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Live Long!

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The Bible has a lot to say about God‘s will concerning our life here on the earth—how we are to live and for how long. God has a good, long life planned for us. But without that revelation, when we reach 60 or 70, we may start winding down and getting ready to go.

God never meant for us to die young. It’s His will for us to live out the full number of our days. Traditionally, Psalms 90:10 has been quoted in regard to man’s life expectancy. It says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years)—or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years)…” (The Amplified Bible). But what most people don’t realize is that reading this verse alone is taking it out of context. A footnote to Psalms 90 in The Amplified Bible explains:

This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Numbers 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Genesis 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua to 110 years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isaiah 65:20).

Here we learn that the Israelites who died at 70 were living under the curse caused by disobedience. According to Galatians 3:13, Jesus has redeemed us from the curse being made a curse for us. If we have made Jesus our Lord, freedom from all the conditions the curse causes belongs to us—that includes sickness, destruction and early death.

So don’t have the mindset that you should only live to be 70. What God actually said about man’s lifespan is found in Genesis 6:3: “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Think about it. That means at 60 you are just middle-aged. That’s not the time to start slowing down. Instead stand on this scripture and others like Psalms 103:2-5: “Bless the Lord…who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction…who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Be determined to enjoy to the fullest the many productive years the Lord has promised you.

Live Long…by the Book

 

Like every other blessing, there are conditions to living a long life. Psalms 91 is a picture of the person who receives this blessing.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

The person this is talking about loves God and stays connected to Him. He doesn’t fear, but trusts the Lord to be his refuge and says so. The truth of God’s Word is his shield and buckler. He dwells or abides under the shadow of the Almighty in obedience, and God shows him His salvation. The word salvation means “material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension, preservation, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness.”

God will satisfy you with good things, including healing, protection and long life when you are living and abiding in Him.

Keep Doing God’s Will

For years I heard Kenneth Hagin say you ought to live 70 or 80 years, and if you’re not satisfied, live awhile longer. He proved that to be true. He passed 80 and just kept going until he finished his work.

A commentary on Psalms 90 in the Tehillim says until Moses reached 80, like other men he was growing weaker. But look what happened to him then. “When he reached the age of eighty, Moses received an extraordinary infusion of youthful energy and vitality, because at that time he was chosen to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt, to receive the Torah, and to lead the Jews to the Promised Land. This Divine mission so invigorated him that his health and strength remained undiminished until the moment of his death.”

Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”

Just as He did with Moses, God can give you a new assignment at any time. So if you have noticed that you’ve been slowing down because you’re getting a little older, double up on the Word. Let the Word be made spirit and life to you (John 6:63). And get involved with what God is doing. That’s the best way to live a long, productive life.

Acts 1:1-2 in the New Living Translation says, “Jesus began to do and teach until the day he ascended…” That’s my plan too—to do and teach until I ascend! I encourage you to do the same. Live long and live strong-stay well and stay here as long as God has something worthwhile for you to do.

You Don’t Have to Be Sick

One woman wrote to us and asked, “If I keep getting healed, how am I ever going to die?” The best way for your body to die is for your spirit to just leave. You don’t have to be evicted—forced out by sickness, disease or accident. God can call you out and say, Come home. Come on up here. You can simply pass over from this side to the other side—from earth to heaven. I get excited just thinking about it. Glory to God!

You don’t ever have to be sick. God’s best is for you to live in divine health every day, but He is also eager to heal. John G. Lake said, “Divine healing is the removal by the power of God of the disease that has come upon the body. But divine health is to live day by day, hour by hour in touch with God so that the life of God flows into the body just as the life of God flows into the mind or flows into the spirit.”

You live in divine health by staying in continual contact with the Word of God and the Spirit of God. In fact, the way to be free in every area of life is to attach yourself to God.

It’s your responsibility to stay well and whole. You do that with the Word of God and by resisting the devil. Go to the Bible and find out the truth. Realize that healing belongs to you and stand in faith for it. Rebuke symptoms when they try to come. Say, “No, you’re not coming here, in the Name of Jesus. I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus.”

When the devil tries to crowd your mind with dark thoughts about your life being cut short, rebuke them. Replace those thoughts with the promises of God. Speak the Word out loud in faith. Remember Psalms 91 says the person who makes the Lord his refuge, the one who receives protection and deliverance, has to say so.

Obey Natural and Spiritual Laws

God didn’t make your physical body to fail. He made your physical body to sustain itself when given the right food and the right conditions. He created your body to stay well and live to be of old age.

And if that’s your goal, you’ll need to determine that. Regardless of what ailments your relatives have had, they don’t need to affect you. Don’t look at your family history. You are born of God. Now you’re part of His family. You can take the Word of God and stop any unwanted, hereditary tendencies in your life.

Now, that doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods all the time and expect to live healed and live long. Most sickness is self-induced by living wrong and eating wrong. There are natural and spiritual laws by which we are to live. It’s our responsibility to eat the right kind of food, exercise, rest—to make choices that will help us stay healthy.

