Luke 16:26 “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”
The obvious distinction between Heaven and Hell was on full display in the teaching of Jesus. He said, “there is a great gulf fixed.” No one will be able to traverse that impassible gulf. While we must not ignore the message, there is a stapled truth in the Lord’s word. The eternities are forever separated by a great gulf which is FIXED. Regardless of current culture or human intentions; irrespective of public opinion or feelings, some things will not change. They are forever settled.
David said of himself, Psalms 57:7 “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” The context of his life did not affect the song. David decided to make something stable which would not be moved. While it might not have always been a pleasant song or a joyful dance, his heart was fixed. Had he not made the determination, his family trouble would have erased his praise and worship.
The fluctuation of ideas, doctrines, and concepts have caused a ripple of untold damage. The unsteadiness of prayer, giving, or a home out order; combined with sporadic church attendance will inevitably lead to destruction. When midweek Bible class is deemed unnecessary or we become to busy for prayer an unsteady life is created. Nothing is fixed.
However, if stability is to be found, it will demand a determination to stay faithful and devoted. Paul asked the question that we must answer: Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” The list of offenses and troubles are spelled out, but at the end, Paul simply said that nothing would remove him from the Love of God. He said that he was persuaded. Fixed. This must be the decision of every believer. It is not a church endeavor or a sermon idea. We must be fastened, anchored, moored to the Apostolic doctrine and the church, so that nothing will move us. It is both our privilege and our honor to arrange our lives around the things of God because we live for the sake of the Kingdom.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole