ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS
Jeremiah 6: 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways,
and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We
will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:16 is one of my favorite verses in the Old Testament.
This was written by Jeremiah the prophet unto the people of Israel
and Judah. Over and over throughout the Old Testament Israel turned
away from following God and followed after their own hearts and
minds. After brief periods of restoration and fellowship with God,
they would soon return to sin, ignoring the commandments of the
Lord. This is why God pleads with them to ask for the old paths. To
return to the good way when Israel walked with God and served Him.
This can apply to us today.
To someone who may have not ever known Jesus Christ or the way of
truth, their OLD PATHS may not be one that is advisable to walk in.
In fact once a person, who was lost and without God in their lives,
find Jesus Christ and allow Him to change their lives, old things
pass away and all things become new. We find a new beginning, a new
birth and a new way of live through faith in the shed blood of Jesus
Christ that was shed for remission of all our sin.
To one who found Jesus Christ at an early age and may have gotten
away from sound doctrine and constant fellowship with Jesus Christ,
the verse in Jeremiah makes more sense. Ask for the OLD PATHS. The
old paths seem to mean the paths of righteousness, holiness and
walking in the constant presence of God. We do this by studying the
Word of God, calling on His name in prayer and seeking Him with a
heart that seeks to know His will for our lives. Sometimes we see
the church or even ourselves drifting back into sin from which Jesus
saved us from. Sometimes we've just allowed the cares of this life
to hinder us from seeking Him on a daily basis. This could lead us
back into sin or lukewarmness, which Christ warns us of in the
letter to the Laodician church of Revelation. In that case the verse
in Jeremiah applies and we are to seek the Old Paths. The good way
is always God's way. Living in His fellowship and in His will is
always the Good Way. Half-baked, backslidden or even so far as
living in a state of apostasy is never good. We don't have settle
for a half-hearted walk with God.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are they which do hunger and
thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled..
God will fill those who desire His righteousness. He teaches those
that desire to be taught. His Spirit draws us, and when we yield to
that pull of the Holy Spirit and seek the Lord, we will surely find.
If we repent of sin and seek the Lord for the first time in our
lives, we become a new creature in Christ and are Born-again by His
Holy Spirit. We are baptized into the body of Christ. We are never
alone after that. The more we seek God the more He fills us with His
Holy Spirit. The more we desire His presence, the more we will be in
His presence. Sin will separate us from His fellowship but His Holy
Spirit will convict and try to get us back into His fellowship. Ask
and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find. Knock and it
shall be opened unto you. God wants us to be saved and he wants us
to be filled with His Spirit. ASK. There is no reason for anyone who
reads this to be lost, lukewarm or out of the will of God. Just ask
to be returned into His fellowship. He wants to be our friend more
than we want to be His.
Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear,
O earth, the words of my mouth.
2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the
dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon
Sound doctrine is like rain on a dry ground. It is pleasant and good
to be received. To refuse sound doctrine is to allow ourselves to be
full of error and deceit. Hiding the word in our hearts is like
gentle water upon a thirsty ground.
When we come to Jesus Christ we desire to study his word and walk in
sound doctrine. To avoid good doctrine is to leave us open to the
temptations of the devil without any ammunition for keep ourselves
from sin. The Psalmist once said, "Thy word have I hid in my heart
that I might not sin against thee." The word sanctifies and makes us
strong. The word hidden within our inter-most being will sustain us
during trials and temptations. We can never get enough of God's
Let us not forsake the word and leave ourselves open to the enemy of
our souls. Let us seek the Old Paths were the good way is. God wants
to dwell among us. He wants us to walk with Him daily. We are as
close to God as we want to be.
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and
attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my
words: keep my commandments, and live.
The word is in truth a healing balm for our mind, body and spirit.
The word is life to those that find them. I can't say this enough.
It brings life now and eternal life hereafter.
Isaiah 28 -
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn
from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the
weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13.But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept,
precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little,
and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be
broken, and snared, and taken.
How sad that to those who first were given the way of eternal life
and the word of Almighty God, they refused to hear. They chose to go
their own way and do their own thing. Some went into idolatry and
served vain gods that could not do one thing for them when times of
Isaiah 29: 24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to
understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take
counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of
my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
2.That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth;
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in
the shadow of Egypt!
When we seek help from other sources instead of God, we seek in
vain. Nothing but evil shall come of it and we loose out on eternal
life and fellowship with a loving God. God desires our good, not our
Eye has not seen, neither has the ear heard what God has prepared
for those that love him.
Those that love him will inherit all things. Those that love him
will keep his commandments. Those that love him will seek his
Adam and Eve had daily fellowships and walked with God. God came to
them in the garden every day to be with them. When disobedience came
and sin entered the world, they lost that fellowship and were cast
out of the beautiful garden. Jesus Christ, the second Adam, came
into the world to get us back into fellowship with God. We don't
have to wait until He returns a second time, we can have fellowship
now by repenting (turning from) of sin and accepting Jesus Christ
and savior and Lord of our lives. He came that we might regain
paradise and live eternally with Him. What the first Adam lost, the
second Adam got back at his death on Calvary. Amen.
John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine,
but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that
seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no
unrighteousness is in him.
When we do the Lord's will and listen to Him, we will know His voice
and we will not hear a false teacher. Jesus said that His sheep
shall know His voice. We shall know the truth and the truth shall
make us free. Sin will no longer be our master. True teachers will
seek to give all glory and praise to God and will not accept praise
Romans 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants
to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto
death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have
obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your
flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness
and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members
servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Seek the Old Paths where is the good way. When we yield to God we
are free from the bondage of sin. Whatever we choose to yield to
becomes our master. We are servants to sin if we choose to continue
in sin. When we come to Christ, we are free from sin. We are now
servants to righteousness. Sin is no longer our master. We are free
at last. Why would we even think to return to the old nature and
become under bondage again.
Here is an example of the bondage of sin. When one has been a drug
addict. His mind, body and spirit are a slave to that addiction.
They will often steal or even kill to get drug money. They are
tortured slaves and helpless to free themselves. This is what sin
does to us even though we can't always see this or we may not even
be aware of the bondage we are in. Yet like the drug addict, we
can't save ourselves and we are lost without any hope. Sin is just
as damaging to the soul as drugs are to the body. Sin separates from
God and causes us to be lost forever. If we are in sin at the time
of our physical death, that sin will send us to a burning hell
God does not desire for us to end up like that. Hell is not
something we like to discuss but it is a real place. It is the only
place where there is never any escape. It has to be that way in
order to rid the world of sin and purify the world in order for God
to bring in an eternity without death, sin and suffering.
The only way to escape that place of torment is by faith in the Son
of God, Jesus Christ. God sent His Son, Jesus to take our punishment
for our own sins. On His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid for
every person on earth's sins. He died in our place. He was the only
sinless person to ever live upon the earth. He kept the law given by
God to Moses without fail. He was the perfect sacrifice to die in
our place. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of
sins. He had to die and shed His blood in order for us to be free
from the sin and separation from God that sends us to a burning
In order to for the death of Christ to count for us, we have to
believe. We have to renounce, turn from sin and believe that Jesus
Christ is the savior God sent to save us and grant us everlasting
life. There is nothing or no one that can separate you from God if
you come to Him and ask Him for His free gift of salvation.
If you are already a believer and have gotten away from your first
love for the Lord, there is nothing can hinder you from coming back
into His fellowship if you truly desire to do so.
Nothing is worth having or doing if it separates us from being in
the will of God. Neither house, family, friends or money is worth
more than even one minute in the presence of God. Lets put God first
in our lives today.