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Facing Life's Final Fear (1 of 7)
Series: No Fear
1 Corinthians 15
Introduction: Fear is the phantom giant of life. Drifting in through cracks in the floorboards or filtering down like a chilling mist, the fog called Fear whispers omens of the unknown and the unseen. Surrounding individuals with its blinding, billowy robe, the creature hisses, "What if. . .what if. . .?" One blast of its awful breath transforms saints into atheists, reversing a person's entire mind-set. Its bite releases a paralyzing venom in its victim, and it isn't long before doubt begins to dull the vision. To one who falls prey to this attack, the creature displays no mercy. It fall full weight on his back, laughs with glee at its crippled plaything and circles for another savage assault.
Fear. Ever met this beast? Sure you have. It creeps into your life by a dozen different doors. Fear of failure, heights, crowds, disease, rejection, unemployment, of what others are saying about you, of moving away, of heights or depth, of being yourself, of financial reversal, of war, of the dark, of being alone, or of death.
In the devotional book My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote: "Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into personal possession only through conflict. . . There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death."
Listen to what some have had to say about the subject of death:
- I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.
- I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen.
- I hate death; in fact I could live forever without it. Pogo
- My grandfather would look through the obituary columns and say to me, "Strange, isn't it, how everybody seems to die in alphabetical order. Jackie Vernon.
- The cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down. Flip Wilson.
- My interest is in the future because ...
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