Health, long life and immortality are God’s provisions for his children. Yet we see so many pass away
prematurely. What is the reason for these lives ending too soon, if God wills long life for us?
- Not knowing that long life is the will of God
Many die an early death, simply because they did not know that long life is God’s purpose for them. If we
don’t understand God’s will and provision for us, the enemy will cheat us of o of what is rightfully ours. In
Hosea 4:6, God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Know therefore, that long life is God’s
will for you as revealed in the following verses.
Psalm 91:16 - “With long life will I satisfy him and shew him my salvation.”
Believing that the appointed time to die has come
Proverbs 3 : 1, 2 - “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days,
and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”
Ephesians 6 : 2, 3 - “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) That it
may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
There is a lot of misunderstanding about “an appointed time to die” because of a casual and wrong
reading of Heb 9:27 and Eccl 3:2. In Hebrews, we read that it is appointed unto men once to die. It does
not say that there is an appointed time to die. These unbiblical beliefs have robbed many of life. From the
verses in Psalms, Proverbs and Ephesians, we see that we cannot say that there is an appointed time to die.
However, if one derives comfort from the thought that the passing away of a loved one is because the appointed
time has come, we suggest teaching them these truths after they are comforted and in a frame of mind to learn.
Please read the topic on
"Death" and for more on this.
Some men hold highly active, Christ ordained offices in the Church, like the apostle Paul. Such
ministers often undergo experiences, which the average Christian will never face. Their love and living for
the Lord is so intense that they literally want to be with Him. Such people do have a foreknowledge of their
departure from this world.
Paul said of his death in, 2 Timothy 4:6 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is
at hand.” King David who walked so closely with God, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite, spoke of his
departure in 1 Kings 2: 1,2.
Until and unless a person is walking in such a dimension, he or she need not be robbed of a full life span.
Remember that in the ultimate analysis, physical death is the last enemy of man.
Not discerning the Body of Christ
Not rightly or fully discerning both the physical and spiritual body of Christ is a common cause for premature death.
The physical body of Jesus was broken for our sickness and disease. Isaiah 53:5 says, “with His stripes we are
healed.” In 1 Peter 2:24, the Holy Spirit restates Isaiah’s prophecy in the past perfect tense, “…..by whose stripes
ye were healed” Healing is part of the great salvation that Jesus won for us at cruel Calvary. To deny this is to
mock the finished work of Jesus. For more on this, see the topic
"Is there bodily healing in the Atonement?"
Partaking of the communion in an unworthy manner caused premature deaths even in the early Church.
Damnation is the lot of those who eat of the bread and drink of the cup without discerning the Lord’s holy
Body that was broken for us (I Cor 11: 29, 30)..
The Church is Jesus’ spiritual body today. There is one body and one Church. Every believer is a part or a
member of this spiritual body. Jesus is the Head of the Church. While we cannot and should not try to analyze
the Church in its entirety, (only the Head understands everything about the Body) we must discern the Lord’s
spiritual body and His work on earth today. It is a terrible malady to talk ill of the Church, which is the Body of
Christ today. Only those who have the God given authority to correct church conditions have the right to talk
about church conditions. Stop meddling with matters over which Christ has not given you permission or
authority. Control your thinking and talking about the Church. Be very careful of what you say about the
Bride of Christ !
Many have tried to understand the Church. Friend, you cannot understand everything about the Church,
for you are not the head of the Church and only the Head understands all things. Just find your place and
fulfill your function in His body, the Church.
God commands us to honor our parents.
Exodus 20:12 says, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the
Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Ephesians. 6:2 “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be
well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
This is a commandment with a promise (the first verse). The reward for keeping this command is long life.
However, if the commandment is broken, the promise is not received, leading to early
Hebrews 11:1 says that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for”
While it is faith that finally makes the provisions of God (for healing) a present, visible reality in the life of a
believer, hope is the blueprint or vision on which faith is built. Faith, hope and love work together
(1 Cor. 13:13). They are inseparable divine forces. In the face of prolonged distress, some people
lose divine or godly hope or because of circumstances lose their vision of Jesus’ healing ministry.
Losing sight of the healing ministry of Jesus is actually losing divine hope. By losing divine hope,
they also lose divine faith – succumbing to their illness.
It is important not only to build our faith but we must also build our hope by focussing our imaginations, thoughts,
dreams and aspirations around the life of our Lord. Proverbs 29:18 says, “ Where there is no vision, the people
Why is our hope based on doctors reports and circumstances? Why don’t we build our hope looking at some
of the Old Testament characters ? Consider Methusaleh who lived for 969 years! (Genesis
5:27). Noah lived
for 950 years! (Genesis 9:29). Think of Moses who lived for 120 years without his vision dimming or without
any feebleness! (Deuteronomy 34:7)
As a New Testament Christian, why don’t you build your hope on Him who has the power of an endless life?
(Hebrews 7:16). Increase your hope by and through the glorious gospel of Christ who has abolished death
and has revealed the secrets of life and immortality! (2 Timothy 1:10). Blessed be the Lord our God !
Covetousness is an inordinate desire or craving for vain things. While God delights in honoring the desires
of His children, even in material things, we must make sure desire does not become an ungodly craving. If
we keep ourselves from covetousness, the Bible promises us long life.
Proverbs 28:16 says, “….. he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.”
The opposite of this is also true – He that is covetous will shorten his days! Covetousness leads to premature
Remember that godliness with contentment is great gain ! (1 Timothy 6:6)
Give God all your desires and He will purify you of all greed, vanity and covetousness,
leaving only the godly
desires. Then God will grant the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4)
Despising God’s Word
Man is man and God is God. Man is the creation of God. God’s words are to be honored and obeyed by
mankind. Premature deaths can occur when God’s word is despised. Man, especially the born again man,
needs the Word of God to live.
Disobeying God’s word is despising His Word. His sheep know His voice (or his Word), and knowingly
disobeying God’s Word is an open and brazen defiance of His Word and will.
Proverbs 13:13 says, “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment
shall be rewarded.”
Isaiah 5:24 says, “Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their
root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law
of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”
Therefore, take time to know His Word and desire to fulfill it.
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