Get Youth

Psalm 103: 5

Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

How would you like to have your youth restored? That is exactly what this verse promises.

God has no one compelling Him to make promises. When He promises us a thing, it is because He wants to. So, this verse reflects His desire. He wants you strong. We are guaranteed at least a 120 year life span (Genesis 6: 3). Most of the time when I tell someone that, they reply that they do not want to live 120 years. I ask them why and, without fail, each person has expressed their belief and aversion to becoming infirm. We have visions of being broken down and living in a broken down home for the elderly. That is not a Christ thought. That is the world.

Look at today’s verse from the God’s Word translation. It reads that God, “fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle.” Now that is a God thought. Here we see God’s vision for your elder years. Moses is one of our Biblical heroes. Certainly, I love studying him. Do you know that he didn’t even begin his ministry until age 80? He was 120 years old when the Israelites reached the Jordan river. Moses loved the mountains. He often retreated to the mountain tops to commune with God, so at 120 years old, he climbed a mountain. How infirm do you suppose he was? Think of this too. He didn’t have a nice pair of hiking shoes. He didn’t have hiking clothes and socks, nor did he have the kind of hiking poles we have today. None the less, he did, at 120 years of age, what many of us can not do today. How is that possible? He had a revelation and he believed God. He took God at his word and he obeyed him. There are some relationship keys there.

We need to hear God’s voice and then obey what he says. Many Christians do not actually expect God to speak to them and they spend no time trying to hear from Him. We need a shift in our thinking. Second, we need to begin to see the Bible as completely relevant for today. Truly, it is a how to manual for our lives. There is practical advice in it that can, literally, transform our lives.

Today’s verse is God’s vision for you. Now, how do we get from where we are to what He envisions? First of all, we have got to stop listening to the world and put the Word of God in its priority position. The world says when you reach 50 you start falling apart. It’s a good thing no one told Moses. He would probably rebuff them anyway. When you hear people talking about the ravages of age on the body, you need to pull up what God’s says and refute it, if only to yourself. When you hear the TV commercials about how your body will no longer function as it ages, you just say, “That may be true for others but not for me because I have the Holy Spirit and the glory of God restoring my youth.” Get bold. Hold God’s word up before your eyes and do not believe what the heathen are teaching. They don’t have God; how can they speak to your life?

There is health revelation throughout the Bible. Let it guide you and let it minister to your spirit. You are just waiting to get to age 80 so you will be wise and strong enough to enter into the fullness of your calling. Retirement? No way! We are going to save the nation when we get old enough. These are our preparatory years so begin preparing now for you Moses style calling. Go to your mountain top and ask God what you need in your life so that you may be strong mentally and physically. Listen to the wisdom He has stored up for you. He has great plans for you. Now, let’s go mountain climbing.

Get a Life

Genesis 6: 3

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Many of you know that I have been studying diet and nutrition for the last several years. It has been the subject of much of my prayer and conversation with the Father. I have also been very interested in the expected life span of humans. Last week I drove to Huntsville, Alabama for a ministry conference which gave me plenty of time to listen to CD’s. One I listened to was by a doctor. He has no ministry affiliation and his talk was not about the God connection to our health.

Imagine my surprise when he said that we ought to be living to 120 years. Wow! Now why did he pick that number? Does he know what the Bible says? He explained that physiologically humans should be living to 120. Of course, I knew that. God said that thousands of years ago. But, to tell the whole truth, that should be the minimum. You see, in Genesis 6: 3 God was speaking to a disobedient and rebellious people. Today’s verse isn’t really granting 120 years, it is limiting people’s life span to 120 years. Human beings were wearing God out. He said, “I am not going to strive with man forever!” So, he cut their lifespan off to 120 years. Isn’t that amazing? So, this doctor sees physiologically the result of God’s words in Genesis 6: 3.

