“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)
It’s intriguing how Christians who affirm the above-quoted scripture are afraid of death especially during the so-called ‘ember months.’ The spirit of fear appears to grip so many believers in the months of September-December every year. It should not be so. God has not given us the spirit of fear; He has given us eternal life that carries power, love and a sound mind. Reject fear.
This write-up was posted originally on September 12, 2017, but in view of the prevailing circumstances I thought it’s worth reposting.
FEAR OF PREMATURE DEATH
One of the biggest challenges that face Christians is the fear of dying prematurely. God has promised that those who obey Him will live long. But long life is not length of days. Not to be born at all is better than to live long purposelessly.
God does not reckon time the way we do. We reckon length of days or old age from the perspective of how long a person has lived on the earth. God reckons length of days from the perspective of fulfillment of destiny.
When He says ‘with long life I will satisfy thee’ it means ‘If you are willing and obedient, He will make it His responsibility that you live long enough to fulfill your divine task on earth.
Moses lived 120 years but died prematurely. He died before his time. But because he was the meekest man on earth and served God with his whole heart, God by the hand of Archangel Michael raised him from the dead and took him to Heaven. He will be brought back to earth during the Tribulation Period to fulfill his destiny before dying properly.
John the Baptist lived 31 years and died at a very old age. He fulfilled his divine assignment completely. His continued stay on earth would have had a negative effect on the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself said: “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.” Jn 3:30
Elijah disturbed God so much with the desire to die when he had not completed his duty tour. Because of his previously demonstrated faithfulness, God took him to heaven to bring him back during the Tribulation Period to complete his work before dying.
Josiah fulfilled his destiny and God permitted his foolishness to be the means of bringing him home.
On several occasions Satan induced the Jews to kill Jesus. “Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come” (Jn 7:30). Every person implanted with a Hypostatic Chip has inscribed therein the hour to return to base.
Consequently, it is impossible for a child of God who is living in obedience to the will of the Father to die before his or her time.
If what you are doing now is not in line with the divine plan for your existence on earth, God is not obliged to prevent you from dying prematurely. If a Christian dies before the appointed time, as far as God is concerned, he or she has no need for the balance of days.
Are you living in the perfect will of the Father?