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Old Paths – Pull Up A Chair

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~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.

Everything changes around us. Styles, interior decorating, moral standards – but our spiritual lives should not follow the ways of the world. Churches are changing their services to accommodate the new generation. The old hymns, which make us aware of our sinful nature, are replaced with contemporary worship music which take our minds off our sin and make us feel like we are ‘right with God,’ when in actuality we are sinners in need of hearing how to get our hearts right with Him.  The bibles placed in the pews have been removed and you now read verses on the screen at the front of the auditorium – most of the time they are not even the King James Version. This discourages a person from looking up verses in the Bible to confirm what the preacher is saying!  How can one make sure he’s not being fed man’s opinion instead of God’s holy word?

The old paths have been forsaken, reader!  If these changes are for the better, why then are there so many ‘professing” Christians acting and living like the rest of the world? There is hardly a distinction between the saved and the unsaved today! Is it any wonder the negative feedback received when a lost person hears the word ‘Christian’? Hypocrisy in the church is alive and well because of all the lost people who have been allowed membership! The world has entered the church’s doors and brought with it every vile sin along with it!

We need to return to the old paths spoken of in Jeremiah!  These old paths lead us to repentance of our sin and to a right relationship with God. Anything else is a road laid by the devil – and you can be sure that this path is smooth, appealing to the eye and the lusts of the flesh, and will lead you to think that you are “spiritually OK” in God’s eyes. God still requires repentance and salvation!

The Old Paths

I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you! 

Laws were based on the Bible;
Homes read the Bible;
And churches taught the Bible.

God was worshiped;
Christ was exalted;
And the Holy Spirit was respected..

Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.

I still like the old paths the best!

‘The Old Paths’ was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee.

~Jeremiah 6:15-17 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 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. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

How many times have we heard that someone is “old-fashioned” and their way of doing things is out of date? That may be a proper statement for clothing but what about the things of God? What about God’s word? Can we say that God is old-fashioned and out of date?

When I was a teenager, I blushed at the slightest thing. The older I got and the harder I became toward sin, the less I blushed. 🙁 I was born again in my mid twenties and as I grew in God’s word, the blushing returned. Sadly, this is not the case with the world today. Sin runs rampant in our country and people do not even bat an eye at it any longer. Women used to be modest in dress, word and action. When a woman exposed her body, she was known as a harlot. Today, Christian women dress immodestly and don’t even blush at exposing themselves. Sodomy was not spoken of freely because it was a horrid sin. Today, the label has been softened and television programming is strewn with this disgusting sin. No one blushes anymore.

God asks the question, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?” He answers with No! Their fate is to be cast down in the Lake of Fire. What is considered to be an abomination in God’s word? Sodomy is on this list (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13). God’s old paths are no different today than they were in Jeremiah’s time. God lists seven more things that He considers to be an abomination in Proverbs 6:16-19. These are serious matters. People today speak lies without a second thought, let alone blush over them. You could tell when a child lied because it was written all over his face. However, today’s child has learned through his parents and has become an expert liar. 🙁

God has not changed – He will never change. Malachi 3:6a “For I am the Lord, I change not;” If God considered these things an abomination back then, He still considers them an abomination and always will. Hebrews 13:8

The Lord, our God, has set watchmen who still boldly proclaim His words but today’s people refuse to listen. Is it any wonder that Jesus said He would find little faith when he returns? (Luke 18:8) Oh that our country would wake up and walk the old paths once again. Oh that Christians would blush at sin once again and be ashamed at the abominations that exist. 🙁 The Lord’s wrath is upon us and mankind will wish for those old paths but it will be too late.

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~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.

Everything changes around us. Styles, interior decorating, moral standards – but our spiritual lives should not follow the ways of the world. Churches are changing their services to accommodate the new generation. The old hymns, which make us aware of our sinful nature, are replaced with contemporary worship music which take our minds off our sin and make us feel like we are ‘right with God,’ when in actuality we are sinners in need of hearing how to get our hearts right with Him.  The bibles placed in the pews have been removed and you now read verses on the screen at the front of the auditorium – most of the time they are not even the King James Version. This discourages a person from looking up verses in the Bible to confirm what the preacher is saying!  How can one make sure he’s not being fed man’s opinion instead of God’s holy word?

The old paths have been forsaken, reader!  If these changes are for the better, why then are there so many ‘professing” Christians acting and living like the rest of the world? There is hardly a distinction between the saved and the unsaved today! Is it any wonder the negative feedback received when a lost person hears the word ‘Christian’? Hypocrisy in the church is alive and well because of all the lost people who have been allowed membership! The world has entered the church’s doors and brought with it every vile sin along with it!

We need to return to the old paths spoken of in Jeremiah!  These old paths lead us to repentance of our sin and to a right relationship with God. Anything else is a road laid by the devil – and you can be sure that this path is smooth, appealing to the eye and the lusts of the flesh, and will lead you to think that you are “spiritually OK” in God’s eyes. God still requires repentance and salvation!

The Old Paths

I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

Laws were based on the Bible;
Homes read the Bible;
And churches taught the Bible.

God was worshiped;
Christ was exalted;
And the Holy Spirit was respected..

Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.

I still like the old paths the best!

‘The Old Paths’ was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee.

This next series will be a blessing to my soul and I pray to yours! In a world of contemporary music and PowerPoint presentations used in church services, the old hymns and favorites are slowly fading away. My prayer is that we will be exhorted to go back to the old paths of our fathers and renew these hymns in our own daily lives. These are hymns written prior to this back slidden, emerging church called the Laodicean church. These are words written by those who have met with their Saviour in their prayer closets and have been moved by the Holy Spirit to pen the words which in turn have moved the hearts of men.

In the first day of this series, I thought it appropriate to start with Fanny Crosby since she is my favorite composer (born March 24, 1820 and died February 12, 1915). Fanny Crosby was responsible for over 8,000 hymns; can you believe that?! There are so many that we sing in church that are our familiar favorites: Able to Deliver, Blessed Assurance, Meet Me There, To God Be The Glory, just to name a few.

The very first hymn Fanny ever wrote was when she was 43 years old, “There’s a Cry from Macedonia”! Fanny was blinded by an incompetent doctor’s helper who treated an eye infection with hot poultices when she was six weeks old. Fanny was never bitter; in fact, she was quoted to say, “It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.”

One of the sweetest things I’ve ever read about Fanny Crosby was a poem she had written when she was nine years old:

Oh what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.”

Could we quote these words when we experience our own trials? How could a nine-year old pen these words? It was her walk with the Lord that kept her strong. She committed many verses to memory and had the word of God hidden in her heart.

The first in this series will be a hymn that I had never heard before but the words were such a blessing to me! Fanny was approximately 79 years old when she wrote this hymn. Oh that we should glean from her many years of salvation and draw from her walk with the Lord. If you would like to hear what it sounds like, here is the link to it in Cyber Hymnal

The Old, Old Way
Written in 1899

Is your hope of glory bright?
Are you walking in the light,
Ever shining from the Savior’s throne?
Have you gone to Him for rest,
When your heart was sore oppressed?
Are you trusting in His arm alone?

Refrain

Are you walking in the light,
In the blessèd, blessèd light?
Is it shining in your soul today?
With a firm abiding faith
That will triumph over death,
Are you walking in the old, old way?

Have you taken up the cross?
Do you count the world but dross,
For the splendor you in Christ may see?
To His question, “Who will go,”
And His love to sinners show,
Will you answer “Here am I, send me”?

Refrain

Tho’ your foes may all unite,
Will you battle for the right,
And the wonders of the Lord proclaim?
Will you stand with courage brave
And the royal banner wave,
Shouting vict’ry thro’ the Master’s Name?

Refrain

O the bliss of those who trust
In the only wise and just,
And are looking for a home above;
If your lot with them is cast
You will anchor safe at last
In the haven of eternal love.

Refrain

This hymn reminded me of 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. It is the old paths that have been abandoned today. Today’s Christian has been deceived by the enemy to go down a wide path that will lead to their spiritual starvation. Today’s average “church” member is not focusing on his sin and his walk with the Lord. Instead, today’s church member is busy doing. Although the Apostle James said that faith without works is dead (James 2:26), what good are your works if you leave your first love, Jesus Christ? What good is it for you to work in the soup kitchen if you have neglected prayer with your God? What good is it if you go out soul winning but yet your Bible collects dust during the week? What good is it if you work in a ministry in your church but yet you’ve neglected the convictions of the Holy Spirit in your life and continue in a sin? Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:17) Today’s Christian quenches the burning fire of the Holy Spirit’s convicting power. The Spirit’s words are too hard for these and, therefore, they do not continue in them. (John 6:66)

Today’s average Christian is busy with the distractions of the world. At the first mention of a sin in their lives, they are quick to be offended and they leave their church and try to find another one. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm 119:165) I’ve never seen more church hoppers than I have today. They visit from time to time but you do not see real fruit in their lives. We need more Fanny Crosby’s in this world today. If you were to be honest with yourself and examined yourself closely, would you be able to say that you actually saw the fruit of Galations 5 in your own spiritual life? Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (22) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (23) Do you examine yourself at the end of every message your Pastor preaches? Do you examine yourself at the end of your Bible reading? Do you ask yourself: (1) What is God trying to teach me? (2) What sin is He trying to expose in my life? (3) Is my spiritual house beginning to lean because my foundation is cracking?

What a horrible tragedy it is when the foundation of a house is not solid. If care is not taken from the beginning when laying a foundation, the results can lead to countless problems in the home. Even greater troubles will one experience if that foundation is not built on solid ground. Yes, Jesus’ parable about building a house upon a rock meant that our faith must be in Jesus and none other. However, He was referencing the old paths as well. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11) Therefore, what God required as a foundation of faith in the old paths are still required today. Why do preachers and Christ
ians want to change the way services are conducted? Why do they want to change the music? Why do they want to change the Word of God? You can play Christian, but if your foundation has the cracks of change and compromise, you will begin to lean and eventually you will fall.

Brother or Sister in Christ, the old paths are not to be abandoned because we need to be “with the times”! The old paths were laid for us to grow by and to be strong Christians. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (Ephesians 2:20) It’s not the foundations of the modern-day preachers that God wants us to follow but the foundation of Jesus Christ, the apostles and prophets! The old paths should be what we walk upon! The old paths are built upon the firm foundation of Christ and His Word. Replacing this with modernism will lead to a crack in our spiritual foundation that will bring to ruin our earthly temples. Don’t be guilty of this! Follow the old paths – you will never go astray!

~Jeremiah 6:15-17 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 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. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

How many times have we heard that someone is “old fashioned” and their way of doing things is out of date? That may be a proper statement for clothing but what about the things of God? What about God’s word? Can we say that God is old fashioned and out of date?

When I was a teenager, I blushed at the slightest thing. The older I got and the harder I became toward sin, the less I blushed. 🙁 I was born again in my mid twenties and as I grew in God’s word, the blushing returned. Sadly, this is not the case with the world today. Sin runs rampant in our country and people do not even bat an eye at it any longer. Women use to be modest in dress, word and action. When a woman exposed her body, she was known as a harlot. Today, Christian women dress immodestly and don’t even blush at exposing themselves. Sodomy was not spoken of freely because it was a horrid sin. Today, the label has been softened and television programming is strewn with this disgusting sin. No one blushes anymore.

God asks the question, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?” He answers with No! Their fate is to be cast down in the Lake of Fire. What is considered to be an abomination in God’s word? Sodomy is on this list (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13). God’s old paths are no different today than they were in Jeremiah’s time. God lists seven more things that He considers to be an abomination in Proverbs 6:16-19. These are serious matters. People today speak lies without a second thought, let alone blush over them. You could tell when a child lied because it was written all over his face. However, today’s child has learned through his parents and has become an expert liar. 🙁

God has not changed – He will never change. Malachi 3:6a “For I am the Lord, I change not;” If God considered these things an abomination back then, He still considers them an abomination and always will. Hebrews 13:8

The Lord, our God, has set watchmen who still boldly proclaim His words but today’s people refuse to listen. Is it any wonder that Jesus said He would find little faith when he returns? (Luke 18:8) Oh that our country would wake up and walk the old paths once again. Oh that Christians would blush at sin once again and be ashamed at the abominations that exist. 🙁 The Lord’s wrath is upon us and mankind will wish for those old paths but it will be too late.

101_1179_800x600

~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.

Everything changes around us. Styles, interior decorating, moral standards – but our spiritual lives should not follow the ways of the world. My dear friend sent this to me and I thought it would make a great devotional. I hope you enjoy this dear Saint’s piece!

The Old Paths

I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

Laws were based on the Bible;
Homes read the Bible;
And churches taught the Bible.

God was worshiped;
Christ was exalted;
And the Holy Spirit was respected..

Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.

I still like the old paths the best!

‘The Old Paths’ was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee.

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