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Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.
(John 14:1-4)
You can keep your heart from being troubled through the power of God. No matter what the circumstances you are facing now, Jesus can and will give you peace in your heart.

There are many dwelling places in the Father's house. Jesus has gone ahead to prepare one of those places for you. There is a place for every person who has been born again by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Jesus says He will receive you unto Himself. You will be with Jesus where He is. This is the most comforting thing to know for yourself and your loved ones.

To be absent from the body is to be present with Jesus. No wonder Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled." With the knowledge that your loved one is with Jesus, you can be at peace.

If you do not have peace now, let Jesus come into your heart. If a loved one has died, you cannot affect their life today. But you can allow Jesus to transform your heart into a heart like His. It all happens by faith.

Faith believes what God has said. Faith agrees with God. Faith speaks what God speaks. Faith obeys God's Word. You can release your faith now by believing and speaking these words:

"Jesus, I believe in You. You died for my sins. I receive Your forgiveness. Jesus, You are my Lord and Savior. Thank You for loving me. Because You live, I live too."

Jesus Took Away the Fear of Death
Since we, God's children, are human beings—made of flesh and blood—He became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could He die and in dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death.

Only in that way could He deliver those who through fear of death have been living all their lives as slaves to constant dread.
(Heb. 2:14-15 Living Bible)
Jesus has taken the fear and dread out of death. You know what is beyond the veil of death. Your eyes have been opened to see that Jesus is there to welcome you into heaven.

Sorrow Not as Those Who Have No Hope
And now, dear brothers, I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those are who have no hope.

For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet Him ahead of those who are in their graves.

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul—stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet—call of God. And the Christians who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord.

Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with this news.
(1 Thess. 4:13-18 Living Bible)
There will be a time when the physical bodies of Christians will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Even the bodies of those who have died will be resurrected. Those who are alive will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

This is a word of encouragement. The Bible says to comfort one another with these words. There is a great future ahead for you and for all believers.

Yes, death is not the end!

Source: Death is not The End by Billy Joe Daugherty
Excerpt permission granted by Victory Christian Center

Author Biography

Billy Joe Daugherty
Web site: Victory Christian Center
Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center.

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