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How confident are you that you’ll go to heaven when you die?

If your answer is, “Well, I’m a pretty good person,” or “I think the good things I’ve done outweigh the bad,” we need to talk. Really. If you have doubts about your going to heaven or your relationship with God and if you want to seal this deal, I can tell you it all hinges on Jesus, God’s only perfect son.  He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life!  All of those capital letters were very intentional.  And He is my reason for everything.

In the beginning God created everything into existence, including man. Everything God made was good. Everything was perfect and there was no sin. After He created man and woman, He gave them a command that they were not allowed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because if they did they would die. Satan came to them in the form of a snake and asked Eve if it was true that God had told them to not eat from any of the trees in the garden. He twisted God’s truth and Eve’s thinking. Eve responded with a little truth-twisting herself.  Satan then told Eve that the reason God didn’t want her to eat the fruit was because it would make her like God. So she ate some fruit and then gave some to her husband, who apparently was standing there the whole time, never saying a word to correct the lies, and he ate some fruit too. It was then that they realized their fellowship with God was broken. They became spiritually dead and for the first time experienced the death that sin brings about.

Because of their choice made so long ago, we, their offspring, are born with a sin nature.  Talk about a generational sin. Our own sin separates us from God too, resulting in our own spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).  You see, every one of us sins, without exception (Romans 3:23), and because God is 100% Holy, meaning totally without sin, we all deserve death and eternal separation from God, which is Hell.

But!!~ (this is where it gets really good) God loves us so much that He made a way for our relationship with Him to be restored. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). You have to understand something:  sin results in death, there is no avoiding it. But because God didn’t want us to suffer eternally apart from him, He sent His perfect sinless son to pay our sin debt. No one else could pay that debt for us because no one else is sinless. And Jesus did it willingly.  Think of it, Christ was willing to die in our place. (Romans 5:8)  But!!~ (this is where it gets even better) because Jesus was God He was able to conquer death and He came back to life again and He offers us the ability to do the same.  Amazing!  He not only offers us eternal life, He offers us freedom from sin and friendship with Him.  There is nothing better.

People try to reach God with their own efforts, such as doing good works, philosophy, and especially through religion- but every one of us fails miserably in our own strength. When Christ paid for our penalty on the cross, He made a way for us to reach God, but it’s only through Jesus Christ. Jesus states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).

Now you might be asking, “OK, so how do I come to the Father through Jesus Christ?” Well, it’s really quite simple, it’s just hard.  Having a personal relationship with Jesus means that you have asked Him to save you from your sins and forgive you for them, and then doing an about face, turning away from your sins and trusting Him to save you.  When you ask Him to forgive you of your sins, He will. He always does.  There is no sin too great.  It is what He was born for.  Believe in Him.  Trust Him.  Give Him the authority to run your life. Get yourself a copy of the Bible and get to know Him.  Allow His Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and mold you into what God created you to be, and in time He’ll be speaking through your heart to others.  This faith walk with Jesus is not without peril, but the more you trust Him the more you will realize just how good and faithful He is. He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise.  He really is.  He is all powerful and all good.

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