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.

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Bible Promise for the Day – The Power of Grace Limits Sin

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

Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

It was mentioned in yesterday’s daily devotional that grace is God providing an enabling to His people. This enablement gives believers the power to do all that God desires us to do, as well as to be what He wants us to be.

Grace enables the believer because it is literally God moving within and providing the necessary power. His grace must be obtained hourly, and even minute by minute. We are not ever independent of it, and when we try or forget this principle, we only fall flat on our face.

When we are submitted to Him, just as the verse promises, sin will not have power over you. While this verse refers to salvation, it is not only talking about salvation when it mentions the Law. It means sin cannot bring the believer back into a position of condemnation – even if you do sin again; and it also means that when Christ rules the heart, and the Spirit fills you, that sin will not have the victory.

Christ’s power truly cancels the power of sin. It frees the believer from its power, and believers need to recognize His power over it, and then act on it. Paul says in the verses following this one that grace enables us to serve God as we ought because we have been loosed from sin’s power.

The choice of who or what we serve after salvation is up to the believer. Although the power for victory over sin is available, the believer does have a choice. You can choose to serve Christ and walk in His power, or, ignore it and walk in the flesh (sin).

In the previous verse, Paul exhorts the believer to: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  Let’s go on and walk in His grace and power for His glory, that others may see what we have is real!

Bible Promise for the Day – The New Birth and Victory

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

I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Although it can be a struggle sometimes, Christians have something that ordinary religion cannot provide. Other religions must talk about subduing the flesh or learning to ignore it, but the child of God has the Holy Spirit within to help defeat the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

Having the indwelling Holy Spirit is a real game-changer. He is never tempted to sin. In fact, He cannot sin. The key for the believer, then, is to let the Holy Spirit have control. He never forces you to do something against your will, or takes over. Your will always remains intact, which is why some believers have difficulty with sin.

This Bible verse plainly tells us that being “born of God” (or, “born again”) is the victory. We are not what we used to be (thank God!), and we are not yet all that we shall be. In Christ, though, you should be learning how to walk in the Spirit and getting the victory through Him.

One of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) is faith. This means that if you will walk with Him, you can have the faith you need to have victory. Throughout the day, in faith look to Christ to provide you with victory and to make you aware of temptations before there is a problem – and a defeat. When faced with difficult situations, always be sure to ask Him in prayer for wisdom, guidance, and strength to do His will.

In the new birth, Christ has made us new creatures. It really is the Holy Spirit within us, and He is more than capable of leading you to victory over sin. Perfection will not occur in this life, however, but there is plenty of opportunity for growth in that direction.

Bible Promise for the Day – Victory Over All Temptation Possible

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

I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

What a joy it is to know that the child of God does not need to fear temptation. God has promised that they will never be too great to bear – with His help.

Before the value of this promise can be realized, the believer must understand what a temptation is. It is an opportunity to sin. A temptation itself is not a sin. Remember that Jesus was tempted, yet He remained without sin.

The verse is not saying that we will not be tempted. Although we have a new nature, God has also permitted our old one to stay with us for now. We have a choice now, though, when we face it: will we serve God or serve the flesh and the Devil?

The above Bible verse promises also that no temptation we are allowed to face as we serve God will ever be too great. This is because God will always make it so that there is an escape route. Prayer always helps us to see them and to want to escape from them.

There may be a price to pay for it, however, but God always sees and knows. Joseph, for instance, resisted Potiphar’s wife, but was cast into prison. God used this time as a further training ground for Joseph, but Joseph did not know what would happen.

The Apostle Paul mentioned that any trouble we face down here is to be looked at as a “light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” ( II Corinthians 4:17). This means it will be well worth it all when we see the glory and rewards that await us for having resisted sin and continuing to serve God here.

Does the Bible Really Teach Salvation by Good Works?

The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God
The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God

Many people believe that God offers salvation to those who work hard for it. This concept is taught by a large number of religious leaders all over the world.

The idea, some think, is that if the good deeds outweigh the bad, then God will overlook the sin and receive them into Heaven. While most people believe this, this way of salvation is not found anywhere in the Bible.

Part of the problem as to why it is believed is because so few people actually care enough about their soul to discover the truth – Bible truth. So, they leave it up to religious leaders to present it to them – and they hope the leader really knows. Unfortunately, when the blind lead the blind…

Now, I am not trying to be overly critical, but I do want you to know the truth that can save your soul. The Bible does make it very plain to those who really want the truth. This is why Jesus said, in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

This freedom that Christ spoke of is not some fleeting feeling or mere religious idea that has no real value in this life. Instead, it is a real knowledge that your sins are forgiven because of a very real transaction that took place between you and God.

