By Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
â€œBecause he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvationâ€ (psalm 91:14-16).
This year, my household and I will not die but live to glorify the name of the lord among the living.
Remember that living long is one of six blessings associated with knowing the name of Jesus. But the only reason that assures a person the scripture: â€œwith long life will I satisfy him and shew him my salvationâ€ (psalm 91:16) is when you have known his name. It is only God that has the power to give you long life. It does not matter what people say about your life. I declare to you as a servant of God that long life is your portion.
God is the giver of long life
Nobody, be it a scientist or doctor, can take credit for long life. In over 36 years of my being in the ministry, I have heard and seen people who go to different places looking for long life.Â Stop wasting your time on a fruitless pursuit.Â It is only God that has the power to give you long life. Please, d oÂ n o tÂ b eÂ d e c e i v e dÂ Â Â b y anybody who claims that he has the power to prolong your life. Do not go to any of such places. Such people are satanic.Â I must tell you the truth. Such demonic agents will only succeed in shortening your life.Â I forbid you as Godâ€™s servant to visit such places.Â When you obey Godâ€™s word, long life becomes your portion automatically.
Obedience to God gives long life
In Genesis 2, God made everything availed for man in the Garden of Eden with a simple instruction: â€œBut of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die â€œ(Genesis 2: 17 ).
The above passage is simply saying that when you obey divine instructions, you are bound to live long. See what verse nine says,Â â€œthe tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evilâ€ (Gensis2:9c). You discover from this text that when God created everything, the tree of life was in the garden.
Interestingly, God did not tell man not to eat of it. Instead, it was the one God gave man instruction to keep off that they went to eat. They abandoned the tree that ought to give them life. The reason is because of the spirit of disobedience. When you flout divine instruction, you must be ready to face the penalty.
Penalty of disobedience
In Genesis 3:22, the Bible says, â€œAnd the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also the tree of life, and eat, and live for everâ€(Genesis 3:22).
When you read further verses 23 and 24, man was eventually driven from the garden and a strong angle was put to guide it. The point I am trying to make is that God had already given long life to man. But because of disobedience which lead you to making wrong choice in life. I pray for you reading this message: may you never make the wrong choice in your life.
When God created man, he gave him the power to choose between good and evil, between life and death. Do you realize that where you are today is partly as a result of the decisions you made yesterday? Most times, Godly choices may not interest you.