TERMINAL ILLNESS

HOW CAN I EVER LET GO?

KEYS FOR LIVING - TERMINAL ILLNESS

HOW CAN I EVER LET GO?

 Facing Death 

“For the living know that they will die.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) 

Death Is Designed. 

Embracing the God-given gift of life means accepting death as part of life’s package. The moment you are born, you take the first step toward death. One of the characteristics of spiritual maturity is recognizing death as a natural part of God’s design. 

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1–2). 

Death Is a Doorway. 

Death can be a doorway to a more abundant (eternal) life, or it can be the gateway to eternal misery. Death is not an end to life, it is a beginning. We are born with a heart’s desire to live forever, and only through faith in Christ can we reach out and embrace God’s promise of eternal life. 

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”

(Matthew 7:13–14). 

Death Is Divine. 

The reality for all Christians is that you have already died! God’s desire for you as His child is death to self and submission to the divine life of Christ living within you, expressing His life through you. 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

(Galatians 2:20). 

 Facing Eternity 

The Reality of Heaven 

“It [heaven] shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”

(Revelation 21:11) 

Heaven Is ... 

  • The place where God lives (1 Kings 8:30) 
  • The place of no hunger or thirst (Revelation 7:16) 
  • The place of no crying or pain (Revelation 21:4) 
  • The place of no death or mourning (Revelation 21:4) 
  • The place of no impurity or evil (Revelation 21:27) 

The Reality of Hell 

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

(John 3:18) 

Hell Is ... 

  • A place of weeping and torment (Matthew 13:42) 
  • A place of wrath and anger (Romans 2:8) 
  • A place of eternal fire (Mark 9:47–48) 
  • A place of confinement and conscious separation from God (Luke 16:26) 
  • A place of condemnation and punishment (2 Peter 2:3) 

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’”

(Matthew 25:41)

Prayer of Salvation 

“God, I admit that I have sinned. Many times I’ve gone my own way instead of Your way. Please forgive me for all my sins. Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Take control of my life and make me the person You want me to be. Thank You, Jesus, for what You will do in me, to me, and through me. Amen.” 

 

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Grace Filled Words:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 23:4 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 23:4

Additional Scriptures: 

2 Corinthians 4:16–5:5 

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