Do you have the fear dying?
    My wife works at the country waffle in Lindsay. Her name is Luana.  When she works there in the morning I eat breakfast there. One day a man set  down with me at my table and admits he's afraid of dying. admits he is terrified of dying.  He said "I have a wonderful family life. I exercise, all those little things." Still, he laments he is constantly pushing against darker thoughts, especially related to mortality.  He said, "Death is all I think about. There is not a day or really an hour that goes by that I don't think about death." A classic case of thanatophobia!
    So let me share with you, what I shared with him.


    The fear of death haunts a lot of people. There's a gnawing anxiety that life could end at any moment and it's upsetting and ultimately leads to unhappiness. Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Jesus came to earth to "free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."
    It's God's will that His people live every day to the fullest, free from any anxiety about dying. He wants to empower us to say 'with the Apostle Paul, "Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, 0 death is your victory? Where, 0 death is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55).
    If you struggle with anxieties about death consider taking the following action:
    Accept the fact that some fear of death is normal and God-given.
    The will to live is one of our strongest, God-given instincts. It motivates us to use caution and avoid taking dangerous, unnecessary risks. If anyone tells you they have zero fear of death, they probably aren't being totally truthful.
    On the other hand, an inordinate fear of death is often based on guilt as none of us want to "fall into the hands of an angry God."
    Our fear of death may be God's way of motivating us to repent of flagrant, willful sin, to humble ourselves before Him and seek His forgiveness. In ' that regard, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10).
    Take the necessary action to be assured of your forgiveness and eternal salvation.
    On the day of Pentecost, the residents of Jerusalem felt convicted of their sin and asked Simon Peter, "What shall we do?" Peter replied, '''Repent and be baptized, everyone of, you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'" (Acts 2:38).
    The Bible makes it clear that forgiveness and salvation are not dependent on our good works but on our willingness to humble ourselves and admit we are sinful and then putting our trust in Christ's perfect work for us on the cross. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
    Evangelist Paul Little imagined lining everyone up along the Pacific coast and telling them to swim to Hawaii. How many would make it? Not one! The Olympic swimmer might swim 20 miles, the doggy paddler 20 yards, but no one can swim 2,000 miles. But, if a cruise ship came along and a benevolent captain offered a free trip to Hawaii, who would make it? Those who were humble enough to admit their inadequacy and trust the captain.
    Don’t let worry about dying rob you of the joys and opportunities of this day.  Live this moment to the fullest;  the Lord will take care of the future.  
    Fear not tomorrow -- God is already there.
    Pastor Paul Leavens