There is no need to fear death

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

When people in my age group get negative results from a medical examination, the initial reaction is fear of the worst. The positive reaction is to thank God for the medical technology and consider it a wake-up call.

Instead of the focus being on death, the Christian should be thankful and concentrate on making the remainder of life one of serving God and preparing for the hereafter.

A week ago Sunday, I heard a message titled: Hell – No! The pastor shared that we have a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. This past Sunday’s message was: Heaven – Yes! It was a positive message that started with these words: “While on earth, if we focus on Heaven, we will have the best of both worlds. If, however, we focus on earth, we will miss what God has for us in both.”

The Bible says that it has been appointed for man to be born and a time to die. My birth certificate is dated 9-21-34. My death certificate is blank for now, but one day it will be completed with a date known only by God. On that date, I will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell.

Because of the decision I made on the second Sunday of October 1980 to be born-again and accept Jesus as my Savior, I will spend eternity with my Heavenly Father. Am I confident of that? Yes, not because of what I did but what Jesus did on the Cross.

Do I have any fears on my journey toward eternity? Yes. I fear that when my time draws near, I’ll whine and not be a witness to my family and those left behind.

The Bible teaches us how to lead a godly life and when it’s over, spend eternity in Heaven.

Psalm 39: 4, “Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will

be. Help me to know that I am here

for but a moment more. My life is

no longer than my hand! My

whole lifetime is but a moment to


Jesus also promises in John 14: 1-2, “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in Me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming.”

Revelation 21: 3-4, “I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, ‘Look, the home of God is now among men, and He will live with them, and they will be His people; yes, God Himself will be among them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever.”

What awesome promises from God! I’m determined to live with confidence and die with assurance of where I’ll spend eternity.

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