Hello there. Please forgive me for not posting a tutorial today while we mourn the loss of a wonderful, sweet friend. I am comforted by knowing she is with the Lord in heaven, but still grieving because we will miss her oh so terribly here on earth.
Unfortunately, so many are believing on their good works to get them there. "I go to church", "I'm a good person", "God is a loving god, He wouldn't condemn me to hell". The Bible teaches that God is a loving god, but He's also a just god and that there is no way to work our way into heaven. We can never be good enough. "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 But, as I said, He is a loving god. In fact, He is love. Love doesn't exist without Him. He loves us so much He sent His Son to pay our penalty for sin. "For God so loved the world (that means you!), that He sent His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
Belief, that's all it takes. Believing that Jesus was God, born here on earth to take our place on the cross. Believing that He overcame death and rose from the grave. Believing that we don't deserve the grace He offers us and repenting and turning away from the sin in our life. So, I guess it does take more than belief, after all, Satan believes who Christ is, yet he isn't going to spend any time in heaven. We must also be sorry for our sin, no matter how "little" we may believe it is, it's still sin and God won't allow it into heaven. We can't work our way into heaven. No matter what church we belong to, what ceremonies or rituals we are careful to do, no matter how much money we give or good deeds we do, we can't erase our sin. Only Christ can do 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." Ephesians 2:8-9. Did you read that? A gift. All you have to do is believe and accept it. I'm so glad my friend had accepted that gift long ago and I know she is in heaven now rejoicing with her Savior.
If you have questions, if you're not sure what will happen to you when you die, please feel free to leave me a message and I will do my best to help.
Lord willing, I will be back next week with a tutorial for you. In the meantime please go hug your family close.
Till next time...
God's love and blessings.