What is the truth that sets you free from sin and its eternal penalty? There are several elements to it, but it is not difficult to understand. After all, God has told us that He wants to save all people.

The first essential truth that must be understood is that God tells us we all are sinners. There are no exceptions. The Bible says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10); and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Of course, this includes both me and you.

The next thing to be understood is that sin sends the sinner to Hell. A holy God cannot let sin into Heaven. He also is just and the Judge of all. His Word, in Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death…” The word “death” in this verse is a reference to eternal death, or Hell.

The sin of every human is written in God’s books. There is no sin left out. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus tells His disciples that: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Jesus told them that even the “idle words,” the words carelessly spoken are all written down!

The next thing to know is that no good work can erase a single sin! It does not matter what type of work it is – religious works included! It needs to be realized, that if salvation could be obtained by being good, then it would have been totally unnecessary for Christ to die on the cross!

The Bible makes it clear that no one has ever been saved by being good. Sin condemns us all! We are told in Ephesians 2:8,9 that: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Did you see that part where it says “not of works”?

When God sent Christ to die for us, it was because there was no other way to erase our sins and let us go to Heaven! Our sin demanded both physical and spiritual death. The next important truth is to understand that Christ’s blood was the payment for what we owed. The sinless Son of God became our Substitute, and His sacrifice was sufficient to obtain our forgiveness and freedom from such a penalty.

Christ died and rose again to not only pay our debt of sin, but also to reveal that the debt was fully paid! If not, He would not have come out of the grave!

Now, I mentioned a “transaction” earlier in this post. Here it is – don’t miss it. Christ’s payment for sin is not to be taken lightly. God offers forgiveness to those who are sorry for their sin and want to turn from it.

The final truth necessary for salvation, which will make you“free”, or “saved,” is that you need to personally go to God in prayer and admit to Him your sin and sinfulness. Confess that you are worthy of His wrath and damnation, but that you know that Christ paid for your sin. Ask Him to forgive you and to save you right now on the basis of what Christ did for you, and He will save you this very moment!

Consider these verses:

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
John 3:16,17 “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

By making salvation so easy to obtain, anyone can get saved. God loves you and He wants to save you. This is, however, the only way.

Have you asked Him to save you today? I hope and pray that you have. The freedom comes because you know your sins are forgiven and that you are on your way to Heaven.

For an Eternity with God,
Evangelist Mike Valles

If you would like to learn more about salvation, I invite you to download this free eBook, entitled: How to Be Saved and Know It.

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Christ Offers Salvation and a Better Life

Many people today are finding out that life is tough. There is stress and turmoil at work, in the nation, and often at home. Looking around the world, one quickly discovers more of the same. Money is tight for many people, and health problems can make matters worse. Of course, not everyone is feeling the pain of these things, but I know that many of you are.

When Christ walked on earth about 2,000 years ago, the situation was not much better. Hardship abounded in Israel, largely because the Roman soldiers were oppressive and cruel.

Into this mix of division, hardship, and suppressed dreams, Christ came. No, He did not attempt to overthrow the government and free Israel from the Romans. Still, He told them that He was the Door of the sheep, and in John 10:9 He promised: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

As the Door to Heaven itself, and the only One, Jesus Christ promised those who come to Him, salvation, daily sufficiency, and comfort. Along with it, He promised a better life in the very next verse (John 10:10): “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The abundant life that Christ offers begins with forgiveness. The guilt of our sin against God can be heavy, but God promises forgiveness to those who seek it from Him. Face it, you know very well that guilt can produce stress; but God wants to take it away, if you are serious about turning from sin. God’s Word tells us that we all are sinners: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

If you will but come to the One Who loves you immensely – enough to send His own Son to die for you – He promises to forgive and save you from Hell, too. In that well-known verse, John 3:16, Jesus said: “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.”

Notice that the “abundant life” doesn’t begin until Christ gives it. This means you don’t have it yet. In fact, you can’t have it until your life gets in line with God’s plan for your life. Once you seek Christ for forgiveness and salvation, then you can also begin to know what the “peace of God” is in your heart. There won’t be any real peace there until you make peace with God first.

The abundant life Christ offers is not one in which everything is just fantastic every day. It won’t happen. What will happen after you come to Christ is that you will discover a new life, a new power to live the way God wants, and have His guidance through life from the Bible. There will also be so much more.

In order to receive God’s abundant life, you need to be willing to trade in the one you are living now. Why not ask Christ to forgive you of your sin right now, and ask Him for salvation and His abundant life?

