God could never forgive me…
My step dad’s reply to my mother was, “God could never forgive me for the things I have done.” Was he right? Now is there some sin that a person has committed that you could not get forgiveness for? Is there some sin that when Jesus died on the Cross that sin was so great that it could not be atoned for by Christ? In other words is there a sin that through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross was not covered, that God would not forgive and therefore that person NOT be reconciled to God? Well, let’s take a look at what kind of God we believe and have faith in. Look at a fellow named Manasseh. Is your sin worst than his?:
2Ki 21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hephzibah.
2Ki 21:2 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.
2Ki 21:3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
2Ki 21:4 He built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.”
2Ki 21:5 For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
2Ki 21:6 He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritualists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking Him to anger.
2Ki 21:7 Then he set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the LORD said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.
2Ki 21:8 “And I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, if only they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.”
2Ki 21:9 But they did not listen, and Manasseh seduced them to do evil more than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.
Manasseh’s Idolatry Denounced
2Ki 21:10 Now the LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying,
2Ki 21:11 “Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, having done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols;
2Ki 21:12 therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.
2Ki 21:13 ‘I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.
2Ki 21:14 ‘I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they will become as plunder and spoil to all their enemies;
2Ki 21:15 because they have done evil in My sight, and have been provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came from Egypt, even to this day.'”
2Ki 21:16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.
Now Manasseh had did great evil, great sin in the eyes of the Lord and shed much innocent blood and turned the people from the Lord. You would say how is God going to forgive a guy that even sacrifices his own son to false gods. A murderer, witchcraft, idolatry and even brings in false idols into the house of the Lord, temple prostitutes and many other things that got God ticked off.
So what happens? Now this is something we want to take to heart especially if you think God won’t forgive you sins. Listen:
2Ch 33:10 The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.
Now it is important to pay attention here because the hammer of the Lord did not need to fall on Manasseh and his people. It said the Lord tried speaking to them but they PAID NO ATTENTION. Because they did not listen, God’s hammer fell on them, listen to what happens:
2Ch 33:11 Therefore the LORD brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon.
We have to recognize something today. God will allow things to happen in our lives to get our attention. Oh He will try sermons, teachings, His Word and try to speak to us and bring change but we find ourselves Paying No ATTENTION. But look at what happened when he was knocked on his backside:
2Ch 33:12 When he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
Now God’s got his attention but it wasn’t until he was DISTRESSED. Sometimes we have to get distressed before we call out to God.
2Ch 33:13 When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
The Bible says when Manasseh PRAYED to Him, God was moved by his prayer and heard him and delivered him out of his captivity and restored him and it says that Manasseh knew the Lord was God. Sometimes we need something to happen in our life to cause us to have a meeting with God. Then what happened.
2Ch 33:14 Now after this he built the outer wall of the city of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the Fish Gate; and he encircled the Ophel with it and made it very high. Then he put army commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah.
2Ch 33:15 He also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, as well as all the altars which he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city.
2Ch 33:16 He set up the altar of the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it; and he ordered Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
Whoa, what happened here? Something got a hold of the man, got his attention enough that it broke him, caused him to repent, get the sin out and get right with God. Some people wonder why they stay in an environment of distress. # 1 they have got sin in their lives. #2 God has tried to speak in their lives over and over about getting the sin out but they will not PAY ATTENTION. So God loves them and wants their lives to be blessed but knows if he doesn’t do something they will never get right with God and will go to Hell or stay in a life opposite of what he wants for their lives.
It’s a fact, we have to get broken in this life. We are like wild mustangs or bronco bulls in rodeo’s. If we don’t get broken we are not good for anything. God wants revival, we are not praying to God for revival, God is waiting for us to cry out to him for revival, to repent and get right with Him. But we don’t hear sermons about getting the sin out anymore it is all about feeling good, all about God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life but never convicts of sin.
Friend if you have sin in your life don’t wait for the hammer to fall, listen to God, repent and get right with God and do works worthy of repentance. Faith without works is a dead faith, worthless. You see Manasseh’s repentance and then you see his works of repentance. They go hand in hand. We are talking about Godly sorrow, godly repentance here followed by works. You’re not saved by works but without works your not saved!
So we find out in these scripture that even a man like Manasseh who had sinned great with sins that were an abomination to God that he found grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness and restoration in the eyes of God. We must always remember this, Have a wonderful blessed day today!