OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED
Can we know the number of our days? That is to say, can we know HOW LONG we will live?
Job 7:1 asks these questions,
"Is there not an APPOINTED TIME to man upon the earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling?"
What does this scripture mean? Does it mean that EVERY PERSON is given or is APPOINTED a certain amount of time to live upon the earth, in that, one person is given let’s say 90 years to live, and another person is appointed 50 years to live, while yet another person is only allotted 1 week to live. In other words does the Bible teach that each and every person is APPOINTED a DIFFERENT number of days or years to live upon the earth? To put it another way, does God PREDESTINE one person to live let’s say 80 years, and another person only 30 years, while yet another person is predestined to die at birth?
There are some people who believe that they have an APPOINTED TIME to die and that no one can know when their appointed time will be; but is this belief solidly based in the scriptures? What does the Bible have to say on the appointed time that man will live on the earth?
Let’s start with the “assumption” that EVERY person is APPOINTED, that is to say, is given the SAME number of years to live upon the earth. The basis for this “assumption” is found in Acts 10:34 that teaches us that God is NO RESPECTER of persons, for you see if God were to APPOINT each and every person a DIFFERENT number of days to live upon the earth that would be showing respect of persons. Therefore the only reasonable assumption would be to conclude that ALL men are given or APPOINTED the SAME number of years to live upon the earth.
Take a look at Psalm 90:10, which says,
"The days of OUR YEARS are threescore and ten (that is to say 70 years); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (or 80 years)..."
You can plainly see that this verse clearly defines that it is God’s WILL or desire for EVERY person to live at least 70 to 80 years upon the earth. In other words EVERY man is APPOINTED the SAME number of years to live on the earth, which is clearly shown in God’s word to be a minimum of 70 to 80 years of age.
Job 5:26,27 says it like this.
“You shall come to your grave in a FULL AGE, like as a shock of corn in his season.
Lo this, we have SEARCHED IT, so it is; hear it and know it, FOR YOUR GOOD.”
God’s WILL for ALL of us is to live a FULL life. It is NOT God’s will for our lives to be cut short in any way.
However, if you do not SEARCH OUT this truth in the word of God, then you will not KNOW beyond any shadow of doubt that it is God’s WILL for you to live a minimum of 70 to 80 years age. HEAR this TRUTH and KNOW it for I have searched it and found it to be so.
BUT it is vitally important for YOU to KNOW and understand this truth for yourself, because you see if you know without a doubt that it is God’s WILL for you to live at least 70 to 80 years of age, then Satan cannot DECEIVE you and cut your life short by binding you with some type of terminal disease, or lying to you by telling you that every one in your family died at such and such an are and you also will die at this same age because it is in your genes. This is a LIE of the devil.
The word of God clearly teaches us that Satan is a LIAR and that there is NO truth in him. We are to RESIST the devil and his LIES and he will free from us. But if we do not KNOW the TRUTH then we can be deceived bu the enemy and that which is freely given to us will be STOLEN from us, because we do not know. God's word tells us that his people are destroyed for LACK of KNOWLEDGE. SEARCH IT (the word of God) and KNOW it (the word of God) for your GOOD.
This TRUTH of KNOWING that God has promised you a long full and satisfied life of no less than 70 to 80 years without a doubt will be a weapon in your hands in which to successfully defeat any and every sickness or disease the devil brings upon you, or any other lie the enemy is telling you. You can confidently and boldly say, “Satan IT IS WRITTEN, my days to live upon the earth are no less than 70 to 80 years, so take this disease (then name the sickness or disease if you know it) and every lying symptom from my body and my household right now in the name of Jesus, the name above EVERY name.”
You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, if you stand up for what RIGHTFULLY belongs to you, that which God has freely given you, and you RESIST Satan and all his lying symptoms of sickness and disease, then he and all his symptoms will HAVE to flee from you, because it is also written in the WORD of TRUTH, the Holy Bible,
“Resist the Devil and he WILL flee from you.”
