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Q: I am scared that I won't make it to Heaven.
A: Dear Shayana,
You know, we all get scared sometimes that we won’t make it to heaven. The reason is that we know we really don’t deserve heaven, and in the world we live in, we are taught that we only get what we deserve. But the Bible teaches that when we choose to follow Jesus, we can have what Jesus deserves!

In 1 John 5:11-13, the Bible says “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 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.” This means if we have chosen to follow Jesus, we can KNOW that we have eternal life. Jesus also said “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). We need to put our trust in Jesus that He will keep these promises that He has given in the Bible, and that He will save all those who choose Him as their personal Savior.

To choose Jesus as our personal Savior means to accept that my sins are bad enough to keep me out of heaven, but that Jesus died for my sins IN MY PLACE. I accept that it was ME who SHOULD have died, but now because of Jesus I have another chance and the hope of eternal life. I must NOW choose to turn from my sins, and obey Jesus and His Word (the teachings of the Bible), TRUSTING that Jesus will change my heart to be like Him. I need to spend time with Jesus in prayer and Bible study, to get to know Him more. And I need to make this choice DAILY, beginning every day asking Jesus to help me to live for Him. When we do this, we can have confidence that we have eternal life.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.