More often than not, a true Christian’s feelings are that we do not deserve to receive the wonderful promises of God. In spite of how we feel, the Bible tells us to believe and to trust what God has said. Hebrews tells us in chapter 11: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (verse one). If all about God was completely felt and seen without requiring faith, then we would not need and depend upon it at all! We greatly need to walk daily by faith.

Hebrews 11:6 then declares: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Right here is where any Heaven-bound person needs to walk in this life. We greatly need to read, study, pray and to obey what God gives us to do.

Christian faith moves the child of Him into action. We dare not choose to only receive something that just benefits us. It absolutely is the greatest joy in the believer’s life but quickly moves our hearts and lives forward to show others how important Christ is for them!

The very last verse in Matthew has Jesus telling His children: “Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We cannot have any directions more clear and fully dictated. Our hearts need to become pleased to do it. Every morning, we should stand in our hearts at attention, receive the orders of the day and then salute before marching out into our job of serving the Savior. It becomes more and more a joy unspeakable to grow in serving Christ.

Jesus gives us markers to guide along the way toward Heaven. He says in Matthew 5:6 that: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Jesus is the greatest goal we can seek in trying to live more correctly and then abundantly. If this has never been promoted in your life yet, ask Jesus to take charge and then show you more each day about walking by faith. Nothing would be better for us to do than simply to “walk by faith.”

The rugged old fisherman Peter got wonderful changes in his life as the result of trusting Jesus. He speaks in 1 Peter 1 of the great lively hope we each can receive in trusting Christ and moving “to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Faith has in it a power to get the right things done in our lives. It is capable of working our future on up into Heaven one day, as we are born as children in God’s family.

We do not win by spiritual perfection out of our own lives. To actually win against sin is to have Christ living in us. The Holy Spirit comes to indwell at our salvation. The life of Jesus Christ is welcomed into the heart of a true believer. We do not do anything to earn Christ as our Lord and Savior. God wants us to swing open the door of our heart.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:29: “That no flesh should glory in his (God’s) presence.” Nothing in our religion or works can deserve getting us into Heaven. Trying to merit salvation through our education or ministry will not happen. Only through opening our hearts and lives up for God to change can we be saved from sin. Zero works, education or religion can result in our achieving Heaven eternally.

Jesu saves us because He was the only one who lived without sin. He was tempted in all points to sin like we are, and yet Christ never sinned. He then went to the cross to pay the price for the sin of all mankind. The grace of Christ does in a life what nothing else can do. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8 and 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our repentance of sinfulness is a change of attitude. It is from a heart and not just from a new year’s resolution. When we truly believe about our need for Christ to enter and then begin to work in us, new actions really result.

Colossians 2:6 informs the believer: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” That will take the rest of a Christian’s life to walk more closely each day.

The Spirit of Christ energizes our lives and moment by moment teaches and comforts us. We are to trust by faith and not to grab back the controls of life again. The better we learn to yield more to Christ, the stronger and deeper we can grow correctly. Romans 8:21 encourages: “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” It is nothing short of amazing and wonderful! None of us deserve salvation and Heaven, and yet no one will argue against it with God afterwards.

The world knows not Christ in the hearts of most. Jesus’ own people receive Him not for the most part. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons (and daughters) of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). No one will ever be sorry — never!