Good Morning Marines and Warriors!
Word for the Day:
“Repentance Opens the Door of Heaven”
“Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”
Our lesson from Breakfast this morning is that only Repentance can open the Door of Heaven.
Manasseh shows us that even the most vile and wicked sinner can be broken by God’s Loving judgement - and brought to a place of repentance; if they choose to.
God wants to forgive the sinner, but the sinner must repent when they are convicted of sin in their life.
Delayed repentance is deadly, as we saw in Manasseh’s son Amon.
Rather than humble himself before God as his father did, Amon sinned more and more (v.23); this is the danger of delayed repentance, it’s deadly!
Amon was only 22 when he became King, and he may have thought he could delay his repentance until he became older, like his father did. Two years later at 24 years old, his servants killed him.
When anyone refuses to repent, in spite of Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin in their life - they are “despising the goodness of God that is leading them to repentance!” (Rom.2:4-11). In other words, they are choosing to continue a life of sin instead of accepting God’s offer of Forgiveness through godly sorrow and repentance.
Sin doesn’t keep us out of Heaven - repentance does!
Listen up Warrior! When your Commander convicts you of sin Repent immediately! There is Never an acceptable excuse for lawlessness - it’s all sin. “I did it! I regret it! I renounce it and turn away from it! Now!” God forgives, forgets, and restores righteousness to us - when we repent (1John1:9). The Warrior has a Zero Tolerance for sin, even for a moment. Sin is Death to us, so we get rid of it immediately with repentance.
Yes, a lifestyle of repentance of sin is how we maintain a state of readiness to engage the enemy of unrighteousness at all times!
Warrior at your side