Play characters like Dr. Faust traded his soul to avoid it. And in the novel ” The picture of Dorian Grey”, Dorian Gray tried to cheat it by having his mortality trapped in a painting. We are all afraid of death, the dark stalker, who is after us all. Because of the curse of death hovering over us, it will get us all.
Human mortality is abolututely no problem for our Savious Jesus. The one who created us in the first place can re-create us in the twinkling of an eye. His mission for coming to earth two millenia ago was to reconnect lost people with their aching Father, to undo the death sentence, and to open up a second life after the first death.
A synagogue president named Jarius had a sixt-grade daughter whome he dearly loved. Her untimely death devastated him. Jesus arrived at Jarius’ home and encountered funeral bedlam: “Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing’, Jesus said. ‘SHe is not dead but asleep’. They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up” (luke 8:52-55)
Only God could call death a nap. Omly God could do something about Jairus’ daughter. Only God can give you life after death.
Soon, soon you will personally witness the son of God’s unlimited power over death as he forces graves all over the world to yield the bodies in them.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
At first, very small children are reluctant to admit to their wrongdoings. At the heart of their reluctance is fear. But in a loving environment a transformation gradually takes place. Children become willing to admit their misdeeds because their confidence in their parents’ love for them is unwavering. When love is given and received—when love becomes the unconditional norm—it removes fear from the relationship.
The same is true in our relationship with God. John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” Fear of what? Fear of punishment, of banishment, of the end of the relationship. But such is never the case with God’s unconditional love. His love for us is not based on our good deeds but on His choice. His love is the reflection of His character. Even if we sin, God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). God has demonstrated His love for us in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). We should never fear being separated from His love by anything (Romans 8:35-39).
Are you secure in God’s love? Let His love remove all fear from your heart and mind.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
Two aspects of the spiritual life have resonated throughout biblical history and to the present day: faith and works. Different groups of Christians have emphasized one aspect more than the other at different times in Church history. But the biblical view is that they are both important. Take the dimension of faith called love. Throughout Scripture, love is validated by works.
For example, Paul’s famous words about love in 1 Corinthians 13 are all about the actions of love: patience, kindness, protection, trust, perseverance, and more. Likewise, the absence of love is revealed by the opposite of loving actions. The Bible’s most well-known verse—John 3:16—connects God’s love to God’s action: He loved us and sent His Son to provide a way to be forgiven and have eternal life. And the apostle John wrote, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world” (1 John 4:9). Jesus said that His followers’ loving actions would be the way to point the world to Him (John 13:35).
Love (faith) and actions are a divine connection. We are to be toward others as God in Christ has been toward us (Ephesians 4:32).
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
In the Old Testament, what did weavers, artists, tentmakers, carpenters, and ship captains—among others—have in common? They all possessed wisdom. More accurately, they possessed skill. The Hebrew word for wisdom is the word for skill. So, as a craftsman built the tabernacle with skill, Proverbs teaches us to build a life with skill.
What is skill (wisdom) in living? Proverbs 9:10 says it begins with “the fear of the Lord.” From there, it means living life from God’s perspective. Understanding His ways, values, plans, expectations, and methods. Most people spend their life searching for true happiness; the book of Proverbs says that happiness comes from finding wisdom, and wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. God is eternal; knowing Him means eternal happiness (Psalm 16:11). Only God, His Word, and His counsel will stand forever (Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 40:8). Like the grass and flowers, everything else will fade away.
What is your source of happiness today? Is it temporary or eternal? Find wisdom and happiness in your relationship with God.
The kind of wisdom that God waits to give to those who ask him is a wisdom that will bind us to himself.
J. I. Packer
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
When a person is “rooted and built up” in Christ, they are secure even when persecution and challenges come their way. Although the pain of hardship is felt and grieved, they see beyond their current circumstances to a God who is strong, loving, and good. Despite the rollercoaster of betrayal by his brothers, and later, by a spiteful woman, Joseph looked to God for protection. He remained rooted in his faith despite and amidst his circumstances.
As our faith roots deepen, we realize, God alone is steadfast and unchanging. The world and its people are constantly shifting, like shadows. As we practice gratitude and communion with God, our eyes are opened to His gifts and goodness. This world is temporary. As the reality of our relationship with God becomes tangible, we trust Him as our shield and fortress. Fear dissipates. God is with us. He will never forsake us. As we orient ourselves to Him, we are equipped for the challenges of today. He welcomes us and gently moves us toward His life, healing, and love.
All growth that is not toward God is growing to decay.