God expects us to obey Him. Scripture tells us over and over to hearken to God’s voice and His Word. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” The margin of my Bible indicates the word health can be translated as “medicine.” God’s Word is medicine to your flesh. Not only that, this medicine affects everything in your life. It will cause your faith to rise up and receive.

Get into the Word—it’s essential to your life and health. Spend time there and find out what God is telling you to do. If He instructs you to make changes, know that they will always be for your benefit. Psalms 25:12-13 in The Living Bible says, “Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. He shall live within God’s circle of blessing….”

When you are obedient to walk in His ways, God surrounds you with blessings— healing, protection, favor, whatever you need.

Guard Your Heart

If symptoms linger, if our healing doesn’t readily manifest, Ken and I start checking to see if we are walking in love and obeying God. We ask ourselves if we are spending enough time in the Word of God for it to be made life and health to our flesh.

Proverbs 4:23 in The Amplified Bible warns, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” You “keep” your heart by keeping it full of the Word of God. That’s the most important thing you have to do in this life. You can’t live in divine health and keep your faith up without a steady diet of the life force of God, which is the Word of God.

The wisdom of God is written down for us in His Word. Revelation of the Word is precious because it takes care of everything in our life. It causes health and healing to come. It brings happiness, joy and peace—nothing missing, nothing broken. Walking in God’s wisdom is a key to living long and living well. Proverbs 3:13-18 says:

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

By spending time in the Word of God we can have so much life flowing out of us that sickness and disease can’t even get close to us.

Jesus teaches us that our commandment is to walk in love. We are to love God with all our heart and to love each other. You can’t live long and strong and be in strife, unforgiveness or other disobedience. When that happens the life flow is hindered. Disobedience also comes in the form of wrong words, traditions of men, anger, bitterness, grief, fear, envy and jealousy. All disobedience opens the door to the enemy and stops the life flow. These things can adversely affect our health and our ability to receive from God.

Disobedience opens the door to the effects of the curse in our lives, but obedience releases the blessings of God.

I’m convinced it would be possible to live to be 120 years old by obeying the Word of God. If you ate the way God said to eat and abstained from what He said to abstain from, you’d be well on your way to a strong, healthy body. Add to that a steady diet of the Word of God, allowing the life force of the Word to continually quicken (make alive) your mortal flesh. Then if you were faithful to obey the Word of God in every area of life, I believe you could live an active, productive life of 120 years or more.

When you walk with God, you can walk healed and live long. “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee…the number of thy days I will fulfil” (Exodus 23:25-26).

 

SOURCE:  kcm.org/Gloria Copeland

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Bible Verse of the Day-O LORD My God, I Called to You For Help and You Healed Me

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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

 

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.    Psalm 30:2

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Bible Verse of the Day-Be Strong In The Lord

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As for you, be strong and do not give up, for you work will be rewarded.     2 Chronicles 15:7

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Is it a Sin For a Christian to Get a Tattoo?

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I have truly wondered about this question.  I, personally, am not for tattoos.  Not because I think it is a sin, but because they are permanent and it just isn’t me!  In fact, it is NOT a sin to get a tattoo, but is it wise to get one? I did find some answers that satisfied me and the point was proven quite well.  The link I found most helpful  is http://www.gotquestions.org/tattoos-sin.html.   Let’s dig in and answer these questions!

In Leviticus 19:28 it states,  “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD”.  The Israelites found themselves among pagans in another land.  God wanted them to stay separate from ‘paganism’ and He gave this command for that reason.  It is not found, to my knowledge, that tattoos are addressed as wrong or sinful or in any other way in the New or Old Testament!  For you to have solid doctrine, you must find it in at least 3 places in the Bible and in the Old and New Testament!

My good friend, ‘proverbsgirl.wordpress.com’  did bring a good point out on this subject and I feel it must be considered in finding truth to this question.  She writes, ”What are the motives for the tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will the tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble? We’re called not to love the things of this world, tattoos are worldy. This is a tough one, I really thinks it’s a matter of motivation. I’d say, the BEST way to know for sure is to pray and ask God to reveal it – He’ll convict us when we seek His will and guidance.”

If we are tattooing our bodies out of vanity, to draw attention to ourselves, or to “glorify” our bodies in any way, that is the sin.  We must remember there are other things we may never question that is sin, too.

Let us look more closely from a health standpoint.  Nobody is calling me “Twiggy“ today!  It is a definite sin to overeat and overindulge when you know you could harm your body!  The same goes for any sin that damages our bodies that God clearly tells us is the “temple of the Holy Spirit“.  I found out in my research, if you get a tattoo, you cannot give blood to your own mother for a year after you have been tattooed (if it is not a regulated and licensed tattoo establishment) because this is where many hepatitis C cases show up and even AIDS can be transferred in this manner.  Someone offered me some information since I first wrote this article letting me know there is a difference in tattoo establishments that are regulated and licensed and those that are not.   The regulated and licensed tattoo establishments  are allegedly considered safe because they must meet  government guidelines in sanitation and sterilization.  Those that are not regulated can be very dangerous!   Let me tell you why.  Although the needles may be sterilized, the ink bags are not.  When you get a tattoo, the blood that seeped  back up into the ink bag, now is going into your body from a source that has not been tested as a carrier of disease.  You could be opening yourself up for the enemy to have an open door to make you ill through contamination.  It is for this reason we don’t smoke, overeat, misuse medicines, etc..  We are never to knowingly open a door the enemy would try to take advantage of!   Always weigh in on the side of caution!

