These are the words of every person desiring to enter My kingdom. Without the dying process, there is no possible way to enjoy life in the kingdom. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but it’s always later, than sooner.
The reality is the western church has no idea what heaven is and no real interest in getting there. If they were asked if they really sincerely wanted to go to heaven, and if after saying yes, you pulled out a gun, they would plead, beg and promise anything, crying, “Don’t shoot, please I beg you, I didn’t mean it, I don’t want to die! In other words, “”Don’t send me to heaven now!””
The fact is, “flesh and blood cannot inherit My kingdom; neither will your corrupt body inherit an incorrupt kingdom, it cannot survive in that atmosphere,” 1 Corinthians 15:50. So why is everyone in the west so fearful of death, when it’s the only door to real life?
The answer lies in understanding the death process. Follow Me closely: People are afraid of physical death because their soul is so strongly attached to this world, a temporary world that it is far more real to them than heaven or the spiritual world to come. To physically separate from this wicked world, seems to be the most fearful thing that could ever happen. Heaven to most western church goers, is more like the mysterious black hole that a actual city with houses and streets and neighborhoods.
There is a kingdom process designed to defeat death and even do away with the fear of death, but only a few will follow the procedure. In materialistic America the vast majority of believers “love the world, and the things that are in the world. And if any man love the world, the love of My Father is not in him,” 1 John 2:15. The few that defeat death and beat the fear of death are referred to as the remnant. Now here’s the simple kingdom procedure, giving you power over death: to defeat death and beat the fear of it, you rush ahead and deliberately die before death can get get you. Then when death approaches you are already dead, so you can look it right in the face and say, “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? Hee Hee I beat you!” 1 Corinthians 15:55.
Here’s how to rush ahead: First of all: knowing that whoever saves his life will lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it, Matthew 16:25. You must decide to voluntarily surrender all earthly desires for the good, bad and the ugly, and seek first My kingdom at all times, Matthew 6:33. This is called dying to self. Dying to all your self ambitions, self dreams, self opinions, and self goals.
By rushing ahead and dying to self, earth has no more attraction and looses its grip on your soul, allowing heaven to come into clear view. Now at the moment your appointed time comes, Hebrews 9:27. You can be like Steven “being full of the Holy Ghost, and looking up steadfastly into heaven, seeing the glory of My Father, and Me standing on His right hand,  Saying, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing on the right hand of Father God,” Acts 7:55-56.
There are two reasons believers fear death: fear of the unknown, boiling down to the fact that, the kingdom and the King are distant unknown factors. Second: they are trying to do the impossible, by serving two masters. “No believer can serve two masters: for either he will hate Me, and love material goods; or else he will hold to Me, and despise his fleshly desires for earthly things. Bottom line: you cannot serve Me and material wealth, Luke 16:13. These two reasons coupled together will keep millions of professing believers fearing death so badly, that they will betray loved ones and deny Me to save their neck, thus disqualifying them from entering the narrow gate! Matthew 7:14.
The most dangerous people on the planet are those who do not fear death. Hell trembles when you no longer fear death. Satan knows he owns the fearful, and in the end they will all take his mark! He knows, “those that fear death will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8. But you can still rejoice because it’s not to late, if you hurry you can rush ahead and start dying right now and really start living the fearless kingdom good life and never fearing the sting of death again!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|