TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
SATAN IS DEFEATED (3)Hebrews 2:15
Some people hate heights. Some are scared of snakes. You might dread being drowned. But behind all these fears is (what seems like perfectly reasonable) fear of death itself, and most people have it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. One reason why the Gospel really is ‘good news’ is that when you believe in Jesus, what happens when you die isn’t a fret. satan’s all about stealing, killing and destroying. It might have seemed like his mission was accomplished when Jesus died, but not even death could rule Jesus. He rose again three days later! And, ‘It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He’ll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to Himself?’ (Romans 8:9–11 TM).
Paul went even further, saying that he was not only not afraid of death, but trusted God completely with it! ‘Living means opportunities for Christ, and dying – well, that’s better yet!’ (Philippians 1:21 TLB). He hadn’t lost the plot, he was sold out for Jesus and had an unparalleled confidence that meant death was just another step closer to Jesus. He was living out a win-win situation!
Discover what really happens when a Christian dies in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Spend time praying for your non-Christian friends or family.