New semesters bring in new excitements, relationships, and new starts. When new starts come it’s a weight lifted off our chest allowing us to breathe again. What if that same freedom of starting a new class is also true for your life? All those first semester mistakes that piled up can be erased clean? Tuesday night Shane shared with us the life of King Manasseh and 8 lessons we can learn from his life transformed from rebellion to righteousness (2 Chronicles 33:1-20).
- You can stay stuck pursuing the wrong things for a long time. It took Manasseh 55 years to figure out what he was pursuing wasn’t working for him. As you know your time is precious, we shouldn’t waste it on the things that don’t last.
- What you do and where you put yourself influences others. From the words of Mumford and Sons, “where you invest your love, you invest your life.” Where do you put your time? How does that affect your life?
- Serving things other than God is a common practice. We were made to service God. When we don’t it can hurt.
- Serving things other than God negates his promises and interventions in your life. Sin has consequences. King Manasseh discovered that and found himself in chained in prison.
- God is constantly trying to speak to you. Verse 10 tells us that “The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings.” Are you listening?
- Consequences are humbling, but necessary. If we don’t recognize our consequences we can waste them.
- Don’t wait until you’re distressed to humble yourself and seek God. If King Manasseh would have humbled himself earlier on he probably wouldn’t have had to walk down the road of distress he did. You don’t need to be in great distress to cry out to God.
- If you are already distressed come to the Lord. He is better than what you are already serving. There is hope in Jesus Christ. He offers you deliverance, healing, and change. Focus on praising Him in your life. Like King Manasseh did, tear down the idols you have built up in your life.
“But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors.”
2 Chronicles 33:12
As we begin this new semester let us strive to have a focused mind on Christ and humble ourselves before the all-mighty Lord.
Let us know how you life relates to the life of King Manasseh’s. Either comment or come see us on Tuesday January 26th at 7:42PM in TRCC 008 on Sheridan College campus. Join us for a time of praise and fellowship! Also follow us on facebook at BCM of Sheridan College, instagram @bcmofsc, and twitter @BCMofSC.