Speaking through Jeremiah, God said that when we come to a period or time of confusion, we should stop and ask for the good way.
“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 (KJV)
The Church awaits the mighty end-time revival, the outpouring of the power of the Holy Spirit The Church has come to a junction of confusing doctrines and need to seek, to ask for the “Old” path; not the old path of candles and incense.
Pastors and Men of God are seeking to go back to the time of the Apostles forgetting that that was the “take-off” or the “inauguration” of the Church which over the years, ought to grow to the direction and will of the builder.
What is the will of the builder? Go back to the “Old paths”. Jesus came to earth, laid the “foundation” for the Church, taught the “Principles” for the building of the Church, having a pattern in mind. The pattern? “As it was in the beginning.”
“He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” - Matthew 19:8 (KJV)
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” - Matthew 6:10 (KJV)
Jeremiah wrote that Scripture very many years before Jesus was born. So he was not talking about the time of the Apostles, certainly. Let us not go back to the time of the early Church, but to the very beginning. The Lord Jesus expects His Church to “advance”, not “retrogress”.
Surely, we should advance toward God’s plan for Man; the “path” where He put Adam before the fall: the path Adam walked, where he was created to be. That is where Jesus came to reinstate us. That is where we should seek out, not the days of the early Apostles. No!
Jeremiah was here referring to the way before the fall of Adam. Adam “fell” and God says “come up”, back to where Adam was before the fall; the old way that God ordained for man.
Before his fall, Adam though flesh and blood, did not live a carnal being. He did not live after the flesh. He lived a spirit being; a son of God. (Luke 3:38) It was after his fall that he began to operate carnally.
(From BEYOND SIGHT - coming soon)
Watch out for dogs!
Beware of Dogs!
“Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear his voice. Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, they do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest.” - Hebrews 3:7-11 (KJV)
Entering the Rest of God takes more than going to church or being born again. It clarifies what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, that a man, though born again cannot enter into the Kingdom as that is an exclusive reserve for those born of water and the Spirit.
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” - John 3:5-6 (KJV)
In our text, the Apostle Paul sounds a note of warning about how thin a line there is between entering and missing the rest of God. He started by reminding us how God swore (a serious thing when God swears!) that all that came out of Egypt will not enter His rest, save Caleb and Joshua. And this was because “they have not known my ways.” - Hebrews 3:10 (KJV), they hardened their hearts to the ways of God, which Isaiah tells us is higher than the ways of Man. (Isaiah 55)
Paul admonishes, and very strongly too, that we should not be like the wilderness church; that if we hear His voice, we should not harden our hearts. There is a thin line here, and this is because we love God and no one knowingly wants to harden his heart against God! Like Paul who loves to do the will of God according to the inner man, but found himself doing what he did not want to do. (Rom 7), something else other than us is at work to prevent us entering God’s rest!
This thing may allow us “hear the word” but not the “Voice”, “the letter” and not “the Spirit.” We are not only to hear the word - the letter, but the Voice – the Spirit; for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. In Acts 13:27, the bible tells how the children of God read the Law, the Scripture every Sabbath day, yet could not hear the “voice” of the prophets, the actual message they passed across!
“For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.” - Acts 13:27 (KJV)
That was exactly what happened to the wilderness church; that made them “err in their hearts” and not know the ways of the Lord. Unfortunately, it is happening to the Church of today!
Why did they miss it? The dogs!
“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” - Philippians 3:2-3 (KJV)
…to be continued.
Watch out for dogs!
Beware of dogs! 2
Dogs have no understanding of the Word of the Kingdom, so they speak from the world’s point of view, and whoever listens to them would hear good sounding, but not edifying words that only carry people away from the ways of God and consequently away from His rest! They speak philosophy, psychology, and not Spirit-inspired words!
Beware! They cut you off from the Truth!
God made it clear that our ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55). Every other way is death; even man’s ways – what they know naturally; what we call “common sense!” Many preachers today, preach and teach “common sense”, philosophy, psychology; things that have no eternal value – no presence of the Spirit! They are “good for food, and pleasant to the eyes, and knowledge to be desired to make one wise – prosper in things of this world”, but NOT EDIFYING!
We are to warn and encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13) because it is a serious business! If we have to remain partakers of Christ (verse 14), we need to hold on tenaciously to the Truth of His word that we have received and not allow the dogs steal them from us. This is one of our Master’s explanations of the Sower of seed.
“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.” - Matthew 13:19 (KJV)
Jude encourages us to quest for, contend for, look for the Truth once delivered to the Saints because scoffers (dogs) have entered the Church and twisted the word!
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Jude 1:3-4 (KJV)
If you have located the Truth (Spirit) of His word, hold on to it and sell it not!
“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” - Revelation 3:11 (KJV)
…to be continued.