After Manasseh died, his son Amon, reigned two years. He did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. 2 Chronicles 33:23 says, “And he did not humble himself before the Lord, as his father Manasseh had humbled himself…” Amon’s servants killed him.
Amon’s son, Josiah, was eight years old when he became king. 34:3 says that he began to seek the Lord. When he was 12 he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places. He broke down all the Baal altars and made dust of them. He ordered the temple to be cleansed and repaired. The Book of the Law was found. When they read it to Josiah, he tore his clothes. Verse 27 were Huldah the prophetess’ words to him from the Lord. It says, “Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you, says the Lord.”
Josiah restored true worship. He kept the Passover. 35:18 says, “There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept.”
34:31 helps us see how inner programming works to affect our actions. It is a heart set to please the Lord. It says, “Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.”
Daniel had inner programming. He purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself long before any temptation came (Daniel 1:8).
Inner programming starts when we accept the Lord as our personal Savior. We enter into His everlasting covenant. We are saved by grace through faith. It has nothing to do with us except heart belief (Romans 10:9-10).
Renewing our mind is synonymous with inner programming. It is a discipline that helps to keep our heart tender and humble before the Lord. He uses it to direct our steps into His ways. Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”