Are you saved?
going to heaven? Not sure? Then you may
be wondering how you
can know for sure
that you are going to heaven.
you want to be sure that you are going to heaven, all you have to do is
RACE stands for Repent,
means to regret, be sorry for, and turn away from something.
In this case,
are talking about being sorry for our sins. Romans
3:23 tells us that everyone has sinned and falls
short of God's
glorious standard.It is vital that we
understand that we have broken God's law and that sin separates us from
a holy, perfect God. We need to understand that we need
The best way to determine this is to take the
We cannot be saved and go to Heaven unless there comes a time
that we realize that our sins separate us from God, and pray to ask
forgiveness for those sins through the death of Jesus on the cross.
6:23 tells us that the payment for sin is death.
eternal death--spending eternity in hell instead of heaven.
have not repented and been forgiven for our sins, then we must pay the
price of eternal death ourselves; or, we can regret our sins and accept
someone else has already paid the price of death for us. Read
means to believe something is true, or to take something into your own
possession. In order to be saved and know for sure that we
going to heaven, we need to do both. We need to believe that
Christ died on a cross to pay for our sins, and we need to accept
Christ's sacrifice of His very own life as payment for the times we
have sinned against God. In Romans
6:23 we are told that the free
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We
also told in John
1:12 that to all who
believe Jesus Christ and accept Him, He gives the right
children of God. Did you notice that this verse says "accept" and "believe"?
Just believing in God is not enough. Even Satan
believes that God exists! We have to not only believe, but
accept Jesus' death as payment for our sins. And always
that when the Bible talks about believing in Jesus, it doesn't mean
believing Jesus exists, it means believing in the things Jesus teaches
us in the Bible. Like I said, Satan knows God exists, but
does not live as Jesus teaches, and Satan has never been sorry for his
sins and asked forgiveness--that's the difference!
means to make every effort to do something. In this case, we
talking about making every effort to live the way Jesus Christ teaches
that we should live. All this really means is that we must
commit to making some changes in our lives to bring us closer to the
God who let His own Son be sacrificed to pay for what we have done
wrong. How could we say that we are sorry for our sins
accept Christs payment for those sins if we don't make any effort to
stop sinning? In Luke 6:46 Jesus Himself said "why do you
Lord, Lord and not do the things I say?" Of course no one is
perfect, but there is a big difference between sinning and not caring,
and making mistakes while trying to avoid sin in our lives.
other words we can't really say that we regret our sins if we keep
sinning without making any effort to change. How do we learn
Jesus wants us to live our lives? Read the entire New
in the Holy Bible. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus tells
everything we need to know.
means to make something known. To let something show.
have truly repented of our sin, accepted Christ's payment for those
sins, and committed to making some changes in our lives to stop
sinning, then we need to express those changes in our lives and we
should want to tell others about what we have found.
Others should be able to see that there is something
us. Just think about it: if you say there's a
your life, and no one can see a difference in your life, is there
really a difference in your life? If you are saved and going
heaven, then you are
different! In fact, John 1:12 tells us that if we repent,
and commit, we are literally children of God! We become God's
kids! Now, that's
difference! In Revelations 3:16 Christ tells us that if we
"lukewarm," He will "vomit us out of His mouth." In
words, if we don't make the effort to live as He would want us to, He
will not accept us into heaven. Why?
if we say that we have repented, accepted and committed, but it doesn't
show in our lives and we never tell others about it, then we didn't
really mean it. How can you find something as amazing as
and salvation in Jesus Christ and not want to tell others?
you are saved and
become a child of God, other people should be able to see that there is
something different about you and you should be looking for
opportunities to tell others that Christ is the only way to heaven so
that they can go to heaven too. If you truly believe you are
saved, but don't feel the desire to tell others about Christ, you
better take a real hard look at yourself and ask yourself if you truly
meant it when you asked Christ to forgive your sins and then promised
to live for Him. You need to ask yourself if you really are
living the way Christ would want you to live. You find those
answers in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
Holy Bible really said it best: "For God so loved the world,
He gave his only Son that whoever believes in him will not die, but
have eternal life." John 3:16
you are not yet saved, or are not sure, then this
prayer will get you on your way.
Here is a very interesting audio file explaining, in under three minutes, how salvation actually works.