«Issues That Can Keep People Out Of Heaven ‘Jesus said, “Unless one is born-again they cannot see the Kingdom of God. I assure you most solemnly ...»
Wealth can also keep people out of heaven. Jesus said, “How difficult is it for those who are wealthy and trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God? It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23 & 24; Mark 10:23 to 25; Luke 18:24 & 25). In order to get into heaven, we need to trust in the Lord and not in our wealth. It is not wrong to be wealthy but is wrong to trust solely in our wealth because we can loose it in an instant. It is not money that is the root of evil; it is the love of money that is the root of many evils and some have been led astray from the faith in their greed’ (1 Timothy 6:10). Besides this, it is God who gives us the power to get wealth in the first place.
‘Beware lest you say in your heart, my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. You shall earnestly remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you the power to get wealth’ (Deuteronomy 8:17 & 18). The Lord gives people the power to gain wealth but we, as God’s stewards on earth, have to use it wisely. Remember, all the money in the world belongs to God and He gives it to whomever He wills. What we do with it is what counts, not how much we have or do not have.
Reincarnation is another issue that keeps people from accepting God. They think if they ‘blow it’ in this life then they may succeed in the next – so they think there is no need for salvation. That thought is very wrong.
Some religions believe they might be reincarnated as rats or insects! They would have to be very far away from God for Him to allow them to be so deluded, because He wants to save them. There is no reincarnation – there is no second chance – we must be born-again in this life – we only have one chance, and one chance only. ‘It is appointed for all men (and women) once to die, and after that comes their judgement’ (Hebrews 9:27).
Illness is another issue that keeps people out of heaven. Even when faced with death, some people still refuse to turn to God, and dead people cannot ask God into their lives when there is no more life. If you are facing death through illness, then you need to turn to God or you will be lost. We only have one chance. If you are a parent who has lost a young child, do not worry about their salvation. All children go straight to heaven when they die (2 Samuel 12:23). It is only the adults who have a knowledge of sin, of good and evil, and choose to ignore God’s cleansing power, who will be lost forever if they do not repent.
To accept Jesus and form a loving relationship with God the Father through Jesus His Son, is to know peace and to be free from the anxieties of this world. People who do not know God, do not have peace. ‘There is no peace for the wicked’ (Isaiah 48:22; 57:21). To get to heaven, we must have a deep, personal relationship with God and we must be born-again of God as Jesus said. Remember Jesus said not to be surprised or astonished at His telling us that. We should not be surprised that we have to adhere to the way of salvation chosen by God. It was His choice to offer salvation, and His choice to do it through Jesus. Jesus was saying we are not to be surprised that His conditions for our salvation, is to be truly born-again of the Spirit of God, not just become a religious person. To be born-again is to take voluntary steps towards God. What steps?
Let’s have a look.
Step one: Believe. If we do not believe in God or Jesus or salvation, it is impossible to be born-again and therefore impossible to get into heaven. ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household’ (Acts 16:31).
Step two: Ask God into our life. He stands waiting for us to invite Him into our life. He will never push His way in. It has to be our choice and our free will. We have to invite Him in. Read the wonderful, inviting words of Jesus in this fantastic scripture, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and will eat with them and they will eat with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
Step three: Repent. That means to turn away from our old life and begin a new life with God. The word ‘repent’ means more than simply turning over a new leaf. It is much more involved than that. To repent is to change our mind for the better and heartily amend our ways, with abhorrence of our past sins. We can read Jesus’ double call to repentance, and that tells us He was very serious about repentance. “I tell you, unless you repent you will all perish and be lost eternally … I tell you, unless you repent you will all perish and be lost eternally” (Luke 13:3 & 5).
Step four: Be baptised. Jesus was baptised and in obedience, we also need to be baptised. Everyone has to be baptised. Not just some of us, but everyone. If we are not baptised we are not being obedient.
Repentance and baptism go hand in hand. ‘Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus our Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:38).
Step five: Find a church that will support your new life and attend regularly. The Lord expects us to fellowship with other believers. ‘Do not forsake assembling together as believers, but encourage one another’ (Hebrews 10:25). If for some reason you are unable to attend a church, then find someone who is born-again and ask them to fellowship with you and guide you.
Step six: Grow in grace. As you spend time with God, praying, listening to Christian music, attending church, reading the Bible and fellowshipping with other Christians, so you will become more like Jesus which is our ultimate goal. ‘Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus our Messiah’ (2 Peter 3:18).
Step seven: Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2) and obey His every command. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
There are many more issues that keep people out of the Kingdom of God; more than we could possibly list here, but the main issue is unbelief. There is only one way into heaven and it is simple; believe in Jesus, accept Him into your life and you will be saved. If you do not believe, you cannot be saved. The only answer to all the judgement that will come on the whole earth is for people to seek God and believe in Jesus, His Son. We do hope and pray this text will open the eyes of unsaved people so they will turn from their false beliefs and accept Jesus and become born-again as the scriptures say. Heaven rejoices every time a sinner repents. Jesus said, “There will be more joy in heaven over one who repents than over 99 righteous people who have no need of repentance … I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7 & 10).
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