Would you like to know you will live forever with God instead of being banished from His presence when you die?

The following verses from the Bible will explain how you can be sure you'll go to heaven.

You'll also discover the key to a truly joyful life as well.

1. Admit that you have done wrong things and have disobeyed God. That means we've sinned and are sinners. 

One of the symptoms of sin is that instead of letting Him direct our lives - we're in charge instead. When we control our own lives we experience emotions such as fear, worry, anxiety, boredom, depression, dissatisfaction with life, envy and resentment. When Christ is in charge we enjoy peace, joy, deep satisfaction, love, compassion for others and countless other benefits.

"God be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:13).

2. Be willing to make a U turn from doing life your way and turn toward God and His way. This means to repent.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead.

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior and Lord.

"But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name..." (John 1:12).

If you are ready to receive Christ as your Savior and Lord, take time right now to talk to God in your own words. Tell Him you're sorry for the wrong things you've done. Believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose again the third day. Then ask Jesus Christ to come into your life to be your Savior and Lord. Be willing to say "goodbye forever" to your sins through Christ's power.

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:11-13)

When someone truly trusts Jesus to save them, that shows they've been given a brand new life from God. So if you put all your trust in Jesus instead of what you're doing to try to merit eternal life, you'll become a child of God.

However, that's just the beginning! Now comes the satisfaction of becoming a grown-up believer in Jesus. How does that happen?

The Bible is God's Word and it's our spiritual food. We need to read it each day and regularly attend a Bible-believing church.

In your church home you need to follow the Lord through the waters of baptism to show others you've received new life in Christ.

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Here is a great list of FREE resources for Bible study, Christian counseling and prayer. (They were all available at the time this page was created.)

1. Thought-provoking salvation check-up

2. Telephone counseling and prayer:

1-888-NEEDHIM (1-888-633-3446)

1-866-570-4673 (Hope for the Heart)

1-800-477-2937 (National Prayer Support)

3. Online Bible

4. Audio sermons

5. Bibles, commentaries and other helps

6. Audio Bible

7. Proofs for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

8. Online Bibles in Many Languages

9. Videos about the Bible . . . plus more

I hope these resources will help you to come closer to the Lord.