God wants you to be sure whether or not you’re going to heaven. Knowing this truth will make a difference in how you live and how you die. If you have doubts about where you’ll spend your eternal life, watch as my special guest Bill Allison clearly presents, “How To Know For Sure That You Are Going To Heaven.” (Recorded April 1, 2000)
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Special Guest: Bill Allison
Verse: Romans 10:13
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (ASV)
Introduction: God wants us to know where we’ll go when we die
In our society, those who plan for the future are rightly considered wise. Yet, many of us, even those of us who attend church regularly, are NOT absolutely sure that when we die, our souls will go to Heaven! This is not wise! None of us know when we will die!
If you want to ultimately get to Heaven, now is the time to check the road map! God doesn’t want us to be here on earth “HOPING” we are going to Heaven! He wants us to be sure!
These two questions can help clarify what you believe will happen to you when you die:
- If you were to die right now, where would you go?
- If Jesus asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” what would you say?
We’ll come back to these questions at the end.
Here are four foundational facts that we must understand and believe so that we can know for sure that we are going to Heaven.
1. Everyone is a sinner
We are sinners from birth, thanks to Adam and Eve. We know what is right, but we don’t always do it. Worse yet, if we know we are not supposed to do something, we want to even more!
Our newspapers bear the truth of the fact that we are all sinners. The Bible says that ALL have sinned:
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)
This is not saying we are not capable of being nice, but we are all sinners.
Our sin separates us from God:
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
2. Our good works can’t save us from our sin and separation from God
Many think this: I know that I am a sinner, so I must make up for it by doing good things. People try to do so many things to get to Heaven on their own good works, BUT according to the Bible, there is nothing we can do to get to Heaven!
“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6).
3. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sin
If we could get to Heaven by our own good works, why did Jesus bother to die on the cross for us? The Bible says:
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
It was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. Because Jesus never sinned, he could bear our sin.
4. We must make a choice: Believe or not believe in what Christ has done for us
Here’s the difference between being religious and being a Christian: Religion is spelled “d-o.” Christianity is spelled “d-o-n-e.” Salvation is a gift, all we do is receive it, by believing in Christ:
“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)
Now is the time to make sure you are going to Heaven. The Bible says that God wants us to KNOW that we’re going to heaven:
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11-13)
You can make sure today by praying to God. I’ll give you some words you can pray with me, but know that God doesn’t care so much about the words, but about your heart. If you have any doubt about your salvation, please pray with me:
“Heavenly Father, I know that you love me. I know that my sin has cut me off from your love. And I know that being good, going to church, being religious will never be good enough to get me into heaven. I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed his blood for me. I know that I should have been punished for my sins, but Jesus took my place. I know that that’s a gift that you’re holding out to me, and today, right now, I say thank you for that gift. Thank you for Christ’s death on the cross for my sins. And I receive it and I believe it with all my heart. Thank you God for helping me to be sure. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you said that prayer and made sure today, send us a quick note on our contact form and we’ll let Bill know.
And memorize this verse to remember for sure that you will be saved:
” Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13, ASV)
By the way, if Jesus asked me “Why should I let you into Heaven?” I would say: “I don’t deserve it but you said if I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin, I could get in!”
And I believe, and according to God’s Word, God will say to me: “If you believe in me, you’ve trusted in me, whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
You can read more about my special guest Bill Allison and Cadre Ministries at: cadreministries.com.