KNOW this truth, that God has promised you at least 70 to 80 years to live on the earth, FOR YOUR GOOD and you will NOT be deceived into believing the LIE of the enemy that it must be your APPOINTED TIME to die and simply let Satan cut your life short. Fight the good fight of FAITH. Don’t let the devil rob you of your LONG FULL LIFE that God has promised you. Satan has no power over you but that which you allow him to have.
Psalm 90:12 says,
“So TEACH us to NUMBER our days (why?) that we may APPLY our heart unto wisdom.”
You see just knowing that it is God’s WILL for you to live at least 70 to 80 years will not help you when Satan tries to cut your life short unless you APPLY this knowledge. James teaches us that we must be DOERS of the word and not hearers only. The word “wisdom” means the ability to APPLY what you know. We need to apply our heart to wisdom.
Take a close look at Proverbs 3:1,2, which says,
“My son, forget not my law, but let your heart keep my commandments. For LENGTH of DAYS, and LONG LIFE, and peace, shall they ADD to you.”
Doing things God’s way will ADD length of days to our life. God’s way is WISDOM and wisdom is to APPLY the word of God in our lives. We must BELIEVE and trust God's word to be so and then act as though it is the TRUTH. Jesus said IF we CONTINUE in the word we shall KNOW the TRUTH and the truth shall MAKE us free. (I am inserting here for greater understanding that God will make you FREE from worry and FEAR of dying prematurely before your appointed time of a long full and satisfied life of no less than 70 to 80 years.) God will always, without fail, do his part and perform his word IF we will do our part which is to obey and believe and doubt NOT.
We must BELIEVE that God is and that he is the REWARDER of them that DILIGENTLY seek him. We must read over and over and over again and again the word of God and hide it in our hearts, meditating on it day and night until it becomes that GOOD treasure in our hearts that we will speak forth boldly in faith without wavering and receive the end of our faith.
Now continue reading in Proverbs chapter three with verses seven and eight.
“Be not wise in your OWN eye: fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be HEALTH to your navel, and marrow to our bones.”
Isaiah says that God’s way are not our ways and that his ways are higher than our ways. One of God’s ways is that God considers it EVIL for us to speak words that are in opposition to his word. In other words if we continue to let negative speaking come out of our mouths, then we are in opposition to God’s word. This negative speaking AGAINST what God has said is called EVIL. Remember when God told his people to GO and POSSESS the land that he PROMISED them, but rather than just DOING what God said they DOUBTED his word and sent spies into then land that God has PROMISE to SEE IF they were able to take the land. When they came back ten of these twelve spies said that they people could NOT take the land BECAUSE...It does not matter the reason. What matters is that they did NO BELIEVE God's promise and God called this an EVIL REPORT.
You see, if we confess sickness, then we are speaking contrary to what God says about us in his word and this is consider EVIL in the eyes of God. 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that with the stripes that Jesus bore we are HEALED. We need to DEPART from our evil speaking of what we see and feel, and faithfully speak what God says about us. Doing things God’s way will always produce life, health, joy and peace.
Let’s continue with Proverbs 3:16-18, which says,
“Happy is the man that gets understanding…
LENGTH of DAYS is in her right hand and in her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to them that LAY HOLD upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.”
You see in order for the TRUTH of God’s word to work in our lives we need to LAY HOLD upon it and RETAIN it. To “lay hold” on something means to grasp or seize, which means not only to merely comprehend or understand, but to take hold of FORCIBLY. Satan is not going to set those free that he has held captive with sickness and disease simply because they have “knowledge” that God’s word promises them health and long life.
They must APPLY this knowledge of truth by fighting the good fight of faith and FORCIBLY take back what rightfully belongs to them. We need to retain or keep this wisdom in our hearts so that Satan will not get an advantage over us.
It all boils down to the simple fact that God desires to SATISFY us with LONG LIFE, and Satan wants to cut our life short. Therefore if you do not know and APPLY this truth that God has promised ALL of us at least 70 to 80 years, then Satan may get an advantage over you and deceive you into believing the LIE that it is your appointed time to die. A lot of RELIGIOUS folks will incorrectly tell you something like, "You never know what God will do after all the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Sometimes it is just not God's will to heal all the time."
