What Many People Truly Fear

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

—Hebrews 2:14–15

I have often said that I am not afraid of dying, though I do have some concerns about the method! Like most people, I would prefer to go in the rapture or die in my sleep, but the fact is, the great enemy, the second death, is no real concern of mine.

What many people truly fear, I have no fear of at all. I am not bothered by the question, what happens after we die? I know exactly what’s going to happen to me after I die or after the rapture comes: I am going to heaven! I live with no fear or worry about my eternal existence, because Jesus became flesh and died for my sins. In doing that, He destroyed the true power of death—the death of the soul.

I have no fear of going to hell or being rejected by God when I arrive in heaven. I don’t worry whether my good deeds have outweighed my bad; I already know the answer to that! But I am not going to heaven because of good deeds or bad deeds, even though my life as a Christian will be examined by fire and tested for purity. I am going to heaven because Jesus tasted death for me. What I deserved, He endured; what I earned as punishment, He paid. That leaves me free to live fearless of what lies beyond the grave.

Dear brother or sister, if that truth doesn’t put some “glide in your stride” today, I don’t know what will. Go out and face the world today as though your eternal destiny is secure in Christ, because it is! Go out and live in front of others today as though you know that you know that heaven is your eternal home, because it is!

Living like that makes you intriguing to those overwhelmed by this world’s pressures and pains. And you never know, your attitude of gratitude just might open a door for you to tell someone else how to be free from man’s greatest fear: the question of what happens after death. I know and every Christian knows the answer to that question, and when what we know shows, others are going to want it.

Tell someone today that heaven is your future home and can be theirs too!

Excerpt from “Body Builders” now available on Amazon.

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BARRY STAGNER

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