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Satan Is Under Our Feet – On the Ancient Paths

Jesus taught that the broad street in life leads to destruction, but the strait and narrow path leads to everlasting life:

“Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leads unto life (eternal life) and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14.

Jesus informed us here that most of the world’s inhabitants wish to go down a sinful path and avoid following Him on the strait and narrow path that leads to life everlasting. He said, “…few there be that find it.”

Most people, even many who call themselves “Christians” today, do not like the constraints of living holy.

Jesus said,

“He who takes not his cross and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life for My sake shall find it” Matthew 10:38-39.

Yes, there are things to give up, to deny one’s self, in order to follow Christ, but they aren’t worth mentioning compared to eternal life, are they?

The Lord is telling us here that if we seek after our own desires in life, searching for our own fulfillment, we will certainly lose our lives (eternally); but if we forsake all, if necessary, to do the will of God in this world, we will gain heaven and rewards unspeakable forever (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Paul explains it very well, as he described Moses’s sacrifice to do the will of God and gain heaven:

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years (emancipated), refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible” Hebrews 11:24-27.

This life lasts for only a moment compared to eternity. Is there really anything so pleasurable, for that moment, that is worth spending eternity in hell for? The answer is quite simple, yet so many people, even many who call themselves “Christians,” take the wrong path.

Why are so many people deceived?

Do you believe that all the people who call themselves “Christians” (approximately 2.2 billion) are entering heaven simply because they name the name of Christ?

Jesus said,

“This people (speaking of the hypocrites) draw near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” Matthew 15:8.

Apostle Peter said,

“If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?” 1 Peter 4:18.

Notice that Peter made a distinction between the “ungodly” and the “sinner.” He didn’t refer to all of the unsaved people as “ungodly.” He referenced both, because some people do not claim God as their God, so they are “ungodly;” but the “sinner” might claim that God is their God, yet continue in sin, thus they aren’t denying the existence of God, or that they are servants of God, but they are “sinners” because they continue in sin.

This means, folks, that sin will separate us from God. That is a fact that Calvinists and many others who claim to be “Christians” refuse to believe. They refuse to believe it because they simply don’t want to quit sinning. These want God, and sin at the same time; they want to walk the broad path.

Through prayer and spending a lot of time in God’s Word, learning at the feet of Jesus every day, He has given me guidance on how to overcome.

I asked the Lord to help me overcome temptation and accomplish one primary thing, above all else, and that is to live pleasing in His sight. In response, one of the things He has shown me is that I need to seek the “ancient paths.”

The Word of the Lord came to the Prophet Jeremiah, saying,

“Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to vanity, which has caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in a way not cast up, to make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing. Everyone that passes by shall be astonished and wag his head” Jeremiah 18:15.

In other words, because of vanity, pride and self will, people are stumbling from the ancient paths, and they are walking a broad path not cast up for them by God, what many might refer to today as the “old fashioned ways.”

God never changes. He is the same today, yesterday and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

The youth especially might say, That’s boring!

Albeit, I know young kids and young adults who love to pray and serve the Lord, because they are experiencing God on a level many Christians don’t know about. These kids were raised in holiness churches and today they have spiritual dreams and visions, they speak in tongues, as the apostles did on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit of the Lord was poured out (Acts 2), and they sincerely find that serving the Lord is a constant “high,” if you will. They have the spiritual insight to understand that getting drunk, getting high on drugs and getting pregnant before they are old enough to marry, lead down the paths to destruction.

Apostle Peter prophesied:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams” Acts 2:17.

This is happening in certain places, among certain people who walk the ancient paths. It is happening among those who love God with all of their heart, with all of their mind and with all of their strength; they have no delight in the things of the world, but rather desire the presence of God above anything else in this world.

Peter also said concerning these who walk the ancient paths:

“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9.

The Lord has also taught me patience. As described in Acts 1-2, the apostles and others, a group of about 120, were waiting for the Holy Ghost to fill them with power for service, the Comforter that was promised by Jesus (John 14:26), and they had to “tarry” in Jerusalem (Luke 24:49). Sometimes God works quickly, and at other times our faith is tested and we have to wait, as the apostles did for the promise of the Holy Ghost. I have learned to wait on God for His best gifts, for revelation and for His promises. I had been praying several hours when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of about 14. Two faithful saints of God prayed with me until around midnight. As we were silently praying through the night, it was as though lightning suddenly hit me when the Holy Ghost fell. Yes, I have learned to have patience and wait on the Lord.

King David also learned to wait on the Lord (Psalms 27:14).

