Building Altars in the House of the Lord

2 Kings 21:1-4 – 21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he 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 rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image,a]”> as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heavenb]”> and served them. He also built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.”
Athletes will always say that what food they put in their body is just as important, if not more important, than the training they do. What they eat affects how they perform, how they feel, how they look. If they do not watch their diet carefully, their performance will suffer. The same can be said for Christians. No, we might not be athletes, but what we put into our bodies (non-food) will also affect how we perform (act), how we feel, how we look to others.
In today’s scripture, King Manasseh built altars in the house of the Lord. In other words, he allowed false gods and idols into the house of the Lord. While we may want to criticize him for doing this, we must first remember that we have all been guilty of that. We have all allowed false gods and idols into the temple of the Lord (your body). Perhaps it was the music you listen to. Maybe the movies you watch. Even the people you associate with. Just like athletes, if we want to perform at the highest levels in our walk with the Lord, we must make sure our “diet” is one that will improve our performance (walk), strengthen our relationship with Jesus and setting a good example for others to see. As you go about your day, make sure you are not “building altars in the house of the Lord”. Dedicate your body to Jesus. Live your life for Jesus.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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