The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Ninety-first Psalm, continued

To attempt to imitate Christ in order to gain power and wisdom that one can use for his own purposes (however clothed in religious terms) is to be the same as Satan: to want to be like God without becoming part of God. To approach the Christian salvation in this manner is to partake of the spirit of Antichrist and the False Prophet. This approach sells books and so it finds its way into the Christian book stores, which sometimes seem oblivious to the merits of the merchandise they are selling.

With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Psalms 91:16—NIV)

How long is a "long life"? A long life is a life long enough to be satisfied.

Many older Christians are held here beyond their appointed time, I believe, because we are reluctant to let them go. Extraordinary medical procedures are adopted that keep them "alive" far past the time when they are really living here on earth.

Sometimes they are chained here by our prayers when actually God has plans for them in the spirit realm that will make them gloriously happy. Our desire to keep them here is understandable but is it selfish? We must ask ourselves this.

There ought to be a time when we are ten years of age or eighty at which we understand our work on earth has been completed, when we are a mature cob of corn in the ear, so to speak, ready to be put in God's barn to await the day of resurrection.

Are we so in love with this valley of the shadow of death in which we struggle to survive that we are willing to resist our entrance or the entrance of a loved one into a world of peace and joy?

God will satisfy us with as many years as necessary to fulfill our own need for ripening and to make the contribution assigned to us. He knows all our days and they already have been written.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalms 139:15,16—NIV)

Let's do our best for God while we are alive on earth. We will enter the next stage of our existence soon enough.

God will show His salvation to those who are abiding in Him. His salvation is not as apparent as we might think. We have not seen it just because we have "accepted Christ."

Receiving Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior is the beginning of the good fight of faith. It is the first step on the path to eternal life. Many forces arise to try to take our crown, to prevent us from bearing lasting fruit.

The gate is small that leads to life and the path is constricted and filled with obstacles. But if we persist, day after day, in seeking God we will find Him.

Everyone who asks shall receive.

Everyone who keeps on seeking, finds.

To those who keep on knocking it shall be opened.

To be continued.