Christians Don’t Fear Death, Just The Part Of Dying

Have you heard a person having physical problems, then praying and being healed and then finding it hard to believe that God really heals? Yet, we read numerous times where Christ and the Apostles healed continually during their ministry. Having been a church Elder in a number of churches, it wasn’t unusual for us to lay hands on a person, with a health problem and see a miraculous healing. Why is it so difficult for so many to not be willing to trust that God still heals today?

There will be a time when Jesus returns to rule for the 1000 years that there will be no sickness. Why do we have so much sickness today? Revelation 20:1–2 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished.”

How much sickness is caused by demonic influence? How much mental sickness is really demon possession? How many people die because of their constant fear of death? I believe our attitudes affect our health. I have had heart attacks and bypass surgery twice. Since 1997 I have had prostate cancer. Prior to one operation, my family was told I had a 10 percent chance of living. I believe I have been healed because of the prayers of many and the faith that the Holy Spirit provided to me. At no time did I ever think of dying, thanks to the Holy Spirit’s assurance. Let me give you some Scriptures to consider:

1 John 4:18 “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

If we have unconditional love in our hearts and we have hearts without hate, we will know positively that Jesus, on the Day of Judgment will accept us. There is nothing more important in a believer’s heart than having the confidence to know that they will go to heaven.

Hebrews 2:14–15 “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”

Scripture tells us that Satan’s power over humans had to be broken in order for us to be brought to God. Satan’s power over man was the fear of death. Christ had to take on our nature before He could die in our place. To destroy Satan, Christ had to take his weapon: spiritual and eternal death. Satan knew that humans, who were sinners, would die and go out of God’s presence into hell forever. Because once a person dies, the opportunity for salvation is gone forever. The Bible teaches that Christ died in order to conquer death. Christians have been instructed to realize that death no longer holds any fear, for it simply releases us into the presence of our Lord.

John 14:1–4 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Our purpose in life is to love. When we have love the unbearable becomes bearable and in the darkness there is a glimmer of light. For Jesus is proof that God is willing to meet our needs. If we believe in Jesus we can accept things that we cannot understand and the storms of life can become calm. Jesus is saying that in His Father’s house there are many rooms. There are enough rooms for everyone. Many believe we will be assigned to a room dependent upon our deeds and our holiness. At least some of the early Christians believed this. Revelation talks about rewards for one’s deeds and service. Some believe that in Heaven we will have an opportunity to develop and advance. If God can make the universe in seven days, just think what our new home on earth and a new heaven will be like.

Jesus completes the passage by saying I am going to prepare a place for you and then come back and get you. I believe He is saying: I am going so when I come for you there will be a safe place to which you can come. We don’t need to speculate what Heaven is like. Since Jesus and God are there it will be perfect. God doesn’t make anything that is not perfect.

My father-in-law was a minister and he had a massive heart attack and then two years later another. When he was in the hospital dying, Mom was standing by his bedside; he reached over and took her hand, looked into her eyes and said: “You know honey, I have preached it all of my life and now that I am here, it’s real.” With that, he went to be with the Lord.

I could write stories of healing and the peace that Christians have when passing away. But I will end with: It is my belief: WE ARE IMMORTAL UNTIL GOD IS THROUGH WITH US. Why should we fear and why should we not expect to live a healthy life. However, sometimes God allows sickness to change the direction of our lives. Our attitude and faith determine how serious it will be and what we can learn from it. It has caused me to exercise and walk every day since 1984. That is probably why I am still able to work as a financial advisor these past 28 years.

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