Introduction by Channelofhealing:
I actually got this post through an email sent to me by my brother... actually I have two of this pastor's messages but will post one now and leave the other for later. I would love for the people of God to benefit from this message in Jesus Mighty Name Amen. The Year is fast flying away and I tell you we can end it better than we started if only we can go to the Lord in Prayer and ask for forgiveness of sin and believe that it is never to late to start over again especially since we are entering a new year 2008( 8 which symbolises an new beginning). Oh yes I know many of us set goals we couldn't attain/achieve, we did things we shouldn't have done, we failed in our responsibilities to the people of God, We didn't show love or obey the voice of God, it was a me, myself and I year but we can make a change before the year ends.
I pray that everything that has eluded us this year... all the struggles and hardships of life, all the almost- there anointing", failure at the edge of breakthrough/miracle, sicknesses and tempestuous storm and lying vanities of this life, (The meaning of a lying vanity is something that comes against you to change your mind on trusting God completely) will be a thing of the past in Jesus Mighty Name Amen.
Read This it's a Story about Manasseh
by Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor)
"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 Chronicles 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 Chronicles 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!
"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).