How can I overcome the fear of death? How can I stop being scared of dying?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Even the most secure, devout believer can have occasions when he fears death. It is hard-wired into our systems to avoid death. And death was not an original part of God's plan for His creation. We...

July 01 2013 5 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
I think everyone has some fear of dying, and maybe not so much the dying as the pain that might go with it. Three years ago I had what they call a sudden death cardiac arrest. It was the only time I have been around a doctor except when I go to see one. The doctor started cpr on me right away and kept it up for 15 minutes until the emt's got there and got my heart started again with a defibrilator. They took me to the hospital where I waited 3 days for surgery. 

Something I learned from this experience is that when we need the Lord in a situation like this, He will meet our needs completely. I had the most peace I have ever had in my life, and was willing for what ever happened with my surgery. I had no desire to either stay on earth or go to heaven to be with the Lord. My wife and daughter know me pretty well and they could not understand why I had such peace.

If there had not been a doctor there that day I would have gone to be with the Lord without any pain at all. He has taken the sting out of death for us. 

As it was through a series of events I had a valve replacement with a doner valve so that I do not have to be on any medication at all. For a while after surgery I almost felt cheated that I did not get out of this sinful world and go to be with the Lord. I asked my wife of 53 years what she would have done without me and she said the Lord would take care of her. 

All I can tell you is that when your time comes the Lord will be right there with you no matter how you go. 

I had an echo done on my heart last week and my heart doctor said my heart looks excellent. I know for sure I am not going home until the Lord calls me. He did not keep me from death because of anything that I have done or will do but just because of His mercy and it was not my time. 

He is the author and finisher of our faith, and it is for sure He has much more to do in me and through me. One thing I felt through all of this is how much He loves me. I still cannot sing amazing grace all the way through without tears.

March 17 2015 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Doktor D W Supporter
Wink. Become aware of your winking. That's how quickly we close our eyes here, and open them in His Presence. (I had to stop typing as He spoke to me about the wonder, beauty, holiness of that "wink"). 

"We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is."

When will He appear? Right after you close your eyes. Wow..... What a Savior!

September 13 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini sandra blankespoor
I feel it is important to remember that when we die, it is in Gods appointed time. 
God will not let us die before this time.
If it is not our time, we will not die, even if we have to be the sole survivor of a plane crash or if we have to be the only person ever to be miraculously cured from some affliction that has killed every other sufferer of the same. 
If it is Gods plan for us to live, we will live. 

At the same time, if it in some way suits His plans that we should not continue to live, we will die. There is no amount of precautions or assurances we can create for ourselves, which will prevent that from happening. 

But it's alright - we didn't die accidentally; we died because it was our time to do so. 
I find it a comforting thought that we are never "robbed" of our life, but that we are at that moment, fulfilling our bit of Gods plan. We can be at peace with that. 
And yes, we would want to stay behind for that "unfinished business" or indeed (and VERY understandably!) to make sure that those we leave behind are well provided for and taken care of. 
But the very best Person to do that on our behalf, is God Himself. 

If it is His wish to provide well and take care, He will do a much, much better job than we could ever hope to. 

And if He wishes to provide a little less well and take a little less care, we can be sure that He has a plan in doing so.
Perhaps it is His way to guiding those loved ones to salvation.

And we need to realize, that if He has a purpose in providing less care than we would have liked, no amount of struggle by us during our extended lifetime (had we stayed alive) would have helped the situation, if our attempts would not have received His blessing. 

Whatever happens, it is according to His plan. He wants the very best for His children, including the ones who are still alive when we're not. We must put our faith in Him. Amen.

January 23 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Big daddy bw Gary Mason
Genesis 6:3{AMP} Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive and remain with man forever, because he is indeed flesh [sinful, corrupt—given over to sensual appetites]; nevertheless his days shall yet be a hundred and twenty years.”

Claim your 120 years and embrace life. By the time you reach 120, you won't be worried about death, you'll welcome it!

February 03 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
First, trust God in the fear.
Remember His perfect love casts out all fear.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Second, you rejoice in Christ because your Savior conquered death at the cross.
1 Corinthians 15:55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” This is why we worship Jesus.
Third, remember that your hope is in Christ
Jesus is preparing a place for you in heaven.
John 14:2 says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
It’s your hope in heaven that helps you overcome any fear you have of death.

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessèd
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

The Lord Jesus is now in heaven, the “Father’s house.” He has gone there to “prepare a place” for all who have put their trust in Him. There is a sense, however, in which believers may have a part in preparing that place. That thought was brought to my attention as I read these observations by an unknown writer: 

“I once had friends who were traveling abroad. Intending to build a new house upon their return, in all their journeying the dream of that new home was constantly in their minds. When they therefore could secure a beautiful picture, statue, or vase, they purchased in and sent it on ahead to await their arrival. The same thing was done with rare and curious treasures, which afterward when placed in their new home, could be linked with happy memories and in this way contribute to their future enjoyment.” 

The writer then made this application: “I love to think that we, in these pilgrimage days on earth, are doing the same for our heavenly home. The kindly deed that made a rare picture in somebody’s life, the little sacrifice that blossomed into joy, the helpful friendship—all these we shall find again. Whatever of beauty, tenderness, faith, or love we can put into other’s lives will be among our treasures in heaven.” 
Our Daily Bread, January 30, 1994

Regarding our fear of the unknown, Paul says in Philippians 1:23, “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”

So whether you are in this world now or living in eternity, either way, it is “far better” to be with Christ than to fear death, Amen?

Born-again Christians face death fearlessly due to the following facts:

They die in relationship with God (Hebrews 2:14-15 Compare Psalm 23:4; Proverbs 14:32.)
They die trusting the Lord (Hebrews 11:13,21-22.)
They receive comfort in facing death (John 11:25-26 Compare Isaiah 25:8; 1Corinthians 15:26; RRevelation 1:18)
In death, they can glorify God (Philippians 1:20)
In this believers are to be envied (Numbers 23:10)

January 19 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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