WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY, HEAVEN OR HELL? It’s the most important question of your life – will you go to Heaven or Hell when you die?
Here’s a quick test: Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything or used God’s name in vain? Have you ever been drunk? Have you ever looked with lust, which God sees as adultery in the heart? Will you be innocent or guilty on judgment day? If you have done these things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart.What about slandering others, holding unforgiveness, or gossiping? So far we have only looked at a few sins but at the judgment day you will give an account for every sin ever committed, even your words, thoughts and the intents of the heart will be judged. The wages of sin is death. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. But that’s not God’s will for you.
THE TRUTH is all of us have sinned and violated God’s laws. There is none righteous, no not one, all stand guilty before a holy God. But in His mercy God has provided a way out of certain condemnation. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you to pay the full penalty of your sin. You broke God’s laws (which is sin) but Jesus Christ took the just punishment in your place in order to reconcile you to God. The Bible says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever would believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3,16) and “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ” (Rom 6,23). Jesus then rose from the dead, becoming the way of eternal salvation for all who would put their faith in Him. The choice is now set before you. In Jesus Christ you can be reconciled to God with eternal life and Heaven, or can pay the terrible price of sin yourself.
HEAVEN is absolutely full of God’s life, love, goodness, peace, joy, beauty, and perfection. As the Bible says “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1Cor2,9). A glorious and perfect place with streets of gold, trees of life, with no cursed thing, no death and where the tears of every eye will be wiped away. God and man will dwell together in perfect love and unity in a most glorious eternity.
HELL, on the other hand, is the destination of all who die in their sins. God’s word says that thieves, liars, adulterers, fornicators, drunkards, idolaters will have their place in the lake of fire and brimstone. The wages of sin is death. Does that concern you? It should, as the Bible describes Hell as a place of torment, with weeping, wailing & nashing of teeth, burning, and the absence of all the good things that come from God. Instead it is filled with hopelessness, horror, regret, pain and eternal torment in the Lake of Fire that will never end.
THE ONLY WAY to find forgiveness with God and enter Heaven is in Jesus Christ, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4, 12) There is no other way or religion that can save. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. (John 14:6). God demonstrates His love and kindness towards you, in offering you the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
If you want to be saved Jesus said you must be born again. How does that happen? Firstly, you must believe and totally surrender to Jesus Christ asking Him to be your Lord & Savior. Believing He is the Son of God, He shed his blood and died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the dead, Lord of all. Secondly, you must repent and turn away from sin, idols, your own agenda and all rebellion again God. He wont share his temple with idols. Stop serving sin & self and turn to serve God whole-heartedly, in devotion and obeying His commands. The Bible says “God commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 4,30). Jesus said “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”. (Luke 13,3). Thirdly, commit yourself to be his disciple, get baptised and follow Him as Lord for the rest of your life. “He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt 24, 13). Jesus requires our total surrender, he said: “Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14,38
If you are ready to surrender your whole life now, come to Him in prayer. This is no formula, its giving yourself fully to him that matters…..
“Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and separated from You. I am sorry, and now repent & forsake my sinful life and totally surrender to you. Forgive me and cleanse me. I also forgive all who have sinned against me. I now believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, and is alive. I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior forevermore. Thank you God. I will now follow you all my days. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
THE NEXT STEPS
If you have just made Jesus your Lord and Savior you are now a child of God and a new creation in Christ. Jesus said “He who the son sets free, will be free indeed” (John 8,36). The next steps in your journey are very important. Read the Bible daily, get to know God’s word, and obey all what He commands. Spend quality time with Him in prayer & worship Him in spirit and in truth. Gather with other true believers & seek out a good church. Ensure to be baptised in water & the power of the Holy Spirit as soon as possible. Remove all sin and worldliness from your life & pursue Christ. Ask for His abundant grace to empower you and change you. Come boldly to His Throne of grace to find mercy and help to meet your need. Seek to really know Him in genuine relationship. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, serve and follow Him until the end. God bless
— John 12,13 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – Jesus
— Acts 2,38-29 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
— John 3,5-7 “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
— Matt 10, 37-39 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
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