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Live Long and Prosper
By Pastor John

Factors in health and long life:
Weight, diet, exercise, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar.

All of those are valid. But the Word of God gives us a different view on how to live long and prosper.

The greatest factor in health and long life is our relationship with God.
Obey the Lord
Proverbs 3:1-8
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.           

Proverbs 4:20-22
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. 

Honor your father and mother
Ephesians 6:2-3
2 "Honor your father and mother"-- which is the first commandment with a promise-3 that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

Honor means doing whatever the Lord expects, and whatever is right.
Previous verse:
Ephesians 6:1
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."

If we help others, God will help us
Psalm 41:1-3
1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. 2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. 3The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.    

Joy in the Lord brings health
Proverbs 17:22
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Nehemiah 8:10
"The Joy of the Lord is your strength" 

    Longer Life? Put on a Happy Face
    February 8, 2000

         ROCHESTER, Minn. (Reuters) - Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, reporting on a study that spanned three decades, said on Tuesday they have found that optimistic people live about 19 percent longer than pessimists.
        "It confirmed our common-sense belief," said Toshihiko Maruta, a psychiatrist who was the lead researcher in the project. "It tells us that mind and body are linked and that attitude has an impact on the final outcome, death."
        The finding came from a look at 839 people living in the Minnesota county where Mayo is headquartered. They were among a group given a personality survey between 1962 and 1965 which detected how people habitually explain the causes of life's event and then classified them as optimists, pessimists or a bit of both.
        In looking at the test subjects 30 years later and comparing them against their expected survival rates, the researchers found that those classified as optimists had a significantly better survival rate while there was a 19 percent increase in the risk of death for the pessimists.
        The report, published in the February issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, did not try to explain why positive attitude was equated with longevity. It said that optimists may be less likely to develop depression and helplessness or they might be more positive in seeking medical help and taking care of themselves, with less fatalistic thinking about their own health.
        In an editorial published in the same issue commenting on the study, Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, said pessimism is both identifiable early in life and can be changed.
        As a result, he said, it might be possible to put people into programs to change their way of thinking and lower their risk for physical illness.

Just as faith and obedience to God bring health, sin often brings sickness.
1 Corinthians 11:27-30
27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.

All of God's promises must be received by faith. 

God doesn't promise we will live forever in this life.  That's for heaven.  Christians get sick and unless the Lord returns soon, we will all die.

But the Word of God reveals our relationship with Him affects our health and lifespan. If we haven't been walking right with God, it is not too late to start.

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." 

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