Today’s reading is a little longer, but it’s so worth it! Let these words sink in as you read them.

Read from the New Living Translation

Romans 8:28-39


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn* among many brothers and sisters. <sup<30And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:21


For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

For other encouraging passages, read John 3.16-17; John 11; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 4.16-5.10; and Psalm 90. – Pastor Dave

Go Deep

This is a topic that may hit home for you. Whether you’re afraid of losing someone you love or maybe you’ve lost someone, you’re not alone in feeling fear or dread when coming face to face with death.

In today’s video, Pastor Dave (from WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall) talks openly about this topic. He’s walked through this with some of his own friends and tells the story of one in particular that can really help as you battle your own fears.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

God works in “everything” – not just isolated incidents – for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Not that God is not working to make us happy but to fulfill his purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called by him, that is, those whom the Holy Spirit convinces to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set. They trust in God, not in worldly treasures; their security is in heaven, not on earth. Their faith in God does not waver in pain and persecution because they know God is with them.

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Wen
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Thank you Pastor Dave. I am terrified of losing my husband and being without his love and support when he is gone. He is 20 years older than I am and he brought me to know the Lord. He is healthy and active now but after 25 years of being together I can see things slipping . I pray that I can remember this when I am faced with things that are scared.

WAY-FM

What a blessed life God has given to you through your marriage to your faithful husband. I am so grateful that God has given us His Scriptures to lift us up every day, every circumstance. May your faith be strengthened in Him every day as your joy already is!

Laura
Guest

Bless you my friend. That would be hard. But, God will be with you, rely on his promises to see you though. It’s funny, all of life is a test of trust on him if you think about it.

Jennie
Member

When I was a child, I used to be terrified to die. Now I have faith that when my time comes, Jesus will bring me to his kingdom. I need to work on having faith that Jesus will work in my life, that He works presently in what is going on. I sometimes feel so isolated from Him and I am starting to search His presence out in my day to day life.

WAY-FM

We kinda swap our fears around in our different life cycles, don’t we, Jennie? I am so glad you are following your Savior every step along the way. You will be blessed today by Him. Watch for it! And tomorrow, and tomorrow, and etc. 🙂

Stetson
Member

The actual process of dying looks to be pretty ugly . But being with the Lord Jesus Christ will be unspeakable joy .

WAY-FM

Yeah, that “sting of death” [1 Corinthians 15] is pretty bad. It’s another part of our faith walk, isn’t it? I’m glad the Lord Jesus Christ is there to welcome me when I cross over from this life to His eternal life!

Marty
Member

The only thing I fear about death is if it will be physically painful. But that is momentary compared to the eternal glory that awaits us in Heaven, hallelujah!

WAY-FM

Yes, Marty. That is truly a fear of all of ours. Our Lord comforts us through His Scripture like the one you stated in 2 Corinthians 4.16-18. Thanks for the encouragement!

arianna
Guest

I have a really hard time with this topic. I’ve had panic attacks and anxiety attacks over the thought of my death. Ive been spiritually attacked over and over. I need more practice in leaning into God’s promises to get past this fear.

WAY-FM

Praise the Lord for your faith journey & for His faithfulness! For sure, I can’t promise myself much if anything; I’m glad for every one of my Savior’s promises. Heaven is our greatest blessing, our eternal relief from the fears of this life!

Momika
Guest

God’s Love is bigger than death. Jesus made that apparent to us! You might be already practicing the leaning into God’s promises when you face those panic attacks. I share your fear that is manifested in anxiety but know that He is faithful even in those moments.

WAY-FM

Yes, Romans 8.26-39 is quite marked up in my Bible. It is a constant place of refreshment & joy!

Member

Me too!

Patrick Longton
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Pastor Dave, WOW! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Its amazing what praising can do. God is SO good all the time and all the time God is SO good. Ever since I can remember, the numbers 7 and 11 have always appeared one way or another. I just considered them my “lucky” numbers until one day I noticed they were appearing in scripture as I was seeking God’s word. Whatever verse or chapter I was lead too or studying, the verses 7 and 11 would jump out and speak to me. Instead of my “lucky” numbers I now see them as my… Read more »
WAY-FM

You are an encourager and a brother in Christ, Patrick! Wildernesses in the Bible are places of real spiritual growth, aren’t they? There’s just sometimes when God wants us alone with Him so He gets the glory alone. As far as bearing through the Incline for #7 … we can connect through the Prayer Wall. I would enjoy the journey and the day we could spend together!

Toya
Guest

Hey Patrick! You are indeed a profound brother! I enjoy reading what you say and the wonderful advice you give. One thing I know for sure is that fear brings on desperation. I don’t like this person I’m becoming. I’m trying to blackmail, scheme, manipulate, and everything else today to get rent money. I’ve NEVER done the things I’ve tried today hence probably why they didn’t work. Any advice?

Patrick Longton
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Thank you, Toya, for your kind words. I tend not to give advice, but rather share what God has taught me personally. I’ve heard you through this WBSG, the struggle(s) you are experiencing and the fears that you have. I have been down that path of desperation many times. Each time I’ve learned a hard lesson and I’ve recently emerged from it again through a painful process, but found the joy through Him while going through it and not around it. It wasn’t until I came to complete desperation with no where to turn except to look up to HIM.… Read more »
WAY-FM

Wise counsel indeed, brother! You are a man of God and of God’s Word.

Member

Thank you for this.

WAY-FM

You’re welcome Why don’t you come on out & try the Incline. You would never forget it! Hahaha

Jewels
Member

I do not like surprises when it comes to death. But on Nov. 3, 2017 we lost our precious son Jonathan to death. A man drinking and playing with gun shot him in the face. He was only 26 full of life and always so happy. All I want to do is die so that I can be with him. How am I suppose to glorify GOD now that my only son has been taken from me. The pain I have to carry everyday is excruciating.

WAY-FM

Rest, my dear mother! I cannot imagine your continued shock, pain, disbelief that Jonathan is gone from this life. We can’t put a time frame on grief & loss. Though you feel so alone, He counts your tears [Psalm 56.8]. I pray you feel His comfort today & everyday [2 Corinthians 1.8-11].

Rob
Guest
Hi Jewels. I’m praying God’s peace and comfort for you today. I can’t imagine this loss you are feeling and suffering. We have pastor friends at our church that just lost their son, their first baby boy. He only made it a little over a month. It’s so heartbreaking, sad and confounding. But as the scriptures today say, “God will work ALL things for good”… which i have to cling to and just believe in faith because of Christ and God’s goodness and faithfulness. Even when it doesn’t seem to make sense to us. We are called to mourn and… Read more »
WAY-FM

I don’t know if you are aware that Zach (from The Wally Show) & his wife lost their firstborn, Samuel. Read their story at https://medium.com/@zachboehm/the-passing-of-samuel-cole-7e46d9343d87 Zach also recommends this article at https://goo.gl/p5inwA May you be blessed knowing that there are others who understand your grief.

Kathryn
Guest

How wonderful that neither death nor life can separate us from God’s love. Knowing God’s love is so powerful helps me keep things in perspective. Pastor Dave what a blessing your knowledge of scripture is today and when you reply on the prayer wall. Thanks for all you do.

WAY-FM

Thank you for your kind words, Kathryn. And for every prayer you offer to God on my behalf so that I can please Him in everything I do and every encouragement from the Scripture I can share with others. He is so good to us!

Jamie
Guest

Thank you Pastor Dave for this encouraging word. I lost my dad last August to cancer and he left behind his young grandchildren, kids, and wife of 40 years. We are still coming to grips with it all and struggled with peace because he was not ready to let go. Your words are encouraging and a great reminder of the peace my dad now has and the healing that comes through death. He was a faithful follower of Christ and his faith lives on through us. God Bless!

WAY-FM

Now, that is a wonderful legacy, Jamie! Godly husbands & dads & granddads are the best. Heaven will sure be full of great joy, won’t it? That Hope from the Lord helps us in our grief, for sure!

Lori Lohrmeyer
Guest

Death surprised my husband and I when our son Kris was murdered. He was a member of our church youth choir and the music minister commissioned a song in his memory. It’s called Love Everlasting and it’s on the scripture in Romans that you used!
We live in Colorado Springs and loved your video! God Bless!

WAY-FM

Thank you, Lori. Christ’s Body of believers is alive & faithful here in the Springs! Kris is waiting to wrap his arms around you both again. What a blessed reunion that will be as we all thank our loving Heavenly Father for His everlasting grace!

Renee
Guest
Faith really is the only thing that can keep people from sheer panic when contemplating the topic. Somewhere in my mind is the image of a child whistling his way through a graveyard. The cheerful tune has no meaning except being an attempt to stave off the terror about what might lie just outside of sight in the darkness. What if all religions, all philosophies and their promises of an afterlife are not much more than a cheerful tune to mask fear? What if there is nothing after life–just endless oblivion? I have struggled with this fear for years. A… Read more »
WAY-FM

Yes, Renee. May the eternal Truth of God’s Word drowned out all the lies & philosophies of our world. Colossians 2.6-10; We are “complete” in Christ, our Savior and Lord! He’s everything I need and the One I trust. Thanks for your testimony of faith.

Deb
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I have faced death way to many times. October 24, 1996 my favorite sister was brutally murdered by her husband of 12 years. 10 years later her son, and my nephew was killed by a truck driver. The absolute worst one was 3 years on Christmas Eve my own 10 year old son died in my arms. My heart shattered in a million pieces. I will never be the same person. I am now not blaming God for my son’s death but praising God that he is taking care of my son, my nephew, and my sister, and all my… Read more »
Noah
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Deb, I can only imagine what you are going through. Losing family members is always tough, especially when they die in such violent and sudden ways. I want to commend you for rejoicing that your family is in Heaven, and not blaming God. I don’t know if you blamed him beforehand and have recently come to praise, but, nonetheless, that is impressive and shows a strong relationship with the Lord.

WAY-FM

Amen, Noah. What great encouragement from a brother to a sister.

WAY-FM

When we love deeply, we never forget, do we Deb? What an anointing you have from God’s Spirit that they are secure (& better!) in Him. As I am sure for you, I also will be so glad to trade my tears for the fullness of His glory in Heaven [Revelation 21]! I can only imagine!

holly
Guest

Thank you for this. I just lost my mother and grandmother 15 days apart. I can say its very hard but knowing they are in Heaven does give me peace. But yes, it still hurts.

WAY-FM

I pray our Lord’s continued work of grace in your life. The loss will always be there, but He is bringing His new work into your life. There’s always tears in the joy!

Ruth
Guest

May 3rd will be 1 year my mom went heaven. She followed the Lord all the days of my life. When she was hospitalized she too underwent a psyche eval and was on suicide watch because she told doctors and nurses she was ready to go. I have struggled with with her passing until recently. I’ve been praying for strength and peace. I’ve been doing a daily devotional on the Bible app (Living the Surrendered Life) and I started this small group. Your video has really given me a sense of peace.

WAY-FM

God is so good, Ruth! We sure do have the best (eternal) security in our Lord Jesus Christ, don’t we? I hope you got a smile on your face (with tears too, I’m sure) when you think back of your mom’s wonderful faith. What a rich heritage she left for you. What a great reunion you have ahead!

Trudi
Guest

Thank you so much for this wonderful insight. I haven’t felt a fear of dying because I know my reward will be much greater than what I experience here. My fear comes from the “how”. I have experienced terrible abusive circumstances which linger in my memories. I pray when God calls me home I will be able to handle any means He sees fit.

WAY-FM

He will be right there with you and in you when that time comes, Trudi. No abuse … just Divine comfort. And then, He will have His angels carry you into His presence. I’ll see you in Heaven some day, sister.

courtneycain
Member
Thank you Pastor Dave….Losing my Dad just 38 days ago it is still hard. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt he was ready to be with Jesus, he. told me so many times and made sure we had everything in order. He was not afraid, now that I think about it I don’t recall ever seeing my Dad afraid. I am sure he was but he had such a strong Faith it never showed. I know my tears are just missing him but they still come. I know Romans 8:28 will be true and God will/is using my… Read more »
WAY-FM

I’m glad we can both cry & hope in loss of losing our loved ones. Our Lord understands, and just as He had a day appointed when your dad got to see His Savior, your faithful, abiding Lord also has this day appointed when He will refresh your spirit with purpose & hope!

Rebecca
Guest

Thank you Pastor Dave! This has been my favorite yet! After my father unexpectedly passed away 9 years ago I have struggled with the fear of dying; but Christ has been my refuge and continues to remind me of His great love for me by things like your video!

Also, I am a CO native and I can’t wait to hike the incline in the next month or so!

WAY-FM

Isn’t it neat how God gives us just the right things at the right time … including the Incline! 🙂 You’ll always loved your father & miss him, but God brings joy to keep us going on! Take some water on the climb, OK? The view is great!

Member
Thanks pastor Dave for sharing today. For me dying is scary not because I don’t know where I’m going to but in how it will happen. I work in the medical field and I’ve seen some how died a horrific death and others who just slip away. My parents are getting on in age and my dad isn’t doing well. My prayers for them all my life is they live life to the fullest til they die. I pray ( I know I’m not in charge but I can ask) he’ll just go to sleep. I have to say I… Read more »
WAY-FM

Amen! I’m sorry that was misunderstood. Our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation makes us all equal in Christ – no matter our age or how long we have walked with Him [Galatians 3.26-29]. I love our Lord’s statement to the thief who confessed on the Cross, and I love the grace in Jesus’ parable of the workers [Matthew 20]. God’s grace is magnanimous!

Member
This is so me. I’m 32 but I’ve experienced a lot of death. I’ve been to countless funerals. I even remember having to kiss my grandpa in the casket when I was 4. I’m not afraid of death spiritually for myself but terrified of the physical aspect of death. I know too much of what they do and it freaks me out. I hate funerals because the image of the dead person sticks in my brain for a long long time and often I have trouble sleeping. My uncle died suddenly in January, my dog may have cancer and my… Read more »
WAY-FM

Death sure has its “sting” [1 Corinthians 15] doesn’t it Anna? I don’t think we’re supposed to like it. At many funerals, when I spoke I often reminded them of the great promises made by Christ. I pray for God to give you the right words to explain the hope you have in you.

Velvet
Member
I am about a week behind on this group study but my goodness has it been powerful! Instead of rushing through them, I wait until I have the free time to go over the message and look up the scriptures, making notes in my Bible. I learn better if I take notes and write the scriptures down, even looking up certain words or phrases I’ll come across. I have had several life and death experiences. I was born with a cleft lip and cleft pallet and so from the time I was five months old until I graduated high school,… Read more »
WAY-FM

What a student of the Bible you are, Velvet! I am sure you are being used mightily for the Kingdom of our Lord. Thank you for your example of faithfulness.

Dr Lynn Schriner
Guest

Pastor Dave
I live in Palmer lake and am looking for a church where do you Pastor please?

WAY-FM

Ahh, after 30 years I don’t pastor a local church anymore. God has been so good to entrust me with a nationwide audience. Before we left Virginia to come to Colorado, the Lord gave me Zechariah 8.23 … He has graciously given me “10-fold” people to encourage in His grace & power. My “cup is overflowing!” I pray with you to know His place for your blessing & influence. There are a lot of sincere servants pastoring in our area. I’m glad God will direct your steps in worshipping Him.

Dr Lynn Schriner
Guest

Please pastor Dave where do you pastor?

Karen A Ellis
Guest

I have very high anxiety (dreams all the time) that my son who is a recovering addict will die. There are factors that make is a likely outcome. He is 28 and was saved at the age of 8. He walked away from the Lord in high school though. I trust God’s plan mentally but struggle to place it in my heart. That is where my fear of death comes in

WAY-FM
You have a mother’s heart, like Mary the mother of Jesus. I pray for God’s Spirit to equip you with His strong faith like Mary’s. Turn your daily prayers into expressions of faith & praise in the Lord. I am reading the Psalms this year. Today was Psalm 74 … not knowing the future, but knowing the Eternal, Saving, Creator God [vv12-17]. Trusting “the promises of God in a land full of darkness and violence” [v20]. Death is scary – God knows it & God holds us no matter what. I pray for your son to see Jesus in a… Read more »
Leann
Guest

Having had agoraphobia for yrs I am ready to go home not afraid at all. Fear those around me will go and do not want to be here without them. I have had to live with fear and anxiety & panic all my life so as I get older I get more tired and some days reall want to go hometo my father in heaven.

WAY-FM

The security & everlasting peace of Heaven is surely our hope. I pray that you know you are just as secure in Christ your Savior today right where you are. I pray for you to have His extraordinary confidence, just like so many ordinary people in the Bible, who just believed God. Yesterday in church my pastor preached on Mary, the mother of Jesus in Luke 1. What faith … humble & strong! Keep holding on to your Powerful Lord [Galatians 6.9; 1 Corinthians 15.58].

Bonnie W
Guest

I recently heard dying described as closing our eyes to this world and opening them to Heaven! What a reassuring thought as I picture that in my mind!

WAY-FM

I like that … simple, true, forceful!

Member
Pastor Dave, I just lost my dad a month ago. But his passing came as a blessing although I do miss him. He had a stroke 2 years ago which left him unable to communicate well. He couldn’t say what he meant even though he understood everything we said. I felt bad for him. But now I rejoice that he is completely healed and can speak freely and be heard by God in person. I try to imagine how good life is for him now. When I think about it, I don’t think I am afraid to die at all.… Read more »
WAY-FM

I think your Dad has taught you his greatest lesson in life. There’s nothing better than have this legacy of everlasting truth & security. And now, you know that the Lord is continuing to confirm His will in your life. It sounds like you are living your rich legacy to pass on to those behind you! Like Father, like Daughter! 🙂

Barbara
Guest

This was good, but I’m still struggling with the death of my step son he was 22 years old, I don’t understand why parents have to bury their children, so sad

Mary
Guest
I have been struggling with severe health issues for the past 3 months that have repeatedly brought me to the brink of death….I am also afraid of dying…I am not sure why but I guess because I will miss my son that will still be alive…..maybe my faith is weak or I don’t think God loves me anymore…I am not sure why I feel this way….my health issues are extreme and this has been the biggest struggle of my life…..I WANT to live…..sometimes I even feel guilty about that when many people have died way younger than I am now…..I… Read more »