Archive for February, 2016

The Way to Heaven

The-Way-To-GodIf you Google “How do I get to Heaven?” on your search browser, you’ll get a plethora of answers. As you scan through these various answers, you’ll find a few to be true,  however the majority are wrong.  How, you say, do I know which is correct and which is wrong? The answer is simple!  The Word of God maps out the way to Heaven, free to any who will read and follow His directions.

 Hundreds of years before the way of salvation was opened, God, through the prophet Isaiah, said this: Isa 35:8  And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.  So plain would this way be that even a fool could find and walk it.

 Then, the builder of this path proclaimed in Mat 7:13-14  “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (14)  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.  The way to Heaven is not a six lane highway.  If you think or listen to those who teach that entrance to Heaven is broad, inclusive, tolerant, STOP!  Get off that highway! Its destination is doom. The call is not bigotry! It is for all.  The truth is, few are willing to obey God’s commands (narrow and hard).

 What then is the way to Heaven? Let us look at the map (The Bible), and follow the directions carefully.  Jesus, first of all, directed us to follow Him.  He leads the way to Heaven. John 14:4-6  And you know the way to where I am going.” (5)  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  (6)  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  Gandhi is not the way. Nor is Mohammed, Buddha, Tao, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Joseph Smith, Joel Olsteen, or Darryl Fuller.  You can only get to Heaven by following these men, IF these men are following Christ. ( 1 Cor.4:15-16; 11:1).

To go on the way or path to Heaven, one must first come to it.  The path may be narrow and difficult, but it is plain and available for all to find, but we must be interested in finding it and then, desire to get on it.  Consider what Jesus said in John 6:44-45  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (45)  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.  The way to Heaven is preceded by teaching or learning. Before the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, he had to know for what reason.  (Acts 8:30-31).  God’s intention is that all men be saved.  He desires that all of His creation come to accept Him (2 Pet.3:9).  This is why the Lord commissioned the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world. (Matt.28:18-20) He is calling us to come to the path.

                Entrance, therefore, to the path is simple.  The toll was paid  by Christ.  We do not need to pay any price.  We need only to obey His voice and follow his commands.  When the people on the day of Pentecost learned of their error, they asked; “What do we do?’  Peter responded, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38. If one really wanted to know the way to Heaven, they would read and pay careful attention to all the conversions in the book of Acts.  Entrance to the path to God is through the act of baptism!  The way to Heaven is through the spiritual death and burial of baptism. (Rom.6, Gal.3:27; Col.2:12).

                The way to Heaven or path is in reality Christ.  We could not bridge that gap, nor pave a way.  He was the only one that could do that and He did by giving his life to pay our way.  Entrance to Heaven is through Him.  He is the ark or vessel that will take us to Heaven. His body is the church (Eph.1:22-23). We gain entrance to that body through baptism (1 Cor.12:13).

                Heed His calling, come to the path.  Listen to His voice and obey His instructions.  Gain entrance to the vehicle that will take you to Heaven, Christ’s body, the church.  The ticket to get in is baptism for the remission of your sins.  Hurry, the departing time is near! Don’t wait!

 Darryl Fuller

The Sky is Falling

skyfallingI just pulled myself away from the morning news (all of it).  Apparently, the sky is falling!  It must be true because I looked out the window of my office and across the street I saw the chickens running around hysterically.  Indeed, some days, according to the prophets of doom (CNN, Fox, MSNBC, BBC, PBS, etc.), the world does appear to be crumbling away. It is like some scene from an Irwin Allen movie, where all is teetering on the brink of annihilation, yet the heroine’s hair is just fine and her mascara is not running.  The Dow Jones is down 300 points! Quick get to the bank!  The North Koreans have an H-Bomb! Time to build that bomb shelter. The President’s going to do away with the first amendment!  I better go buy all the guns and ammo I can get my hands on!

Fortunately, thanks to our Lord, we can ponder the mass embrace of the apocalypse for a moment and with a great sigh of relief, whew!, rest in the assurances of Him. Consider for a moment, what actually holds everything together.  Col 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.  (17)  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  It’s not a bad thing to plan or prepare for upheaval.  It’s not a sin to consider self-preservation.  However, we should remember that we are not in control.  We do not, contrary to popular opinion, control the world we live in or its outcome.  We do however, control our choices.  And with this power of choice, it would seem prudent and wise to cling and hold on to the one Rock that will not be destroyed, Christ.  If perhaps you’re wondering how we cannot be bothered or concerned about the fate of our country or world, the answer is easy. We tie our anchor to the Rock that will not move.  Have you done this?

