12 signs that show that you are going on the path to heaven.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re truly following Jesus, whether you’re going to go to heaven one day, this post will help you.
I want to give you 12 points that this person, Jason Bell, posted in our Facebook group and it’s based on the book of 1 John.
You need to understand that the bible tells us to examine ourselves to see if we’re in the faith. That’s exactly what we’re doing in this video.
There is a series of tests in 1 John that we can use to examine ourselves in our faith as we look at them. Remember that no one will perfectly fulfill all of them at all times, but they should reveal a consistent trend that characterizes our lives as we grow in grace.
Remember this is not legalism, but it is a practice, a character of lifestyle that you see in yourself that shows that you are indeed on the path to heaven. Let’s see if you have them.
#1: Do you enjoy having fellowship with Christ and His redeemed people?
Found in 1 John 1:3, when you see people who are in Christ, do you feel there’s something that’s in here, “so good to meet you!” Do you have that feeling?
#2: Would people say you walk in the light, or would people say that you’re walking in darkness?
That’s 1 John 1:6-7. When people look at your life, the things that you say, the things that you present yourself to be. Do they think that “Hey, these things are actually godly. These things are actually things that point people to heaven.” or do they think otherwise?
#3: Do you admit and confess your sin?
That’s 1 John 1:8. And then verse nine later, a very famous verse it says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us of all our sins and of all of our unrighteousness.”
Sometimes people are saying today, “Oh I don’t have to confess my sin because Jesus has forgiven my sins past, present, and future. There’s nothing I can do to lose it.” But you have to look at it right here. It says you have to admit and confess your sin because John says, if anyone says that they have no sin, they’re a liar.
And John is not just saying that those who have sinned in the past. They’re saying if you today, as a believer, have sinned, you’re going to come before God and confess your sins and say “God, please forgive me.” And you repent and you don’t do that thing anymore because you’re on the path that goes to eternal life.
#4: Are you obedient to God’s word?
1 John 2:3-5.
Now, not only does John says this, Jesus says the same thing.
“Abide in my word. Abide in Me.” (1 John 15:17)
How do you abide in Him? If you keep His commandments. “He who loves Me is he who keeps My commandments. And he who loves Me will also be loved by my Father.” (John 14:21) That’s what Jesus said.
So, the question you and I have to ask ourselves today is, are we obedient children to God? Or are we disobedient children of the things of darkness, of the devil himself?
Because there are only two groups in this world. We can only choose one.
#5: Does your life indicate you love God rather than the world?
1 John 2:15.
And the Book of James tells us the exact same thing, it says, friendship with the world is enmity with God. If anyone wants to be a friend in the world, he makes himself to be an enemy of God.
So we have to ask ourselves today. Do we love the things of the world? Do we love the entertainment? And we love their songs, their movies, their values, their culture. Do we love the things of this world versus the things of God? His laws, His righteousness, His holiness, His way of life, His pattern of thinking, in the word of God. Are we going on that path? Or we’re going with the path of the world?
That is something we have to ask ourselves.
#6: Is your life characterized by doing what is right?
1 John 2:29.
Does your life show a pattern of righteousness?
We’re not talking about legalism. We’re talking about wanting to do what is right in the sight of God, not in the sight of man. So many times we want to justify ourselves before men.
“Oh, I’m doing this because of that.”
“I’m not doing this because I’m not that.”
But when was the last time you asked God,
“God, is this right in your eyes? When the world says that is right, but in Your eyes, it’s not right. God, I will follow You. I will obey You because I want to practice righteousness.”
Because John says, “He who practices righteousness is righteous.” Not just one time, but it’s something that you repeatedly do in your life that characterizes that you’re on the path of righteousness to heaven.
#7: Do you seek to maintain a pure life?
1 John 3:3.
The bible tells us that he who has this hope in him will purify himself. Do you have a desire to pursue holiness? Because the bible says in Hebrews 12:14, “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see God.”
Jesus says it this way, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) and when we talk about purity, of course, that includes sexual purity. Meaning that our minds, our thoughts, our deeds, are one that pleases God before and after marriage.
So purity goes beyond that. It is in our minds, our motives, our intentions. Is it pure before God? When we do something, is it so that others can see us? Or is it so that we can please God and to please Him?
May it be in our hearts that we want to have a pure heart towards God. That whatever He says, whatever He thinks is good, we do that not so that we can gain the approval of men, but that we can stand with a clear conscience before God.
#8: Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life?
1 John 3:5 to 6.
This refers to not continuing in sin as a way of life, not a total absence of sin. Sometimes we know that we do things that please god.
That’s why we have to repent when we have an impure motive and we have impure thoughts. When we do something, say something that actually displeases God. We say “God, I confess my sins, I repent, I turn to You.”
But here’s the thing. You cannot look in your life and see in the past 5, 10, 20 years, that you’re always doing the exact same thing, same way that the world is living. If that is you, then you just say, “Am I really walking on the narrow path that leads to life? Or am I walking on the broad path deceiving myself?”
Because the bible says that “He who practices sin is of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) Is your life characterized by honoring God with things that are pleasing to God? Or is your life characterized by things that people identify with the devil?
That is a clear warning, if you find that your life is living in such a way. Rather, we should see that our lives are characterized by increasing in holiness, wanting to please God, having righteous deeds that God approves of as is shown in the bible.
