January 30, 2017 by maryruwe
Let’s talk about longevity of life. This past weekend I attended a Ladies Breakfast; there were ten of us and we had a great time. We enjoyed some good food and then a good message by my friend Barbara on “Longevity of Life”. I’m sharing some of my notes from her message as a jumping off point and adding some of my own. I think you will be encouraged to seek out God’s Word on living long and living strong. So here we go!
The world thinks differently about aging than how our Heavenly Father thinks about it. The world wants us to think that at a certain age we should be experiencing or developing certain ailments. I know people who wear sickness and disease and ailments almost as a “badge” of honor. Do you know any? Are you one of them? If so, I challenge you to “re-think” your thinking and align your thoughts and words up with the Word of God.
The Merriam-Webster’s Desk Dictionary defines longevity as “a long duration of individual life; length of life. However, longevity of life can either be a healthy length of life or not so healthy. Which would you prefer? For myself I’ll take the healthy long life.
Isaiah 55:9 tells us “for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. This does not say we can’t live according to His ways or are not able to think His thoughts, it means we are to change our ways and our thoughts to His. Our ways and words are changed when we renew our mind to His Word (Romans 12:2). Longevity comes more from our spirit than from our body. There is the fact that the body does get older but the higher truth of God’s Word says that we can live long and strong; living strong means to live healthy.
Longevity is not just running a race but finishing the race, and finishing it strong. Long life is not just long existence; there is a purpose for us to live long. Think about this: the people in the Old Testament lived for hundreds of years – and they lived under the Old Covenant. How much more and better should we be living under the New Covenant. Now some of you may say that we are only promised 120 years according to Genesis 6:3; but the days of mankind were limited only after sin came into the world. And even at that, look how many years they lived after sin made its appearance: Adam lived 930 years. Methuselah lived 969 years. Lamech (Methuselah’s son) lived 775 years. Noah lived 950 years. Abraham lived 175 years. Isaac lived 180 years. Joseph lived 110 years, and the list goes on. In the beginning our bodies were created to live forever but God didn’t want us to live forever with the sin nature. In Psalm 91:16 the Lord tells us that He will satisfy man with long life who calls upon Him. The Lord instructs us to hear and receive His sayings and the years of our life shall be many (Proverbs 4:10). We learn from Proverbs 9:11, “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you”. It is our reverence for God and our obedience to His Word that produces a good long life.
The only way we are able to live strong is to do what Romans 12:2 says: be not to conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind – renewing it to the Word of God. Changing our thinking will change our speaking; and changing our words will change our life, because – death and life in the power of the tongue and we eat (have) the fruit of what we say (Proverbs 18:21).
My prayer this week is that we will listen to the words we speak, and make any correction that is needed; because confessing and agreeing with God’s Word will bring us a long, healthy and strong life so we can finish the race and purpose He has for us.
Another source of good reading on this topic is a book by Gloria Copeland, “Living Long, Finish Strong”.