Have you ever wanted to feel young, vibrant and fresh at an older age? What is your expectancy of life when you get older? Do you hold on to what millenniums of experience have to say or do you look for a promise in the Word written millenniums ago from our Lord who is no respecter of persons and says
His promises are always yes (2 Cor 1:20)?
The Word gives us abundant life with His eternal, resurrecting power within us. Our faith and desire in the possibilities of God, (which can be impossibilities with men) aids us into crossing over unto the fountain of youthful strength. I’d like to present to you twelve instances, or twelve fountains from the foundation of the Word. Feel free to drink from one or all. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
“And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they pitched there.” Num 33:9
1) “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Gen 6:3
After the flood, the Word for life from the giver set a standard, even though God’s friend Abraham lived to be 175 (Gen 25:7), and Sarah at 127 (Gen 23:1). (Isn’t it good to be the friend of God?).
2) “And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.” Gen 21:5
Prayer and purpose can do what Viagra can’t.
3) “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” Gen 18:12 “For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.” Gen 21:2 The desire to fulfill the promise of God to create good seed upon the earth was greater than excuses of age. (Though it did help that they were very rich Gen 13:2) At 90, she also nursed her son.
4) “And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.” Gen 12:14,15 The lasting beauty of Sarah at 65 was still quite desirable. Even in her 80’s, the King of Gerar sent for her (Gen 20:2).
5) “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Prov 14:27 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the spiritual ‘how to’ depart from the snares of the enemy. Whether we read in the word that tells us to ‘honor mother and father’ for long life (Eph 6:2,3), or staying away from greed or bad people (Prov 2:16-19, 4:10-14, 5:5, 28:16), we can make our own decisions to walk toward the fountain or a dry place. These dry places can also include stress, debt, unforgiveness or other things that curse our lives.
6) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Prov18:21
Our confession and/or the confession and belief from other people, will give us faith from either the Word of God, or opinions from men, medically educated or not. We have the choice to say things like “I’m getting old” (that’s why I feel this way or can’t do these things) “That’s what happens when you get older”, “I am forgetting things because I am old” (Can the Spirit bring all things to your remembrance? Yes!) or confess the power of health above circumstances, or temporary illusions of the enemy. If the spirit of pain tries to get your mind into a make-believe state, you can fight the good fight of faith in victory by meditating on the promises of God. It may be ‘a-truth’ that you are suffering, but when you know ‘The Truth’ it will make you free!
7) “And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these 45 years.. and now, lo, I am this day 85 years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.” Josh 14:10,11
Caleb held on to his fountain of youth knowing that he had a purpose in life that should be accomplished. While we are still on the earth, there is so much witnessing, evangelism, missionary work, intercessory prayer for us to do that we can’t go up to heaven and do. Remind yourself that you are not here just for you, but your life here is to build the kingdom with the help and power of God. Take advantage of more years and life you are provided to do so. Don’t be weary in well doing.
8) “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.“Ps 36:8,9
It is God’s pleasure for us to be in health and prosper. It gives Him glory and makes Him look like the provider and healer He really is. God is not moved by our needs, but by our faith. When we see the light on a promise and receive it, it is the faith that pleases Him. I would rather have Him make me drink from a river more than a ‘hit or miss’ squirt gun that says ‘maybe God will let you live long or maybe He wouldn’t’.
9) “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee…there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling…therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Ps 91:7-16
You were waiting for that one! If you were the only one who believed and refused to jump on the bandwagon of mediocrity, many would fall by ignorance and leave you standing. Your goal to serve backed up by the promise of heavenly protection makes you invincible from the plans of the enemy.
10) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
You are blessed to be a blessing. God gives seeds to the sower, and multiplies talents for the harvest. When you shower people with the fountain that you’ve been given, your fountain remains full of power. When John had quoted these examples from Isaiah (44:3,55:1,58:11), the prophesy that God would speak through men with His living water is fulfilled. If someone speaks to you with a different fountain than life, (i.e. ‘you could go at any time’) you should rebuke the thought and rebuke or refresh the person.
11) “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Is 40:28-31
You’ve seen this coming! Are you waiting on the Lord? (busy doing His work, like a restaurant waiter) Did you realize that Adam wasn’t born to sweat or deteriorate and God’s plan for man was His best? So many verses get back to fulfilling His original intent for our earthly life. Do you get the idea that He
desires dominion for us?
12) “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Ps. 103:4,5
Oh, did you need confirmation? Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let it be established. Faith has to be bigger than what you’re experiencing or it wouldn’t be faith. Pray for Godly youth, strength and wisdom. Pray off wrinkles or any other thing you may have previously associated with age. Let’s gather all the spoils of the enemy. I’m getting younger just thinking about it!
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes“. Rev 7:17