Saturday, January 23, 2016

NOT MY WILL

I want you to think about this question:  Is “not my will” and “ask what you will” contradictory positions?  I am confident that the answer to that question is “No.”  However, we must study to understand that we, as a justified and sanctified child of God, are controlled by the influence of the Holy Spirit.  What we ask for must have every element of His divine character.

What is the will of God?  Can we ask whatever we want without considering the perfect will of God?  The will of God is always set forth in the counsel and character of the Holy Spirit.  What we ask for must be holy, righteous and just.  What we ask for must not only be good for us but also good for others.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

The apostle Paul dedicated his life to the service of the Kingdom of God and the children of God.  His principle concern was not about his own safety and comfort.  He sought to know and do the will of God in every matter for the profit of others.  Are your prayer requests profitable and beneficial for others?  If God gives you what you ask for will it hurt or hinder another person?

Luke 22:41-44
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

The perfect will of God may not be a comfortable place for your flesh. It may not be what you would have chosen to experience.  If you will submit to God’s way of answering your prayer, it will make you stronger, wiser and more useful in the Kingdom.  Let God’s will be your will.  Be like Him.  You may ask: What is He like?  Paul tells us in the fifth chapter of Galatians. 

Galatians 5:22-25
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit

This is the law that we live by.  It is the law that influences the way we pray.  All our prayers need to be made known to God with our hearts and attitudes and conduct being in harmony with the Holy Spirit.  We pray for those things which bear witness that we love God and all those around us in this world.  We pray and we ask God for those things wherein we rejoice that the will of God is being promoted.  Our prayers reflect our attitude and actions of peace.  In all these things we bring forth the fruit of the Spirit for the glory of God. 

The great hindrance to prayer may not be about our faith in God as much as it is in our faith that we are asking according to the will of God.  We ought to pray that God will reveal to us His will.  Once we know His will, then we can know what to pray for. 

Romans 8:26-27
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

When does God hear our prayers?  If we know that he hears us, then we know that we can have the request we have made.  When we ask according to His will, He will always hear us and answer us.  Our challenge then is this: we must know His will. 

What is His will?  His will is expressed in His Word and His Doctrine.  His will is that we do all that we do under the influence and direct control of the Holy Spirit.  All of our conduct and attitudes must be in conformance to the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.  Is your prayer hindered by a lack of these attributes of the Holy Spirit? 

Is your prayer request selfish and lacking consideration of others?
Is your prayer request seeking an escape from suffering for Christ’s sake?
Is your prayer request for a blessing which would be an over-ride of God’s requirement for faith and obedience from the person you are praying for?
Is your prayer request for a relief of the body when relief of the soul is the more important need?

I know that faith is important, vital and critical to the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man.
I know that obedience is also important, vital and critical to the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man.

However, there is another element which we must understand and make sure that we are in harmony with the will and heart of God.  We must be like Him in our spirit.  We must bear the impress of His divine nature to pray the prayer of faith for the needs which God sees as important. 

We must pray with His love and His burden for the needs of every person related to the prayer we send up to His throne. 
We must pray for ourselves and other with the same motive and concern which are in His heart. 
We must pray with longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and under the loving control of the Holy Spirit. 

Read this passage again and let the Holy Spirit speak to your soul.
We must pray and ask for all things according to His will. 

1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

The message and exhortation of faith and obedience must be wrapped in the supreme law of love.  Our love for one another and for the lost must be so strong and firm that we would make great sacrifice to help them according to the will of our God.  We have not been called to judge, condemn and excommunicate.  We have been called to love one another. 

Are your prayers in harmony with the will of God?

Can you say, “not my will, but thine be done?”  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

WHOSE CHILD ARE YOU?

When I was born into this world I had a physical mother and father according to the law of nature.  The DNA of my flesh and blood was inherited from Robert Odell Storts and Lola Marie Storts.  I am their child by natural birth.  I cannot ever change who my natural, biological parents are.  Also, by the divine decree of God, I was given a spiritual soul at the time of my physical conception.  Therefore, I am a two-fold person with a body and a soul. 

