By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 10/31/20
We are to fear not because heaven is our destination: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
We may pay a price for standing firm on the Truth of the Word of God and for speaking out about God’s only plan of salvation. But no matter what taunts, alienations, or persecutions we face from others, they can never destroy our eternal soul. Once we commit to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, no one can take away our eternal place in heaven. Whatever troubles we face—struggles with antagonistic neighbors or co-workers, a loss of employment or financial security, failing health, or broken relationships—will disappear the instant we step through the gates of heaven.
We are also to fear not because God has everything under control: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
Each of God’s children is deeply loved and cared for by the Father. We are carried on His shoulders and engraved on the palms of His hands. God cares for all His creation—even the tiniest sparrow. Yet out of all His creations, He treasures us most of all.
Prayer: God, thank You for the promise that my problems will be gone when I get to heaven. Thank You for Your love and care for Your children. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).
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