How to Live and Die Well

Pastor Scott Applegate

“By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.” Luke 23:44-46 NLT

What is the secret to living and dying well? Trusting God

  • Trusting God marked the life and death of Jesus

How do I learn to trust God?

1.I get to know the Father’s heart for me

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:8-9 NIV

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…” 1 John 3:1 NIV

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6 NIV

2. I believe that the Father always knows best

My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39 NLT

  • He can be trusted because He is Sovereign, All-Knowing, and perfect in His love

“Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  • He is taking care of things that I cannot see and do not understand (Romans 8:28)

3. I put all my life into His hands

  • The things that are eternal

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26 NIV

“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 CSB

  • The things that are temporal

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV