In my devotions today I read these verses:
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
I thank God that I don’t fear death any longer. And on behalf of every abiding Christian, I thank God that He has released you from this fear of death. But today I have been thinking about all those, especially older people, who have a great fear of death and the afterlife. They fear death because they have no assurance of their salvation. And, according to the above verses, they have had a fear of death all their lifetime. I feel sorry for all of them. I wonder what people do to cope with this fear. I suppose they just try not to think about it. They fill their thoughts with other things, anything but the subject of death.
I became a Christian at age twelve. Before that time I did have a constant fear of death and the unknown future. But I chose to think about it, and I even prayed about it. And I talked to my Mom about it. As it turned out, God got a hold of me and saved me. Now I don’t have that fear. I still think of the future, but my thoughts are all on heaven.
If you have a constant fear of death, don’t try to block out your thoughts. Face them and talk to someone about them. Most importantly, talk to God and to someone that you know is a Christian. Also, read my blog page “Assurance of Salvation.” You will discover that when you gain this assurance, when Jesus comes into your life, He will take all the fear away. Yes, you can have an absolute assurance of your salvation today. You no longer need to fear death!
Romans 8:15-16 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”