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HOW TO LIVE A LONG LIFE & SUCCEED
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HOW TO LIVE A LONG LIFE & SUCCEED
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Do the RIGHT thing!
"Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that you may LIVE, and go in and POSSESS the land which the LORD God of your fathers gives you." [Deuteronomy 4:1]
The Hebrew word for "live" in the above passage is "chayah" meaning "to keep alive, nourish, recover, repair, restore, and be whole."
The Hebrew word for "possess" used above is "yarash" which means "to occupy by driving out previous tenants and possessing in their place, to seize, to inherit, to take possession."
In the parable of the nobleman [Luke 19:13] Jesus alluded to the fact that we need to "occupy, or do business" until He returns again. We need to be good stewards of our resources:
1. What He has put into our hands (all that He has given us by birth, adoption, or assignment);
2. And, of our life and strength.
The Greek word for "occupy" is "pragmateuomai" which means "to busy oneself, to trade." In other words, strive to be productive and successful while you are carrying out the Lord's business. Don't become inactive. Live a long life and succeed . . . take possession of the enemy's territory and rule it! (See “Note” at the end of these shownotes.)
This is one aspect of the ABUNDANT LIFE which the Messiah of Israel promised us: not only LIFE but FLOURISHING LIFE.
Moses instructed the people of Israel, "Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe and do, all the words of this law. For it is not a VAIN thing for you; because it [the Word of God] is your LIFE; and through this thing you shall PROLONG your days in the land, where you go over Jordan to POSSESS it." [Deuteronomy 32:46-47]
The Hebrew word for "vain" above is "req" which means "futile." It is saying in the original Hebrew that the Word of God is "not empty or worthless" but it will . . . if you observe and do it . . . give you LONG LIFE and SUCCESS in driving out the enemy and POSSESSING his territory. Here's what you can count on:
1. Length of days;
2. Wholeness and nourishment;
4. Possession of the inheritance.
Length of days, wholeness and nourishment, success, and possession of the inheritance are yours!
In one of King David's Psalms he writes, "By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me." [Psalm 41:11]
Scripture also tells us, "When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." [Proverbs 16:7]
As God gives you success, and as you drive out the enemy and possess his land, people will many times be jealous of you. Sometimes these may be brethren in the faith who are jealous of you. The enemy of your soul will try many ways to oppress you and to destroy your HEALTH. If your health (mental, physical, or spiritual) is weakened you will not be able to fight strongly and you will not live a long life to keep administering the areas God has given you to possess.
You must have BOTH success and a long life of wholeness in order to administer effectively the areas He gives you to possess. Unless God has chosen you to be a martyr, you must have health, length of days, and a long life to maximize the occupation of your victory!
This is why you must not only LISTEN and OBSERVE the Word of the Lord, but you must DO His Word. Then you will LIVE and POSSESS the land . . . and you will PROLONG YOUR DAYS in the land you go to POSSESS. [Deuteronomy 4:1 and 32:46-47]
Proverb 28:9 tells us, "One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is abomination."
The great passage that sparked the Reformation in the time of Martin Luther was Habakkuk 2:4: "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him; but the just shall LIVE by his FAITH." It is literally saying that the person whose soul is "swelled" or "presumptuous" is not "straight or right" . . . not "pleasant or prosperous." The root word for "LIVE" in this passage is the same Hebrew word "chayah" used in Deuteronomy 4:1 that we discussed above, and means "to keep alive, nourish, recover, repair, restore, and be whole."
In other words, the person who does WHAT IS RIGHT will be continue to be nourished, restored, and whole by means of the FIRMNESS and CONSISTENCY of his faith: his fidelity and conscientiousness! Because of his solid belief he does the right thing!
"A FAITHFUL man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished." [Proverbs 28:20] The word for "faithful" here used is from the same root as the word for "faith" in Habakkuk 2:4. A man of firmness and stability through faith will have abundant blessings.
Moses said, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing . . . choose LIFE so that you and your children may LIVE so that you may LOVE the LORD your God, that you may OBEY His voice, and that you may CLING to Him, for He is your LIFE and the LENGTH of your DAYS, and that you may dwell in the land . . ." [Deuteronomy 19-20]
Do the RIGHT thing!
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