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How to Overcome the Fear of Dying

When we think about fear and the various things in life that we are afraid of – there are at least 3 common reasons as to why people have anxieties and fears in their life.
1. As people we fear the things and circumstances that we can’t control
2. As people we fear the unknown and the uncertain things in our life
3. As people we fear the things and the situations that we don’t understand

Therefore when it comes to the fear of death or the fear of dying, there are many of us who have a fear of the unknown.
For many of us, death is an unpleasant thing to think about or dwell on because its unpleasantness brings with it fear and anxiety.

If ever you’ve thought about death, you might at some point have asked yourself the following questions: “What happens when I die?”; “Is there an after-life?”; “What will happen to my family and loved ones when I die?”

It’s perfectly normal and valid to ask ourselves these questions. These questions are not only normal and valid but they also need to be answered.

So, how can you be certain what happens when you die? How can you be prepared for the inevitability of death? And how can we overcome the fear of death?

 

Acceptance
We need to accept that in an imperfect and fallen world, death cannot be avoided. As people we experience conception, birth and then death.
So it’s important to accept that our physical bodies will eventually die. Everyone will die at some point in life.
The Bible says that it’s appointed for man to die once and then after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27)

 

Certainty of the After-life
One of the reasons why people fear death is because some of us are not sure if there is an after-life or where we will go when we die. Others might think that one just seizes to exist after death, but still this belief does not remove the fear of death.

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and that no one will go to Heaven without Him (John 14:6).
The Bible also says that He who has the Son has life and He who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal life (1 John 5:12).

Therefore you can overcome the fear of death when you know and believe that you are going to a better place – and Heaven IS a better place.
The person who goes to Heaven is the person who has trusted and believed in Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Saviour.
Also in John 14:2 Jesus says that in His Father’s house there are many mansions or many rooms and that He has prepared a place for us who accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and trust that the only way to Heaven is through Him.

 

Change Your Perception of Death
Death is never a good thing. Death came about because of the sin of mankind.
However, another way of overcoming death is to change our perception of death.
Instead of seeing death as the end – if you’re a born again Christian – death is a departure from an imperfect and fallen world and the arrival into a world that is perfect and without blemish.
Therefore the Christian believer does not need to fear death because He will be with God in Heaven where everything is perfect.
The Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

 

Conclusion
Do you have the fear of death? Are you afraid of dying? Do you know what will happen to you when you die? Do you know where you will go when you die?
All the answers to these questions come only from one Person – Jesus Christ.
The only way to have eternal life and to be in Heaven when you die is through Jesus Christ and having a relationship with the living God.
Today if you’re not sure where you will go when you die, or if you’re afraid of death – Jesus Christ can give you peace and you can accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Saviour.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good


Galatians 6:9 NKJV
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Are you tired of doing the right things in your life? Do you find yourself growing weary of doing good? Perhaps you’re tired of going to church every Sunday; perhaps you’re growing weary of praying & reading your Bible; perhaps you’re tired of various other things of God that you know are good and correct but somehow weariness has crept into your life and the zeal that you once had is fading.

In Galatians 6:9, the scriptures tell us not to grow weary in doing good. This particular scripture is not referring to physical weariness or physical fatigue, but it’s referring to a lack of zeal; a lack of spiritual motivation; a spiritual weariness that causes a person to no longer be interested in doing godly things in his/her life.

Therefore, how do we stop the weariness in doing good? What are the causes of the weariness?

 

Why Are You Weary?
Whenever we become weary of doing good, it’s an opportunity for us to examine our motives for why we do the things that we do.
What is it that motivates us to do good? What kind of reward do I expect when I do good?
Am I motivated to do good because I have a need for self-recognition and a need to feel good about myself?
Am I motivated because I have a need to please men and to be noticed and applauded by men?
Or – am I motivated because I want to please God and to glorify God in whatever I do?

Colossians 3:17 NKJV
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

If my motives for doing good deeds are in trying to please myself and to gain self-recognition, I will eventually become unsatisfied with what I’m doing and I will grow weary. When my motive for what I do is to please or find recognition for myself, I’ll no longer act in God’s strength but I will be acting in my own strength.
According to Colossians 3:17 and Colossians 3:23-24, whatever we do must be done for the glory of God. We should not do anything in word or deed for the purpose of self-glorification. The moment our motives are not meant for God’s glory, then weariness, false expectations and personal disappointment will enter my life.
When you live for yourself and to glorify yourself, you begin to live in your own strength – and when you live in your own strength, even when you’re doing good deeds – at some point you will grow weary of doing good because you are living according to your own strength. Likewise the same negative results occur when we attempt to live in order to please men & to be applauded by men.
However, if your purpose in whatever you do is to glorify God, then your deeds and the outcome of your deeds will always rest in God’s hands and not your own. When you live and work as to the Lord and not to yourself or to men, then your reward will come from God. When your motive is to glorify God, your efforts will rest in God’s strength and not in your own and God provides you with the grace and provision you need. This is how a person is able to say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” according to Philippians 4:13. Our strength should not be drawn from ourselves but from Christ and through Christ who strengthens us.

