SOME SECRETS OF LONG LIFE

TEXT:     PSALM 91:16, DEUTERONOMY 29:29

 

1.         To free us from the bondage of the fear of death – Heb. 2:14-18

2.         To ensure that we remain solely connected to the shepherd of our soul – Psalm 23

3.         To sensitize us on the need to be alive to our roles under God in choosing longevity –           Deut. 30:19-20.

 

INTRODUCTION:

There is no doubt about the fact that the plans of God for mankind is to live a long life.   It is obvious however that man is daily walking through the valley of the shadows of death exposed of course to the daily three fold agenda of the devil to steal, kill and destroy. Given the fact that God Himself is the Most High, Jehovah, Elehoi, who has the final say in matters of our lives, it is expedient to expose to our generation some of the known secrets of long life because longevity still flows from Him and Him alone.

 

A.        Earliest Generation – 900years – Gen. 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 and Longevity – Gen. 6:3

 

B.            The Lord is good and does not subscribe to untimely death - Ezek. 33:11; Job 1:6-end; John 10:10 (120 years Divine Plan – Gen. 6:3)

 

C.        DEATH as an ENEMY- 1 Corinthians 15:26

 

D.            We must live above the FEAR OF DEATH because FEAR torments - Hebrews 2:14-18; 1 John 3:8; Rev.1:18; John 17:3; Rev.21 -22.

 

E.        Some Causes of Untimely Death

1.             Disobedience / Sin – James 1:13-15, Leader’s sin –

2 Sam. 24:1-16.

2.             Danger of backsliding – Luke 9:62

3.             Pride, Idleness, Selfishness, Greed, Abomination – Ezek. 16:49-50, Nabal – 1 Samuel 25:10-39;

Luke 12:16-20

4              Adultery, Idolatry, Carelessness, Wickedness, unbelief, agreement with the devil, Murder Assassination Saul/David– Prov. 5:1-14; 6:20-34; 2:10-11; Judg. 18:7-31

5.             Wrong Location – Egypt / Goshen – Ruth     1:1-5; Exod.11:5-10

6.             Evil and Demonic acquaintances – Ps. 1:1

7.             Secret cults / Demonic Covenants / money rituals –Isaiah 28:18.

8.             Wandering away from understanding  - Prov. 21:16

9.             Consulting the dead  -  1 Sam. 28:15-19

10           Ignorance – Hos. 4:6

11.          Being in the wrong boat – Jonah 1:1-17

12.          Stress, Anxiety   -  Matthew 6:25

13.          Curse  -  Eli - 1 Samuel 2:29-end

14.          Hard Drugs

15.          Alcohol:  The beloved enemy

16.          Uncontrolled tongue – 2 Kings 2:23-24; 2 Kings 7:18-20.

Why Long Life

1.             It is God’s plan, purpose and promise – Gen. 1:26; Ps. 91:16; Ps. 90:10; Zech. 8:4; Isa. 46:3-4; Jn. 10:10.

2.             To leave some impressions thereby fulfilling                 your purpose – 1 Chro. 29:28.

3.             To produce worthwhile fruit – Zech. 8:3-4

4.             There is good in old age – Prov. 16:31; 20:29

5.             To enjoy the fruit of one’s labour – Isa. 65:22

6.             Life is once and for all.  No coming back – Job 5:26

7.             Untimely death  is a demonic and a satanic agenda – Jn. 10:10

 

G.        Shadows of Death – Ps. 23:4

There are many shadows of death doting our ways on daily basis causing untimely and premature death.  This is by divine revelation

  1. The undertaker, grave diggers, mortuary attendants
  2. Those who make money from death: villages, traditionalist, etc
  3. Professional mourners
  4. Medical School’s Course -  Morbid Anatomy or Hi Stopathology
  5. Toying Vehicles,
  6. Ritualists, Kidnappers, etc

 

H.            HOW TO OBTAIN THE BLESSINGS OF LONGEVITY: (READ – PSALM 34: 4-22)

1.             Insure your life with God – Ps. 91.  Enter into covenant with Him and be faithful to the terms of the covenant – Ps. 105:7-8; Ps. 50:5; Ps. 48:14.

2.             Know and keep the Word of life – Gen. 1:26; Prov. 3:1-4 – Deut. 11:18-21; Josh. 1:8

3.             Endeavour to walk within the realms of your divine purpose – Ps. 39:4.

4.             Eat balanced diet  – Gen. 2:7-9.

5.             Pursue Holiness

6              Explore Praises

7              Be a giver and use your God given gifts (Joseph and Daniel)

8.             Walk in the ways commanded by God –  Deut. 5:33; Prov. 3:12

9.             Love God and obey Him – Deut. 30:20 – 1 Cor. 2:9

10.          Watch your tongue – Ps. 34:12-14; 1 Pet. 3:10-11   No king in Israel and  Judah lived beyond 70years ‘the days of our years is 70. David died at 70 – 2 Samuel 5:4; psalm 90:10.

11.          Seek wisdom  -  Prov. 9:10-11; Prov. 3:13-16; Prov. 4:7 & 10; Matt. 7:24

12.          Fear the Lord – Prov. 10:27, Ps 34:7-9

13.          Honour your father and mother – Exod. 20:12

14.          Take things EASY:  Learn from the tortoise.  Eschew over ambition and desperation.

15.          Always commit your ways unto the hand of God – Proverbs 3:5-8

16.          Serve the Lord – Exod. 23:25-end.

17.          Seek to do the WILL of God.

BIBLICAL PROMISES OF LONG LIFE TO THE OBEDIENT: CLAIM THEM  (VSH 248)

1 Kings 3:14; Job 5:26; Ps. 91:16; Prov. 10:17; Isa. 65:22; Zech. 8:4; 1 Pet. 3:10

 

J              They Lived Long – Deut. 31:2; 34:7; Josh. 24:29;

1 Sam. 4:15; 1 Chro. 29:28.

 

K.            YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN MATTERS OF LONG LIFE: Hezekiah as a case study – Isa. 38:1-5

DO NOT RESIGN TO FATE HAVE FAITH - Deut. 30:19-20; Deut. 32:47.      

CONCLUSION

Longevity is of the Lord, get connected to Him, make a covenant of long life, claim life and reject death and you shall not die another man’s death neither shall you die without fulfilling the number of your days.  Always ever remember that for every funeral that Jesus was invited to during His earthly ministry.  He ended up scattering them and raising the dead because He abhors untimely death – Luke 7:11-16.