Emergence of the Coronavirus in early 2020 brought great fear to many people. The idea of a pandemic makes normally safe things dangerous. Just being in a crowd could be a terrible risk. Underscoring people’s concerns is the Fear of Death.
If you are attacked by the Fear of Death, and disease or accident scares you, you need to become free. So let me help you find freedom from fear today.
Fear of Death is based on our self-preservation instinct. We automatically step back from danger, and that’s a good thing. If we were ignorant of danger we would suffer much injury. Automatic reflex pulls us back from flames, bites, cliffs, sharp and spiky things, wild animals, speeding cars and much more.
Staying alive is a logical desire for us. God gives us life and we are to protect life as a precious gift. If we die we cannot continue to do the things we need to do. Life allows us to bless and meet the needs of our loved ones, and serve and glorify God.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Turn, O Lord, and deliver my soul. Save me because of your loving kindness. For there is no remembrance of you in death. Who can praise you from the grave?” Psalm 6:4,5
At the same time the Fear of Death becomes a terrible curse for us and is used by Satan to lock up our whole life in fear. We are told that the devil holds people in slavery for their whole life, through the Fear of Death.
“Jesus shared in humanity so that through his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lives kept in bondage.” Hebrews 2:14,15
While self-preservation is a perfectly reasonable instinct, the Fear of Death is a devil’s curse. It locks us into terrors and slavery that hold us trapped as long as we live.
That creates a problem for us. How do we balance natural concern for our welfare with the danger of the Fear of Death?
One way is to completely trust our life to God. We have a lifespan on earth that will come to an end, one way or another. By putting faith in Christ and making Him our Lord and Saviour, we are given eternal life with God. When we pass from this life we pass into God’s presence.
So death, leaving this life, is a stepping stone to a much more wonderful life. The glories of heaven are too wonderful for us to comprehend.
“The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
When the Apostle Paul was faced with death he knew that what is ahead for him is much better than his earthly existence.
“I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Philippians 1:23
Paul explained that at death our human body is clothed with an indestructible body. Our mortal life is clothed with immortality and we step into wonderful new life.
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then what was written will come to pass, Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1Corinthians 15:53,54
Because what waits for us is so much more wonderful than we currently experience we can look forward to leaving this life. We can get on with living for God and obeying Him, without anxiety about this life. That’s what Paul did.
“None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to me, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
Paul did not seek death, but got about life Free From the Fear of Death. He wasn’t foolish or rash, but he was Free. He was not made a slave to fear and his life was not bound up by fears. He could get about life, obeying and glorifying God, because he wasn’t desperate to stay alive.
But what about you? If you are attacked by the Fear of Death, and disease or accident scares you, you need to become free. So take these steps to break from fear in your life and move into freedom.
Fear is driven out of our lives by God’s Love. God’s love is perfect love and that’s the kind of love that overcomes fear.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” 1John 4:18.
Receive God’s amazing and wonderful love for you. God loves you, not because you deserve it, but because He chooses to love you. God wants what is best for you, despite the cost to Himself. So God sent Jesus to die for your sins so you can be forgiven and made God’s child.
That’s amazing Love. That’s perfect love in action. Receive that love by accepting Jesus as your saviour and becoming God’s child. Step into relationship with God through Christ. Then allow God’s love to be poured out inside you by the Holy Spirit.
“God’s love is poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
“Because you are God’s sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, Abba (Daddy), Father!” Galatians 4:6
As you receive God’s love into your life you can take a stand against the devil and his fears. You can also affirm that you don’t need to fear death, as it is just a stepping stone into being with God for eternity. Nothing on earth is more precious than those eternal blessings.
Here is a prayer you might like to pray: “Lord God, I receive Christ into my life and I receive Your perfect love poured out inside me. Lord, deliver me from fear and especially the Fear of Death. Set me free from the devil’s slavery. Thank You for eternal life. I know that the blessings waiting for me in Your presence are far more precious than this life and all it offers. I release myself from a love of this life and any fear of losing my life, since to be with You is so much better. I now repent of allowing fear into my life and I forgive those who have helped me feel fear. I also renounce and break the power of fear off my life, in my mind, emotions, personality, will, spirit, soul and body. I reject fear, I rebuke it and I resist the work of fear in my life. I command the enemy to take all fear out of my heart and mind, and to let me go from all slavery to fear. Now I humbly give all my fears and all the impact of my fears to God. I lay that rubbish down at Jesus’ feet and I ask You, Lord, to take it all from me and set me completely free, for Your glory. I ask all this in the lovely and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.”
Friends, keep pressing in for complete freedom from all fear and may you be blessed as you live your life for God, completely Free From the Fear of Death.