Now then, the first response I often get when I tell people they should live to 120 years is that they don’t want to live all crippled and feeble. Really? Are you kidding me? Do you really think that was God’s intention? Did God say, “I am going to limit your years on the earth to 120 but I am going to make you decrepit and feeble at 60 or 70.” Of course, if you listen to the world today you will hear that we should begin to fall apart at 50. I’m sorry guys. I am just not going to do it and I hope you will join me. I have a vision for riding my bike at 120 years old. Moses wasn’t feeble at 120 years old and I am not going to be either.

So now let’s allow the big revelation to go off in us. If Moses and all of those rebellious Israelites were allowed 120 years, honestly, what should we, the redeemed of God, expect for a life span. Since we are covered with the blood and resurrection power of Christ our Lord, shouldn’t we have a bigger vision than those desert wandering, lost in the fog, idol worshipping, rebels? I mean, I love them and I want every one of them to be in heaven but they weren’t washed in the blood, were they? Their sin stuck to them whereas ours is washed away. So, if the sin stained live to 120 to what age should the redeemed of Christ live until?

So, sign a new lease on life. Renew for another 50, 60 or 70 years. Renew for 100 if that is what is in your heart. I believe with you. And be healthy until the day you decide to change addresses. Jesus is health as well as life (Psalm 107: 20). Go on, get a new life today!!

For additional insights Please See the Word of the Day for July 22, 2015.

Living Long

Genesis 6: 3

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

How long should we live? In this passage from Genesis God says a hundred and twenty years. Personally, I think that should be a minimum because this was after the fall. In other words, man in his fallen state should live to be one hundred and twenty years old. How long, then, should redeemed, restored people live? Before the fall and before the curse presumably people would live longer. Or before people learned how to die young, they lived longer.

Even in the depths of our disobedience people had an expectation of long life. In Psalm 90: 10 Moses wrote, “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” In this Psalm Moses wrote about the Israelites’ fallen state and how they had invoked the anger of the Lord. It is a lament, not a declaration. He is almost weeping as he writes this dirge. The Israelites were not living in the grace of the Lord. They had spurned the loving grace of God and chosen instead to worship idols. Still you couldn’t kill these guys. The life of God within them continued to bear witness in their flesh despite their gross disobedience. And to further undermine this life span limitation, Moses lived to the age of one hundred and twenty. Furthermore, “Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated” (Deuteronomy 34: 7). Moses was still climbing mountains when he reached the end of his life. He wasn’t feeble and broken and you are not meant to be either. We are children of the King, endowed with the life giving power of God Almighty living in our bones. He that called forth life from the very beginning is alive and well in every cell of our bodies right now. Only, we have the switch. We can be in life and health or we can increase in sickness. God said, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants” (Deuteronomy 30: 19). Why, then, do we keep choosing death? For goodness sakes, Moses was 80 years old when he went into ministry. “Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7: 7). His ministry was just beginning. The job that he is still known for didn’t even begin until he was what some may consider advanced in years and then he stayed in that job for forty years. Let’s get a revelation folks. We have been lied to.

Now let us quickly look at Psalm 91: 16, “With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.” While the 90th Psalm was written in the context of disobedience and God’s anger with the rebellious Israelites, the 91st Psalm is written about they who trust in the Lord. If you have section headers you may want to look in your Bible at this Psalm. My chapter heading reads “Security of the one who trusts in the Lord.” This is a direct promise to you if you live your life in Christ as we have been taught. If you trust God with you daily life then you should move out of the 90th Psalm into the 91st and expect to be satisfied with a long life. The late Kenneth Hagin said, “If you hear I have passed on you will know that I got satisfied.” And he did. He was satisfied with a long life and just laid his body down and moved to heaven.

Live as long as you want to and remain in good health the whole time. Be active and fruitful. Our Father has said “And I shall fulfill the number of your days” (Exodus 23: 26). So don’t go early unless you are satisfied. If you want to see your great-grandchildren then hang around and rely on the life giving power of our Heavenly Father.