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Wicked Hearts that Repent

September 17, 2016

Sermon of the Day: Conversion to Christ : The Making of a Christian Hedonist

 

2 Chronicles 33:9-13

So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.

king-manasseh

This passage was an amazing encouragement to me the other day.

Here we have King Manasseh, one of the wickedest kings ever to rule over the land of Judah. He completely turned God’s people from the living God. In worship, in their hearts and minds, the people were lead astray. In every possible way, Manasseh was wicked.

What happened to Manasseh will happen to all men without Christ, judgement. God finally judged the wicked actions of Manasseh. In his imprisonment he repented.

This must have been some pretty intense treatment. For someone this wicked and evil to actually humble himself before the Lord and completely repent is a complete miracle.

This is a beautiful picture of the abounding grace and mercy of our God. God says in His Word that He wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). The only reason this does not happen is because God has allowed us to have free will. We choose our own paths.

I have to be honest, there are individual where in my narrow and judgmental mind, I have thought there is no way they will ever humble themselves before the Lord. I could not have been more wrong.

The Love of Christ is truly able to penetrate any heart. No matter how wicked, evil, bitter, angry and everything else. God in His loving power and grace is fully capable and ready to love and forgive any man.

So for those of you that may have had my thoughts, my encouragement for you is to keep praying. Pray with confidence that God wants that individual to be saved and come to know Him and love Him personally.

Please don’t make the horrible mistake I made, of putting Almighty God into a box that limits His power and love.

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