2 Chronicles 32:1-33:17 / Romans 15:22-16:7 / Psalm 25:16-22 / Proverbs 20:16-18
2 Chronicles 33:2-3
“But he (Manasseh) did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he re-built the high places which Hezekiah his father had torn down, he raised up alters for the Baals, and made wooden images, and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.”
When he was 12 years of age, Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son took the throne. The Word says that pretty much right off the bat he set about to corrupt the land that his father Hezekiah has so deliberately set about to restore. Not only did he pollute the land with alters, idols and Baals, he added in witchcraft, sorcery, and human sacrifice. It says that, “Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations who the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.”
Clearly, what has been cleaned up and set right at one point must be maintained and kept clean IF it is to remain clean. Sometimes we reach a point in our spiritual lives where things seem to be going “pretty well” and we feel like we’ve reached our goal of “getting good with God”, so we back off, lose the vigilance we once had and set ourselves on “spiritual autopilot”. It’s shocking how quickly our lives can get off track and “go south” when we take our eyes off the Lord.
We need to realize that the enemy is waiting for this to happen. When he sees we’ve grown “a bit too comfortable” regarding our spiritual status, he will begin to “shoot secretly at our foundations” (Psalm 11:2) and do all he can to get us to buy in, once again, to those things that will separate us from God.
Matthew 12:43-45 is a great example of what happens when we become "spiritally slack": “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
We can’t rest on the faith of our fathers, our pastors or our church community to keep us clean, growing and fruitful in our personal relationship with the Lord. We must CHOOSE to whole-heartedly pursue the Lord and keep our eyes on Him EVERYDAY if we want to get clean and stay clean = TRUE FREEDOM! TRUE FREEDOM IS ALWAYS WORTH FIGHTING FOR, and, with God on our side, it’s a guaranteed VICTORY!