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Don’t Die Before your Time

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Sermon shared by Daniel Olukoya

June 2010
Summary: A lot of people claim they cannot die until their time comes. But what does the Bible say? The Bible makes us to understand that we can lengthen or shorten our lives according to the way we live and the way we believe. That is why any enemy that is not af
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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It is very sad to note that nowadays, young people are dying at an alarming rate.

Sometime ago, at a crusade, a mother brought her 6 years old daughter who had high blood pressure. I was thoroughly taken aback. I asked her about herself and she said that she and her husband, the girl’s father, were fine.

The son of the widow of Nain in the Bible was a young man. He had not lived out his days. Jesus had to intervene. The daughter of Jairus that died, was a young lady. She had not lived out her life before she died. Jesus raised her to life so that she could live out her days and possess her possessions. Any power that does not want you alive by any method is not the kind of thing to joke with.

Peter called Dorcas back to life so that she would finish her assignment. The devil has come to steal, to kill and to destroy. Unfortunately, many people have been turned over to satan to die an early death. It was not the will of God for Korah, Dathan and Abiram to die in the wilderness but they stood in the way of the work of God. Those men and their family members died before their time. It was not the will of God for Ananias and Sapphira to fall down inside the church and die, but they told lies to the Holy Spirit and died before their time.

Let us consider the deep scripture in Deuteronomy 17:20: “That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.”

Jeremiah 21:8 says, “And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” Two ways are laid down in that passage. The choice of where you follow becomes a personal decision. When God withdraws His blessing from people and they walk right into judgment, they die before their time. When there is no protection, satan kills them.

The Bible says, the angel of the Lord encamps roundabout those that fear Him to deliver them. So, if you do not fear the Lord, his angels will not surround you. Therefore, satan can kill you off. Thank God because He has kept millions from dying before their time. We can see that in Psalm 103 verse 3-5: “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

As long as you walk straight with the Lord, you have nothing to fear. But when a person veers off to the right or to the left, His protection is taken away. Then the enemy can move in and kill the person.

Some people are following terrible traditions; they say it is God’s will when people die before their time. This is not true. Some people die because they rebel against the Lord. All those who died in the days of Noah died before their time. All those who died in the wilderness when Moses was taking them to the Promised Land died before their time. Certainly, the wife of Lot died before her time. When Christians do not obey God, they invite the enemies to shorten their days. The Lord does not want us to die before our time. Many people die before their time because their faith has been injured
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