So, I escaped Hell...
Did you know that Heaven and Hell are real places? How do you know
which place you will spend eternity? God loves you and wishes that none
would perish" 2 Peter 3:9
You are saved by Faith - Eternity in Heaven is not something that can be "earned" by how good you try to be or some religious act that you perform. Salvation is a free gift from God, and came as you simply put your faith in Jesus, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
TO LIVE FOR
You're not saved by feelings - Good feelings are nice to have, but feelings do not prove whether you're saved or not. There may be times when you "feel" that God is close to you, and other times when you "feel" that He's not. But remember that He has promised to always be with you and never leave you, regardless of feelings We live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
You may experience doubts - One of most common things that happens to a new believer is that the Devil tries to whisper doubts in your thoughts: "You're not really saved," or "nothing really happened to you." But don't buy into Satan's lies and deceptions! If you placed your faith in Jesus Christ, then you are saved regardless of whether you feel it or not. "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved"
You are Forgiven of all your sins - The Bible teaches that all mankind has & sinful nature which keeps him separated from God's presence and will result it eternal death. But Jesus came to suffer the consequences of that sin as our substitute, so that we could be forgiven of sin and have access to God's
presence. When you repented (turned away) from your sins, and asked Jesus forgive you and become your savior, that's exactly what he did. He forgave every sin you've ever committed, regardless of how awful or evil they may he been. God can forgive more sin than man can commit. "If we confess our sir he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all Unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
You're not perfect, just forgiven - Being a Christian doesn't mean that you won't make mistakes, but it means that you are forgiven of sin and that your goal is to live like Christ and not live in the old sinful way anymore. Don't ever let the Devil condemn you if you stumble or make a mistake God loves you and wants you to ask Him to forgive you (1 John 1:9), then He wants you to get back on your feet and keep walking for Him! Don't ever let other people or the Devil bring condemnation upon you God loves you and will correct you, but He will not condemn you. *There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.." (Romans 8:1).
You are a New Creation - At the moment you accepted Jesus, He came into your heart by His Spirit, and now His presence and nature lives and dwells in your heart (1 Corinthians 6:19). You did not merely become a better person, you were "born again" spiritually as a brand new person! Now He wants you to learn
to live your life according to the new nature of His Spirit inside you. The Bible says "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You have the promise of Eternal Life - God's Word says that when you place your faith in Christ, you are given eternal life. That is, someday when your physical body wears out and dies, your soul will go to be in the Lord's presence to spend eternity with Him! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
You must keep living for Christ - You must understand that your salvation is based upon your "continued" relationship with the Lord. As a new Christian, you need to grow in your relationship with God and deepen your faith, so that
discouragements, temptations, or trials will never cause you to drift away from God. The Bible says that Christ will one day present you before God, holy and unblemished "..If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved
from the hope held out in the Gospel you will enter Heaven. (Colossians 1:23.)
What does it look like to live for Christ?
Find Christian Friends - You should attend church regularly so that your faith can be strengthened by the preaching of God's Word, and so you can grow spiritually and be encouraged by the fellowship of other Christians. Church is where you can go to express your love, faithfulness, and worship to God. The Bible warns us not to absent ourselves from church attendance because we need the strength and encouragement it rings. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..." (Hebrews 10:25)
Pray every day -- Prayer is vital to your spiritual growth. God is your
Heavenly Father, and He wants to hear from you and have daily
fellowship with you. Not only does He promise to answer your prayers, but as you pray He will also provide guidance and spiritual strength. The Bible tells us to "Pray continually," that is to pray faithfully every day (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Read the Bible- The Bible is God's Word, and as you read from it every day, it will cause you to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15). As you study His written word (start with the Gospel of John), He will strengthen your faith, speak your heart, and give you guidance and direction for every need and decision in your life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”. (Psalms 119:105)
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