Joyce Meyer - What Happens When We Die?
Well, I'm so glad that you joined us today and I believe the Word of God is going to enrich your lives. I have a subject today that might seem a little bit unique when I first get started, but God put it on my heart and I think it's gonna really help a lot of people.
I wanna talk to you today about what's gonna happen to us when we die. You know, a lot of people live like there's no tomorrow, but tomorrow always comes. And death is something that we absolutely, not one of us, can avoid.
There's a lot of things that we can avoid in life, but we're all going to someday die. So, it is a valid subject that we need to spend a little bit of time with because we wanna make sure that when we die that we end up in the right place after that.
And death really is just death here. It's not, like, you don't just stop being. Your body here just turns to ashes and dust, and your soul and your spirit go somewhere else. And so, we only have two choices. And to put it very bluntly, we're either gonna go to heaven or we're gonna go to hell. And i think any sane person, without even having very much of a description, would choose heaven and not hell.
The Bible says that in hell it's gonna be miserable, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Now, obviously, people that are not believers in Christ, many times don't think about this at all. Or maybe you've even come up with some kind of a doctrine where you think you're gonna get to be reincarnated and come back as something else. I guess, that's comforting, but it's not biblical.
The Bible says that, in Hebrews 9:27, and I love this: "For it is appointed for all men once to die," not over and over and coming back as something else, but once to die, "And after that the judgment." And so, we're all gonna face God.
I love Romans 4:12 that says that "Every man," every man, "Will give an account of himself to God." So, let's just think for a minute. The day is gonna come we're all, whether you're born again or not born again, we're all gonna stand before God and give an account of our lives. And death is not anything that we need to be afraid of.
One of the benefits of being a believer in Jesus Christ is that you don't have to be afraid of death. Matter of fact, the older you get, sometimes you're kinda like, "Okay, Lord, I'm ready to get out of here. I've been here long enough."
Now, you know, I enjoy my life. I've got a great life, but you know, living in the world is... it can get, to say the least, a little bit annoying sometimes, you know, you gotta put up with a lot of people that aren't very pleasant to put up with.
And you know, the bottom line is, is this is not our home, we were never intended to be here for eternity and so, the longer you've been here, the more you're thinking, you know, "I'm looking forward to seeing the Lord face to face."
The Bible teaches us that through the Holy Spirit, we've been delivered from the fear of death. And so, I have to wonder how many people are watching today that the very thoughts of death or even the subject I'm talking about today, just really frightens you.
And you don't have to be afraid of no longer being here in the earth and being somewhere else if you know you're gonna be going to the right place. But sadly, there are even believers in Christ who still aren't sure where they're gonna end up. And it really makes me sad when I say to somebody, "Well, do you believe you're gonna go to heaven when you die?" And they say, "I hope so."
No christian has to hope so. If we really believe the Word of God, then we know that we know that we know that we're gonna live forever in His presence.
Revelation 21:12: "Behold, I'm coming soon." Let me say that again. "Behold," Jesus said, "I am coming soon." Now, you know, my soon and God's soon, I've found out, are sometimes not the same thing. But in this instance, I don't want to assume that it's something he's gonna put off. "And I shall bring my wages and my rewards with me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit."
Now, this is something we have to talk about a little bit because, as a believer in Jesus Christ, we are not gonna be judged on our salvation as far as I can't work my way into heaven. That's a gift of God that's received only by faith, Ephesians 2:8 and 9, beautiful scriptures.
For those of you who have not received Christ as your Savior, this should bring you great comfort today, and it should help you make a decision today that you're not gonna put it off any longer.
"For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made a partaker of Christ's salvation) and it's through your faith."
So, God is just asking us to believe. Believe that Jesus died for you, believe that He paid for your sins, believe that He rose from the dead, that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, that He loves you, He cares about you, and that by simple faith in Him, your sins can be forgiven and your name can be written in the Lamb's book of life.
I don't know about you but I think we should take a break right here and give a big shout-out to God, amen? What good news is that.