If you were to die today do you know for sure you would go to heaven?
Over fifty years ago someone asked me a question very similar to the one above and I had to be honest and admit I did not really KNOW Him. I had heard about Jesus and I knew some facts about Him. I sang songs about Him. At Christmas I knew we were celebrating His birth. I knew that Easter commemorates His resurrection. But I did not know Him personally. Do you really KNOW Him? Do you know that Jesus died and rose again because He loves you and wanted to provide a way for you to know Him?
We find the story of God's love for people in the Bible. In the beginning, God created us to reflect His image and to have a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:27). God created us without sin but because our first parents (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden sin was introduced into the world and every person born since that time has been born with a sinful nature.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins and bring us into a personal relationship with Him. Jesus' resurrection is proof that we are now accepted and made right through Jesus. We can know the promise of eternal life and experience the joy of knowing God here on earth.
If you would like to have a relationship with God, the Bible tells us that we begin by acknowledging that we have sinned and that there is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven. (Romans 3:23-26). We believe and confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) and allow Him to guide our lives. Where we once wanted to control our own futures, we now allow Jesus into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior.
Follow these steps to a New Life in Christ:
We were created to know, love and glorify God. When we choose to go our own way, living life in willful disobedience to God, we are choosing to be separated from God both now and for all eternity. Our sin separates us from God.
THE BIBLE SAYS WE ARE SINNERS...... "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23.
BUT GOD IS LOVE...."For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
GOD IS ALSO JUST....."For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES...."Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Titus 3:5.
HOW THEN CAN A SINFUL PERSON ENTER HEAVEN WHERE GOD ALLOWS NO SIN?
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE. THE GOOD NEWS IS IN SPITE OF OUR SIN, CHRIST DIED FOR US: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8 &9
RESPOND TO GOD'S GIFT BY FAITH: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9 & 10.
PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SIN AND TO COME INTO YOUR HEART TO BE YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR. HE PROMISED IF WE ASKED HIM TO SAVE US THAT HE WOULD. (Revelation 3:20)