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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 as 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 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 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 took him captive to Babylon.

    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.

    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: Father, I thank You for Your mercy. You are good. 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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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Wow! Dion as I read this I was thinking, not me I'm past all that now.  I'm all better and have changed my ways.  This shows me that no way Kath, you still are My masterpiece in progress.  Yesterday was an example of my using my past as a testimony to hopefully lead others into the light of the Holy Spirit.  My Higher Power led me to share my experience and in turn released the final bonds I had.  I am free of the past the enemy kept tormenting me with.  No longer!  I thank you God Almighty for your guidance.  Amen!
March 12, 2016
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson GOD, never holds our pass against us. Our sins be red as scarlet GOD makes them white as snow. Because of this we hold strong to the word of GOD and practice his teachings.
March 12, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen,amen
March 12, 2016
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Lisa Aldridge-Mathson
Lisa Aldridge-Mathson God is faithful. God is just. I am believing today God will fulfill His promises. I am expecting God to do great things.
March 12, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Yes God is good, Amen Amen!!
March 12, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen.
March 12, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen
March 12, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson  Thank you God for the love you give us, we are not deserving of your gracious love but you pour it out everyday onto us and I am so glad that you are always there leading me step by step.  I am blessed and very thankful for the love you shower me with and for your most precious son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever snd ever!!  Amen!!
March 12, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
March 12, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! The past does not define us! When we repent heartfully of our sins though they be dark, carnal, fleshly and filthy, God forgives and removes as far as the east is from the west. He washes us competely clean and prepares a banquet for us. God is such a good and loving Father! He never holds anything against us, when we truly are sorry and ask for His forgiveness, He gives His mercy so gratiously and fills is with His love!
March 12, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr. Thank God for Grace and Mercy.
March 12, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen! Praise be to God!!!
March 12, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Gods faithfulness to me and His primises are so true. I am so glad that Jesus died for me and that God raised Him from the dead. and most of all For gave me of all my past, present, and future sins, so Jesus Christ don't have to die again. He only died once, and this is the hope I have that I will spend eternity with my LORD.  I don't have to live in the past, Jesus wants me to live a day at a time so I don't have to worry about tomorrow. I want to serve my LORD today, and let Jesus Christ give me the strength to live today.
March 12, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: March 12, 2016 Amen!!! If this doesn't give you hope, nothing will.  Just repent, and be faithful.  God knows what's in your heart and he is a forgiving God.  Go and sin no more.
March 12, 2016
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket A very powerful story. Amen!
March 12, 2016
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Repentance of our sinful past to God is such a powerful redemption for our soul and mind. Only then God will steps in and changes us for good.
March 12, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
March 12, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Dion!  Lord, Speak to me and through me Today, and Help me to walk with You.  In Jesus' Name I pray.  Amen.
March 13, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
March 13, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Praise God,for his mercy and grace,for turning my past into testimonies.For taking me as I was and turning my life round.and changing me.For Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.Father teach me to walk in the light and lead me by The Holy Spirit,each day in my life,that you will be given the Glory in all that I do.In Jesus name I pray. Thank you Pastor.For Gods word for today,and the prayer.
March 13, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Lord for your grace & mercy!
March 13, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
March 14, 2016