How to experience long life
Lee 6 July 2008
Death is a reality in life and a
reasonable normal human life span is 72 to 80 years. What does the bible
says about long life and what can we learn from the Word of God. What are
the keys and factors that determine the length of our days.
In 1 Kings 3:14-15 God visited
Solomon in a dream to direct him that by obeying His commandments and he
will have a long life on top of riches and honour.
13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches
and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.
14 And if you
walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did,
I will give you a long life."
15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
The keys to long life as recorded
in the bible are :
1. KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS
2.CALL UPON GOD/ PRAY
3.ACQUIRE WISDOM AND
4. FEAR OF THE LORD/ GOD
5. HONOUR OUR PARENTS
6. WHOLESOME SPEECH AND CONDUCT
KEEP HIS COMMANDMENT
God has a plan and purpose for
our lives. When is it that God will choose to bring us home and our time
is up – no one has the answer and it is not for us to guess and to question.
The best thing we can do for ourselves is to keep His commandments
CALL UPON GOD
15 He will call upon me,
and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I
and show him my salvation."
When we face
problems- we should pray and seek God and God will answer our prayers In our
continual search and problem solving, we come to realize that money can buy
friends but not true friendship and relationship. Even a bed but not a good
sleep, food but not appetite, books but not knowledge, or even sex but not
love. When we honour God, He is able to deliver us when we run into
trouble and problems, and as a result we can enjoy not only the saving grace
of salvation but also long life.
ACQUIRE WISDOM AND
God extend Nehemiah’s
life by 15 years.
In Proverbs 3:13 ,16
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
In Proverbs 9:10
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The use of knowledge
leads to pure wisdom but when it is combined with spiritual understanding-
it leads to longevity. For example, the way we take care of our health and
food intake also determine our life. We need to have wisdom to have a
balanced diet and cutting down on high cholesterol food, sugar and salt- for
they will kill us softly.
FEAR OF THE LORD/ GOD
fear of the LORD adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The way we fear the
Lord should be cover over our lives to shield us form unwholesome thoughts,
intentions and behaviours such that we can recognize His presence even when
we are all alone.
HONOUR YOUR PARENTS
This is the only
commandment with a promise.
Ephesians 6: 1-3
Children and Parents
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2"Honor
your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3"that
it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
12 "Honor your father
and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is
WHOLESOME SPEECH AND
1st Peter 3:10.
"Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness
no one will see the Lord
When we controlled
our tongue and guard our hearts- wholesome truths come. We do not find
faults and thank God that everybody is special – some slow, some fast..etc.
Our task is to follow peace and make peace with all and to ensure it.
13 Jul 2008 Renewal
of the covenant
Pastor Luokoh Hii
13 July 2008
The book of Joshua is sometimes called the book of
In Joshua 1:8
8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on
it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Recorded in Joshua are spectacular miracles such as :
-the fall of the wall of Jericho; and
-the sun and moon stood still for one day.
Historians has testified to the part of history that
the wall do existed and it did collapse from within and a certain section
still stands ( probably adjoining to Rehab’s house ?). Scientists have also
computed on the “ lost of one day” in human history when God commanded the
sun and moon to stand still. You can read the controversy surrounding the
verification and claims in
Our Christian walk is liken to Joshua Chapter 23, we
are at the beginning, accepting Christ , conquering major bondages and
experiencing many victories.
Joshua's Farewell to the Leaders
After a long time had passed and the LORD had given Israel rest from all
their enemies around them, Joshua, by then old and well advanced in years,
summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to
them: "I am old and well advanced in years.
You yourselves have seen everything the LORD your God has done to all these
nations for your sake; it was the LORD your God who fought for you.
Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land
of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and
the Great Sea
in the west.
The LORD your God himself will drive them out of your way. He will push them
out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the LORD your
God promised you.
"Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the
Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.
Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the
names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to
But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.
"The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day
no one has been able to withstand you.
One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just
as he promised.
So be very careful to love the LORD your God.
"But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these
nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate
then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these
nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you,
whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good
land, which the LORD your God has given you.
"Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart
and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you
has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
But just as every good promise of the LORD your God has come true, so the
LORD will bring on you all the evil he has threatened, until he has
destroyed you from this good land he has given you.
If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you,
and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn
against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given
THE KEYS OF
In Joshua 24:14-15
fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your
forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves
this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served
beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Now in Chapter 24, these are the parting words and
reminder of the keys for our continual walk:
Fear the Lord and serve Him in faithfulness. The fear
of the Lord can lead to many positive results and effects. It is the
beginning of wisdom and leads to the fountain of life.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
When we fear God, it causes us to honour Him. This
helps us to build upon our success. We will also raise our children in the
fear of the Lord. Honour God even though the decisions may seem to incur
lost or set us back
33But seek first his kingdom and
his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
28Therefore, since we are
receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so
worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
Power of faith and love
As Christians, we have often allowed secularism to grip
the church. We try to institutionalize miracles and faith. However, the
measure of faith is different in people. What we need to do is to allow the
example to be a positive influence.
Faith may be personal ( Martin Luther) but the practice
of faith manifest itself in the body of believers. The sin of 1 man can
affect the whole tribe and family. Hence, we should not just take care of
ourselves because if one part suffers, the entire body suffer (just like if
the toe is hurt, the body feels the pain, and also like the our
kindergarten story on the mouth refusing to eat, stomach refusing to digest
food..etc the body suffers). The parts must work together for total
well-being. The power of love must translate into demonstration of
For example, in the field of evangelism, the conversion
of the chief of the long house ( in Sarawak..etc) can have a multiplier
effect on the entire tribe.
