Q: If you want to go to heaven, and you don’t think you’re going to make it, what will happen?
A: Doubts about heaven can come from two sources. First, o it may be Jesus gently reminding you of the high standards you’re supposed to be shooting for. When He comes, He wants to find you actively involved in fighting sin and temptation, not just sitting back with an I-give-up attitude.
Second, Satan loves to make us believe we’re totally unworthy of being saved. He does that by constantly throwing temptations in our path, making the world of sin seem so inviting, leading us into body- and mind-destroying habits, and keeping us so busy we don’t have time for spiritual activities such as Bible study, worship, and prayer.
The journey to heaven isn’t a joyride. It doesn’t just happen. It takes work—real work—on your part. But you don’t make the trip alone. Jesus walks beside you, whispering encouragement and help in your ear. Listen to what Paul said about his highway to heaven. «I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength» (Philippians 4:12, 13).
When feelings of doubt creep up on you, ask God to give you strength, and tell Satan to bug off!