Yours, for Salvation,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation and the abundant life Christ offers, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.

Revival – What Will It Take?

Pray for Revival
Much Prayer Is Essential to Revival

There is little doubt that our world is not getting better. Not only are there problems abroad, such as the bombings in Turkey’s largest airport yesterday, the Brexit decision, shootings in Denver, and large forest fires in California. We are seeing trouble everywhere growing.

This indicates two things to me. I find both of them in the Bible. First, the increasing worldwide problems indicate that God is less involved in blessing than He once was – but He is certainly not at all absent. I say less active, in some ways, because fewer people really want His interaction in their macro and micro worlds. They pray less, do not pay Him much attention by going to church anymore, do not read His Bible, and government leaders increasingly push Him out through legislation, and permit things that God hates. God can take a hint, too, and knows when He is not wanted!

I know He is less active in national and international affairs because, when He chooses to bless a nation, or a family, there are many things He prevents, as well as providing some obvious blessings. Yes, He permits struggles, too, but there will also be blessings. We are seeing our nation and world crumble because they do not care to seek both God and His blessings.

A second way that I know God is less active is because those who hate God, as well as those who could care less, are definitely on the increase. This happens as those who love God decreases. The first commandment of God given to Moses still stands – not for salvation – but it reveals His desire for us that He may bless us and not turn away.

It is for this reason that God, in the first of the 10 Commandments, said: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). In the New Testament, Jesus brought out its meaning like this: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mk. 12:30). The same thoughts can also be clearly found in such Old Testament passages as De. 30:16, where blessings are promised for following this same commandment: “that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

Being less active, though, in the overall affairs of the world does not at all mean He is less active or less interested in answering the prayers of His own people. He definitely is still working in their behalf. As far as the world goes, He is preparing to let the antichrist have it soon – but there may still be time for revival.

Revival Can Start When:

  1. Believers Examine Where They Are in Their Relation to God

It is not too unusual for Christians to sometimes fall into a rut of living by rote. They do what they do out of duty or schedules, without taking time to check to see how healthy their personal relationship is with the Almighty.

One spiritual thermometer the believer can use is to be honest about their daily Bible reading and prayer. Do they really enjoy that personal time with God alone? One man that loved God immensely, and vice versa, was Job. In job 23:12, Job said this about his love for the word of God: “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Is your love for the Word like that?

  1. Believers Understand What God Really Desires of Them

Too many believers today draw their own conclusions about where they are spiritually. This is often done even though they don’t know much about the Bible, and often never ask Bible-knowledgeable people, such as a Pastor or Sunday School teacher. This most certainly will lead to a misunderstanding, and an incorrect conclusion.

A quick way to find out what God expects of Christians is to read Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Before you read, ask God to reveal problems in your own spiritual life. Be willing to make adjustments as God reveals the need.

  1. Confess Sin

Sin needs to be repented of. God is infinitely holy and whoever would walk with Him must also seek to be holy.  If you can look at sin and it not bother you – you need to be revived. There is a problem. Confess the fact that it does not and ask God to help you hate it. If you love things that God clearly commands you to avoid, be sure that you and God cannot walk close: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Am. 3:3).

  1. Spend Much Time in Prayer and Bible Reading While Seeking His Blessing

Realize that God is more than willing to bring revival to truly hungry hearts. David prayed: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Ps. 85:6). It is a question that expects a positive answer.

As you begin to read the Word, you may find your heart is somewhat cold towards God and His will. Ask Him to expose wrong desires and to loose your heart from its natural attachment to sin. He will do it. Let God warm your heart by His Spirit and truth.

Remember that the goal of a revived heart is to follow Christ’s example of seeking the kingdom of God first in all we do. Christ provides the example for every believer in John 8:29, when He said: “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” Paul referred to this as being dead to ourselves and alive unto God.

  1. Seek to Keep a Sensitive Heart to His Leading

The things of this world have a natural tendency to cause us to become too busy for God and His will. It is likely to take some time to be revived. In fact, it may take some time – days and weeks before it comes. Keep seeking Him and His blessing. You will know when you are filled with His Spirit (and, no, speaking in tongues is not the evidence of it).

As you can see, revival is not for the casual seeker of God, or for those who are not serious. God wants to be much more than a spare tire or fire insurance. He is Lord overall and He desires to be that to you! When you let Him, you can understand the blessings or revival and the joy of the Lord.

Once revival comes, be sure to start doing God’s known will, and then keep on going from there. He is capable of leading you and giving you spiritual fruit if you follow Him.

God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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