As an infant, I had no knowledge of the moral laws of God.  I had no knowledge of the spiritual consequence of obedience and disobedience.  Because I had no knowledge of the laws of God, I was innocent before God.  However, there came a time in the development of my understanding that I realized that when I disobeyed my parents I was also disobeying God.  When the understanding of that law came, sin was revived in me and I died spiritually.  God illuminated my understanding of good and evil and I knew that my disobedience made me a sinner and my conscience was defiled.  I was guilty of sin and I needed Jesus Christ to deliver me from the power of sin in my life. 

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:9, “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” 

In my childhood innocence, I belonged to God and was part of His family because my soul came from Him.  But my disobedience brought sin and death to my soul.  In my sins I died spiritually.  In order to be part of the family of God and have God as my Father, I needed to be born again.  Such is the state of all souls, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  God has commanded that all men everywhere repent and be born again.  No person, who lives beyond infancy, can have eternal life and God as his Father except he repent and believe on Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. 

Spiritually speaking, whose child are you?  Are you a child of Satan; or, are you a child of God.  You are the child of him whom you obey.  If you obey God and keep the commandments of Jesus Christ, then you are a child of God.  If you obey Satan, giving in to his temptations, then you are a child of Satan.  The Bible will prove to us that one of these two conditions is the true state of every person in this world.  You cannot serve two masters; neither can you have two fathers.  Listen to the counsel of God’s word and believe what it teaches. 

John 8:34-42
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

According to the flesh, the Jews were the descendants of Abraham.  But according to their spirit, they were the children of Satan because their hearts were evil.  Because of their pride and covetousness, these religious Jews were full of evil.  They willfully chose to be the servants of sin and by reason of their choice, they were the servants of Satan. 

You cannot choose your natural, fleshly, biological parents.  However, you do choose your spiritual father.  You can be born again and choose God to be your father.  Or, you can continue in your sinful rebellion and Satan will be your master and father.

Romans 6:16-23
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A child is as a servant as long as he is under the authority of the father. Servants are obedient to their master.  A child is obedient to his father. We can know who your spiritual father is by your attitude and conduct.   

Galatians 4:1-7
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Are you a servant and child of God?
Are you a servant and child of Satan?
You are the servant and child of him whom you obey.

Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

A sinner is a child of hell.
A religious sinner is a twofold child of hell. 
To help a religious sinner find salvation, you must first convince them that they are not saved so that they can repent and get saved. 

Acts 13:6-12
6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:
7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Paul had some strong words for Elymas.  Elymas tried to turn the deputy of the country away from the gospel which Paul was preaching.  Sergius Paulus was a prudent man and showed great interest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Elymas was afraid that he would lose his position and influence with the deputy.  Paul declared that Elymas was a child of the devil and an enemy of all righteousness.  Elymas did not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord.  There are people like that in our world today.  You must watch and be wise.  These crafty children of the devil will try to lead you into some false doctrine or wicked way. 

Whose child are you?  Who is your father?  Who do you obey?  If you are doing your own way and think that you are in control of the affairs of your life, that is just what Satan would like for you to think. 



Thursday, January 14, 2016

THE PATHWAY TO SALVATION

THE PATHWAY TO SALVATION
THE SEVEN STEPS ON THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

1.   CONFESSION
2.   REPENTANCE
3.   RESTITUTION
4.   RECONCILIATION
5.   JUSTIFICATION
6.   UNITY
7.   SANCTIFICATION

Let us examine these seven steps on the stairway to heaven because they truly represent the “Pathway to Salvation.”  Each of these seven steps must be achieved by following the righteous and holy principles of God’s Holy Word.  We do not have the privilege or option to perform these acts of obedience in any manner which is known to be contrary to the commandments and instructions of the Bible. 

CONFESSION must be a full admission and renunciation of every sinful deed and attitude which is known to the penitent person seeking forgiveness.  The guilt of sin must be of such strength as to render the heart broken and contrite.  A firm willingness to forsake every sin and be cleansed and purged from all guile. 

Psalms 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 51:16-17
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

2 Corinthians 7:10-11
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Many people confess their sins but do not forsake them with a wholehearted desire to keep all the commandments of God.  Confession is only the first part of repentance.  Some people confess their sins every day and continue every day to commit the same sins over and over.  They do not expect the grace of salvation to deliver them not only from the penalty of sin but also from the power of sin.  Jesus told the people to “Go and sin no more.”  How are you doing? 

