what we might have been.
Today is a good day for personal transformation by God’s grace and in his mercy. Pray like Manasseh. Repent like Manasseh. Change your lifestyle like Manasseh. Finish well like Manasseh. Tomorrow may well be too late. Today is God’s perfect timing.
I will live a transformed life by God’s grace and in his mercy.
Our Father, I want to be all you ever hoped I would be. Deliver me from the sin habits of my past. Restore me. Rebuild the broken places. Lead me into selfless service. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.