Now to me, that would be like saying that it is not always God's WILL to SAVE every one. Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our lord Jesus Christ, that IF it were not God's WILL to SAVE everyone all the time, then there is NO POSSIBLE WAY for any of us to KNOW with out a doubt that we are indeed SAVED. Please keep in mind that the word that is TRANSLATED as SAVED also means to be HEALED and to be made WHOLE. It is one and the SAME word that is used for being SAVED. Satan has lied to the church DECEIVING them into believing that God is in control and when it your time to go then it is your time to go. Or by saying something like, "God knows the beginning from the end and he knows what is best for you". Now while some of this may be TRUE it is NOT THE WHOLE TRUTH, because it is not the WHOLE word of God. Don’t let the enemy rob you of a LONG SATISFIED LIFE.
God has promised you 70 to 80 years in his word, search it out for yourself and KNOW it for your GOOD. Base your faith on the WHOLE word of God and not the traditions of men that have been hand down from person to person without ever searching out the TRUTH for ourselves. Be like the believers at Berea who searched that word of God daily to see if what they were being taught was if fact the TRUTH.
Take a look a Psalm 91:16, which says,
“With LONG LIFE will I SATISFY him, and show him my salvation.”
The word “satisfy” here means the filling and even overflowing of your desire, to be full or fulfilled, to have enough or plenty. Satisfy means to gratify the need, desire, or expectation that you have of “LIFE”.
For instance do you NEED to live longer to raise your children or to take care of someone? Or perhaps you are simply not ready to die and plainly just DESIRE to live longer. In other words, you are simply not satisfied and ready to die just yet, then fight the good fight of faith and resist the lying symptoms of disease in your body and whatever other lies the enemy may be telling you.
Also the word “satisfy” means to fulfill or discharge an OBLIGATION or contract. Remember, God has promised to SATISFY you with LONG LIFE, which is a minimum of 70 to 80 years of age.
You see, in essence, when you become a child of God you are entering into a contract or agreement with your creator. God himself sees it as his OBLIGATION to FULFILL his contract so to speak that he has PROMISED to his people who believe and follow his word. Let me explain what I mean by this.
Take a look at Ephesians 6:1-3 for a moment and fix in your mind that God is your FATHER. In other words, God is your PARENT. He is your heavenly Father. And if we as parent desire to do good and give good gifts to our children, then how much MORE will Almighty God who alone is GOOD desire to give us a long and healthy life?
“Children obey your PARENTS in the Lord: for this is right (remember depart from evil an do what is right)
Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment WITH PROMISE:
(And here is the promise) That it may be WELL with you (or that you prosper and being in good HEALTH even as you soul prospers), and you may LIVE LONG on the earth.”
The long and short of it is that if we do our part, then God sees himself as being OBLIGATED, that is to say, bound by his faithfulness and honor to his word to fulfill his part. Please read the study called "PRAYER #1 The FAITHFULNESS of Almighty God!" for a deeper understanding of God's FAITHFULNESS to his WORD. You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is not like we are manipulating or trying to force God into doing something he doesn’t already desire to do. We are merely OBEYING his word to RESIST the DEVIL. We are merely reasoning together with God. We are merely putting God in REMEMBRANCE like he told us to do. Can you not see that God is for us not against us, and he is faithful that PROMISED.
If we obey God, our heavenly FATHER and keep his commandments, then he will fulfill his PROMISE and see that it is WELL with us and SATISFY us with LONG LIFE on the earth. This is God's WILL for us. He desires us to be satisfied will long life MORE than we desire to live long full lives, but we must do our part before God will be allowed to fulfill his part.
