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1 Live Like You Were Dying "Thus says the LORD: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.'" (2 Kings 20:1)

2 Observance & Insight of the Worldly  One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, (Titus 1:12-13)

3 Observance & Insight of the Worldly  “… For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. (Luke 16:8)

4 Live Like You Were Dying "Thus says the LORD: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.'" (2 Kings 20:1)

5 Live Like You Were Dying  We are dying in the sense that we are “winding down” toward death every day (2Co.4:16)

6 2 Corinthians 4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing…

7 Live Like You Were Dying  We are dying or “winding down” toward death every day (2Co.4:16)  We all have an appointment with death and with the Judge of all men (He.9:27)

8 Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

9 Live Like You Were Dying  We are dying or “winding down” toward death every day (2Co.4:16)  We all have an appointment with death and with the Judge of all men (He.9:27)  We do not know if it will be today, tomorrow or some time later (Js.4:13-14)

10 James 4:13-14  13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";  14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

11 Live Like You Were Dying  We are dying or “winding down” toward death every day (2Co.4:16)  We all have an appointment with death and with the Judge of all men (He.9:27)  We do not know if it will be today, tomorrow or some time later (Js.4:13-14)  Thus we are taught to live each day as if it were our last (Js.4:14,17)

12 James 4:14,17  14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

13 Live Like You Were Dying  Men have been helped to live by remembering that they must die. -Spurgeon

14 Psalms 39:4-6  4 "LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.  5 Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah

15 Psalms 39:4-6  6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.

16 Psalms 90:12  So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

17 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously

18 Colossians 3:5-6  5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

19 2 Peter 3:10-12  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.  11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

20 2 Peter 3:10-12  12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

21 2 Peter 3:14-15  14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;  15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…

22 Isaiah 59:1-2  1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.  2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

23 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously

24 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously  I would let go of petty differences – forgive my neighbor / brother, and pursue reconciliation

25 Genesis 13:8  So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.

26 Matthew 5:21-24  21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'  22 "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.

27 Matthew 5:21-24  23 "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,  24 "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

28 Luke 17:3-4  3 "Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  4 "And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

29 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously  I would let go of petty differences – forgive my neighbor / brother, and pursue reconciliation

30 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously  I would let go of petty differences – forgive my neighbor / brother, and pursue reconciliation  I would be repulsed by things that are worldly – see the danger in them

31 Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

32 Proverbs 23:7  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…

33 Matthew 5:28  "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

34 Matthew 18:6  "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

35 1 John 2:15  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

36 Romans 12:9  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

37 1 Thessalonians 5:21  Test all things; hold fast what is good.

38 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would repent of my sins – take them seriously  I would let go of petty differences – forgive my neighbor / brother, and pursue reconciliation  I would be repulsed by things that are worldly – see the danger in them

39 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would see temporal pursuits as insignificant as they really are

40 Luke 12:15  And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."

41 Matthew 16:26  "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

42 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would see temporal pursuits as insignificant as they really are –Constantly think on things above (Col.3:2-4)

43 Colossians 3:2-4  2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

44 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would see temporal pursuits as insignificant as they really are –Constantly think on things above –Find time for things that really matter  Church  Family  Sharing with others rather than spending on self  Hospitality

45 How Would I Live If I Were Dying?  I would see temporal pursuits as insignificant as they really are  Be prepared – have joy and confidence that God intended

46 Matthew 24:42-44  42 "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  43 "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  44 "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

47 Philippians 1:21-23  21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.  23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

48 Revelation 22:20  He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

49 Are You Living Like You Were Dying?  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)  “He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.” –Montaigne


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