Making Sure of the Right Path to Heaven

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

The Word of God tells us that it is possible to be living in such a way that may seem right to that individual, but it will not get them to the right desired eternal destination. This is what happens when someone uses their own intellect to guide them, and not God’s Word – which He gave us for that purpose.

For other people who may not think that making a decision about Christ and salvation needs to be made right away, it only needs to be said that you cannot live your life going the wrong way and expect to end up at the right destination. It will not work, and none of us knows when we will enter eternity.

The Bible makes the way of eternal life very clear to those who will carefully read it and desire to know its truth. It also answers most questions about life and eternity. I also make it very plain on this website.

As far as going to Heaven is concerned, the Bible tells us that: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The good thing is that this beloved verse is not difficult to understand. It means what it says: God loved the human race; He saw our dilemma because of our sin; He sent His Son to die for us and pay our sin-debt; and now if you believe on Christ for your salvation – He will give you eternal life.

The Bible verse for today tells us that in spite of its easy message, it is still easy to be deceived. Deceit is one of Satan’s favorite tools. This is extremely dangerous when it comes to Heaven or Hell. You need to make sure. Leave the guessing games to the gamblers, but don’t gamble with your soul. There is no second chance. No replay on life.

How can you be saved and know for sure? You must know what the Bible says. As I explain the Scriptures to you, you can read for yourself that I am not twisting them, but am telling you the way it is.

I want to offer you an eBook for free that I think will be helpful. In it, I talk about a group of religious leaders in Jesus’ day who were deceived. They thought they had the truth, but Christ showed them differently.

The eBook is entitled: “The Dangers of Bible Ignorance.” Read it with an open mind. Remember that Christ said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). By this, He meant that the truth of salvation will set you free from the guilt of sin, from the penalty of sin, and from the doubt of your eternal destination.

Learn more about how to download my eBook, and make sure of your salvation. Learn more here.

Bible Promise for the Day – Why There Is an Eternal Gospel

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

I Peter 1:24,25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

In these two verses, God compares people to the Word of God. People are only going to be here for a short time – and then they will be gone from this planet. Even those with the most glory or fame are still not here longer than others, although their memory or works may be remembered for some time. Certainly this is a good reason why believers ought to make sure that what they do is worthwhile, largely because they will be rewarded accordingly.

The primary point of this text, though, is the durability of God’s Word in comparison to our short lives. God honors His Word and He tells us that it will endure forever. This means its Gospel message cannot change and its message will never need an upgrade! The all-knowing God made it perfect from the start and it is complete in its message, in its perfection, and in its ability to save. Now, it is up to believers everywhere to know it, believe it, and get the message out to those who need it.

As believers, we do not need a new Gospel, and we certainly do not need to dress it up. It still is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). We do, however, need God’s power to proclaim it as we should – and He is more than willing to give it to those who will do His perfect will.

The Gospel is eternal, because as long as there are lost people, there is still a need for the same grand old message that makes sinners into sons of God!

Bible Promise for the Day – Confession and the Promise of Salvation

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

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.”

In the book of Romans, Paul the Apostle makes a lot of spiritual truth very clear. He talks much about salvation in the book, and reveals why Christ is the key to our salvation.

The two verses for our text today reveal a short summary of that salvation that God so freely offers to us. You will probably notice how very simple it really is. Some church groups make it much more complex – but that is distorting the truth of God’s Word.

The first word is the one that some religious groups distort so badly. It is the word “confess,” and it simply means “to admit.” This confession is not to be made to men (no matter what their title or position is), but is made directly to God in prayer. The Bible tells us that: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Ti 2:5).

  1. A New Lord

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.”

What this first part of the verse is saying is that you must admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to you, or, your new Boss. Before that time, you were simply your own boss – not God, and that is what sin is in its raw form. Now that you recognize your need of His salvation and forgiveness, salvation can occur by changing bosses of your life!

  1. A New Belief

“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.”

This part is just as important as the confession. In addition to recognizing Christ as Lord, you also need to recognize that God put His Son to death for your sins. He did it because there was no other way of salvation. Afterwards, God raised Him from the dead to give us assurance of two things:

  1. That Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
  2. That our sins were truly paid for. If they weren’t, Jesus would still be paying for them.

Note that belief is necessary for salvation. A baby does not believe anything. This kind of Bible belief can only take place after understanding what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It must be a voluntary belief, or faith.

  1. A New and Complete Salvation

The verse states that after you have confessed that you will now serve Christ, and that you understand He died for you, then you are saved. Please note this is not just my interpretation – read it again for yourself. It is not me, a man, saying you are saved, but God Who wrote these verses.

