Our first reaction in a crisis or emergency situation is often the worst one. That’s because our “gut feelings” can’t be trusted. An FBI agent once explained that many people end up getting hurt or killed by criminals because they follow their gut feelings without thinking.

When people trust their gut feelings, or their hearts, in spiritual things, they have an even bigger problem on their hands. Our hearts are sinful and deceitful. They would have us to believe that we can work our way to Heaven by having our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds.

God says otherwise. His Word says that not even our best efforts can help us find peace with Him in Heaven. When we try to get there by our works, there is no peace or security because we will never know if and when we’ve done enough.

The only way we can have the peace of God is through justification. That means we can only be saved if God declares us righteous. The problem is, He doesn’t grade us on a curve; He measures us against the perfect Standard of His Word – and we all come up short. God will only declare us righteous if we accept the righteousness of Jesus Christ, His only Son, Who died and shed His blood to pay for our sins. Three days later, He arose from the dead, showing that His payment had been accepted by the Father. We can have eternal life if we trust in what Christ did for us as our only way to Heaven.

Isn’t that simple? You can know for sure you will go to Heaven, rather than just having a gut feeling about it. Don’t trust your gut – it’s just a rut. Trust God, and you won’t be disappointed.

Click here to discover how you can know for sure you are going to Heaven.

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself. – Fulke Greville

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder