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God’s Blessing of Long Life

The Fruitful Tree

The Fruitful Tree

“With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:16

Have you ever wondered what’s the secret to a long life?

It’s more than eating healthy foods and exercising your body. It’s the same factor that helped Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and many of the Old Testament patriarch’s live long and fruitful lives. It’s the same factor that will help you too.

I recently did some research on the men that encouraged and mentored me in my career as an artist. I came across the online biography of one of these men. He was an older Jewish man who took the time to freely invite me over to his house once a month, to teach me how to develop my artistic skills. He and his wife were always very kind to me and I learned quite a lot from his professional advice.

Mr. Weiss was a busy and successful syndicated cartoonist who also had a mentally challenged autistic son to cope with. Yet despite his busy schedule and demanding family life, he always made time to help me when he could.

Many years have passed now and I feel such gratitude for this man for his generosity. I found out in his biography that he lived to the ripe old age of 98 years old! It was no coincidence that he lived a long life. I’m sure it was God’s blessing, among other reasons, for having such a compassionate and giving heart.

You see, when we love and honor God by our actions, that is, by reflecting His heart of love and compassion for others, our LORD takes into account our righteous deeds. He smiles down upon us from heaven and rewards us in many ways.

One such reward is the blessing of long life.

In Jewish tradition, length of days has always been considered to be the blessing for living a righteous life and honoring God. Living a long and fruitful life is what God desires for us all. Sadly, many people choose to ignore this fact and do not alter their self-destructive ways. They ignore God’s guidance and bring upon themselves trouble, unhappiness, sickness, pain, and premature death. It was never God’s intention that they experience such calamities, but it was their own wrong choices in life that brought about these consequences.

Be fruitful and multiply.

When God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, He created mankind to live forever in paradise. He planted them in the garden of Eden, where there was peace, happiness, bountiful food, health, and every need was taken care of. God Himself met with them in the cool of the afternoon* (Genesis 3:8).

Unfortunately, instead of trusting in God’s direction, they heeded the lies of Satan and ate of the forbidden fruit. As a result, sin and death entered into the world. They not only brought judgment upon themselves, but on the rest of mankind ever since.

Only Jesus can rescue us from this curse.

Despite their disobedience, God had mercy upon them and provided a way to redeem them and their descendents from the consequences of sin and death. Through faith in the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah on the cross, we were freed from this curse. Jesus took the curse upon Himself for us and freed us to be happy and blessed once again.

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’ “ – Galatians 3:13

The day we invited Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, the curse of unhappiness, sickness, pain, and death was broken over our lives and now we can expect to live long and fruitful lives upon the earth.

Let us never forget.

But let us never forget where we came from. We must use this second chance of new life in Christ to avoid making the mistakes and poor choices of the past. By the grace of God we have been forgiven and set free of the old self and have put on the new self in Messiah Jesus. We have a new opportunity to fulfill the good plans God originally purposed for our lives.

As we endeavor to live according to God’s ways and pursue righteousness, God will satisfy us, among other things, with long and fruitful lives. We may not live to be 175 years old like Abraham, but we can expect to live to a ripe old age, full of peace, joy, and good health. We will enjoy the fruits of our labor to the fullest.

We are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. “ – Galatians 3:7-9

As with Abraham – the father of our faith, we can expect God to bless our lives in every way and to finally die one day of “a good old age, an old man (or woman), and full of years” (Genesis 25:8).

The Scriptures also tell us that Abraham was “gathered to his people.” This Old Testament expression signifies more than his burial. It refers to a life well lived and the expectation of being reunited with our loved ones after death. Jesus, along with our departed family and friends in Messiah will be there to meet us upon our resurrection. He will welcome us and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:21).

– Luis Josephus

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* The natural connotation of Genesis 3:8 is that God was in the habit of meeting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden each afternoon. Before they sinned, this passage suggests closeness and intimacy and fellowship with God. Although this was not the first time Adam and Eve heard God’s voice in the garden, this was the first time they hid themselves for fear of the sin they had committed.

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Health Benefits of Ripe Bananas

Bananas_ripenAccording to Japanese Scientific Research, full ripe banana with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality; Hence, the riper the banana the better the anti-cancer quality. Yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than green skin version.

As a banana ripens and turns yellow, its levels of antioxidants increases. These antioxidants in ripe bananas protect your body against cancer and heart diseases.

Eating 1-2 bananas a day increases immunity.

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Is it now lawful to eat all types of meats?

Yes. Under the New Covenant that Jesus instituted, all dietary prohibitions against unclean meats have been removed. However, it is important that all foods should be received with thanksgiving and prayer. The apostle Paul declared that all creatures were created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them that believe and know the truth.

“For every creature of God is good, and not to be rejected, if it be received with gratitude: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – I Timothy 4:4-5

First of all, we must give thanks to God for every meal we partake each day, recognizing that without our heavenly Father’s loving provision of health, work and finances, we could not survive or provide for our families. Secondly, through prayer, any harmful chemicals, bacteria or toxins that our food might contain is eliminated.

A proper prayer over our meals might include, “LORD, we thank you for providing this meal we are about to eat. We ask that you purify it and sanctify it, make it nourishing to our bodies, In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

Also, it is important to consider that our Christian liberty is never license for failing to maintain certain health precautions. Common sense and wisdom, as well as modern scientific evidence dictates that we follow the following guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.
  • Cook foods properly.
  • Avoid overeating and gluttony.
  • Eliminate high fat and sugar intake.
  • Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain good habits of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Allow for ample rest.

If you observe the above guidelines as well as praying over each meal with thanksgiving, you shall do well. God desires that all His faithful children should be in good health and prosper, as well as live long lives.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

Jesus said that what defiles a man is not what he eats, but what comes out of his heart.
Mark 7:18-19

What God has cleansed, let no man call unclean or common.
Acts 10:15

Let no man judge you in food or in drink.
Colossians 2:16

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Comment from Cygnet: “Exactly! I think that people who try to follow the old covenant are people much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They were prideful that their actions were to the letter of the law than they were receptive to God’s love. Salvation is not contingent upon what I do, but upon what He [Jesus] has already done for each of us. Praise God for His Grace!”


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Natural Cures – Honor God with Your Body

Alternative CuresThe Bible teaches us that our bodies are the temple of God; therefore, we have a responsibility to take good care of it. Good nutrition, exercise, and natural foods are several ways we can do so. Utilizing natural cures is also preferable to synthetic drugs and surgery whenever possible. Although the medical profession is often skeptical of alternative natural cures, the truth is that God created herbs and natural healing methods to help us. They have been in use long before the modern medical profession existed.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthian 6:19-20

I recently developed a large cyst on my neck. When I had my doctor examine it, he scheduled me for surgery to have it removed. In the meantime, I read of a natural cure utilizing Vitamin E oil in a book. I started to pray for healing and apply the Vitamin E oil everyday. In a matter of a couple of weeks, the cyst disappeared without the need for invasive and expensive surgery. Praise be to God for guiding me to a natural form of healing! I recommend that you too explore alternative natural cures, as well as prayer, for whatever health problems you might be experiencing.

–         Luis Josephus

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When your health is at risk, you want to consider every option.

In Alternative Cures, three hundred of America’s top doctors and natural healers–herbalists, and nutritionists–share more than one thousand safe and effective remedies for many health concerns. Inside you’ll discover:

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Plus, there are easy-to-follow illustrations of healing exercises and pain-relieving pressure points–along with guidance on when to seek a professional. Alternative Cures provides not only health advice but peace of mind.

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Alternative Cures:
More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies.
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