Serve Him in faithfulness – very often in the church,
of the congregation, we find only 10% serving and the other 90% busy. We
also find excuses, the young still learning, the married i.e children still
young and older has no energy..etc. Some are insistent on the areas that
they wish to serve. Others do not agree on the vision and refuse to serve.
We need to recognize that there is no right time, no right areas, no right
vision when we are called to serve the Lord. God often called people who are
busy. The disciples were busy people who were called to serve. Serving God
means to serve whenever there is a need. A life of service is life of
obedience not sacrifice. At times, we see the poor having more faith,
because of limited means, they have to depend on God for healing and making
ends meet. Likewise, for those who are called to serve, have faith and trust
We love Him because He first love us in spite of what
we are and who we are or even what we all can be. We need to hold on to the
Word of God and God values faithfulness. God does not look at the numbers –
but the quality in our Christian walk and in serving Him – have we been a
better influence, are we touching more lives, have we fulfilled our
purpose, and serve in official and admin capacities. Remember the accounts
are kept in heaven and God judge by the many things you have done for Him.
Remember God’s goodness and be faithful. They may have forgotten but you
must not forget. Reflect on it. Where did you come from – a low base. God
took you from nowhere and bring you to where you are. Pressure ( from home,
office politics and business problems ) can make us bitter or better-
choose the latter with God’s grace and follow His ways and keep remembering
Power of money
Money have a powerful influence on our lives, no wonder
the bible clearly spells it out. We need or seek money for different
reasons – some for status, sense of well being, achievement, financial
security..etc. We attach our self-worth to car, job, houses..etc, and our
whole life is focused on protecting and keeping our image. So when we are
stripped of our positions, jobs, assets,..etc will we still have the
We need to throw away foreign Gods- which include all
things not pleasing to God- avoid all the wrong things that cripped silently
into our lives. We need to incline our hearts towards God and be doing
things pleasing to God.
If you truly love God, you will make choices which
include Him We love God by loving our family. When we start making choice
for Him, God will honour us. It is a relationship – even when bad things
happen and when we fail- we will still experience the grace and goodness of
God- we need to be patient, very often, because God is not finished with us.
God’s word is Yes and Amen to us
WHO IS A LIAR
vernacular of Satan is the language of lies. This language has affected our
lives whether the rich or poor, educated and uneducated, children and adult.
Lies has devastating results to our lives and eternal soul. It causes us to
lose our portion to partake of the Lord’s glorious second coming.
overcomers, consider the following spiritual truths :
FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM
If we have fellowship
with Jesus, it will cause us to walk in the light as children of the light.
We start to declare the true counsel of God- Holiness of God, Righteousness
of God and God is light. After fellowship, we can no longer live in sinful
ways (as liken to lies)
6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,
we lie and do not live by the truth.
I KNOW HIM- OBEY
4The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is
a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Him” will lead us to obey His commandments, to praise God, love Him and
serve Him. There are many commandments such as “ forget not to come
together for the end is near – because when the last trumpet is blown- the
dead will rise and those who are alive will be caught up i.e the rapture”.
In the secular world, we respond without excuses to fulfill our
appointment. In the church of Jesus, we still hear excuses. If we claim
that Jesus is amongst us and we are children of light, then we must not
neglect the house of the Lord. If we do neglect, we are not fulfilling
God’s commandments. Therefore, if you love Him, demonstrate with your
action and attitude towards the master.
JESUS IS THE
times, there are many false Christ and Anti-Christ. Major religions teach
upright and moral goodness like Taoist ( no salvation), Buddhist ( no saving
grace) and Confucian ( no eternal life) and Muslim testifies to the return/
second coming of Jesus. For us, only Jesus is the messiah. Apart from Jesus,
there is no hope. The basis of our faith is anchored on salvation unlike
these major religions.
LOVE GOD BY
LOVING HIS PEOPLE
more we love God, the more we love one another. If a person says he love God
and hate his brother he is a liar. The language of Satan is the language of
Consider human love versus divine/ agape love. The latter is without
conditions like the way God loves us for who we are and who we can be-with
our successes and failures.
20If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
prevent it from prevailing in our lives- go back to the basics:
Love one another
Unite one another
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.
35By this all
men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully
to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
RESULTS OF LYING
allow Satan to filled his heart. Peter denied Christ 3 times.
3Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your
heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some
of the money you received for the land?
results of lying:
God will not
dwell in us;
God will not
listen to us;
second death in the lake of fire; and
dogs and cannot enter city of new Jerusalem.
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
18 If I had cherished sin in my
the Lord would not have listened;
16 There are six things the LORD
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the
sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and
all liars—their place will be in the fiery
lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
14"Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the
right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
are the dogs,
those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the
idolaters and everyone who loves and
bible, we are revealed of the truth concerning the three fathers in our
father- Father of all lies/ Satan
noted that 3 individuals do not have the experience of
Adam – created
Melchizedek the Priest
Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham
returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,
Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of
righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace."
father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of
life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.
think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the
FATHER OF ALL LIES
vernacular of Satan was revealed in the bible as the temporary father –
father of all lies.
42Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent
43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear
what I say.
44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out
your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to
the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native
language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
2 Save me, O LORD, from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
OUR FATHER IN
is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
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FOCUS AND FUTURE
Time is very precious and we
cannot hold back time. “Gold is not time but time is gold”. God plan
creation and make man on the sixth day, and after Adam fell, God again
provide a redemption plan. We need to pray and plan. How do we ensure that
the values of our family will be pass on to our children. Our beliefs be
passed on to the children. Sometimes like corporation, we can apply slogans
to remind us and leave legacy for our children.
But as for me and my
household, we will serve the LORD.
2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many
witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been
made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me.