Being afraid of dying comes from the devil. In the beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed the LORD God, they became afraid and hid themselves from the LORD. The LORD had commanded them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The LORD told them that they would die if they at from that tree, and even though the LORD told them what would happen, that did not cause them to be afraid. Before they disobeyed, they were not afraid. Once they ate from the tree the LORD God commanded them not to eat from, that is when they began to be afraid.
Now because we are born into sin, we are born to be afraid and being afraid of dying is part of that sin. Fear has torment, but the LORD Jesus has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and power, and a sound mind. If you are born of the spirit of GOD, we do not have to be afraid of dying. As believers in our LORD Jesus Christ, we must understand that we have already died. Everyone that hears the Word of GOD, and believes that the LORD God sent our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to be raised on the third day, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment but is passed from death into life.
The problem is this, too many born of the spirit of God believers act like they haven’t died. As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. If we say we are the property of the LORD Jesus Christ our Savior, we must understand and realize that we have been bought with a price. Our life no longer belong to us. We must present out bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to the LORD. To grasp the meaning of this, we must surrender our will to the will of the Father and His Son, Jesus the Messiah and Savior of the world. And the LORD’s will is His Word. The LORD Jesus Christ, our Savior has said, why call me Lord, Lord and do not do as I say?
So to put it plainly, we must be willing and ready, if need be, to give up the ghost in this body. Our LORD and Savior has already warned us that many of us will be killed because of the word of our testimony, which is, that we are followers of Jesus Christ. If you accept the LORD Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, then you must accept the fact that you must be willing and ready to die for what you believe. Once you have a real understanding of the scriptures, you will no longer be afraid.
As born of the spirit of the living GOD and our LORD Jesus Christ, we must let go of the things of this world that we treasure as valuable and precious. Our LORD and Savior has told us that the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word and we become unfruitful. We must decide which is more valuable, winning the lottery or winning eternal life; for what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
Our life here on this earth should not be about us but it has to be about the kingdom of God. Once we began to let go of the things of this world, we will find that there is no reason to be afraid of dying. My brothers and sisters, of all the things we posses here in this life, it cannot even be compared to what our Heavenly Father has in store for us in glory.