#9: Do you demonstrate your love for other Christians?
1 John 3:14.
We have to love the brethren. The bible says that if we say that we love God and we don’t love the brethren, we lie and we do not practice the truth. (1 John 3:3)
Today, do we hate the brethren? Do we hate those who are in the church? Do we hate those who don’t agree with our theology or doctrine? Or do we have the love of Christ with them and say, “You know what? We may not agree on everything, but I love you with the love of Christ.”
God, so help me when in the times, if I don’t feel that way. I will love despite what I feel because Jesus, it’s about You and it’s not about me. Not my beliefs, what my doctrines are. But it’s about me obeying You, loving the brethren because that’s what You said. Those who follow you, they will love the church and love the brethren.
#10: Do you walk the walk versus just talking the talk?
1 John 3:18 and 19.
“He who says that he believes in Him ought to also walk as He did.” (1 John 2:6)
How do we know how Jesus walked? Well, it’s very simple. Read the gospels. Look at what Jesus has done everywhere He went. The bible says that He had compassion on people because He saw them as people without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)
And that’s why He’s done all the miracles. Casting out demons, healing the sick, raising the dead, because He did this with compassion. He loves people.
And today, He wants you and I to have the compassion to go and set the captives free, to cast out demons, to heal the sick, to do the works of God, and to preach the gospel. Because this world is dying and they desperately need to know the saving grace of Lord Jesus Christ.
#11:Do you maintain a clear conscience?
1 John 3:21.
The bible says that if our conscience does not defile us, we have confidence in God. Sometimes in life, we do things we know that “Hey, that conscience doesn’t sit really right with me. But I’m going to do it anyway.” whether it’s because of the pressure, whether it’s because you feel like there’s no way out, and you do it anyway.
In those times, you have to pray and say “God, please change me. Please help me obey the conviction that You give me because You gave me a conscience.”
And here’s one thing you need to know when you suppress the conscience over and over and over again through time. You’re going to be desensitized to sin. You’re going to be desensitized to the conviction of the Holy Spirit to a point that you don’t want to be in the place where your mind is in a reprobate mind, that you can’t even hear the conviction of God. And that’s a very dangerous thing to be.
Because when you don’t feel the conviction of God and you don’t feel that conscience that’s within you, then you just go and sin, you just do whatever you want. And that is the path of destruction.
May you and I never go on that path, but rather, we always respond to the conscience and conviction of God. When God says,
“Hey, don’t do this.”
“Walk on the right path.”
“Obey My word.”
That is when we have to say “God, I repent. I trust in You.” Because we are true children of God.
#12: Do you experience victory in your Christian walk?
1 John 5:4.
Do you have victory in your life? Do you see certain things in your life that you used to do, but now don’t do them anymore? And not only that, now you can tell people,
“Hey, listen, this is my testimony. I used to do this. I used to do drugs. I used to do immorality and cheating and all that. But God has delivered me and now you can do the same thing. Guys, listen, I’m not telling you I’m better than you, but that God has changed me when I picked up my cross by denying myself and following Him.”
The Holy Spirit changed me, and now I see victory. I see more step by step in front. And sometimes I’ll tell you, it feels like you’re going three steps ahead and two steps back, four steps ahead, three steps back.
But you keep moving forward. That is the essence of Christian life. You’re always progressing. The book of Hebrews talks about the peril of not progressing; That people should be teachers by now, but they’re always just talking about all the rudimentary things of the Christian faith.
We don’t want to be that way. You want to be progressing. You want to be pressing into the things of God because Paul says, I leave behind the things that are behind, but I press on toward the goal, the upward prize of God and Christ Jesus. May you and I have the desire to do that.
Because when we do these things, when we look at these 12 lists of things and we say “Man, I can see that my life is characterized by righteousness, by purity, by having a clear conscience before God.”
I’m not saying I trust in my own words. I’m saying that “God, I trust in you, Jesus. The only way that I can enter into Your eternal kingdom is by Your blood, Jesus. And I know that Your blood has washed me clean. Because when I look into my life, when Your word tells me that when I do these things, then it shows that I’m bearing fruits worthy of repentance and it shows that my faith is genuine.”
Isn’t that amazing? Now that we can save ourselves, but God saves us and God transforms us when we yield to Him and we yield to the power of His Holy Spirit.
Now, if you look at this list today and you feel like “Man, I don’t really have a lot of these things in my life.”
Don’t feel condemnation. Rather, get on your knees today and say “God, maybe I’ve lived a lukewarm life. Maybe I deceived myself not even knowing that, but God, today I change. Today, I repent. I trust in You. I pray that You fill me from power from on high. Fill me, Holy Spirit. Baptize me with Your fire and help me to love You, to feel You, to honor You more so than what the world says I should do.”
And if you do that, God will have grace on you as you walk with him every single day.
And if you see that you’re practicing these things, don’t just stop there because your Christian life is not just about yourself. The Christian life is about glorifying the King of kings who is going to return one day, very soon.
So let us also go and preach the gospel, share this good news to people who need to hear it, heal the sick, cast out demons, and proclaim the year of the lord’s favor, proclaim freedom to those who need to hear it.
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Until next time.
God bless you!