The Biblical secret to long life with vitality

We are in the age  of LONGEVITY.    Now there are available so many anti aging treatments, anti aging diets, skincare and so on.  But then leaving aside good looks , the body must be strong enough to carry you through.   I remember in my school days there were vitamin tabs called 30 plus and this would inadvertently have the image of a popular film star, just to woo the people.

But the truth is our days are numbered.  Without our consent time moves on. We have to get hold of time as it moves on.  A life of 100 years would amount to 36,500 days and further more 8,76,000 hours.  Is this not the time given to choose each mans eternal destiny.

There are some wonderful truths in the Bible touching this vital topic of longevity and that too living it well, with all strength and vitality.  This truth revolves around the lives to two mighty warriors Joshua and Caleb. They were the two spies who had brought a good report about the promised land to Moses and the people.  For they were able to see as God saw the land.  They were fearless and ready to follow God at all cost. They had faith to overcome the giants which they had seen in the land which they were going to possess.  (For more details read Num 13 and 14 )

Secret of Vitality and long life

Read carefully what Caleb said in Joshua 14:7 – 11,  when he was 85 years old ……

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.

As Caleb declares when he was 85 years old, saying that he has the same strength to go for war and to come in and go out as when he was forty.  What does he this to, how did he have this strength.   But as he said in Joshua 14:8 – He wholly or with his whole heart, he  followed the Lord.

Renewing your strength at all ages

Waiting upon the Lord, being still in His presence, not rushing through in prayer or worship, waiting to hear from Him.  As Is 40:30,31 says God does a new work in us and our strength is renewed like the Eagles. Hallelujah!

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

The above blessing is for all who wait upon the Lord.  The promise is irrespective of our age.

So draw nigh to Him and He will draw nigh, to you and make you His child forever.  You will never regret.

Once a child, Always a CHILD OF GOD
no matter what the age

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Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 7 – The Fruitful Christian

THE FRUITFUL CHRISTIAN

These are they who understand the Word, have overcome persecutions and tribulations for the Lord’s sake, are free from the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches and other lusts of this world.   When we reach this state then we are or become  Fruitful Christians.  The Word, the good seed falls in the good soil of our heart and is watered by the Holy Spirit and bears fruit.  Let us read Luke 8:15,8

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 As mentioned in the above verses there are two points to be carefully noted.  We have to receive the Word and be honest with our selves, WE HAVE TO KEEP THE WORD AND WAIT PATIENTLY AT HIS FEET. Then good fruit comes forth. This is Gods principle.

 

 

In closing this series on ‘Your life is a seed in Gods hand’ let us read Lev 4:12

Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

Here we see that the offering is burned on the fire till it is turned into ashes.  So the flesh has to burn on the altar of God as a living sacrifice.  It is when we are burnt out of our fleshly nature that we come into the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The candle shall no more be under the bushel but on the candle stand. Then we can joyfully sing this song.

It’s no longer I that liveth
But Christ that liveth in me.
He lives, He lives
Jesus is alive in me

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure.  Isaiah 66:22

No matter what,  now cling to Him.  Let the past be gone. The Lord will receive you. Before it is late, before the darkness fills the earth, come and be in the LIGHT, live in the LIGHT that leads to ETERNITY. Amen.

Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 6 – The Fruitless Christian

THE FRUITLESS CHRISTIAN


Let us read Mk 4:7, 18,19

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

These are they who understand the Word and have faced afflictions and persecutions and are not offended. Here we see that it is the thorns that grew and choked the Word.  It is the cares of the world, deceitfulness of riches and the lusts for other things that made the Word unfruitful.

The Fishes  caught from the sea are in salty water but still when it is cooked,  salt is added to it.  The salt does not get into the fish, though it lives in the sea. Similarly we are in a sinful world and sin should not get into us, on the other hand the grace of God and His presence with us must impact other lives.

So what are the thorns, that grew and choked the Word ?

  1. What are the cares of this world ?

The Bible says in Matt 6:31

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

 What we eat, drink and put on. Jesus taught us not to worry about these things. He said in Matt 6:28-30

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

There is an old chorus which goes :-

Why worry when you can pray
Trust Jesus, He’ll show the way
Don’t be a doubting Thomas
Take God at His promise
Why worry, worry, worry ,worry
When you can pray.

2. Deceitfulness of riches

Riches always lure or entice us.  But it actually is like a Mirage which goes further and further away and we finally never reach the water patch. Riches are deceptive. We must never run after it. The Lord Jesus said as we seek His kingdom, riches and all that we need will come after us. Let us read Matt 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 We may yearn for a TV or a car not because we really need it but because our neighbour has it.  We may try to get something better than that.   This is another mirage which never satisfies.  On the other hand let us also be careful of where we sit and stand and our companions as mentioned in Ps 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 If you walk with the sinner then you will finally stand and talk and then finally sit with him.  We can do that to a receptive soul to save him, but let us not get into ungodly counsel and sit with the scornful which is not pleasing to the Lord.

 3. Lusts and pleasures

Mk 4:19 says

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

These enter into the heart where the seed has been sown.  But how do these enter ?

 They enter through the eyes. Matt 6:22,23 says

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

 They also enter in through the ears.

Apostle Paul said in Gal 5:16,17

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 So we have to be filled in the Spirit to be victorious over these.

 HAVE WE BECOME FRUITLESS ?

PAUSE: Take time and answer this question. Pray to the Lord.

 Let us read Luke 8:14

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

 And finally God want us to mover towards perfection. But we have to commit ourselves to the Lord so that we can overcome the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and lusts.  After being washed by His blood we should yearn to be filled with His Holy Spirit.

So how do we become fruitful?  Read Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

By meditating day and night on His Word. As we spend more quality time on His Word His presence will be with us and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and lusts will just disappear out of sight.  Without the Word they will once again return.

But to be like a tree planted by the rivers of water we have to be with His Word day and night and night and day – pray- again Word – pray – again Word.  And they keep us from being deceived by riches, the cares of this world and the lusts in it and make us to bear good fruit for the Lord.   Hallelujah !

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