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“Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!14 Turn away from evil and do good.Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:12-14

veryone desires long life, even people with health challenges from birth. They have hopes for a better tomorrow and most times the better tomorrow comes miraculously. Remember John 9; the man born blind, remember Bartimeus, Mark 10; remember the lame man at the beautiful gate in Acts 3, he did not die lame. I like a Smart TV nicknamed Life is Good. A supposedly wise old man once asked “if heaven is a better place as Christians claim why don’t they die now and leave immediately?” I commented by saying we don’t die now because life is good. Besides , the maximum we can live here is 1000years, from the statistics of Methuselah who lived the longest with 969 years , and when we go to heaven we shall live there forever and ever. Therefore there’s no need to rush to heaven!

I believe the issue is not about the desire to live long, it is about how to live long. The bible, the manual for living a long and prosperous life, through many writers, gave us some of those principles and nuggets. Let us look at three of them.

1. Watch your tongue. “Keep your tongue from evil. “ Vs 12. Words are like eggs when spoken you cannot retrieve them. Your apologies for bad words does not erase it from the minds, it rarely stops people from retaliation even from generation to generation. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Prov 18:21. Stop terminating you life, future, career, marriage, business with your little tongue.

2. Stop lying and doing evil. “ keep your lips ….from telling lies” V13.Lies can only protect you temporarily. The Yorubas say “bi iro ba lo logun odun, ojo kan ni ooto a ba” You can cover your lies for as long as you want , truth will one day catch up with it. Rev 21:8-all liars will go to hell. Telling a lie may not kill you immediately but can kill the victims immediately. Remember the people that lied to get Naboth killed. 1 King 21. Many business have nose dived and the business owners have committed suicide because of lies. Today’s hackers,scammers, Ponzi schemes drivers, are killing people in thousands by their lies and deceits. Stop destroying people by telling lies and doing evil things. Some ministries and churches are built on lies, false miracles, only to lead the vulnerable members to premature death. Through lies and deceit many governments officials have diverted the salaries, pensions of people, money for infrastructural developments and this have lead to the untimely death of many. If you keep telling lies and doing evil people will lie against you at a point. Stop lying, the Bible warns to enable longevity.

3. Do good . “do good, search for peace, and work to maintain it” V14. You seriously want to live long? cultivate the habit of doing good. What does it mean to do good? Firstly, living godly, honest life and secondly, helping others with good intentions and motives. You can immensely increase your life span by avoiding a bad life style, eating junk food, including addiction to cigarettes, alcohol,cocaine, and other substances. Joining wrong company, peer groups, attending wild parties. Engaging in rape, gangsterism, kidnapping, banditry, prostitution will lead to early death for perpetrators and their victims. Rather build lives, give your life to Christ, preach the gospel of Jesus, bring people who are living unholy lives to live holy. Pray for people. Help the needy. Don’t abuse your position as politicians, ministers of God, professors, business men, market women, contractors, members of parliament and judiciary. Fight for the oppressed. Run away from corruption. In your marriage seek peace, not divorce and separation, think of the future of your children. You may remarry but what about the challenges of stepparents. Do good, contribute to the growth of your church and community financially and in kind.There is no end to the amount of good you can do, but doing good will help you to live long.

Conclusion: “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. “Psalm 91:16. Meaning the long term plan of God is for you to live long on earth. However, our life span depends largely on our choices. As they say you cannot plant apples and harvest mangoes. Are you currently engaged in a lifestyle that has the potential to terminate your life prematurely and that of your family or neighbours? then stop it. Are there principles you know that can help you fulfill your life goals and help you to live long, God has sent me to you today to start it right away . That is what the Holy Spirit taught me this morning you can learn and practice it too. By God’s grace I pray you shall live long in good health and in great prosperity in Jesus’ name.