Notice also that the verse states that “thou shalt be saved.” That is pretty clear. Not maybe will be saved; or can hope to be saved, but you shall be saved. This also implies you cannot lose it, like some falsely say. Eternal life can be yours because of what Christ did for you.

The second verse, verse 10, repeats it, so that the reader can be sure to understand what is being said. Belief and confession will save you today, if you call on Him in prayer – from right where you are now.

I’d like to hear from some of you today. If you are saved and reading this, why not let me know by making a comment. Comments are hidden, so no one will see it but me.

Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Promise of Love and Eternal Salvation

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This verse is probably one of the most popular in the world, and it contains tremendous truths for the entire world. The first truth that all need to hear is that, in spite of all the trouble in the world today, God loves everyone in the world.

God’s end goal of that love is not to relieve the world of trouble or grief, as some people think He should – not yet, anyway, but it is to reconcile the world to Himself. Sin had caused an immense rift between God and mankind. Everyone is in the same boat. Many Bible verses tell us of this sin problem, such as this one in Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Because God loved us, and wanted to bring us willingly back to Himself, He sent His Son to live with us, and then to die for us. Jesus’ death has paid for all our sin, but it must be accepted as payment for your sin. Anyone can be saved.

Since the full debt for your sins and mine has already been paid, all that is left is to receive God’s gift of pardon. The verse sums it up very well when it declares “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.” They will escape Hell altogether and go to Heaven when they die – they are given eternal life.

Why will this happen? Simply because they received the forgiveness and pardon that God offered. Notice that the verse does not say that they will have eternal life if they keep the commandments, or if they join a certain church, or give up specific sins. No, all that is needed is to believe on Christ for the payment of their sins and their salvation. It is all in Jesus Christ. He became the Substitute that was needed.

Have you asked Him to forgive you, told Him you want to turn from sin and serve Him, and give you salvation? Today would be a good day for it.

The Bread That Gives Real Life

Only Christ's "Bread Brings Salvation
Physical Food Cannot Produce the Kind of Life God Wants to Give You

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they endured a lot of hardships. It was not without a reason, however, and God explained His reason for it in this way in Deuteronomy 8:3 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

God wanted His children to understand that the things that sustain life here are not the same things that give us real life – God’s kind. By this I mean that biologic life is not at all the same as spiritual life. Neither can having biological life ever bring forth spiritual life.

Being “spiritual” is becoming a more and more popular concept, but it is only pseudo-spirituality. It is just a substitute for the real thing. It is commendable that some people want a greater spiritual depth to their life, but they go about it in the wrong way.

In the above verse, God declared that the purpose of their trials was so that they might learn that the spiritual life that God wants to give us will only come from one Source – the Bible. Getting that life cannot be obtained in a class, with a degree, or even a ceremony. It only comes from God Himself.

Some people look for a better life, or for immortality – as I mentioned in my last post – from science, thinking that it can provide all the answers to life’s problems. Well, it can’t!

God says that if you want true life from God then you need to know what His Word says about it – which I am summarizing in this blog post. Someone once said that there is a vacuum-shaped hole in the heart of every person, and that it can only be satisfied by God Himself. True – and God put it there.

In order to get the true life that God offers, there first must be a hunger for it. You need to recognize, like I did many years ago, that you are a sinner and that that sin keeps God at a distance from you. None of us are good in His eyes: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

Then, the Word of God tells us that our sin is sending us to Hell. We see this in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” This refers to the price tag of sin against a holy God, and it refers to both physical and spiritual death. He cannot let sin enter His Heaven, and His justice cannot let sin go unpunished.

This problem leaves us all in a real dilemma: God loves us, but His justice demands the penalty to be paid and He has already condemned us. This is why Christ had to come. He stood on the receiving end of God’s wrath against our sin on the Cross and paid for us what we could never pay.

In reference to the verse above, Jesus boldly declared, in John 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

He was not referring, of course, to literally eating Him in order to gain the life He offered. Instead, He explained it in an earlier verse: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

The sinner must come to Christ, humbly in prayer, confessing their sin and asking for forgiveness. Then they must ask Christ to give them the life He offers, which is pardon, and eternal life for those who believe it. Notice that He also said if you partake of Him through receiving Him in prayer, that He said you would never hunger or thirst – this means your spiritual life will be satisfying because He moves into your heart and life and will be with you forever! His presence brings salvation.

Do you have this kind of bread – and life – today?

Bringing God’s Great Truths to Light,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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