If you are tattooed, I do not in any way feel or think less of you, just as I would hope you would not feel or think less of me because I am not.  This is a good lesson in becoming more aware of God’s voice and letting Him lead you in the direction you should go.  None of us should be judged on outward appearance.  God looks solely upon our hearts.  Someone could be covered in tattoos and be a much better Christian than someone who wears a suit day in and day out, and would never be tattooed but would judge and look down their noses at someone who is!   In looking at someone’s appearance over the fact they are saved or unsaved, we have missed the whole point!

Will I now go out and get a tattoo?  Absolutely not!  I hate needles and God has specifically told me it is not right FOR ME!  Am I going to frown upon you if you do?  Absolutely not!  Be sure, though, in any and every thing you do you have used God’s wisdom and you have prayed and sought God’s direction on it.

Blessings to you, dear reader!  I will see you soon!

 

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Keep Moving Forward!

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Before I begin my article, I want to say to everyone who was affected by what happened in Boston yesterday, my prayers are with you, precious hearts!  It is horrendous and I pray the evil one(s) that did this are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!  This is another sobering reminder we are in the last days and how lawlessness will run rampant during this time.  I am praying for peace and comfort for all the citizens of Boston and all of America!  May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time!  In His love…Juliana

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I live in Texas.  Texas has an insect we call fire ants.  The reason we call them that is because they can get on you and you never feel them crawling on you but suddenly, as they swarm your feet and legs,  they begin to sting all at once.  You literally feel like you are on fire the sting is so painful!  You learn to watch where you are stepping in the grass because once they begin to build their beds you can walk right into one and never realize it until it is too late.

When we were children, we learned to watch out for these fire ant beds at a very young age.  We learned we could tap our feet in the bed quickly without getting stung because it would take a few seconds for the ants to surface.  We would then watch them speedily go to work to rebuild the place that had been damaged by our feet.  It was mesmerizing to watch. 

Today, as I was spending time in prayer, the Lord brought this to my mind.  In life you are going to have setbacks, disappointments, and people are going to let you down, and even step on you, so to speak.  That is why Jesus said to take up our cross and follow Him!  It doesn’t say to take up our cross and follow man.  It says in the Old Testament anyone who puts their confidence in the arm of the flesh is DOOMED for disappointment!  Doomed is a strong word…it literally means disappointment is unavoidable in a situation like that!  Life is not going to be perfect, because people run things and they are not perfect! 

People are going to step on your dreams at times, your hard work may be overlooked, you may not be respected and appreciated as you should be, but you have to keep moving forward!!  You can’t stop and say, “I just don’t have the energy to rebuild this mess, I can’t do this anymore, it is just too hard, I can’t take another disappointment, I am tired of trying to have friendships just to be let down, etc..”   What has happened?  You have let heartache, upset, and disappointment affect your faith!

When the Israelites were in the desert, they complained against God.  They were continually saying, “It is too hard!  Oh, that we were back in Egypt!”  For forty years they went around and around the same mountain, when in all actuality it was a three day trip!  What was happening?  God was waiting and giving them the chance to have faith in His promise that He would give them a land that flowed with milk and honey, a land that burst with prosperity and good things.  All they had to do was move forward in faith and take it!  Instead they saw all the negatives and murmured against God, Who had daily showered them in miracles and still they doubted!  No faith, no progress!  Their lack of faith kept them from obtaining what was a sure thing!

You may say to me, “Juliana, I know all of that!  I have heard faith taught all of my life!”  I have, too!  But, something I was noticing in my own life was I was not as built in faith as I had been at one time.  I love how Gloria Copeland puts it, I had not kept my faith “current”!  I had, had great faith throughout the years, but there were times I didn’t read or confess the Word as I should have.  In Romans 10:17 it says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  My faith was not as strong because I wasn’t reading and meditating on the Word as I should have been.  In fact, if the truth be told, I had become so concentrated on what was happening to me and toward me, it got me totally off focus as to what God wanted to do FOR me and that was move me forward into better things! 

God’s plan is always good, but we can never move forward into the place Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of, if we don’t keep our faith in God and the Word of God “current”!  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us plainly what God’s will is for us…

Jeremiah 29:11

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

This is your future and mine if we will stay in the Word and allow the Word to root in our minds and hearts, not what we see at the moment!  Where is our faith today?  In people or in God?  Let us make sure our faith is well placed and that is in God, Who stands by His Word to PERFORM it on our behalf!!  Stay in the Word and stay in current and “today” faith.  We will surely see it happen and right on time if we keep moving forward and stop looking back at a past nothing can be done about!  Have faith in God to bring you out with a victory shout!!!

Blessings, dear reader!!  I will see you soon!  Juliana


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