Therefore, one of the ways to avoid weariness in doing good is to initially and honestly examine our motives specifically in the area where we are experiencing weariness in doing good. Are we earnestly seeking to glorify God?

Then when we discover the root cause of our weariness, let us be encouraged to draw our strength from the Lord and not from our own effort. Let us also ensure that we do all things to glorify the Lord and to remember that our reward comes from the Lord and not from ourselves or from men.

How Can I Have The Joy of The Lord?

How can you have the joy of the Lord in your life? Is there a difference between the joy of the Lord and the joy / happiness that comes from the world?
The scriptures reveal that joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the joy that is of God is far different from the definition of joy / happiness according to the world.

Acts 13:52 NKJV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word for JOY when referring to the Fruit of the Spirit is “Chara”.

  • This type of joy comes only from God. The Holy Spirit is the source of this type of joy.
  • It is a supernatural joy.
  • This joy is not based on human happiness nor is it just a feeling.
  • This type of joy will remain and continue to exist even during hard times.
  • This type of joy will strengthen you through your trials.
  • This type of joy exists, not because of the circumstances, but it exists because of the Holy Spirit and it is part of God’s personality.

People look towards money, power, material things and various types of relationships for joy. But the problem of having such things as the source of your joy, is that such joy is short-lived and is temporary. Money can go; power can be lost; material things can burn; and if your joy is based on such things then your joy is temporary and susceptible to the circumstances.

Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Your joy must come from the Holy Spirit. The source of your joy must be God. Because the joy of the Lord is forever. The joy of the Lord is your strength and nobody can take this type of joy away from you.

James 1:2 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

The Holy Spirit is able to allow your joy to remain even through trials. He is able to strengthen you so that your challenges do not overwhelm you.

How to allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to work in your life…

6 Ways To Have The Joy of The Lord In Your Life

  1. You must be a born again Christian; John 3:5-6 says – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
  2. You must abide in Christ Jesus; Believe His word and totally trust in Him. In John 15:11, Jesus says “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full”
  3. At ALL times in your life, you must have a thankful attitude – ALL THE TIME. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Having a thankful attitude gets you focused on the good things going on in your life and not on your problems. When you are thankful to God always, you allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life.
  4. Think good and righteous thoughts. Do not worry. Don’t focus on your problems. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
  5. Be joyful. Rest in the Lord. Give all your issues to the Lord and let God fight your battles for you. Philippians 4:4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
  6. You must be led by the Holy Spirit and not walk in the flesh. Galatians 5:16 says “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy …

TODAY. Be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.

 

Is God Willing To Help You?

Have you ever felt UNCLEAN in your life; both physically and SPIRITUALLY unclean?
Have you ever felt like you have sinned so much that God wouldn’t even give you the time of day because you believe that you are so unholy and too dirty to even be in God’s presence?
Have you felt like praying is just a waste of time because you have sinned just too much and that God wouldn’t be willing to listen to you?
Have you ever been treated like an outcast by other people and experienced a situation where people just don’t want to associate with you because of some public sin or humiliation that you had in the past?

If you have felt any or all-of-the above let me tell you this: The Lord IS WILLING to clean YOU and you don’t have to be afraid to come into His presence.

Luke 5:12-13 NKJV
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.

In the Bible people who had leprosy were shunned by society. They were banned and became outcasts (Leviticus 13:45-46). People wouldn’t dare touch a person who had leprosy because there were several fears associated with such a disease or condition.
In Luke 5:12, the scriptures say that the man who approached Jesus was “full of leprosy” – so the leprosy most likely covered his whole body and he looked hideous as a result and so he probably had been in this condition for a long time.
Imagine how this leper must have felt about life and about himself. He must have thought to himself: “Nobody loves me…”; “Nobody will touch me…”; “I have no friends…”; “Why am I this way…”; “God doesn’t love me or He wouldn’t have allowed my life to be like this…”;

So this leper’s physical condition had a negative impact on his self-esteem because even when he approached Jesus, He seemed to have a bit of doubt that Jesus would want to help or heal a leper like himself – hence he said to the Lord “If you are willing…”; The leper may have been rejected so many times in life and he wasn’t sure if Jesus would be willing to help him.
This leper HAD FAITH that Jesus was ABLE to heal him or he wouldn’t have come to Jesus at all. However he seemed to doubt Jesus’ willingness most likely because of rejection in his life. To which Jesus responded: “I AM WILLING…”

Before healing the leper, what did Jesus do first? Jesus TOUCHED the leper – an unthinkable act in society, then He assured the leper that He was WILLING to heal him, then the Lord healed the leper.
What an act of LOVE by our Lord Jesus Christ!!!
That is exactly what God wants to do in your life. God doesn’t care how bad you think you sins are; He doesn’t care how unclean you feel. God is WILLING to help, heal and love you no matter your situation or condition in life.

John 6:37 NKJV
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out”
Mark 2:17 NKJV
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL and because of such He will by no means cast out anyone who comes to Him.
Is God willing to help you? YES He is.
So if you feel unclean, unworthy, rejected, sinful – JESUS came for YOU. He was crucified for YOU. He loves YOU and HE wants to make you clean by His blood. Come to Jesus NOW and He will accept you.

 

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