Christs followers have nothing to fear. Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:8, John 14:1-3, James 414.
The first half is by Back to the Bible Ministries:
The unknown future can often leave us feeling worried and afraid. We're always wondering where we'll be in ten years. If we'll ever find a spouse? If we'll we get that job we really want? If our kids will grow up to serve and love the Lord? However, if we've received Jesus Christ as our Savior, even though we may not know the future, we do know the One who controls it.
Receive"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23, NLT).
"Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8, NLT).
"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am" (John 14: 1-3, NLT).
- Because we have accepted Jesus Christ, what do we get?
- If we're not in our earthly bodies, where are we?
- Where is the Lord's home?
ReflectToo many of us spend most of our lives worrying about the future. Ask yourself, in the end, what really matters? Our time here on earth is just a short period when compared to eternity (James 4:14). The most important thing for us to know is where we're spending forever. As a Christian, we know that we're going to heaven; and we don't have to worry about it.
While we can take comfort in the knowledge that our eternal destination will be heaven, those who aren't saved don't have the knowledge that brings that comfort. Think about the people you know who aren't saved. (If you don't know anyone, pray that God will send someone who doesn't know Him into your life.) Take some time this week to pray that the Holy Spirit will begin to work in that person's heart. Also pray that God will provide you with opportunities to share the Gospel with your new friend.
And while you're praying, thank God that you know you'll spend the rest of your life with Him in heaven. (the end of Back to the Bible Ministries posting).
My Comments: Erroneously many believe because of prejudice that a person who has Jesus in their lives lives in fear. It is so far from the truth. If one has been saved by the righteousness of Jesus Christ they know they have nothing to fear because they know no matter what happens in this world their destination is sealed in eternity with God.
I have a husband whose body is not functioning well, who has to go see the Dr often, who needs a liver transplant and has cancer of the liver. Yet neither of us fear the future as we know whether he lives or dies he will be in the will of God, our generous and loving Father. Our income has been (this was before my hubby went home to be with the Lord) cut considerably because of his illness yet we do not fear as this world is transient and our eternity is sealed so we have joy in everyday we can be here to do the Lord's will. Were we to live on the street we would rejoice because we would be able to reach many with the Love of God as we strive to do even though we live with a roof over our heads. We have complete trust in the God we know and have met many times in our lives.
The first time I remember meeting the Lord I was very young. My Dad was on the boat that delivered mail. His boat iced down (this was in Alaska and it was winter time) and had hit an iceberg and was going down,. The mayday had been sent and the mail was tossed over the side of the boat into the icy very rough seas and my Dad had said his prayers as he felt it would take a miracle for them to be saved as the boat was going down. At the same time Jesus came to me and told me to tell my Mom, "To light the Lampotic (a holy candle one lights and says a prayer)" as she did she noted the time. I went back to bed. My Dad told her the time the other boat picked them up as the boat was sinking into the freezing waters and it was the same time she had lite the candle (really oil with a wick). God heard her prayers and mine. This happened in my life more than once.
Though Jesus was gracious to show Himself to me as a child He does not always let us see Him physically. Some times we hear Him or His Word shows Him and we know what He wants of us yet we must always check out what we think we are hearing or seeing with the written Word of God and prayer.
Well, I only wanted to keep the comments on this posting to do with knowing the Lord and not fearing anything this world throws at you or anything we go through. Yes, there are many things we go through and we can be sure the Lord suffered them as He hung upon the cross to die for our sins so we can live and be the children of the King and our Father God. He suffered them all because He loves us. It is not Him who causes suffering or pain. He brings us the means to be removed from the fear of them because we know where our home is and we go there when we are His after we are done here. Will you be with us when your time is done here? I pray so as God does not want any to perish neither do I.
Abba I pray You will help all who read this to have Your peace that passeth understanding and I pray they accept the Gospel of Jesus as Your truth so they will live with You forever. We thank You Father for Your love and Your Son and His righteousness and Sacrifice on our behalf. We pray You fill our hearts with trust and faith in Your word and ask for Your guidance in whatever we say or do. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen