(Jesus:) It's normal to be afraid of death. I was, too, at least during some moments of My earthly life, as one can read in the Gospels. I was in all points tempted as you are.
It is human nature to tend to cling and want to preserve what you've got.
The way to overcome your fears is not by being ashamed of them and hiding them, but to face them, literally embrace and accept them as the weakness and handicap and challenge I happened to equip you with and then give it back to Me and ask Me, "Lord, what am I supposed to learn from this, how am I supposed to handle this and how to I tackle this?"
You only get rid of the darkness by letting the light in.
The perfect antidote to fear is faith in My perfect love. If you know that I love you so completely that I won't ever take anything away from you without giving you something better (even if I should allow your life to be taken from you), and that I will never allow any heavier burden to befall you than one I know you're capable of bearing, and that anything and everything that will happen to you will be for your good, then your fears will simply be replaced by that faith, that knowledge over time.
In order to obtain that faith, one must, of course, spend time with Me, listening to My Words, from which your faith will come, and keep those words in their heart and believe My promises, that they're unlike human promises and cannot be broken, and like seeds they will eventually blossom into strong trees of faith in your life that can withstand a storm and tempest.
You must allow Me to love you with My Words. My Words may be easily underestimated when compared to mere human words, for human words can either be truth or lies or even half-truths. Whereas My words will always be true, and they will always fulfill what they promise, they will always accomplish what they utter.
If I say, "Let there be light," there will be light. Even so, if I command you over and over again to "fear not," then it behooves you to obey Me and trust Me instead of being afraid.
Of course, not everybody is the same. Some people go through life with an attitude of "I will trust and not be afraid," (Isaiah 12:2) while others have a way of dealing with their fears that sounds more like "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee..." (Ps.56:3)
And everybody has their moments when they will have to overcome their fears.
When you know that fear is your principal enemy, it can help you greatly to overcome that enemy, and people who were formerly afraid have been know to become quite bold and brave in the end, precisely because they knew whom or what they had to fight.
I knew which were going to be mankind's greatest weaknesses, and that's why there are oodles of Scriptures about overcoming your fears in the Bible.
If you take these to heart, they will inevitably make a difference in your life. If you trust Me for them and believe that they're true - truer than anything else you've ever been told, you can learn to grow much stronger than your fears to a point where they will have no power over you anymore at all.
That may sound like Science Fiction to you, but I promise you, this is reality.
Sooner or later, all fears are going to be erased the same way that all evil and sin will be, even if some people claim that good cannot exist without evil.
In order to get people afraid, the Devil had to cook up many lies, and one of the lies he cooked up is that evil or darkness is equally strong as light and goodness, and that both must pertain forever, that there's this perpetual struggle between the two, the "Yin and Yang" philosophy that has taken hold in so many modern and supposedly "enlightened" minds.
Well, just as Adam and Eve had the choice, each person must also choose today whom they are going to believe, Me and My Word or all that hogwash the Devil spreads and proclaims to loud everywhere.
My Word promises you that I - the One Who is good - am much greater, and can be a much greater and superior force in you than he that is so prevalent in the world - the Devil (1John 4:4).
He may have the majority of people on his side, and he may even have the majority of the power and of the money of this world working for him and his side, but I simply happen to not be impressed by numbers, by "many" or "few," and if you become more familiar with My Word, you will be able to tell that I have always loved to overcome the stronger by a seemingly weaker force: David vs. Goliath, Gideon and his 300 against a vastly superior army, etc., etc.
It's all a matter of learning to think and value things by My standards and letting Me decide and determine what is good and what is evil.
You may think death is something terrible, but My Word says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Ps.116:15).
How can I say that? Do I like death? Why would My prophet have said that unless he knew that death for My saints - and you are one of them, because you have been sanctified by My blood - would be something "precious," something even better than this life?
Can you trust Me for that? Can you trust Me for what I and My Word are saying?
It all boils down to recognizing, "What is there really to be afraid of?"
It takes looking through this whole apparatus and machinery of scare tactics that the Devil has built up, his "Matrix." Everything in life is geared toward "survival:" The survival of the strongest and the fittest, etc.
Well, My philosophy was quite contrary to that: "He that saves his life will lose it, but he that loses it for My sake, he will save it" (Luke 9:24).
