Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:47–49
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world.”
I want to thank God for the priviledge of the settled Word of God. He meant it yesterday and today and He will mean it tomorrow. The Word of God says, “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven,” Psalm 119:89. O Father, I pray that you will give us an appreciation of your settled Word, that does not change, that it will bless our lives and improve us in the name of Jesus.
If the Bible says something is going to happen, it is going to happen. The Bible says that at the end of the world His angels will come and sever the wicked from the just and cast them into the furnace of fire and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth for the wicked, Matthew 13:49–50. When that day of selection comes, where will you be? Will you be gathered among the good or will you be cast away? I pray that no one receiving this word is cast away on the last day. I pray that God in His mercy will save our souls, that we will find rest for our souls as those who stood for God and as those who were just. How can you be just? “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. How do you get rest for your soul? The Bible says to “stand,” so stop sitting around in sin, and stop lying down when you should be awake praying. The Bible says to stand in the ways of salvation: prayer and reading the Word. When they are gathered to pray and praise, may you be there.
We live in a time where the old paths are covered with brush. They are overgrown because nobody is walking the old paths anymore. People think they are walking in liberty but they are actually being led astray to be cast away. The Bible is true and settled. It is tried and found true. It is not going to change for you or me. Find the old paths so that you will not be a cast away on the last day. It is clear that the end is near according to the Bible. The signs are evident in our generation; even those who are not spiritual know that the end times are upon us.
Are you ready? The Bible says, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths.” What are the old paths? When Christianity was introduced to us, we went directly to the Bible, but now we follow the books written to make us feel good.
We write books from the imagination of our hearts, which may be contrary to the Bible. Any book you read or preacher you listen to that communicates anything contrary to the Bible, contrary to the old paths, should be ignored and prayed for.
The standard of the old paths is set, that is the good way, and that is where you will find rest for your soul.
Some who attend church are miserable. They go from one meeting to the other, but their soul is not contented because their walk with God is founded on wrong principles. There are certain things the Bible states as the good way and it is there for those who want to walk therein. But if you decide that now that Jesus has died all the things of the Bible do not really matter anymore, then the Bible is just a good old book. I pray that God will open your eyes and give you a revelation of Jeremiah 6:16, which makes it clear that you need to find the old paths. The old path may be things you used to do when you were first born again that you have since stopped doing. The old path may be the prayer life that you had before, but now you just talk to God on the road. It may be the way your grandmother used to take you to church early on Sunday, during the week, and then for prayer meetings. God is calling you back to the old paths so that you find rest for your soul.
There are many who are not happy, who cry themselves to sleep; indeed, they are emotionally adrift. Seek the old ways when you were first born again; do the things you used to do for God; walk therein and you will find rest for your soul.
I pray that you will return in Jesus’ name, that you will seek the old paths and walk therein to the glory of God in Jesus’ name. I pray that when that great day of selection comes that we will not be cast away, that we will be among those called the just, those who maintained the standards of God, those who continued to work with Him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives.
Beloved, you cannot walk in holiness except you have the Holy Spirit, and you cannot have the Holy Spirit except you are born again. So if you have never at anytime given your life to Jesus, pray along with me now, “Dear Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you. Write my name in the book of life and bless me with the born again experience. Give me the grace to walk according to the Good Book and find rest for my soul in Jesus’ name.” Amen.