You see it is God's WILL for ALL mankind to be saved, but God is bound by his word that LIMITS him to save ONLY those that BELIEVE and obey his word. God's word says BELIEVE in our hearts and CONFESSION is made unto salvation for out of the ABUNDANCE of the heart the mouth speaks. This is true in every thing that we receive from God. It is impossible to please God without FAITH. We must believe that God is and that he is the REWARDER of them that DILIGENTLY seek him without wavering unto the end of their faith. We must endure unto the end of receiving that which we are believing or trusting God.
So what are some of God’s commands other than the ten commandments? One thing that God commands is that we be doers of the word and not hearers only.
“Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY SO.”
Depart from evil speaking. Don’t confess sickness or pain, but rather SAY, “I am redeemed from the curse of the law, which is sickness, poverty, and spiritual death”. SAY, “With the stripes of Jesus I am healed.” SAY, “I will live and not die, because God has promise to satisfy me with LONG LIFE, a minimum of 70 to 80 years. For a deeper understanding of this subject saying what God says then I encourage you to read the study entitled "THE POWER OF OUR WORDS!", which some Christians fail to see as one of the major hindrances to their receiving their healing from God. So then, even if you are 80 years old and are not completely SATISFIED and you want to live longer; God has made provision in his word to grant your desires.
Look at 1 Kings 3:14, which says,
“And if you will walk in MY ways, to keep my statues and my commandments, as your father David did walk, then I will LENGTHEN your DAYS.”
In other words if we OBEY God’s word, then he will ADD years to our life, but again this in not automatic; we must BELIEVE that God has promised and act upon his word. Keep this verse in mind as you read
2 Kings 20:1-6.
“In those days was Hezekiah SICK UNTO DEATH (a terminal disease and nigh unto death), And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus says the Lord, Set your house in order; for you shall die and not live.
Then he (Hezekiah did not just roll over and die, BUT rather) turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,
I beseech you, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold I will HEAL you; on the third day you shall go up unto the house of the Lord.
And I will ADD unto your DAYS fifteen years:”
The Lord not only HEALED Hezekiah, but also ADDED fifteen more years to Hezekiah’s life. because Hezekiah put God in REMEMBRANCE of his word and reasoned together with God. He DILIGENTLY sought the Lord, until God answered his prayer. Hezekiah’s DAYS were 70 to 80 years the SAME as our APPOINTED TIME on the earth. Now ADD unto our DAYS fifteen years and you come up with 85 to 95 years of age. So if you are satisfied to live to be no less than 95 years of age, then do NOT let the enemy steal from you that LONG full and satisfied life that God has promised to you in his word.
Psalm 39:4 says,
“Lord make me to KNOW mine end, and the MEASURE of my DAYS (that is how long I am to live) what is it, that I may know how frail I am (or what time I have here).”
God does not want us to be ignorant concerning his WILL for us. God desires us to KNOW the number of our days, which are a minimum of 70 to 80 years of age. God’s WILL for us is to SATISFY us with LONG LIFE. God even desires to bless us with ETERNAL LIFE, if we will but OBEY his word unto the end. You see God's word teaches that eternal life is the HOPE set before us and we don't actually OBTAIN eternal life until we die or Jesus returns, and we are found to be faithful at this time. For a deeper understand of this TRUTH please read the studies entitled "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE WE ARE SAVED THAT WE ARE ALWAYS SAVED?", and "WHAT DOES BEING SAVED TRULY MEAN?".
Here are a few examples of long full lives found in the Bible.
a life threatening disease, but if we cast not away our CONFIDENCE, which has great recompense of reward,
then we will also, like Job, will come to our grave in an OLD AGE fulfilling ALL our APPOINTED days of at least
70 to 80 years.
May the Lord bless and keep you from the evil one who's only desire is to steal, kill, and destroy your life. But always remember that Satan has to SEEK for whom he may devour. In other words he can only devour those that LET him. Hide this TRUTH of God’s word in your heart and keep it with all diligence and it, the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God will SATISFY you with a LONG FULL LIFE filled with PEACE and joy. Search it out for yourself and KNOW the TRUTH for your GOOD.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Always and Forever,
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