The Mysterious Love of God

3 truths that God wants you to see about his mysterious love mysterious.jpg

  1. God PLACES us to Reign (hold royal office)
  • Rule the kingdom…. have authority over, govern
  • Protect the kingdom….from enemies (seen and unseen)

33“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years.

  • God PLACED Manasseh at the age of 12 as the 13th king of Judah; longest reigning King (55 years)
  • Rule Gods people
  • Protect the kingdom from enemies
  • God PLACED Adam to rule over creation and protect the garden from enemies

1:28 “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reignover the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”(Genesis 1:28) NLT

2:15The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”(Genesis 2:15) NLT

  • God PLACED you and me to reign
  • Have authority as a child of the king (ambassadors) to rule in the kingdom
  • What is your kingdom? Your seen and unseen property
  • Protect the kingdom against your enemies
    • Seen
    • Unseen
      • Devil
      • Yourself
        • body (fleshly desires)
        • soul (thoughts and emotions)

Helmet of salvation, Breastplate of righteousness, Belt of truth, shield of faith, shoes of peace, and sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18)

So how was Manasseh as a king? – he was the WORST King of Judah!!!

He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lordhad driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had broken down. He constructed altars for the images of Baal and set up Asherah poles. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.

He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lordhad said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. Manasseh also sacrificed his own sons in the fire in the valley of Ben-Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.

Manasseh even took a carved idol he had made and set it up in God’s Temple, the very place where God had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel. If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws, decrees, and regulations given through Moses—I will not send them into exile from this land that I set aside for your ancestors.” But Manasseh led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lordhad destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.

Manasseh’s resume:

He built carved idols, constructed places for idol worship, encouraged worship of Baal, sun, moon, stars, burned his sons as child sacrifices, allowed fortune telling, magic, and murdered innocent people

What’s your resume look like?

Worshipped idols like money, career, family, cars, animals, social media, TV, yourself

Murdered others with your thoughts?

  1. God PURSUES us to Repent

10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings. 11 So the Lord sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies, and they took Manasseh prisoner. They put a ring through his nose, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.

  • God PURSUED Manasseh
    • Lord spoke
    • Lord senthis enemies (humiliation, exile, prisoner)

 

At Manasseh’s lowest moment

  • Lord listened

12 But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request.”

  • God PURSUES you and me
    • God speaks to us (dreams, visions, pictures, scriptures, nature)
    • God uses whatever he chooses to get our attention when we sin (job suspension/loss, medical bills, car maintenance, negative physical results…)

At our lowest moment, when wesincerely humble ourselves

  • God listens and is moved
  1. God PROMOTES us to Restore

So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lordalone is God!

  • God PROMOTED Manasseh
  • God restored his freedom
  • God restored his kingdom
  • God restored the relationship

 

  • God PROMOTES you and me to Restore
    • Jesus restored our freedom
    • Jesus restored our kingdom
    • Jesus restored our relationship

Manasseh’s response:

14 After this Manasseh rebuiltthe outer wall of the City of David, from west of the Gihon Spring in the Kidron Valley to the Fish Gate, and continuing around the hill of Ophel. He built the wall very high. And he stationed his military officers in all of the fortified towns of Judah. 15 Manasseh also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the Lord’s Temple. He tore down all the altars he had built on the hill where the Temple stood and all the altars that were in Jerusalem, and he dumped them outside the city. 16 Then he restoredthe altar of the Lordand sacrificed peace offerings and thanksgiving offerings on it. He also encouraged the people of Judah to worship the Lord, the God of Israel.

“Successful” Ministry

Luke 10:16-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”

17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

18 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

I repented for my sin and believed in Jesus, according to Scripture in 1999. I was baptized in His Spirit, according to Scripture in 2005. A few years later, another promise, according to Scripture, manifested when I began receiving visions and dreams -and prophesying what I saw and heard to others.

Acts 2:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.

I was such a baby at the time. I had NO idea how to digest the Word of the Lord in my heart before feeding it to others. How I needed spiritual mothers and fathers to train me in the way I should go!!! Instead, I foolishly delivered many of those messages in haste, and as a result, I was threatened, scowled at, and ignored by many in the Church. Still, the Lord was faithful to lead me, feed me and care for me in the wilderness, as I licked the wounds of rejection and betrayal from those that were supposed to love me. In the desert, I had to realize: God did give me good gifts to use for His glory and to encourage others. I did hear from heaven and speak what I heard. But first, I needed to open my mouth and eat what He gave me (Ezekiel 2:6-8).

ministry.jpgAfter the wilderness experience, a few people began accepting my messages as I prayed with them. Demons obeyed me too! Men, women and children encountered Jesus and were healed, delivered and set free from bondage right here in my living room! I rejoiced in my “successful” ministry. And I told others about my success; in person and on social media. “Look at me. Look at me. Look at ME! I’m in ministry. I’m gifted. Yay me!!!”

Then the Spirit led me into the wilderness…again. There I stood, naked before Him, with nothing to hide behind. In the dryness of the desert, “my ministry” dried up. In His mercy, the Lord began shining His light on the pride hidden in my soul. Grieved over my arrogance, I repented & retreated to the shelter of His wings (Psalm 91). There He began exposing the fear of man. Fear of man has many different arrows that pierce the heart, mine were designed to penetrate a longing for acceptance, approval and affirmation through what I do. So, when I performed “successful” ministry, and people accepted my message and approved of me and affirmed me, I felt loved. When they did not, I felt unloved, rejected and abandoned. All the attributes of an orphan of the world, not a child of the Creator.

In His shadow, I child finds rest. In His refuge, a child is safe from the trap of successful ministry.  In His shelter, no evil will conquer a child. In His love, a child will be rescued. In His protection, a child will be rewarded. (Psalm 91)

I’m still a child, still learning to hide in the shelter of His wings. Are you? In deep humility, I plead with you: do not fall into the trap of believing the lie that “successful” ministry will gain you entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’s warning, according to Scripture is clear. Do you know Him? Does He know YOU?

Matthew 7:21-23 New International Version (NIV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’