Posted by: bshelley | May 28, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Today’s Verse: Acts 2:24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. NASB

A concern for most, and for some a dread fear, is death. For those who believe like the Sadducees, death is an end with nothing beyond. Some religions hold that what form you reappear in the next life is dictated by whether your “karma” was good or bad in this life. A pretty pony or a nasty little cockroach perhaps. Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us, “then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” God says that the part of us that is made in His image is eternal and returns to Him at death. Not to be part of some cosmic “force”, but as an individual with our innermost self intact and conscious. I have heard people comment that if they had known that they were going to live so long that they would have not taken such poor care of their bodies. While there is some truth and sense to that, the more important part of us to take proper care of would be the part of us that is indeed eternal. Since the spirit part of us goes on beyond the grave, where bodies return to dust, we need to ask what care are we taking of it? Too many are far more concerned with their physical fitness while leaving their spiritual fitness for “later”. For those who are in Christ, they need have no fear of death for He put an end to the agony of it. The Christian needs have no fear of the judgment of a just God, as Christ died for their sins, paying the debt owed. Christ has power over sin and death. Certainly we will all pass from this life to the next at some point, but rather than be concerned about death we need to be about the Father’s business while today is still today. 





  1. Brian, your Blessed Assurance is so comforting. I take your words into my heart each morning for strength. May God be with you and your family today.

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