Deliverance From the Fear of Death

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Hebrews 2:10-18

Our attitude toward sickness and hospitals can affect our healing. Al was a company president, an active member of our church. He came down with appendicitis and was told he needed surgery. He was terrified. “I’ve never been in a hospital,” he stated grimly. “I know once I enter, I’ll die.” He died during surgery.

Jesus came to destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and has set free those who live their lives a prey to the fear of death. He came to reveal a Father’s love, for He constantly spoke of the fact that those who had seen Him have seen the Father. He called us His brothers and sisters, and taught us to pray, “Our Father.” After His resurrection He said He was going to “my Father and your Father.” Jesus said it. Believe it.

A father’s quieting presence and strong arms can convey his love to a child. Our heavenly Father’s love can cast out fear when we face illness, surgery, or even death itself. Because our own resources are inadequate in times of stress we must cultivate an awareness of our Father’s presence and love. This will sustain us in our times of need. Life is fragile: handle with prayer.

PRAYER

Gracious Father, we are thankful that neither sickness nor death can separate us from Your love. In our anxious thoughts Your consolations will cheer our souls. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.