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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO HEAVEN


How good do we have to be to get into Heaven?

The answer may shock you - but the truth is that we will never be good enough to go to Heaven on our own. Why is this? The reason is because God is absolutely pure and holy, no evil can ever enter His home. Just one sin will keep us away from His presence - and no one can claim to be sinless. We are born in sin (Romans 5:12); we are sinners by nature. The Bible says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). God doesn't take our good deeds and bad deeds and weigh them against each other; if He did, He'd be letting us into Heaven with our sins. God's standard is nothing less than perfection. We may think we are good enough - but if so, we are filled with pride, which is a sin. The Bible says, "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). But Jesus preached repentance to receive eternal life in Heaven (Mark 1:15), and it is through His shed blood that our sins are forgiven, covered by His goodness, and this is why those who believe in Him will be received into Heaven. Suppose you had a barrel of water and it had been filtered and distilled until no impurities remained. If someone asked you to drink it, you wouldn't hesitate. But suppose someone put a drop of raw sewage in it. Would you drink it? Of course not. The same is true with sin. This is why God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to redeem us by His love and His sacrifice. Jesus was without sin because He was God in human flesh - but on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him, and He took the judgement we deserve. Don't trust yourself and your good works, but turn to Jesus and trust Him alone for you salvation. It is the life changing decision that will settle once and for all your place in Heaven. Don't miss what the Lord has in store for those who love Him and are willing to let Him be the master of their lives.

How did Jesus' death make it possible for us to go to Heaven?

By His death Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.This alone gives us everlasting life with Him in Heaven. We are so used to sin that we easily forget how serious it is in the eyes of God. Every sin we commit is an action of rebellion - a deliberate renunciation of God's rightful authority over us. But sin is serious for another reason: it ravages our souls, bringing heartache and brokenness into our lives. Most of all, it cuts us off from fellowship with God. Because of God's great love for us, however, He provided the way for us to be forgiven and cleansed of our sins - and, ultimately, to spend eternity with Him. We could never cleanse ourselves; sin's stain is too deep. But God made our forgiveness possible by sending Jesus Christ into the world as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. On the cross, Jesus took the divine judgement that you and I deserve. He died in our place. The Bible says, "For Christ died fro sins once and for all, the righteous and for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Do you want freedom from sin's penalty? Believe that Christ died for you. He suffered for you. He won the battle over sin for you. He rose from the grave and was victorious over death so that you can live forever. But you must respond by receiving Him into your heart by faith and by committing your life to Him without reserve. He is waiting for you to confess your sins, to surrender yourself to Him, and to make Him Lord and Master of your life. He is preparing a place in Heaven for all those who will come to Him in faith and complete submission. Don't delay. Make sure of your salvation by turning your life over to Him now.

What is the Book of Life?

The Book of Life is God's record of all of those over the centuries who have trusted Christ as their Savior and have followed Him as Lord. The Bible says that in God's presence "booked were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life... only those who's names are written in the Lamb's book of life" will enter Heaven (Revelation 20:12, 21:27). If you have given your life to Christ your name is in the Lambs Book of Life. Furthermore, Jesus has promised that if you belong to Him, nothing will ever be able to remove your name from its pages. He declared, "I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and His angels" ( Revelation 3:5). This promise should be written on the hearts of every believer! What about those who have not turned to Christ in repentance and faith, who have rejected Him as their Lord and Savior? Tragically, their names will not be found in there, and they will enter eternity with NO hope of Heaven. The Bible solemnly warns, "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15). For anyone reading this that has not given his or her life to Christ, it's not too late!Now is the time to acknowledge yours before God and accept His merciful love for you. Don't turn away. Pray to Him for forgiveness and, by faith, receive Jesus Christ into your life. Then you will have assurance that your name has been written in the Book of Life which God Himself will open and read someday. Nothing will bring us greater joy than hearing the Savior call our names.

Can we as Christians be so heavenly minded we aren't any earthly good?

No, it isn't true - because Christ has given us a earthly mission with a heavenly goal. The more more seriously we take Heaven, the more seriously we'll take our responsibilities on earth. Life is short; none of us knows how long we have. Live each day as if it were you last - for someday it will be. If you are ever going to live for Christ, it should be now. Everyday is a gift from God, and it isn't to be wasted or spent in selfish indulgence, but to be lived for Christ. There are so many professing Christians who walk hand in hand with the world making it difficult to distinguish between them and unbelievers. This who actually experienced daily fellowship with Christ, however, know that it surpasses all the worldly activities. In His prayer for His disciples, Jesus said, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one... Sanctify them by the truth" (John 17:15,17). Jesus doesn't call us to escape from this world and it's problems, but to confront them with His power and love. We are to be involved in the world - but without being contaminated, influenced, or swayed by its ways. This distinction can be achieved only by a close walk with Christ, having the mind of Christ, and seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit every hour of the day. To be heavenly minded is the only way to do earthly good.

Remember Heaven is our true home.

If you have never given your life to Christ, or you are unsure of your eternal destiny, I invite you to turn to Him now. By a simple prayer of faith, you can give your life to Him today. Perhaps the following prayer will help you make your commitment:
God, I know I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from them. I trust Christ alone as my Savior, and I confess Him as my Lord. From this moment on, I want to serve Him and follow Him in the fellowship of His Church. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
If you sincerely prayed that prayer, God heard you and you are now part of His family forever. Your sins have been forgiven, and His Spirit now lives within you to help you live a new life. And some day He will welcome you into Heaven - your final home.

This concludes my Heaven Bible Study I am so thankful for those that have followed along these past six weeks. We also finished My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund today. Its a must read!

God bless you and if you have any questions or need prayer please feel free to email me.


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