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The Most Dangerous Lie of All

This lie has fooled so many…

Two Truths and a Lie is an icebreaker to help people get acquainted at a party, a training session, or a meeting. If you’ve never played, the title gives it away. Each person prepares three statements—two of which are true and one of which is false. The group has to guess which statement is untrue.

When the group discovers which statement is the lie, some people are happy because they weren’t fooled and others perhaps disappointed because they didn’t spot the lie. Everyone is a little better acquainted and no one is hurt. After all, it’s just a game.

But sometimes the truth isn’t a game. There are some lies that hurt us. There are lies with the power to destroy us forever.

Here’s one of them:

Good people go to heaven. Bad people go to hell.

This is absolutely FALSE, and is one of the most dangerous lies.

The truth about salvation matters more than anything else because it determines where we will spend eternity. If we’re wrong about tithing, we may miss a blessing. If we’re wrong about forgiving people, we carry grudges we weren’t meant to bear. But if we’re wrong about salvation, that’s forever. Nothing matters more than knowing the truth about salvation.

If we’re not saved by being good, how are we saved? The answer is in Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”

This is more than believing Jesus existed. To believe in the Lord Jesus means we believe Jesus’s death and resurrection is the only way to be forgiven of our sins and to receive eternal life. We accept Jesus as our Savior and as Lord of our lives. When we do this, we are saved.

And when we’re saved, God is preparing a home for us in heaven. We’ll spend eternity in the presence of God in the city he planned and built just for us.

Don’t be fooled by a lie. Heaven isn’t for people who donated lots of money to charity. It isn’t for kind people. It isn’t for people who are better than that one guy at work. Heaven is for anyone who calls on Jesus for forgiveness and chooses him to be Lord of their lives.

If you aren’t sure you’re saved, Jesus loves you and wants to forgive your sins. You can be saved today by praying the prayer below from your heart. When you do, Jesus forgives your sins, saves your soul, and prepares a home for you in heaven. Friend, nothing matters more than that.

Dear Jesus, I believe you died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. I believe you rose from the grave. Forgive me of my sins. I want you to be Lord of my life from this day on. Thank you for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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It’s Good to Be Home

“And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

The word, “and,” connects the beginning of Psalm 23:6 to the end of it. The first part of the verse says goodness and mercy will follow us during our time here on earth. Then we find the word, “and,” connecting our yesterdays and our today with our “forever.” Our “forever” is a place we call heaven.

In our flesh, it’s hard to remember that our time on earth is actually the short phase of our lives. The “forever” part of our lives starts after our time on earth is finished. Our most precious hope is the promise of spending eternity in the presence of the Father.

The Bible says, “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world” (1 Corinthians 15:19). God’s unfailing love and constant goodness fills our days on earth with hope. But even greater is the promise of an eternity spent living in God’s house, dwelling in his presence, and abiding in his love.

An old proverb says, “He’s so heavenly minded that he’s no earthly good.” The greater danger is to be so earthly minded we miss heaven altogether. Our goal is not the temporary satisfaction we may find in wealth, education, good looks, or popularity. Our goal is to hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and to live eternally in our forever home.

We’re never completely satisfied here on earth because this isn’t our real home. Max Lucado put it this way: “If you take a fish out of the water and place him on the beach, is he happy? The answer, of course, is no! How do you make the fish happy? Do you cover him with cash? Get him a beach chair and sunglasses? Do you bring him a martini? No, he will only be happy when you put him back in the water because he wasn’t made for the beach.”

And we weren’t made for earth. We will never be completely happy on earth because we were made for heaven. The joy, peace, and contentment we will experience there is entirely beyond our current ability to comprehend.

Just think—in heaven, there is no sickness, no weeping, no death. God lives and walks among his people. Heaven is illuminated by the majesty of God. There is no evil and no sin. The peace of God reigns forever and ever. This is our promise. This is our hope.

You may have lived in some fancy houses in your life. Or maybe you lived in some very basic houses. You may have experienced a great deal of joy or a great deal of sorrow. Either way, look up. Know that your forever home is a mansion on streets of gold. Your forever home allows you to live in the constant presence of the Lord. Friend, your faith means your future is absolutely breathtaking.

Father God, sometimes I get so comfortable in this life that I don’t think about my forever home. Other times, I look around at the world and long for the glory and peace of heaven. Help me bring glory to you during my time on earth and help me remember that my final home is a place more amazing than I could imagine. In Jesus’s name, amen.

What do you most look forward to in heaven? Comment in the “Leave a Reply” section below.