Memorize: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live John 11:25
Devotional Reading: Hebrews 2: 6-18
One of the most painful things that exist upon this planet earth is death. It deprives loved ones from continuing their fellowship. It makes wife become a widow, children are cut away from their loving parents; I remember the pain of losing my loving and praying mother, a caring and praying spiritual father is suddenly taken away.
Just 3 months ago, my only brother suddenly passing away in South Africa at a young age. He was well known within the community to be very loving, supportive and a great giver. His death brought deep sadness to us in the family and to all who knew him. Many today have become increasingly fearful of death, but it is possible to receive power to overcome death.
The World Health Organization says that, in 2012, an estimated 56 million people died around the world from all causes.
Doing the maths, that means approximately 153,425 died every day, or 106 people every minute. That’s more than one person per second dying.
We know death is a reality; we know death is on the horizon. It is an unalterable fact of our existence, but it is equally possible to live and not die. Anyone who died in the Lord, has slept and not died, to awake at rapture.
Usually, people are afraid of the unknown in life; knowledge is supposed to dispel fear. But when it comes to death, many people are afraid of the known.
Even though death is known, many people still fear it because they don’t know what happens “on the other side.”
Fortunately, we have the words of One who has been to death and back, One who conquered and overcame death. Jesus and all his apostles triumph over death, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55.
He promised that all who believe in Him may die physically but would live eternally, he gives them power to live and not die.
This gives me confidence that as believers, if we can be faithful, steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, we too will triumph and overcome death, our labour of love will not be in vain in Jesus mighty name.
I pray for you today that your fear of death is replaced by faith in Christ Jesus’ and his promises. There is no death for the saint, he/she may sleep, but will live again and cannot die because eternity with God is the glory that awaits every saint of God, if you have not already done so, give your life to Jesus today and receive assurance to live and not die.
Prayer: O Lord, please give me the grace to live and not die in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Death has an end, while the saints of God have no end, they will live forever in eternity with God.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior pastor IHPCT