Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at His Heart Ministries: Donna and Jack Rigney, Pastors

Friday, October 16, 2015

Do you know if you are going to heaven?

There is a teaching that is both confusing and deceptive that says, ‘good people go to heaven.’

Just being ‘good’ is not ‘good enough’ according to the scriptures. You would want a guarantee, right?

If heaven is where God the Father resides, how do we get there?

In John 14:6, Jesus says:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

There is a seal from the Holy Spirit that guarantees entrance into heaven. This guarantee does not come from just being a ‘good person’.

The Greek word for “sealed” is sphragizo and according to Strong’s Concordance, means: to put a mark on an object, to show possession, authority, identity, or security.

I would want such a secure guarantee. How about you?

This seal, or mark is a spiritual one that is not visible in the natural world. It comes from the Holy Spirit of God. You may have heard about the “mark of the beast” that may also be a spiritual seal or mark, that will come from a spirit being who will be revealed in the earth (a topic we will address in a later discussion).

It is reassuring to know you are sealed for eternity in heaven.

Ephesians 1:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)"In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.”

Do you still want to ‘count on just being a good person’?

How do you know you have ‘believed on Him’ who is Jesus Christ?

John 3:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

We love ‘good people’ and we know oodles of ‘good people’. Many are no doubt sealed by the Holy Spirit, but not all. How do we know? What is the point of being ‘sealed’ by the Holy Spirit? ......  It is your guarantee. The truth is:

2 Corinthians 5:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
"Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee."

That’s how you know you are going to heaven.
~ Joanne and Sarah

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