out our thinking. How do we do that? By adjusting our thoughts and actions to agree with God’s Word and
by aligning our expectations with the written revelation of His perfect will.”
Ø You know, most of the blogs that I have been posting have been talking about what you speak. I never really knew how important that is to our lives, but what you speak is what you think. And what you think and speak affects your mind and body. I hear all the time people having birthdays and they say they are ‘over the hill’ or ‘it’s all downhill from here.’ This is crazy talk! I’m SO happy to be alive to have a birthday and I don’t feel old at all. So be careful what you say, or you just might start becoming old and weak.
“When it comes to longevity, most believers miss the mark because they don’t have their spiritual sights properly aligned. Their expectations are askew due to wrong teachings and religious traditions. As a result, many Christians die younger than God intended for one simple reason: they are convinced it’s the right thing to do.”
Ø Okay, this is so true. Whether it is church folks or other people, they think once you reach 40 you are OLD. The way they talk they make it sound like you should be put in a wheelchair and pushed out in a pasture. I’m here to say that that thinking is WRONG!
“No wonder so many Christians start getting old and feeble around that age! They think that’s what God’s Word says they should do. And since the Bible says that ‘as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV), if they think seventy or eighty is the age to die, their bodies will most likely accommodate them. They’ll start winding down and giving out. The devil will oblige them, too. He’ll attack them with sickness and, instead of fighting it by faith, they’ll assume illness is a natural part of old age and give in to it.“
Ø If you begin to think you’re old and start saying that, then guess what? You’ll start getting old and your body will think that. You have to believe and have faith and speak life!
“Always be sure that what you believe is scriptural, because what you believe and speak is what you get. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’
Ø I think most church people (not all of them but a good majority) think we’re supposed to die in our 70s or 80s because of the folks that wandered in the wilderness with Moses. But those people were under the curse. We are NOT under the curse. That means we are supposed to be able to live up to age 120, but that all depends on how we treat our bodies, how we think, what we believe and very importantly - our faith.
“One Jewish commentary I read said when Moses received that assignment [at age 80 to receive the Torah from God on Mount Sinai and lead the Israelites through the wilderness into the promised land], he received and extraordinary infusion of youthful energy and vitality. God so invigorated him when he was assigned this new, divine mission that his health and strength remained undiminished for the rest of his long life. He lived to be 120 years old (Deuteronomy 34:7).
That puts a whole new light on the solution to the problem of aging, doesn’t it? If we find ourselves slowing does at seventy or eighty, what we may need is a new assignment from God. Maybe we need to move into our new ministry and let God rejuvenate us!
According to the Bible, that kind of rejuvenation isn’t just for people like Moses who have a unique call of God on their lives. It belongs to all His obedient people. It’s one of the benefits of our salvation.”
Read Psalm 103, Psalm 92, and Isaiah 40.
Ø Okay, so this is what I want… a rejuvenation in my life. I’m going to continue to speak what I believe, and I believe I am going to have a strong and long life until Jesus returns. The Holy Spirit lives inside of me and He is my guide along this path/journey. As Ron Carpenter Jr recently said, God has already painted the finished picture/painting of us. He knows the beginning and the ending. We need to talk to God and allow the Holy Spirit living inside of us to guide us on the path that God wants us on.
“We should start cultivating our faith for rejuvenation BEFORE we reach [old] age.”
Ø If you haven’t already, begin believing what the Bible says… not what others may say. ‘Cause you know, they might not know what they are talking about. The Bible is the truth, but you have to believe it and live it!
(Gloria Copeland – excerpts from her book: Live Long, Live Strong)