July 10

Today's Bible Reading
     Joshua12-13
     Psalms145
     Jeremiah 6
     Matthew20
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''Thus says the Lord: stand in theways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk in it." (Jeremiah 6:16) 
 
WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
The prophet Jeremiah challengedthe people to walk in the old paths. He knew it was there they would find rest fortheir souls. Perhaps some of the saddest words in the Bible is their response. They said, ‘‘We will not walk init." The days of the prophet were characterizedby the same wickedness, covetousness, deceit, and abomination that characterize the  cultures of our day.  Still, the people then, as they do now, rejected the old paths. The prophet Jeremiah lamented the sad state of affairs his world had fallen into and exhorted the people of God to return to the old paths and to walk inthem.
            The world calls us to new methods and new techniques, but God still calls us to walk in the old paths. We need to get back to the Book. I am referring, of course, to the Bible, God's Holy Word. You must settle, once and for all, that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. If it is not true, we only have theological jello and no authoritative word from God. That is where you must begin.
         We must get back to the blood. It is still true that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. We speak of the blood of Jesus Christ. It is not the blood of the slain animal in the Garden of Eden, nor the blood applied to the pillars of Egypt, not the blood that flowed on the sacrificial altars of the Hebrew religion.  It is not even the blood of the martyrs. It is the precious blood of the Lamb of God, without spot or blemish that still today cleanses from sin. It is still man's onlyhope.
            We must get back to the brimstone. It is essential that God's people believe there is indeed, a place of eternalpunishment for those who reject Jesus Christ. This old path is not popular, but it must be a part of the theology ofeveryChild ofGod.
            Wemustgetbacktothebreath. ThesamewordintheGreekandHebrewforSpiritisthewordforbreath,orwind.
We are prone to lament the things we lack in the church today. The truth is, we are not lacking in human resources, theology, personnel or finances. We are lacking in the power of God. We need to have the breath of God to blow upon us, and get back to the old-fashioned power of the Holy Spirit.
            We must also return to Bethel. We've heard the phrase many times, ''back to Bethel."This is a reference to theworking of God in the life of Jacob. It was at a place called Bethel that Jacob had his greatest experience with God.Therenewing of God's power upon his life was whenhe came back to Bethel.
            Perhaps today you need to come back to Bethel and begin again to walk in the old paths.  It is the place of renewing your vows to God, and it is the only place you will, once again, have the anointing of God.
 
PRAY FOR THEWORLD
            The Christian population is 85% in Sloveniaand most of that is Roman Catholic.  This is a European nation with slightly less than 2 million people. It is one of those countries where the population is in decline. There are very few evangelical churches in this country, and even these lack teaching and leadership training. Church planting teams, comprised of both foreign and local believers, are needed for most towns. Pray that God will raise up short-term mission groups, as well as career missionaries to help train the nationals for Gospel witness inSlovenia.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Inspire the living faith, Which whosoever receives  The witness in himself he hath And consciously believe- The faith that conquers all, And doth the mountain move, And saves whoever on Jesus calls, And perfects them in love." 
Charles Wesley