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WORSE BEGINNING, BETTER END

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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dear Beloved, WORSE BEGINNING, BETTER END In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 15, 2007
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      Dear Beloved,

      WORSE BEGINNING, BETTER END

      "In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled
      himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 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" (2 Chron 33:12-13, NIV).

      He was so young, yet so lucky to ascend the throne of his forefathers.
      His father was a godly man, but he chose to be ungodly. He was
      intoxicated with power even in his youthful days, and he misruled his
      subjects. He was such a cruel man that he sacrificed his
      own children to false gods. A stiff-necked king who would not listen
      to rebuke, even from a holy God. However, he ended his life doing
      well.

      The man was Manasseh, the man who succeeded his father, Hezekiah, as
      the king of Judah at the tender age of twelve, and ruled for
      fifty-five years. Being a child of a godly man, one would expect that
      he would follow his father's steps. Nevertheless, he chose to follow
      bad examples of former kings of Israel and Judah. He even did worse
      than them all.

      Among the atrocities of his reign were: following the detestable
      practices of other nations; rebuilding of high places of worshipping
      false gods that his father, Hezekiah, had earlier destroyed; building
      of altars and setting up of images for false gods in God's holy
      temple; practicing of astrology, sorcery, divination, and spiritism;
      and worst of it all, sacrificing of his own children. Tradition also
      holds it that he was the one that killed Prophet Isaiah. What a wicked
      king!

      Being under the divine leadership of the Almighty God, God sent many
      of His prophets to him and his people to warn them, but they were
      defiant to God's word. Therefore, God allowed another wicked king, a
      king of Assyria to conquer him and take him to exile. A king who was
      been served now became a slave who served another king.

      Nonetheless, in his desolation, he remembered his God. He humbled
      himself before God, confessed his sins, and asked for forgiveness.
      Because of his true repentance, God restored him back to his throne.

      Having regained his kingdom, he turned back to be serving God and
      doing well. He extended the wall of Jerusalem; he took away all the
      altars and images of false gods he had placed in the temple, and
      started to worship the true living God. In fact, the writers of the
      Scriptures spoke well of his latter days (see 2 Chron. 33).

      How was your past history? Have you messed up your life? Are you
      suffering now because of your past sins? All is not lost for you! God
      who restored Manasseh back can still do so to you. You can still
      achieve much for God, only if you can humble yourself before God.
      Confess your sins and turn to God. It shall be well with you!

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).



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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
      have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
      in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
      AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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