This article was prompted by another FaithWriter's submisson. This topic has been going around and around in my mind over the past few weeks but I just never took the time to put it on paper.
We must remind ourselves that Jesus has conquered death. However, I realize each of us who have read the Word of God that there are specific passages that are especially strong in our lives.
If the reader is afraid of dying, please feed your spirit the Word of God about this. If Jesus tarries all of our bodies will die....'to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord'....it is only our body that dies; our spirit and soul live forever, either with Jesus in Heaven or in hell. If a person has accepted Jesus as Lord of their life then there is no need to fear. "Perfect love casts our fear".
I am inclined to think that when one says they are afraid to die (speaking of believers), they are really saying they are afraid of the pain and discomfort from a terminal disease that might result in death.
I have been on earth a little more than 81 years and I certainly know my years here or limited. God has been good to me. I have been thru many trials (many of my own making), loss of loved ones, rejection by some.....but all in all, I can truthfully say I am looking forward to going home to Jesus as soon as my work on earth is done. Since I have seen Jesus face to face and after reading Jesse DuPlantis 5 hr visit to heaven describing some of what he saw, I am eager to go home. Jesse describes heaven, paradise, mountains, snow without cold, families that are there, children, horses and dogs. He met Abraham, David, Paul and of course he and Jesus talked. This took place in 1988 and Jesus told Jesse to 'TELL THE PEOPLE I'M COMING".
No believer should be fearful of dying. For the believer, what we call death, is simply moving from planet earth to heaven. What a glorious day that will be!!!!!
Absolutely wonderfully said. I loved how you helped dismiss fears of death and leave us a glimpse of heaven. Snow without the cold, horses and dogs, our precious Dusty too who just passed away a week and a day ago no doubt. What a wonderful place. I am soooooooooo ready and I am only 45. I too want to finish God;'s work here, but when he says it is my time to come home, I am ready! I do believe most fear the final hours, not so much after we've drawn our last breath. Most people leave this earth with our bodies failing, sometimes sickly, or some without notice. We all leave though one way or another though, hopefully for many it will be in the rapture. But for those of us who God will take home and save us from further deterioration through illness or accident, look up...for the time is close at hand. Live for God, serve others joyfully, give with a cheerful heart, and store up those treasures in heaven our real home. Add jewels to your crown in order to have a beautiful masterpiece to lay at Jesus' feet when we get to heaven. It is God's will that all be saved, so what are all you waiting for? :-)