TargetPoint Volume 22 of 32
Todays Verse/Thought: Our Ultimate Fear, Death
Romans 8:2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.
Dr. Paul Yonchi Cho, pastor of the largest church in the world (750,000 members in Korea), has figured out, I believe, the antithesis to the fear of death. Recently he spoke to a number of Christian leaders and explained how he KILLS HIS FLESH DAILY. Think about it, if you're already walking around as a dead man, the ultimate fear of death is eradicated, or certainly lessened.
Because of Christ's death on the cross, He has reigned triumphantly over death. Of course, that fear of death is still a formidable enemy for us. But, as we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and we are buried with Him in baptism (Romans 6:3,4), this miracle of our regeneration in Christ gives us complete assurance that when our bodies die, it is MERELY A TRANSITION INTO LIFE forever with Christ.
Then, as we live for Christ, and as Dr. Cho so aptly puts it, we DIE TO OUR FLESH, the actual death of the flesh becomes less fearful as we live. We learn how to live differently. There occurs a transformation of our inner man. If we can but get a grip on this truth, it will forever set us free.
The bottom line is where and how we will spend our forever, with Him or without Him? As a little child, Pastor Jack Hayford asked his mother, How do I know I will go to heaven? Her response, after a day of thinking and praying, was simply: Son, those who are taken up with Jesus here on earth, will be taken up with Jesus when He comes again.
EXAMINE YOUR LIFE. Are you taken up with Him now? What is your first priority in life? Have you RECEIVED HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD? Have you BEEN BAPTIZED since you asked Jesus into your heart? Do you WALK WITH HIM DAILY? Think of your life on a continuum, from conception to eternity. Only those people for whom heaven has begun now want to live forever. Do you . . .?
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS HONESTLY to yourself and before the Lord. If the answer to any one of these questions is No, then TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THAT NO CAN BECOME A YES and take the necessary steps.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Are You Energized or Immobilized?