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Getting right with God

"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."  Luke 15:10


Most people want to make it into heaven, but most do not read their Bible and know what the Bible says about how to get right with God and end up in heaven. Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you going to make it into heaven or is there a chance you might end up in hell?


God smiles on us when we want to learn about Him and His ways. God loves us, has compassion for our struggles and wants heaven filled with people! But ignoring Him is not a good idea. Many people have their own beliefs about God and how to get right with Him. God doesn't change His ways to conform to our beliefs any more than adults conform to a child's beliefs. Assumptions and wishful thinking are among the worst ways to conclude anything about anyone, especially God. We need to learn what God says about Himself, and us, because the most important future event for every soul is accountability to God.


It would be good to now pray this short prayer: Father in Heaven, please give me understanding to learn the truth about You and Your ways. In Jesus' name, thank You.


All religions tell us if we do good things then there is a fair chance we could make it into heaven. But none of the religions can tell us how much good is good enough. We just have to wait until it is all over to find out if we succeeded or not. But once we leave our bodies, it's too late to come back and change anything we have done or not done. God knows our eternity is such an important matter for us that He made a simple way for anyone to be confident they are going to end up in heaven.


God wants relationship instead of religion. Of course God commands us to do good things. But the following Bible verse makes it clear that salvation from our sins is not earned by doing good deeds, but is a free gift of God:

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.


Another obstacle for trying to make it into heaven by doing good deeds, is that no amount of good deeds can remove the bad deeds (sin) already on our record. We all are guilty of sin. And God knows all our sins:

Matthew 10:26 "... for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known."


What does sin produce?

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death [hell]; but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.


It is unwise to not fear that we will be held accountable for our sins or that they are small in comparison to the sins of criminals who make the news. In this age of political correctness and moral relativism, God has not changed. People are not God's standard for righteousness ... Jesus is.





Our Universal Dilemma

We don't need to go too far down the list of the Ten Commandments to learn we all are guilty of sin. For example: You shall not steal. You shall not lie. You shall not commit adultery/fornication or whatever our deepest/darkest sin is.


Our sin separates us from our Holy Creator. Lying to ourselves about our innocence is self defeating. The time to get right with God is now. He is watching to see if you accept Him or ignore Him.


If someone has the cure for cancer and keeps it to themself, the world would call them cruel. But humanity has a greater and more universal problem than cancer. It is sin. Sin is what keeps us eternal beings out of God's sinless heaven and condemns us to sinful hell. And Jesus warned us that more people are ending up in hell than heaven:

Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction [hell], and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life [heaven], and there are few who find it."


The Keys for Eternal Life!

Unlike cancer, the cure for sin is accessible to all and is free! Most people already know these three very important facts:

1.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

2.  Jesus shed much blood when He was crucified.

3.  Jesus suffered this very painful death voluntarily for us. He did not have to do this for Himself. He is sinless.


Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins because we are unable to pay the penalty. If we could make it into heaven on our own by doing good things or by some religious exercises, then Jesus would have been a fool … He would have suffered voluntarily for nothing. But Jesus is no fool! He paid the greatest price anyone paid for anything and that is for our souls so we could make it into heaven!


I hope you can understand why God is angry at those who ignore this most costly and precious gift that He is offering to us for free. (Think of how you would feel toward someone who rejects/ignores the most precious thing you could give.)


The Good News!

Romans 10:9-13 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  

The significance of the blood of Jesus

The Bible tells us the blood of Jesus washes our sins away. This is kind of like a delete key erasing a record in a computer file. This means when we (true Christ followers) are called up to give account at the Great White Throne Judgment, our record will have no sin on it because the blood of Jesus washed it off! I hope you can understand the magnitude of this.


Hebrews 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered ... to make the people holy through his own blood.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, … Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Also 1 John 1:7

John 5:24 24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.


I hope your eternal life is worth enough for you to pray the following prayer with deep sincerity. If you do, you too can have the confidence that you are in right standing with your Creator and will make it into heaven.


1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Prayer to get right with God

Dear Father in heaven, I confess that I am a sinner and my sins have separated us. I want to be in a right relationship with You. I ask You to help me remember my sins so that I may repent of them and come clean. I sincerely repent of my sins and ask for Your mercy to forgive me of my sins. I accept Jesus' crucifixion, His shed blood and rising from the dead as His payment for my sins. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to come into my heart to guide my thoughts and actions and to help me stay away from my sinful ways. Thank You in the name of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."  Luke 15:10

What now?

Learn more from the Next Steps page. Feel free to call or e_mail me with whatever questions or doubts you may have. I also eagerly accept prayer requests.


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