August 13, 2010

The Truth About The Numbering of Our Days

Posted in Authority, Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Keys To The Kingdom tagged , , , , , , , , at 4:00 am by Lisa Ritchey


I have always heard people say that our days are numbered.  They say that God numbers our days, as in “He gives us a certain number of days on the earth, and when someone dies, it is because their days are up”, or else they say, “Goooood caaalled them hooooome.”  Pardon my French, but BALOGNA!.  This is so very far from the truth. How very sad it is that people do not search the Scriptures to find the truth instead of just believing what the are told.  
 
First of all, it is very often up to us how long we live.  In John 10:10 Jesus plainly states, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:”  This tells us that the thief (the enemy) comes to kill people.  There is a spirit of infirmity and a spirit of death, and they really do work on the earth today.  Could they attack Christians?  Absolutely!  Those that serve well are always targets for attack, but also, when we sin, we open the door for demonic attacks of various types.  These included.  Let’s not forget, though, that God does pass judgement and will send evil spirits as well as angels[1], and curse as well as bless.[2]
  
There is some really good news for those that do not already know about it, though.  Here is how I know that often, it is up to us how long we live:  The rest of John 10:10 reads, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (Yeah, it was Jesus that said all of that, so it has to be true, right?)  Also, in God said that for those who hide in the shadow of the Almighty[3] that, “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”[4]  So what do we do about it?  We have been given power over all  the power of the enemy (Lk. 10:13).  How do we exercise this power?  That is a whole ‘nother article (which I happen to have already written. See my articles Where is the Power in the Church Part 1 and Part 2 for the answer to that question. ).
 
Our days should be numbered but not like those people above meant. Then what does it mean?
  
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12.
 
Teach us?  We are to do it?  But what does that word “number” mean then? 
 
Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary defines it as entry #4487 – manah (pronounced maw-naw’) which reads, “A primitive root; properly to weigh out; by implication to allot or constitute officially; also to enumerate or enroll: – appoint, count, number, prepare, set, tell.”  You should be able to tell a difference in each day because you do something different, accomplish something else.  Number your days, as in a journal.
 
God has something for each of us to do each day in order for our days to be numbered.  It may be to pray through an issue, it may be to praise ourselves into His actual presence so He can show us something special.  It may be to write a page/chapter in a book.  It may be to work on getting the house clean, one small section at a time.  It could be to call someone who needs an ear to listen to them, or a word of encouragement.  It could be something so seemingly insignificant to us, but that could mean the difference in someone else living in darkness and despair or light and love. 
 
One day is not to be like every other day.  Let’s see to it that we number every one of our days.  To God be all glory forever and ever.  Hallelujah! And all of God’s people said, “A-men.” 

[1] Judges 9:23; 1 Samuel 16:14, 15, 16, 23; 1 Samuel 18:10; 1 Samuel 19:9. 

[2] Deuteronomy 11:26-28

“26. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

27. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

28. And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”

[3]“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1.  

[4] Psalms 91:16

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel

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