My friend was in surgery and was starting to come out of the anesthesia when she hit a distinct point of decision. She saw the male nurse walk across the room calling her name. At that moment she knew that she had the choice to wake up or just let go. Then she said to herself, “I’m not done yet. God has more for me to do.” And she made herself wake up. In Psalm 91:16 God promises: “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.
The word “satisfy” in this verse means to be fulfilled, to have plenty, to be enriched. Who doesn’t want that, right?
Where it says God will show us His “salvation”, it means His victory, His prosperity, His saving, health, and welfare. God’s welfare plan is way better than any government plan. The older we get the greater opportunities to experience more and more of God’s magnificence: more revelation, more wisdom, more understanding.
As we age and continue to faithfully seek the Lord, there are different levels of glory to experience. Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
“Glory” in this verse means “splendor, brightness and excellence.” Wow, what awesomeness to look forward to! More splendor to see in the physical world God created, splendor in relationships, accomplishments, ideas and so much more. What about the promise of being able to be brighter?: Mentally? Emotionally? Physically?
Glory also means to be more excellent. I think about the Biblical word “dunamis,” which means excellence in our soul life, i.e. better decisions more of the time, good moral values, controlling our emotions without even trying, living a more Christ-like life.
The word glory also means dignity and honor. As we change from glory to glory, we become more honorable and our self-view becomes more and more as the Lord sees us, rather than how we may see ourselves at this point.
Glory also means grace. I’m hoping as I change from glory to glory, I have more grace and think more before I blurt out something.
It’s interesting that glory also means opinion, judgment and view. That changes too. Our opinions start to change to God’s opinions. We judge not according to politics or peers but more in line with the Lord’s judgments or lack thereof. Also our view of things starts to switch from old views to new ones as the Lord leads us to another level of glory.
And of course glory also means kingly majesty and the personal excellence of Christ. Honestly, who doesn’t need lots of years to develop into the Christ-like person we desire to be—all the time, not just sporadically, or when we try really hard?
I want to live a long life so I can experience all I possibly can of God’s glory to glory here on earth, like He says we can.
People in certain church groups have been taught that 70 or 80 years would be considered a good long life and they base it on Psalm 90:10, which says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” But if you’ll notice, this Psalm was written by Moses. It was regarding the Israelites who disobeyed God and their lives were cut short in the wilderness. Since people in our times have believed this was concerning them, they’ve missed out on so much wisdom and great insight that comes with the ages beyond 70 to 80.
Genesis 6:3 tells us God’s will for mankind’s lifespan on earth after the flood: “Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.”
God wants us to be satisfied with a long healthy life, so we don’t have to give up if at 70 or 80 we’re not fully satisfied yet. According to Genesis 6:3 we can certainly live longer, until we’re totally satisfied.
I want to reveal an amazing truth about death that many people don’t know. It’s such a great comfort and will get rid of any fears we may have about dying.
Hebrews 2:9 says Jesus tasted death for every man: “But we see Jesus, who . . . by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” The word “taste” is translated from the Greek word which means “feel, experience.” Since Jesus went through the physical experience of death for us, and felt it in our place, we won’t have to. We will never taste it, feel it, smell, see or hear it. Suddenly we will just be changed. We will be in heaven with Him and go on with our spiritual life there.
My friend has had three distinct near death experiences and in each, she never had any five senses feelings of death. It was always just a decision to live or die, and not based on any five senses horrible feeling of death. This is documented in the Word of God. For the believer, death is only a passing from this earthly realm to a heavenly realm. What a comfort and what a blessing to know that for us there is absolutely nothing to fear in death! Amazing and wonderful.
But while we’re here on earth, let’s believe to be Psalm 91:16 people, living a long wonderfully satisfying life, changing from glory to glory until we are as fully satisfied and ready to go see our Lord face to face in heaven.
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