How to Live So You Never Have To Die
A look into the wider Biblical meaning of death. It is not simply the act of dying but also a condition that you can live in. Most do. Having been crossed over from death to life, it is still possible to be feeding the condition of death. You can escape that condition and maximise your life.
Choosing a title for a book is always a challenge. At first, I wanted to call this book, â€˜Why do so many Christians have such a poor life?â€™ But I felt it was too wordy and, although it isnâ€™t the title, it is the theme because too many Christians have a poor life! I think I have answers as to why. After almost 30 years of serving God full-time as a pastor and missionary, I have found some answers as to why the Bible promises so much for this life and we can experience so little. Most of what you'll read is not theory; at times my journey has been hard and unrelenting. I have pursued a victorious life because, at times, I desperately needed victory. Through ill health, stress, difficulties and mental torment I have clung to God and sought out Scripture for needed answers. God has not disappointed me and my life today is unrecognisable to what it has been. I now expect to walk in victory, I am confident of answered prayer and I can articulate the road to overcoming and to victory. I am grateful for my journey in regard to this destination.
In the following pages I'm going to introduce you to a new way of understanding what the Bible means by death. Of course, in places, it has it's literal meaning as we would se it: the act of dying, of departing from this life. However, I want to introduce you to a meaning that you may not have understood. In a nutshell, often, the Biblical word death is used to describe a state of not being alive even though you are born again and have crossed over from death to life. I am going to introduce you to the victorious thought captured in the following Scripture verses: The Jews answered him, â€˜Arenâ€™t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?â€™ I am not possessed by a demon,â€™ said Jesus, â€˜but I honour my Father and you dishonour me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.â€™ At this they exclaimed, â€˜Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.' John 8:48-52 Obviously Jesus didn't mean the act of physically dying, Abraham died and we all die. No, He was referring to a condition called death, the death referred to in crossing over from death to life.