It isn’t a medical breakthrough that medicine can keep you alive for ever. However, there is a promise given by God that a time will come when those belonging to His family will be raptured and will meet Christ in the sky. They will be given an incorruptible body that could last for a thousand years.

Are you interested in planning for the future? Are you ready to prepare for living without dying, if Christ comes back prior to a physical death? Here is what is required: You must accept Christ as your personal Savior, then repent and change how you have been living. Having lived as the world lives and set in ones’ ways, God gives us His Spirit to help us change.

Romans 8:14 – 17 – “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son ship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

The Holy Spirit doesn’t instantaneously or automatically produce a perfect or moral spiritual person. However, we are given a new nature to replace our old nature. Our new nature allows us to become sons and daughters of God’s family. As Gods adopted children, we are to build a Father, son or daughter relationship. This gives us the privilege of calling upon our Father for help in living daily lives. This may be hard for some to accept and trust, but this is what God Promises and has planned. God wants what is best for His children.

God’s Spirit is also given to us to free us from the curse placed on Adam and Eve. Christ’s forgiveness gives us a clean slate to start this redemptive life. All past and future sins are forgiven. We must have the faith to accept that we have been given the power to become a new person with a new direction to live life. As a new person with a new direction, we are preparing to become more like Christ and the image that man was created to be. The final result is a life in eternity with God and Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:26 – 27 – “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Probably much of the time we are not sure what we should be praying for. Even when we don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for and with us. If God is helping us pray, we should not be afraid to approach Him with our requests knowing that He will answer according to what is best for us. This also is why the Holy Spirit helps us to pray and develop that relationship with God and Christ. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to God’s will. This is how we find God’s purpose for our lives. In addition, the Holy Spirit is to help us to become conformed to the image of Christ.

The Apostle Paul talks about feeling empty or incomplete in this world to the extent we groan (long for) help within ourselves. This is when the Holy Spirit carries our thoughts and feelings to God. We also know that Christ sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

It can be difficult to understand that when bad things happen to us that we hear this verse. We live in an evil and cursed world and bad things can happen to anyone. Why does God allow it? It is kind of like the laws of the universe. If we walk outside on a rainy day we are likely to get wet. If non-believers were the only ones getting into car wrecks we would see a lot of convictions. Why should we think that only good things will happen to Christians and only bad things happen to non-believers? God does not work to make us happy, but to make us better people with a purpose to serve Him and others better. But God can take a bad circumstance and turn it into a long-term good or useful purpose. As Christians we must learn to accept, not resent pain and persecution because God is with us.

If we do as Scripture has required and Christ returns, we will not need to die physically. We will be given the opportunity to have that new body and live under the rule of Christ for 1000 years until a new heaven and a new earth is provided. Can you imagine what life will be like with a new glorified body and living with Christ on this earth? Therefore, are you ready to prepare for the future that could mean not having to die a physical death?

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