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Summary: God’s original plan for man was life not death, health not sickness, energy not weariness and radiance not dullness. So, if Brother Adam had not sinned, he would have lived forever. The Bible emphasizes that God is not interested in short life. One man of

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BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE OF LONG LIFE

Dr. D. K. Olukoya

In the last few years, we have witnessed or heard about a lot of tragedies. People that were expected to be alive are dead. A lot of young people are dead and some of them were born again. Is it God’s will? No. We must also realize that the devil has some powers to kill but the strongest power is the power of God. Just as the Bible has principles for long life, it also outlines what could cause short life.

God’s original plan for man was life not death, health not sickness, energy not weariness,radiance and not dullness. So, if Brother Adam had not sinned, he would have lived forever. The Bible emphasizes that God is not interested in short life. One man of God said that,it is a tragedy for a plant to die at the seed stage because it can not become a plant. A situation where young people are dying shows that a lot of things are going wrong.

Deuteronomy 6:1-2: “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it. That thou mightiest fear the Lord thy God to keep all his statutes and his commandments which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”

Here, we can see that God is not interested in short life. Job 5:26 also says, “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.”

Proverbs 3:1-3: “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. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee, bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart”.

Proverb 9:11: “For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.”

Proverbs 10:27: “The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

God is not interested in short life for His children.

Proverbs 16:31: “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

That is, if your hair is gray, it is a crown of glory if you are in the way of righteousness.

Psalm 90:10: “The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow. For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

This verse is a curse and not a blessing. It is the minimum, which a lot of people now claim whereas, they should not claim it. But even this minimum, which is a curse, is difficult for a lot of people to attain.

Psalm 91:16: “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”

Isaiah 65:22: “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.”

The Bible is telling us that it is a tragedy for somebody to sweat to gather, but before he would begin to reap the fruits, he dies.


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