If you wish to overcome, it is necessary to walk the ancient paths, not a in a “way not cast up” by God. The prophets and the apostles walked the ancient paths. These paths lead to holiness and consecration, and they are unknown to the world. In fact, the world abhors the ancient paths.

You can only place satan under your feet on the ancient paths paved by God.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

Now, these kids know how to have a great time serving the Lord:

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Are You Hungry for God?

In 1906, a small group of people were hungry for God in Los Angeles, California, and they began to pray daily. A year earlier, Charles Parham opened a Bible school in Houston, Texas. He had a black student, who was segregated from the rest of the church, and he would sit out on the steps and listen through the doorway to the Bible teachings. That humble black man’s name was William J Seymour. Seymour believed every word and took the teachings on Acts 2 to heart. Parham remarked about Seymour, “He is the most humble man I have ever met.”

While a small group of believers prayed in a little house at 214 Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, California, William J Seymour was learning ever more about the move of the Holy Ghost from the Word of God in Houston, Texas.

A woman from one of the prayer groups in California met Seymour in Houston one day and she was impressed with his Godliness. She recommended Seymour to a pastor in Los Angeles and Seymour was invited to pastor a church in LA. Seymour accepted the invitation.

Seymour preached about the gift of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, as described in Acts 2. The congregation was not accustomed to this teaching and Seymour was promptly locked out of the church.

Hospitality was given to Seymour by another Christian and Seymour began praying many hours each day for the direction of God. Other Christians started coming to the home where Seymour stayed to pray with him and the prayer meetings lasted most of the day. He moved to the home of a Christian couple at 214 North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, CA, and he began preaching to small groups of people every night.

On April 9, 1906, seven people at the meeting were filled with the Holy Ghost and fire, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, as the Holy Ghost gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Neighbors heard the commotion coming from the Bonnie Brae house and began to come to the nightly meetings and many others were filled with the Holy Ghost. Soon, word circulated about the revival at the small house on Bonnie Brae and crowds so huge gathered at the home, that the people decided to rent a larger building.

The meetings were moved to a large shamble of a building at 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, CA, which had recently been used as a stable. People came from all around to attend the profound revival on Azusa Street. Many were filled with the Holy Ghost there and miracles and healings took place during the revival, which continued every day for three years. The revival was held each and every day for three years straight, nonstop. It was not uncommon for the meetings to last from about 10 am to midnight. Something very profound was happening at the Azusa Street revival.

Offerings were never taken, but could be left at the door while exiting. Seymour never begged, pleaded, or intimidated people for money, but all of the bills were always paid! This is how God’s church operates; not like the flea market sales you are seeing on television, not like the usher who holds the offering plate under your nose waiting for money. God inspires Holy Ghost filled people to give their tithes and offerings, so “there may be meat in God’s house” Malachi 3:10.

If preachers preached the truth, as it is written in the Holy Word of God, they wouldn’t have to worry about how much people are going to give. The people would be inspired of God to give. Preaches have evolved to begging for money, because they don’t preach the WORD which inspires the people!

As the power of God moved, people would fall prostrate on the floor. They often got up speaking in other tongues. Many healings were documented during those days. 

This move of God changed people, not only in Los Angeles, but throughout the US and the world. People went from these meetings filled with the zeal of God, being filled with the “Holy Ghost and fire” and they left that place eager to win souls.

Do you want a profound experience with God? You can have it, if you “tarry” for it. If you read Acts chapter 2, you will discover that the apostles and followers of Jesus, about 120, went to an upper room in Jerusalem and waited there for the gift of the Holy Ghost, as Jesus instructed them. The scriptures tell us they “tarried” there, until they were filled.

The Azusa Street revival was no different. People tarried in prayer every day, day in and day out, for months, until the Holy Ghost fell and revival hit Los Angeles, which then spread throughout the world.

You can have this experience too, if you are willing to say “goodbye” to the world and unGodliness, and commit yourself entirely to God. The Word of God tells us,

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.

Most ministers today aren’t preaching this Word, the true Word of God today; they are preaching their own gospel, as Paul warned Timothy in God’s Word,

“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables” 2 Timothy 4:2-4.

Jesus said to His apostles before He ascended to heaven,

“And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the City of Jerusalem, until you are endowed with power from on high” Luke 24:49.

That message is the same for us today. How do we know the message is the same for us? If you read about the ministry of the apostles in the Book of Acts, you will know that the Holy Ghost is a gift freely given to all who believe and would like to receive it.

Paul said to certain believers in Ephesus,

“Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on Him who should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied” Acts 19:2-6.