 I have been splitting wood by hand this winter, mainly because it’s good exercise, and also because it’s a good form of meditation.  If you’re frustrated and mad just take it out on a good hard hickory or oak log.  Most of the wood that I’ve cut down over the year is good and dry, thus easy to split.  I’ve got one tree however, that has retained its moisture and has proven difficult to split.  I chopped on one of the logs for a good twenty minutes the other day to no avail. It just bounced off, unable to penetrate and create a fracture.  Finally, I gave up, rolled it off the stump, put a dry log on and within a few minutes had that log split up into 16 nice wedges. The wet wood was bound together with moisture. The wet wood is a good illustration of being held together.  In the same way, if Christ abides in us and we in Christ, we are bound by Him.  He is the force, the “it factor”, that holds us together. Eph 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  (16)  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

                Ultimately, we can with all confidence and assurance, not worry about the political races, the threat of ISIS or North Korea, the dip in the stock market, or the chaos that is engulfing the world is because when we are baptized, we are added to the church (Acts 2:41). The church that Christ died for and purchased with His own blood! (Eph.2:13, 1 Pet.1:18-19).  We are held together with the other saints by Christ who is the head of His church (Col.1:18).  We are on the ark (church), held together by mortar and pitch (Christ), ready to ride safely through the torrent of death (2 Pet.2).  Bold and Confident, you say? Only in Christ!  Are you?

Darryl Fuller

The Walk

Credit: Associated PressCredit: Associated Press

I truly find those who cheat death through outlandish stunts, such as base jumping or skydiving, to be both arrogant and presumptuous.  Those who engage in such feats would probably agree and volley back that I am trite, afraid of really living and a bit of a scaredy-cat. I’ll concede to the scaredy-cat; I’m not jumping off any height, with or without a parachute!

I do however, have a great deal of curious fascination for Phillippe Petit, who on August 7th, 1974, walked on a high wire 1350 feet above the ground between the World Trade Center Towers.  I’m certainly not advocating that what he did was brilliant or morally right, but his feat does illustrate some great spiritual truths. Walking a high wire high above the ground will get you no accolades with our Father in Heaven, but faithfully walking the precarious narrow path over death will.  Consider these observations in regards to his feet and see if they don’t apply to our true calling of walking to Heaven.

Desire to Walk Across the Abyss

Phillippe dreamed of doing this crazy thing from the moment he saw a picture of the Twin towers in some dentist’s office years earlier. “It called to him,” as he put it, and from that day forward all his energy was spent in pursuing this radical idea.  The thought of Heaven with God and Christ should call to us with such fervor.  We have great pictures of this hope painted for us in His holy words, available to study and marvel at every day. Those promises and hopes are real, assured, free to take hold of for any who would dare walk the narrow path. Php 3:13-14  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  (14)  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Planning for Success

It took Phillippe many years of planning and preparation to achieve such a stunt.  He spent many hours and days walking around the World Trade Center Complex.  He took measurements, photographs and interviewed countless architects, contractors and other personnel to gain the utmost knowledge in order to succeed.   For Phillippe, the thing that called to him required knowledge to understand it fully.

Likewise God does not call to us and expect us to blindly follow what we do not know.  It requires of us to study and be prepared.  2Pe 1:3,5   His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence… For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge…

Being prepared with God’s truths is essential in successfully crossing the void between us and God.

Trust the Path

Once the wire was strung and anchored to both towers, Phillippe carefully inspected his side of the wire.  However, he had no way to know if the other side was anchored securely!  He had no choice but to trust his partner (who would not be walking on the wire).  Our path to heaven is so much more trustworthy because it was laid by the creator of the universe.  It was bought and paid for with His Blood! (Acts 20:28)  It was tested, proved, and assured by the One who died to get it to the other side and anchored there,  steadfast and sure. (Heb.6:19)

Focus on Him, who’s on the other side.

Eventually, the moment arrived, after all those years of planning and dreaming the young Phillippe would finally walk the walk.  Afterward he would proclaim that looking down never entered his mind. He stayed focused on the objective 150 feet away from him.  So far was the walk that the wire actually faded to the point of vanishing.  Once, near the end of his walk he dared to look down, and it almost was his undoing. He nearly fell at that moment because he lost his focus on the prize.  Now, consider the wire that Jesus has strung for us.  It is narrow but walkable.  It sometimes fades in the distance, but it is there!  We are given ample balance by his strength. We are able to focus by the power of His Words.  We are not buffeted by winds of Satan because we are sealed and protected by the Holy Spirit.  The path will not fall away because Christ made it eternal.  An unlike the towers that fell on that terrible morning so long ago, the tower our path is tied too will never fall. All we have to do is focus on Him, and take a little walk. (Col.2:6-7)

2Co 5:5-7  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.  So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,   for we walk byfaith, not by sight.

Darryl Fuller