Bible Verse Of The Day

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Stay Young And Fruitful All Your Life

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." Psalm 92:12-15

The Lord desires that we serve Him for as long as we live. Even in old age, believers have the privilege of obeying God and ministering to other people. As Christians, in order for us to keep productive and young at heart we need to consider some attitudes and actions.

First: Keep Learning
Acquiring new skills or knowledge stimulates our minds.As believers, most important thing we can do is to continue learning more about God through reading and studying His Word. We will not be fruitful or gain anything if we stop learning. Our mind is like a machine, once you are not using it there is a possibility to stock up.

Second: Keep Loving
We are to love the Lord and other people, especially believers. Individuals who are in caring relationships whether with a spouse, friends, or family are more likely to stay young at heart.

Third: Keep Laughing
Laughter relaxes your body and helps release tension. A healthy sense of humor gives us a sense of vitality. There is a quote says "Laughter is a good medicine". It helps to release stress that can cause health problems.

Fourth: Keep Leaving
Once you confess a sin or give a burden to the Lord, leave it with Him. Painful events from the past may come to mind, but don't dwell on them. Those who want to be youthful can't carry around the weight of emotional baggage. We should not live in the past, learn how to forgive and forget.
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Fifth: Keep Longing
Christians should want to reach their potential. So never stop dreaming about what the Lord may want to do through you. Allow yourself to use your imagination while prayerfully determining biblical goals for your life. God knows the desire of your heart and every dream you have in life. Just entrust everything unto Him, pray without ceasing, don't doubt and keep believing that God will able to give what you are praying for.

Sixth: Keep Looking
Watch to see how God is working in you and in the lives of those around you. Read His Word and expect Him to reveal spiritual truth. Pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He guides you moment by moment.

Seventh: Keep Laboring
The pattern God set for the Hebrews was six days of labor and one day of rest. Our maker designed us to be active. Exercising our bodies through manual labor and other physical activity keeps them healthy. God wants us to take care of our body and we should know how to take care of it.

Eight: Keep Leaning on your Heavenly Father
Turn every burden and worry over to God. Learn to depend more and more on Him. The Christian life is impossible to be apart from the strength of the Holy Spirit working through us. We can't stand on our own, if we are relying on our own strength we easily fall down and becomes weak. We need God and we should be totally dependent on Him. Without God we are nothing.

Ninth: Keep Your Language Positive
What your mouth speaks, your ear hears, your brain registers, and your body responds. People with a positive, godly attitude and a desire to obey the Lord tend to avoid much of the stress that burdens so many today.

Tenth: Keep Listening to the Lord
When you pray, don't do all the talking. Ask the Father to guide your life each day. He knows your hidden abilities and wants to help you reach your potential. Ignore ungodly counsel and choose to follow His wisdom instead.

God desires for us to have a fruitful life. We can choose to grow old early or remain youthful all our days. The secret on how to stay young and fruitful is to listen to God's voice and obey Him in every situation.

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