Is your life shipwrecked and ruined? Do you know where you'll spend eternity when you die? The Bible tells us how we can know we are on our way to Heaven. There are a few simple things you need to know in order to KNOW you have a home in HEAVEN.
1. You have veered off course.
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Scripture is clear when it says that "all" of us have strayed from God and from a life of perfection. It plainly states that we have desired our way instead of God's way and that our iniquity (sin & unrighteousness) was laid on Him. You must recognize the fact that you have sinned against God.
2. Your penalty for sin is eternal death in the lake of fire.
Romans 6:23a “For the wages (penalty or debt) of sin is death;”
The payment for your sin is to die. This verse means much more than just physical death, it also refers to an eternal death in the lake of fire often called the second death.
Revelation 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Just as a criminal must pay for the crime that he has committed, you must pay for the sins that you have committed in your life.
3. Your ship can be rescued & placed back on course.
Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Who is this "he" that was wounded and bruised for my sin and with his chastisement and stripes I can have peace and healing?
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loved you so much He sent His Son to pay for your sins.
Romans 5:11 "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
Your sins cannot be atoned via water baptism, church membership, taking communion, confessing your sins to a member of the clergy or by being a good neighbor. It is only atoned for through putting your faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ).
4. To be rescued you must repent & call upon the Messiah to be your Saviour.
Romans 10:9-10 "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." If you would like to be rescued from your sins and know you have a home in Heaven, then simply bow your head and ask Christ to save your soul.
You can pray something like this...
"Dear Lord, I know I have sinned against you and don't deserve to go to Heaven, but as best as I know how I ask you to become my personal Lord and Saviour and forgive me of all my sins. Please come into my heart and life and take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you for loving me enough to die for me on the cross and for arising from the grave. I love you, Lord. Amen." If you have just asked Christ to save your soul, then please contact us so we can help you grow in your relationship with Him.
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