Expect Long Life!

Any thought in your mind that you may not live a long
life is just wrong! When I was young,
a palm reader at a church Halloween carnival (go figure) told me that my
lifeline was short and that I would die young. The ensuing fear lasted through
my teen years until I became a dedicated believer.
 
I did a study on longevity in the scriptures and found
that it was the will of God for us to live a long life and be satisfied with
its length. This may be shocking, but there’s not a “set” time by God for you
to die. As you study the Word you’ll find that there are things you can do to
lengthen your life, and there’s some things that you can get involved in that
will shorten your life. We have more
to do with it than we realize.
I’ll leave you with a list of scriptures that deal with
long life today. They have boosted my personal faith and they have quenched the
fear the enemy planted in my life when I was young! Let’s grow old loving and
serving God!
  
You shall walk in
all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and
that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land
which you shall possess
(Deuteronomy 5:33). That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the
land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the
heavens above the earth
(Deuteronomy 11:21). So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as
your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days
(1 Kings 3:14). You shall come to the grave at a full age, as
a sheaf of grain ripens in its season
(Job 5:26). With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation (Psalm
91:16). My son, do not forget my law, but
let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace
they will add to you
(Proverbs 3:1-2). The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One
is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life
will be added to you
(Proverbs 9:10-11). The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be
shortened
(Proverbs 10:27). They
shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for
as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall
long enjoy the work of their hands
(Isaiah 65:22). For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his
tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from
evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it
(1 Peter 3:10-11). Even to your old age, I am He, and even to
gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry,
and will deliver you
(Isaiah 46:4). The
silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of
righteousness
(Proverbs 16:31).

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