Today: Longevity from God- for real!
Passage: 1 Peter 1
24 For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.”[c] And this is the word that was preached to you.
(1 Peter 1, NIV84) –emphasis added
When Steve Jobs (founder of Apple computer corp) died recently, it was like a shock to many. Man’s life is fragile, but there is so much man can do in that life!
The Bible tells the truth about man, world and God. Yet many people choose not to believe it. They would rather believe the “big bang” or “man came from monkey” or some story like that, than the facts mentioned in the Bible!
Now, here is a tip: Man’s life is only so much, but when a person is born again (and lives like one), they never really die because the word of God that made them born again, is eternal. Even though their physical body may die, the real man in them lives for ever!
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11, NIV)
The life-span of a person and the quality of life depends on the source from where life came to that person. When we are truly born again, the bad things from our ancestors need not rule on us anymore, whether it is that high blood pressure or diabetes or whatever! Say to the devil, “Satan, you have no right on me. I am a child of God, redeemed from the “empty way” of my forefathers, by the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:18, 19).
Resistance to God of the Bible started with the first man Adam. Disobedience comes from an unwillingness to be humble. True humility will be revealed by obedience, not by calling “Lord, Lord”
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.. (Dan 10, NIV)-emphasis added
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5, NIV)-emphasis added
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4, NIV)-emphasis added
The other day, someone was telling me this story about Eastern Airlines, a company which was doing very well and closed in the ninetees. “The wives of most pilots quit their husbands after the company closed, because they could no longer get those flight privileges and stuff”.
Whether it is true or false, one thing is sure: people are getting more and more selfish, day after day. It’s all about “me”!
The word of the Lord stands for ever. Read the word and preach it. The word never dies. Those who read it more, live more, because God’s word is eternal!
God bless your day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the eternal, abundant, overflowing life you have given me. Thank you because you are full of power, charisma and energy. Help me live that active life, instead of being weak, lazy and passive. Amen
“Life comes by birth; real life comes by re-birth”
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