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Bad to the Bone

  • Yahweh spoke to Manasseh, and to his people; but they didn't listen. Therefore Yahweh brought on them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh in chains, bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he begged Yahweh his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him; and he was entreated by him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yahweh was God. 2 Chronicles 33:10 WEB

    Manasseh was the most wicked king that Judah had ever known. During his fifty-five year reign, he built altars to baal, asheroth, worshipped the stars, sacrificed his own children to pagan gods, dealt in fortune-telling, sorcery, mediums, necromancers, made carved idols and placed them in God's temple, and filled Israel with innocent blood from one end to the other.

    Manasseh was truly 'bad to the bone' and he had no equal nor boundaries in his evil plots. 'They were sawn apart' in Hebrews 11:37 is a reference to Manasseh having the prophet Isaiah sawn in half. Manasseh refused to listen to the Lord and he led the people of Judah away from Him. Finally God gave him and Judah over to the king of Assyria, who put him in chains and then took him captive to Babylon (2 Chronicles 33:10).

    After all the evil that Manasseh had done, and after sawing the Lord's prophet in half, when he got into a jam and called out to God, Manasseh was spared and brought back to his kingdom. God had mercy on the meanest king recorded in the Bible when he humbled himself and asked. It's never too late. While you have breath, there is hope.

    No matter what your past is today, if you humbly ask God to help you, He will. Even if you find yourself bound in well-deserved chains, He will still set you free. It is not because you deserve it, it is because He is thoroughly good. God will never give up on you. In fact, He will use your past as your testimony and use you to lead others out of their own darkness.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mercy. You are good. Please teach me Your ways and help me walk with You today. Speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen,  Lord teach me Thy Precepts.

September 7, 2017
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen, God is forgiving!

September 7, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

September 7, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

It is only by the GRACE of God!

September 7, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father thank you for loving me!

September 7, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Wow!  I never knew this story from the Bible in this way. It's really unbelievable the depth of mercy of God. Thank you Pastor for your gift.  Praise God he found you and you are using your gifts.  

September 7, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amen, forward people! Faith Hope Endurance!

 

September 7, 2017
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

There is a song by Cana"s voice called, "I won't go back." I encourage you to look it up on YouTube! It's an amazing song.

September 7, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus thank you for GRACE,you are awesome. Amen 

September 7, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen. Thank You Lord for all Your mercy and forgiveness!

September 7, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Never knew that Isaiah was the one sawed in half!  Just told Charlie.  Appreciate your studies..thank you.  Oh Man...Oh Man must be where that phrase came from..it was Man-asseh.  Lol.  Truly thankful for our Lord Jesus Christ ❤

September 7, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear lord,  I humbly come to You for Your forgiveness and protection. Make me free from my sins in Your Holy Name I pray,Amen.

September 7, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 7, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Father, please teach me Your ways and help me walk with You today. Amen!

 

 

Thank you Pstor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

September 7, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion!

September 7, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Wow.  He Is Amazing and His Goodness and Mercy endure forever!  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mercy. You are good. Please teach me Your ways and help me walk with You today. Speak to me and through me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

September 8, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguezedited: September 9, 2017

Amen! Thank You for Your mercy, Lord!

September 9, 2017
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Tom Cartmell
Tom Cartmell

OH NO, it's happened again the devotionals have stopped. Am I doing something wrong?  Could you please get me started again. Sending love and prayers that you are not effected by this terrible hurricane 

September 9, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

No problem, Tom, I re-subscribed you again :). I believe that someone you are probably forwarding it to does not want it. If you could find out who it is, that would probably save you both some trouble :)

September 9, 2017