Do you know for a fact, without a doubt, that if you died right after reading this you would go to heaven? Now, be honest with yourself. Are you positive you’re going to spend eternity in heaven and not hell when you die? “Well, I think so… I hope so… I really don’t know… I probably will because I’ve led a good life… I guess I will… I’ve gone to church my whole life…” If any of these are your response, then I have good news for you! You can know, for sure, according to God’s Word, that you have eternal life. 
(1 John 5:11-13) “And, this is the record that God has 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 I write unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God 
THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
 
   Contrary to what a lot of people think, you cannot earn eternal life. As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with how you lived your life before you receive eternal life. (Romans 5:12) “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
 
   Notice that eternal life is a gift from God. Now, you don’t earn a gift, you simply receive it. But, until you receive it, you don’t have it; and after you receive it, you KNOW you have it.
 
   The way to receive eternal life from God is not just by going to church, or “doing good”, or trying to live right. NO! It’s received by believing in Jesus Christ with your heart, and confessing Him as Lord with your lips. (Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine HEART that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the HEART man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Notice that it is with the HEART, not the head, that we are to believe. A MERE MENTAL AGREEMENT THAT JESUS DIED FOR YOU WILL DO YOU NO GOOD! But, if you will give your heart to Jesus, He will change you inside so you can live for Him. As long as you try to “clean up you own life” without Him, you’re wasting your time; and who knows how much time you have to waste!
 
   If you really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for you, and that God raised Him from the dead; if you want to know FOR A FACT that you have eternal life, then say this prayer out loud right now: Father God, I believe with my heart Jesus died for my sins, that He is your Son and that You raised Him from the dead. I accept Him now as Lord of my life; and I ask you, in Jesus’ name, to forgive me my sins and change me inside so that I can live for You.  Your Word says all those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved; so I know I’m saved, because I’m calling on You now.
   Thank you for giving me eternal life.  Amen.
 
                                                   Pastor Jim