WHY CAN’T I GET TO HEAVEN THROUGH GOOD WORKS?

Many believe that if they try hard in this life to do good, that God will accept them into heaven when they die. Yet the Bible makes it clear that getting into heaven is not something we can accomplish in our own power. 

EPHESIANS 2:8-9 clearly teach, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Being saved from sin and receiving eternal life cannot take place by our works. Getting into heaven requires faith in Jesus Christ.

Why is getting into heaven based on faith? Heaven is a perfect place that is free from sin. Yet every person except Jesus has sinned. 

ROMANS 3:23 teaches, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ECCLESIASTES 7:20 adds, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” No matter how hard you may try, even one sin is enough to keep you from heaven unless you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ.
The good news of the Bible is that, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (ROMANS 5:8). 

He knew we would each fail, sin, and lack the ability to enter heaven apart from Him. He died in our place, offering Himself as the way, the truth, and the life (JOHN 14:6) that would allow us access to heaven by faith in Him.
Can anyone come to faith in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life? Yes! In JOHN 3:16, Jesus promised, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This “whoever” includes you.
How can a person place his or her faith in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life in heaven? ROMANS 10:9 answers, “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.” Salvation occurs when we accept Jesus as Lord and believe He rose again from the dead.
When we do, we can be confident that He will accept US. ROMANS 8:1 teaches, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 1 JOHN 5:13 adds that we can know for certain that we are saved and will spend eternity with the Lord when we die: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
We are saved by grace through faith and not by works. No amount of good works could ever get us there. Only a good God Who sent His perfect Son could get us to heaven and that’s by repentance and faith. There is no way that a good person will ever make it to heaven on his or her own but only bad people forgiven by a very good God. There is positively no other way to get there. Sadly, hell will be full of self-proclaimed “good people”
Have you been trusting in your own efforts and goodness to receive eternal life? Today, you can place your faith in Jesus and know for certain you will have eternal life. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. Remember, salvation is not based on your works, but on God’s grace. However, the following prayer is one you can use to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:
“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Only you have the power to save me. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”AMEN. 

God bless you.
Justice Smith Annobil 

sAm InSpiReS team

THE UGLY SIDE OF PRE-MARITAL SEX

Pre-marital sex is a very important topic especially today. Young people are bombarded with world’s (satan’s) standards of morality or immorality. The values and moral standards which were endorsed by most people in the past years are now ridiculed by many. Teachings on sexual purity before and after marriage are no longer held before young people as a law of God nor even an ideal goal to strive for. So called sexual freedom is flaunted as the norm among teenagers and adults. 
See God’s law is plain:

“Flee sexual immorality”. Every sin that a man does is outside the body;but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his body “. ( 1 Corinthians 6:18)

God,our creator, knows our needs and what is best for us, his creation. Behind each negative Bible command are two positive principles. One is to protect us, the other is to provide for us. God has” good things” planned for us and does not want us to do something that will bring pain to us and to others. God’s motivation in dealing with us is love. 

“God is love”. (1 John 4:16).He is the author of love and he knows all about it. God is not anti-sex. He created sex and said it was good, but he gave rules with it. Can you imagine a football game without rules, where everyone does just what they want to do? We have one basic rule from God with reference to sexual activity. That is “Wait until marriage”. 
We saw in “1 Corinthians 6:18” that sex before marriage is a sin against the body. Sinning against the body means losing respect for your body, as well as the body of the one you’re involved with. Once respect is lost, it becomes easier to indulge in promiscuous sex. The emotional needs which God created are not met in casual sex but in the loving commitment of a partner (marriage). Waiting as God commands gives peace of mind which affects our physical health. We don’t experience the stress of worrying about unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that could kill or cripple us or our children.

Birth control methods are sometimes unreliable. Some condoms and of course the pill offers no protection whatsoever against STDs. 
Fifty years ago, teens were warned against STDs(syphilis and gonorrhea). There are now over 50 STDs and AIDS is not the only one that kills. Some cause birth defects that pass a parent’s foolish decision on to an innocent child. And do you know that cervical cancer, a disease that is proven to be more prevalent among sexually active girls? All these are some of the physical effects of premarital sex. 
Spiritual Effects 
God blesses purity : “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.(Matthew 5:8).Clearly God’s word forbids any type of sex outside of marriage. There are spiritual consequences anytime we disobey God. 

” God will judge for fornicators and adulterers “.(Hebrews 13:4)

Sexual sins brought destruction to Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. Many Bible characters committed sexual sins and were judged by God. Sin separates us from God. (Hosea 5:6).It causes us to be a bad influence on others, both Christians and non christians. Sexual purity is a way to show respect for others and to confirm their dignity as human beings. It is impossible to show someone the love of God while engaging in immorality with that person. When we maintain sexual purity, we can be channels of God’s love and can accurately represent him to others. 

God bless you as you are faithful to His word. Amen.
By: Justice Smith Annobil 

sAm InSpiReS bLoG team