Thursday, November 17, 2016
To Die Is Gain
PHILIPPIANS 1:21-23 NKJ 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
A Christian should not be afraid to die. Dying is a promotion for a Christian into a better situation -- something to look forward to, not to dread.
Too many Christians are still controlled by the fear of death. It stops them from doing the will of God. Fear keeps them from walking in faith, because they are afraid to die.
For example, there are places where they say the Gospel of Jesus cannot be preached. According to their laws, it is punishable by death. But why should that stop Christians from obeying God's Word to preach the Good News about Jesus to every person?
The fear of death should never control our lives!
What a privilege and honor it would be to die for our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ! Instead of fearing that, we should rejoice about the idea, the possibility of it happening.
REVELATION 12:11 NLT 11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
For us to always walk in total victory, we can't walk in fear.
HEBREWS 2:14-15 NKJ 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Through His sacrifice Jesus set us free from bondage to the fear of death. Jesus removed the sting from death for us. Now death for us is just a promotion into a better place.
When someone who believes in Jesus Christ leaves their body in what we call death, they immediately go to be with Jesus in heaven.
And heaven is wonderful beyond your wildest expectation. No one who has gone to heaven would ever prefer to come back to earth. Heaven is vastly superior! You will love it!
SAY THIS: I have no fear of death.
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