HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

There is more written in the Bible that tells you what will keep you from heaven than what must be done to get to heaven. It is very clear; we must become a recreated person that accepts Christ as our Savior and change how we live. Our guarantee is receiving the Holy Spirit into our lives.
Scripture tells us in Galatians 5:21 – “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Those sins are: when you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

This does not mean that a believer who lapse into any of these sins will lose their salvation. However, those who habitually do these things reveal their character and they live by their sinful nature. They are not children of God and will not receive His inheritance. It is very evident they have not received the Holy Spirit. Any person having received the Holy Spirit cannot live that kind of a life.

Galatians 5:22 – 26 – “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”

How different it is when people live the life of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is an outward expression of Christ dwelling within. There is a difference between gifts of the Spirit and fruits of the Spirit. Everyone having the Holy Spirit can receive the fruit. Only certain people receive certain gifts. The fruit grows as we are willing to die to our self-centered nature.

The greatest fruit of the Spirit is love. Love not only frees us from the laws but it gives us a true spiritual life. John 15:15 – “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Christ didn’t just say it, He did it on the cross. That kind of love only comes from the Spirit within us. God loves us with an unconditional love. We must return His love unconditionally with no strings attached. We then must share our unconditional love with others.

Joy comes from the Spirit that conditions the heart with confidence in one’s relationship with Christ. A normal reaction is an expression of celebration, which empowers us to be a Christian. Joy makes us strong and produces energy. Joy cannot be self-created, but comes from obedience.
Peace comes from God. His requirement is that we live in peace with Him and with others. He causes us to preach peace and be peacemakers. It is far more than freedom from strife. It means justice between people. Paul was at peace knowing that nothing could separate him from the love of God. (Romans 8:38 & 39)

Patience is in regard to people, not to things or events. Patience is another expression of love or impatience is a result of selfishness. Paul said, “Love is patient and kind.” If someone crosses us, do we react selfishly or selfless by being patient and kind in our confrontation? How patient is God with us?

Christ expressed kindness to the sinning woman who was caught in adultery. Kindness comes from the heart.

I John 5:13 – “ I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” NLT

Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”.

Romans 10:13 – “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Colossians 3:11 – “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”

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