Highway to Heaven

CHOICES – HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON, FFWC )

1. INTRODUCTION – WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IF ALL ROAD SIGNS WERE REMOVED AND THERE WERE NO MAPS TO FOLLOW? IF YOU WERE TRAVELING WITH SOMEONE WHO REFUSED TO FOLLOW THE SIGNS OR CONSULT A ROAD MAP… YET SO MANY LIVE THEIR LIVES THIS WAY WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING TO HEAVEN. THEY SAY THAT “EVERYBODY GOES TO HEAVEN WHEN THEY DIE, THAT NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. WE LIVE IN A DAY WHEN TRUTH IS SUBJECTIVE. THEY CLAIM THAT THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH: WHAT IS TRUE FOR YOU MAY NOT BE TRUE FOR ME. THE PREVALING ATITUDE IS: “NO ONE IS GOING TO TELL ME HOW TO LIVE OR WHAT TO BELIEVE – IT’S MY LIFE!” THE BIBLE SAYS “IT IS APPOINTED ONTO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER THIS THE JUDGEMENT.” (HEB 9:27 KJV)
2. THERE’S A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT THAT LEADS TO DEATH (PROV 14:12)
a. WHAT SEEMS RIGHT DOES NOT ALWAYS LEAD TO A GOOD END
b. WE CANNOT RELY ON OUR “GUT FEELING” OR INTUITION
c. FIGHTER PILOTS BECOME DISORIENTED DON’T BELIEVE INSTRUMENTS & DIVE TO THEIR DEATH
3. THE HIGHWAY TO HELL IS BROAD WAY & WELL TRAVELLED (MATT 7:13,14)
a. THIS WAY LEADS TO DEATH & DISTRUCTION
b. MANY ARE TRAVELLING ON THIS ROAD
c. IT IS EASY TO FIND – THE GATE WIDE OPEN – DEFAULT
d. MANY ENJOY THE TRIP FOR AWHILE – END ABRUPT/UNEXPECTED
e. THE HIGHWAY TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOO INTENTIONS
4. THE HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN IS NARROW & LESS TRAVELLED (MATT 7:13,14)
a. IT LEADS TO PEACE WITH GOD AND LIFE EVERLASTING
b. FEW FIND IT – THE GATE IS NARROW & CONSTRAINED
5. THE GATE (ENTRANCE) TO HEAVEN’S HIGHWAY IS JESUS (JOHN 14:6)
a. HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD (& GOD’S HEAVEN)
b. HE IS THE REVEALED TRUTH OF GOD
c. HE IS SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE
d. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM
e. ISA 40:3 “PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE DESERT A HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD”, JOHN PREACHED A GOSPEL OF REPENTENCE.
6. IT IS THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS (ISAIAH 35:8-10)
a. IT WILL BE FOR THOSE WHO WALK IN “THE WAY” ISAIAH 35:8-10)
b. ONLY THE REDEEMED WILL WALK THERE ISAIAH 35:8-10)
c. NO LIARS, DRUNKARDS, FORNICATORS, IMMORAL, UNLCEAN PERSONS WILL BE THERE (1 COR 6:9, 10 NIV, REV 21:7, 8 NIV)
d. “THAT IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE, BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE CLEANSED (1COR 6:11 NIV)
7. NOT EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN IS GOING THERE (MATT 8:21-23)
8. CONCLUSION – PRO 12:15 KJV: THE WAY OF A FOOL IS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES: BUT HE THAT HEARKENETH UNTO COUNSEL IS WISE. HEB 9:27 – 28 KJV … IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT: 28 SO CHRIST WAS ONCE OFFERED TO BEAR THE SINS OF MANY; AND UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM SHALL HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME WITHOUT SIN UNTO SALVATION. GOD HOLDS US ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT WE HAVE HEARD NOT FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE.

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