The greater your mindset as a loser-believer while living, the greater will be the intensification of your fear when dying. You will be afraid of death rather than rejoicing in the excited expectancy of coming face to face with your Lord forever. Fear of death destroys capacity for life; this is a sign that you are still in spiritual childhood. Death is the last thing in the world that should concern you, for you have no control over either the manner or time of your death. When you realize your death is strictly in the Lord's hands, the one time when the Lord's wisdom will prevail over your volition, there is no excuse for fearing death. When you understand there is nothing to fear in death, you begin to realize there is nothing to fear in life.
Fear causes two categories of punishment. First, you punish yourself through self-induced misery. Secondly, when your fear produces arrogance, divine punishment will follow. Mature believers are not afraid; they apply the great problem-solving devices, reach spiritual adulthood and eliminate fear. Many people spend so much time being afraid of death, or of dying, that they do not enjoy life. They have no zest for life; no capacity for life.
There are four key reasons why a believer should not fear death:
1.The believer’s death is a matter for the sovereignty of God. Once you firmly believe that God decides perfectly the time and manner of your death, and the time and manner of the death of a loved one, including a child, you will no longer have a problem with it. You may have sorrow for a short period of time but ultimately, if you trust in the character and nature of God, you will know that whatever He does or allows there is a justified reason for it.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (JOB 1:21)
Dying is the one part of the Christian’s life that does not depend upon the individual’s free will or his volition; it depends entirely on the sovereignty of God. The timing and manner of death is not a matter for us to decide; nothing will prolong or shorten a believer’s life beyond God’s timing for his death.
"God is to us a God of deliverances, and to God the Lord belongs escape from death. (PSA 68:20)
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