THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO MAKE HEAVEN
The race to heaven is narrow, the kingdom of God suffers violence, right, but you just need these three things in your life after you surrender your life to Jesus, and heaven is sure and certain. The foundation and basic thing is your genuine salvation, you need to dedicate or rededicate your life to Jesus first before you start the race. So, after you have experienced salvation, you go ahead with these things and heaven is sure, no matter what! Let’s see those three things:
From the book of Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” From this verse, we see three things: The Word (Jesus Christ), to watch and to pray. These are the three things we need on daily bases to make heaven. Let’s start with prayer
Pray Earnestly Every Day
A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. For you to overcome past sinful natures and resist the present temptations, you need the strength of Holy Spirit, and you get this strength through prayer. Many Christians are ignorant of “daily” prayer in their Christian living. Luke 22:, 41, “And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed…..Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” Jesus Christ prayed to prevailed. For you to prevail over sin, self and Satan, you need daily and earnest prayer. No matter the addicted or persistent sin, daily prayer over it prevails.
Do not waste your time praying over enemies and others, your priority in your prayer should be on your Christian life, for grace and strength to live victorious life. When you are having struggle with any particular sin or temptation, take it to God in prayer. Praying every morning before you start the day and evening before you sleep is not to fulfill all righteousness but to present your spiritual weaknesses and issues to God and receive strength. It is not possible for you to live a consistent Christian life without consistent payer life. Never miss daily prayer, both in the morning and evening. Start with 30mins prayer and move on from there.
Read Bible Every Day
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” Psalm 119:9.
For you to grow in the Lord, to live a victorious Christian life, you need to read and mediate on God’s word everyday. You cannot resist the devil without the Word in your heart, not in your brain. You must read at least 2 chapters of Bible everyday, at least. The Word refreshes, empowers and enables you to move on without falling. Before you read your Bible, you need to invite Holy Spirit to teach you, and read without distraction. Mediate what you read and write some down.
“Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.” Nehemiah 4:9.
After prayer and Bible reading, you must watch against wiles of the devil day and night. Do not relent or relax, because devil doesn’t. You must be watchful to apply God’s Word into your life. Watch over your heart, your thought, your tongues, your tones, your temper; watch against sinful tendencies and resist them. To watch means to detach from people or places, to delete any thoughts within or materials without and destroy anything that will lure or lead you back to sin. To watch also means to resist, reject and refuse sinful demands and desires. Never entertain the thought again, never give room to the devil, and never move close to the appearance of sin. WATCH!
With these three things, victory is certain and heaven is sure. But only sure if you have experienced salvation as the foundation. If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus completely or if you have been rising and falling into sin, all you need is to start afresh by dedicating or rededicating your life to Jesus and have a better start. You realize, ready to forsake and confess your sins to Jesus, and ask Him to forgive and cleanse you, to save and give you a new heart and spirit.