How to Get to Heaven

How to Get to Heaven

For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NLT)

First you must believe in Jesus. You must believe that He was raised from the dead. You must believe this in your heart.  This makes you right with God.
And you must confess (tell someone) that you believe. Paul says (above) that this is what saves you. The words of your mouth.  Before any church I’ve ever heard of will baptize you, you will need to confess that you believe that Jesus is Lord, and he was raised from the dead. Baptism is useless without confessing that you believe, becasue baptism is not what saves you. One preacher (Smith Wigglesworth — but he may have been quoting someone else) said something like, “The devil, himself doesn’t care what you believe as long as you keep your mouth shut about it.” The preceding quote paraphrase was attributed to Smith Wigglesworth by Mark Hankins. Note: If anyone knows the exact wording, or knows that it wasn’t Smith Wigglesworth, please send me an email.

But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight–not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. (Romans 3:21-22 NLT)

 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 KJV)

Repent

The first thing that Jesus began to teach after his baptism and temptation was “Repent”.

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17 KJV)

Repent is also the first thing that Peter told the crowd to do on the day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2:38, quoted, above)

Realize down in your soul that you are a sinner; there is nothing you can do to fix yourself, and you want to turn from your ways. Ask God to help you realize this if you do not feel like you are a sinner. You may not realize the depths of your problems because your conscience can get so hard that it is like a callous if you ignore it long enough.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19 KJV)

“The Sinner’s Prayer”

The Sinners prayer is under fire. The sinner’s prayer is important, but it cannot save you by itself. (See the first paragraphs of this article, above.) Some preachers have put too much weight in the sinner’s prayer. But just being able to say the prayer from your heart is evidence that you have been touched by God.

The Sinner’s prayer must come from the heart. It is not a set prayer that you memorize from rote. Everybody is a little different.

Pray this out loud. Though God knows your heart and thoughts, there are some things that should be prayed out loud. This is really one of them. “Heavenly Father. Lord Jesus, Creator of the Universe, I am now willing that you have all of me. Both good and bad. I give my life over to you to do with as you wish. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

That should pretty much get the point across. Remember what you are doing. You are giving your life over to God. You have made a wreck of things, and realize you cannot do it without Him.

God is very smart. He will hear, understand, and answer you.

Get Baptized!

Now, go get baptized! Do not delay. You have an enemy out there whether you know it or not, or believe it or not. The enemy’s name is Satan and he rules this world system. The enemy wants you dead. You cannot fight him alone. You must get baptized so God can quicken your spirit to withstand this world system. According to Watchman Nee, Baptism separates you out of the world.[1]  Remember, you must be saved (believe and confess) before you get baptized. Baptism is not really optional unless you are near death and have no way to get to water. It is truly that important.

 


1 A Living Sacrifice by Watchman Nee

Chapter 1
Christian Fellowship Publishers
ISBN 0-935008-08-X
  • By Thelma, July 11, 2009 @ 11:27 am

    If one has obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine he has heard the gospel, he has believed the gospel, repent of his sins, and has confess that Christ is the son of God and is baptized. He has been forgiven of his sins! Ananias, asked Paul why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. You think he would have ask Paul to be baptized if Paul did not believe what he heard? When one has done all these things he has put on Christ, he has confess Christ. James said faith without works is dead!

    A Friend AnnaG

  • By A.L. Howard, July 11, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

    Absolutely.

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