Manasseh further showed that his repentance was genuine by the action he took – he cleansed the land of idols and foreign gods.
Proverbs 21:1 says ”the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; like rivers of water He turns it wherever He wishes. God does not want to deal harshly with us. He wants us to choose to do what is right in His sight.
Yet for our own good and the good of others, He will deal with us in whatever way necessary to bring us to righteousness. It is always best to keep our hearts yielded and soft – willing to respond to His almighty Hand.
The Word breaks the power of the…
Satan, who hardened his heart before the world was made, hurls curses at humanity – especially God’s people. Proverbs 26:2 tells us “a curse without cause shall not alight … In other words, God will not allow a curse to attach itself to us, unless we have opened a door through sinful behavior or received a curse by believing lies.
This principle is illustrated in Numbers 22-25. The prophet Balaam is employed by a Moabite king to curse Israel, so that the Moabites could defeat Israel in battle
But try as he might, Balaam could not work his way past the Word of the Lord to him that he was NOT to curse Israel. Eventually, God sent an angel to intercept Balaam. As a prophet, Balaam should have seen the angel, but was blinded by his own greed. The Lord went so far as to speak to Balaam through his donkey (22:28); and Balaam finally repented.
God then used Balaam to bring blessing on the children of Israel! A plan for cursing a nation was turned to blessing by the power of the Word of the Lord (see Deuteronomy 23:5).
Christians need not fear those who would try and use demonic power to curse them. For “greater is He that is within you, than he (Satan] that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Christ actually stripped away all of hell’s power and authority at the cross (see Colossians 2:15).
The Word also assures us that there is no name more powerful than the Name of Jesus. For God has “given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those on heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father” (Phil 2:9,10}.
There is no curse or demon power that can stand against the power of the Word of God and the Name of Jesus!
No power can stand, not even the…
Of False Doctrines
“The Spirit [of God] expressly says,” Paul warned his young disciple Timothy, “that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” ( 1 Tim 4:1). A quick survey of the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation shows how three of them were destructively influenced by false doctrines.