The Lord Jesus gives us a foretaste of Paradise and Heaven right now, as soon as we let Him into our hearts and minds. In heaven, so the word of God guarantees us, will be no more tears, sorrow, parting, pain, sin, evil of any kind.
Life only has true meaning when we know Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that life in this world is often difficult. Many people in the world are experiencing pain and suffering. Does God really love us if He allows so much suffering?
The pain that we experience in this life is the result of sin that entered the world long ago with Adam and Eve. Sin results when man chooses to do things his way instead of God's way. Sin separates man from God and prevents us from entering heaven. The Bible tells us how we can overcome this separation and be in heaven with God forever. One way that I have learned to remember what the Bible tells us about going to heaven is based on the letters in the word faith, F A I T H.
The letter F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot expect to have eternal life or go to heaven without God's forgiveness. The Bible tells us, "In Him" (meaning Jesus) "we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin."
The letter A stands for AVAILABLE. What's available? God's forgiveness is available and it is available for all. the Bible tells us that "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God loves all of us, including you and me. But God's forgiveness is not automatic. The Bible also tells us that, "Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven." So why not? That brings us to the letter, I.
The letter I stands for IMPOSSIBLE . It is impossible for a holy God to allow sin into heaven. The Bible tells us that God is love. As we said earlier, "For God so loved the world...", but the Bible also tells us that God is a just God and His "judgment is without mercy". The Bible also tells us that man is sinful, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Because of our sin, you and I are separated from God. So this brings up a question, "How can a sinful person, like you and I, enter heaven where God allows no sin?". This brings us to the next letter, T.
The letter T stands for TURN. The word the Bible uses for Turn is Repent. The Bible tells us that, "Unless you repent, you will likewise perish." Repent means to change the direction of our lives. We are to stop going in this direction and start going in a new direction. We are to turn away from sin and our selfish ways of doing things and turn to Jesus Christ and His direction for our lives. The Bible tells us that, "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." The Bible also tells us that, "If we confess with our mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved". It is really that simple. This brings us to the letter H.
The letter H stands for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life with God. The Bible speaks of heaven in two ways, heaven here, and heaven in the hereafter. When the Bible speaks of heaven here, Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." The Bible doesn't promise that we won't have problems, but it does promise that God will be with us personally and help us. When the Bible speaks of the heaven hereafter, Jesus said, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
So how does a person receive God's forgiveness and the assurance of eternal life in heaven? The letters FAITH can also stand for, "Forsaking All, I Trust Him". We must trust Jesus with our lives and make Him the Lord of our lives and not ourselves. Also remember that the Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth that 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." It is really that simple.
If you have understood what I have just said and you want to receive God's forgiveness and eternal life, you need to pray to God and tell Him about your sins. Ask Him to forgive you. Tell Him that you know that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and be Lord of your life and re-consecrate yourself every morning anew to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth's.
It does not matter if you are a Protestant, Catholic, Spiritualist or Atheist,
I look forward to hearing from you. I will not give your name or e-mail address to anyone else. My family and I would love to pray for you.
Finally, I I would not be complete without telling you that the Bible teaches us that God's judgments will be on those who reject Him. The Devil's biggest deception is that your good works help you into heaven. Do not be fooled. I hope and pray that you make your decision for Christ now.