Sounds weird, huh? Was I saying everybody should commit suicide? No, but it just happens to be so that you happen to gain that which you really want by letting go of it. Your own effort (like the strength that Cain put in his work) will never get you what I can give you and will never result in a love such as Abel's.
Well, you may say, "Well, you can see what it got him: he died, didn't he?"
Let's put it this way: life is like a school, and when it's over you can come Home to the real life; that which I call life: a life that can be lived perfectly well without any evil present in it. Don't ask any of the supposed bright minds of modern secular society to try to understand this... They only believe in what they see or can figure out with their finite minds, but there's a lot more yet to discover.
You are all going to learn to look past your present horizons and limitations before long, but the sooner you start, the better for you and for those you will influence with your positive outlook.
I knew that the fear of death was going to be a problem, and that's why I came up with the perfect solution: I came to earth. Did you know that this was the reason I came to earth? - To free you and billions of others from their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14,15)?
That was the purpose of My coming: to let you know there is nothing to be afraid of.
Now all you have to do is believe Me.
You may not be able to do it perfectly right now.
But if you're just going to stick with Me for a while and keep drinking in this New Wine I'm giving you, you will. And you'll be able to wave your fears "good-bye."
It's only a matter of time and a matter of your faithfulness to Me. The more faithful you are to Me, the more full of faith you'll be, and the more faith, the less fears you'll have, so, it all depends on you and on what you're going to be willing to give and willing to believe Me for, because that I will do My part is already beyond any question. You can take My part and end of the deal for granted. It's guaranteed. It's already done.
The gift, the victory is already there: you just need to come and grab it.
I love you more than you will ever know completely, but you can find out a little more of that love each day of your life; and sooner or later, those fears of yours will be nothing more than a hazy shade of a memory of something that once was.
It's all a matter of whether you're going to accept that truth sooner or later.
The victory is already won. It's just a matter of learning to walk in the consciousness and awareness of it, which can be attained by your sticking and clinging to My Words.
If you abide in My teachings, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).
"Free from what?" - They asked. "We've never been anyone's slaves." "Oh, yes, you are," I said: "He who commits sin is a slave to his sin" (Joh.8:33, 34).
And since everyone's a sinner (Rom.3:23), that means, everyone's a slave. One of those sins is fear. And I have come to free you and rescue and save you from that sin.
Are you ready to be freed from it? Ready to be saved from it? Well, that's My job, My work and My purpose, and if you allow Me to do it, I will do a good job at it in your life. Are you ready?
Are you ready to be freed from the master that is holding you captive? The master I am referring to, just as I was when I was talking to the Jews about this, is the father of lies (John 8:44). You see, fear has been termed by some “false evidence appearing real,” and the reason why fear has become such a powerful weapon in his hands is the great wall of lies that upholds his construct.
He produces those huge monsters, which in reality aren’t any more dangerous than the fake and artificial monsters Hollywood creates in their movies.
So, half the trick and half the victory is really knowing the truth about all the monsters the enemy is creating. Just as you would tell a frightened child who watches somebody being killed on TV or in a movie, “He’s just acting, he’s not really dead,” so I’m telling you: a person who dies and leaves this life is not really dead.
All you’ve got to learn is to trust Me and believe Me the same way any child would trust and believe his parents. Can you?
Well, that’s what it’s all about: Replacing fear with trust, and replacing the Devil’s lies with truth and facts that expose his fake monsters, revealing that they’re really nothing to be afraid of…
We can go through your “monsters” and fears one by one, and I can show you which truth and reality lies behind it, until one day soon you’ll come to the realization, “There really was nothing to be afraid of.”
That trip to the dentist promised to be painful, but you came through it with a smile, “Oh, it wasn’t all that bad, after all…”
It’s similar to something that was accredited to Mark Twain: “I’m an old man and have had many troubles, most of which never happened.” Your worries and your nightmares, they won’t happen anyway! It’s gonna be okay.
If I were to wrap up this talk in something really simple, it would be this phrase: Believe Me, it’s gonna be okay! Everything’s gonna be alright!
If you cannot memorize any Bible verses, you can take it from Bob Marley, and on My authority as granted by the gift of prophecy: “Everything’s gonna be alright!”
If you can just believe Me for that, your life will already be a lot easier. It may not look like it right now, but I promise you, despite all the appearances: It’s gonna be okay!