Many people all over the world have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is the gift of God to all who believe, surrender their lives fully to Him, and ask for it.

Many people have also faked it; but if you receive the Holy Ghost, you will know beyond any doubt it is real, because it takes control of you and it is truly an overwhelming, undeniable experience.

When the 120 believers received the Holy Ghost in Jerusalem, they were accused by onlookers of “being drunk,” but Peter explained,

“There are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams; and on My servants and on My handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of My Spirit and they shall prophesy” Acts 2:15-18.

Read the Word of God daily, believe, and receive all that God has for you!

The Word of God tells us,

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” Matthew 5:6.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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Dwelling in the Secret Place

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Dwelling in the Secret Place

God said that David had a heart after His own heart (Acts 13:22), and God has loved David so much that He promised him that he would be a prince and shepherd over His people forever (Ezekiel 34:23-24).

It was David who wrote Psalms 91, which includes the most profound promises to God’s people (who dwell in the secret place of the Most High) ever written, aside from our promise of salvation and the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2).

Christians often muse why God seems to fulfill the promises written in Psalms 91 for some, but not others; why He heals some, but not others; why He baptizes some with the gift of the Holy Ghost, but not others.

First, we need to know that God is no “respecter of persons;” He does not favor one person over another. However, our humility, prayer life, perhaps fasting and giving ourselves to seeking God in certain ways, can bring about God’s attention to our attentions given to Him. His Word says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8. Since the crucifixion of Christ, everyone has equal access to God through our heavenly High Priest, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, who is our intercessor at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34).

Some Christians are captivated by the Lord and praise Him and seek His presence often; others don’t give God much of the time of day, unless they need something. Who will receive more of God’s attention?

God will do for one, what He does for another, but many are simply not willing to commune with God with a pure heart before Him.

There are many promises written in the Word of God, which were not made to particular individuals, but rather all of God’s people. For example, He did not say, “With His stripes Lucy was healed.” This promise written in Isaiah 53:5 was written to all of us, “With his stripes we are healed.” So, why doesn’t everyone get healed? Jesus said if we have faith as in a grain of mustard seed, we can receive the answers to our prayers (Luke 17:6). This wasn’t written so anyone and everyone can just say something and it will be done. Do you believe a wicked person can say, “In the name of Jesus, I am healed,” and it will be so?

Jesus healed people who weren’t saved, but the Bible bears out the fact that they were ready to believe and be saved, so He healed them and said their sins were forgiven (Matthew 9:1-8).

There is no passage of scripture that says the wicked were healing the sick, or healing themselves. Satan, however, is a mocker, an imitator, and he appears as an “angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:14-15). By the way, are you aware of the fact that chemotherapy is a carcinogen? Are you aware that manufactured medicines all have adverse side effects? Natural medicinals derived from plants, herbs and foods, however, are not carcinogens and generally have no adverse side effects, unless taken with something else that might cause an adverse reaction. I’ll let you contemplate those facts and come to your own conclusion. Oh, and by the way, are you aware that hemp (cannabis) oil, derived from the marijuana plant, which does not produce a “high” taken in this proper form, cures just about everything? It has been outlawed due to the lobbying of Big Pharma, which would rather sell you carcinogens that will end up killing you, if the disease doesn’t kill you, for A BIG FAT PROFIT, rather than see you cured by a natural plant that God placed on the earth for us, just because some people have smoked the leaves to get high. They also have their depopulation agenda to be concerned about. Leave it to the devil and his cohorts to rob people of God’s blessings.

I might as well throw in the fact that medical malpractice is the 3RD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the United States.

Christians also have a very bad habit of comparing themselves with other Christians, and the experiences of others with their own experiences. The Word of God, however, tells us NOT to do that (2 Corinthians 10:12), lest we end up comparing ourselves and our situations with people who have a heart of unbelief, and thereby justifying our own unbelief; not even realizing the person we are comparing ourselves to has an unbelieving heart. None of us know another person’s heart, no matter how well we believe we know another person. If we compare ourselves with someone who appears outwardly holy, but has sin in their heart, we can end up walking the wrong path in the end. We are only to compare ourselves with the Holy Word of God.

The wonderful promises written in Psalms 91 were written specifically for those who “dwell in the secret place of the Most High.” If you don’t understand what that means, then you need a more intimate relationship with God. He is open to it, are you?

If you want to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, make Him your “habitation;” read His Word and pray for the understanding of it and God will answer that prayer; He promised (James 1:5), and spend as much time with Him as you can, learning at His feet. He is most happy to teach you. One of His blessed titles is Rabboni, meaning Teacher.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.