REPENTANCE is the full and acceptable act of confessing and forsaking all sin.  It is a turning away from evil and wholeheartedly embracing the holiness and righteousness of God.  Repentance is a decision to make amends for evil and submit to the will of God in all things. 

Matthew 3:1-2
3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:16-17
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Acts 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Revelation 2:5
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

You cannot be a born again, child of God if you have not repented of all your sins.   God commands all men everywhere to repent because all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  As a person comes before God with a broken and contrite heart, God will instruct you on what He requires of you.  If you have bitterness toward anyone, you must forgive and turn to them in love.  If you have robbed or cheated anyone, you must make restitution. 

RESTITUTION is the act of restoring that which was stolen or destroyed.  When a person repents of all his sins, the Holy Spirit will require the new convert to make restitution to those people whom he has wronged or deprived of something which belonged to them. 

Exodus 22:2-6
2 If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
3 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
4 If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.
5 If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.
6 If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

Proverbs 6:30-31
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

Ezekiel 33:14-16
14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Luke 19:8
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
RECONCILIATION is the work of returning to unity.  It is the restoration of friendship and fellowship by those who were at variance.  Reconciliation must cleanse and release all animosities, grudges and bitterness.  Restitution and reconciliation are prerequisites to forgiveness.  Consider the following holy instructions.

Matthew 5:23-25
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Galatians 6:1-4
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Matthew 18:21-22
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Restitution and reconciliation are the necessary works of repentance and setting spiritual house in order.  You cannot neglect these vital elements and expect to receive the forgiveness, pardon and justification of God.   

JUSTIFICATION is the mercy of God to pardon and forgive the sinner of his past sins so that the penitent may be justified to stand before God in innocence.  Justification is the term applied to the first cleansing work of grace.  The heart and soul of the obedient, humble and submissive child of God is made holy, free from sin.  He now has the mind of Christ with a wholehearted desire to do the will of God and keep all His commandments. 

Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 5:1-2 and 9
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Galatians 2:16-18
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

James 2:21-26
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Justification is the confirmation of our relationship with God, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.  We enter into that divine relationship by faith and obedience.  We have the wonderful privilege of being part of the family of God which is the Bride of Jesus Christ.  We have been made part of the body of Christ which is the church of God.  Justification puts us in unity with  all the members of the one body which Jesus has purchased with His own blood. 

UNITY is the state of being one with the other members of the body of Christ.  We are made one body by reason of first five steps on the pathway to salvation.  Not one of these five steps can be omitted.  To miss any one step is to fail to reach the unity of the one body of the church of God which Jesus purchased with His own blood.  No religion, organization or creed can produce the glorious unity of the one body of the church of God.  Only by salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ can this unity be obtained. 

1 Corinthians 12:12-14
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.

Romans 12:3-5
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Colossians 3:12-15
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

The blessed fellowship of the saints of God is fully enjoyed at the time of Justification.  We are made one with Christ and all His children.  It is the will of God that this blessed unity and fellowship be sealed and made permanent.  Paul was speaking of the gift of the Holy Spirit when he spoke to the Galatians “that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” 

SANCTIFICATION is the second cleansing work of grace in the plan of salvation.  It is the term used to signify the infilling and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  It is the purging and eradicating of the carnal nature (the old man spoken of by the Apostle Paul) which has passed upon all mankind since Adam.  The carnal nature is that human propensity to choose evil over good.  It is inherent in every child and remains until the righteous, born again child of God presents himself a living sacrifice to be consecrated and controlled by the Holy Spirit. 

The passage of scripture which describes the reality of a second cleansing work of salvation is found in Acts the 8th chapter.

Acts 8:5-17
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believe? 

2 Corinthians 1:20-22
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Has your treasure of salvation been sealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit who will preserve you and keep you steadfast and faithful all the days of your life?

This pathway of salvation has been traveled by many who have gone before us.  The pathway is well illuminated and marked by the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you have not yet entered into this Highway of Holiness, I invite you to do the first works and submit to the leadership and counsel of the Holy Spirit.