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I’m a Survivor: Is Your Mind Made Up?

Job 1:1-3;6- there was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and he was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. He had 10 children and vast possessions. He was the richest. Of all the people of the East. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before The Lord, and Satan also came among them. And The Lord said to Satan, “from where do you come.”

True greatness is not measured by possessions, but rather by what you have inside of you. Job did not come from wealthy beginnings. He made wise decisions and put God first, thus God blessed everything that he did.

Matt 7:13-14- enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

You can’t reach heaven by following after the crowd. Job decided to cling to what was good and shunned what was evil. Job walked in favor, but understood that what he had did not make him. He understood that his source for everything was God. The sooner we take on n attitude of clinging to the goodness of God and shunning evil, the sooner we can walk in God’s favor.

Two things determine what we will become in life:
1. Our decisions
2. Our response to God

God lets us decide how we will live. He gave us a choice.

We have the power to make our own choices, but our choices have the power to make us.

Ecc 12:1- remember now your creator in the days of youth, before the difficult days come,

We cannot choose the environment we are born into, but we can choose our reaction and our response.

You don’t wait till you’re in the middle of a storm to make your decision to follow Christ. How you respond to Him now will determine how you handle your battle or storm.

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I’m a Survivor: What is your faith level?

Heb 12:1-2- therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…..

It takes consistency to build endurance. Condition yourself.

By faith we access everything that God has for our lives. Those things don’t just come by hard work or by random happenings. Faith determines how God responds and if He responds.

How do I perceive God? What is my depth and breadth of who He is? How we perceive God affects our faith.

Mark 6:3-6- the story of Jesus back home in Nazareth- his family could not perceive Him as God. So, He chose not to do miracles there, because of their lack of faith. But He did heal a few sick, because even among all of the unbelief, He responded to the faith of those who hd it. They accessed it when most missed it.

There are only 2 things that moved Jesus: compassion and faith

Luke 17:5- the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, and then Jesus tells them a parable about faith.

Rev. 12:11- and they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

It’s one thing to know and believe, but to hear another tell you about it is empowering!

We should always be ready and willing to share what God has done in our lives.

2Cor10:5- casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Provoke your faith by crying out to God!

God will so,strikes remove crutches in our lives that we didn’t realize we’re crutches, so that we learn to lean on Him.

God doesn’t just want you to have your mothers faith, He wants you to have YOUR faith!

We have to cast aside every thought that will keep us from having faith knowledge of God.

The strength of our faith is determined by the reliability of the object we put our faith in. That’s why it is important to know God.

Our faith level will never outgrow our knowledge level.

Trust comes when you know who HE is.

Romans 10:17- faith comes by hearing me earring by the word of God.

5 things you need to know about God

1. Existence- Heb 11:6- he who comes to God must believe that HE iS!
Rom 1:12- through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities….so they have no excuse for not knowing God.

2. Gods nature- Heb 13:8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

3. Character- Heb 6:16-18- god also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change His mind…..it is impossible for God to lie.
Rom:4:17- ….God, who gives life to the dead, and calls those things which do not exist as though they did
Rom 10:23- for He who promised is faithful!

4. His Ability- Gen 18: 13-14……”is anything too hard for The Lord?”

5. His Willingness – Matt 7:7-11

I’m a Survivor: life is complicated, but I will Survive

2 Cor 12:7-9- because of these great revelations, therefore in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I p,eased with The Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

-the Devil sends it, Paul recieves it, God decides to leave it, because Paul needs it!

Sometimes God takes what the enemy sends to destroy us and redeems it, then He uses it to develop us! Sometimes He likes the heat on us, because He likes the fruit it produces!

-God uses a small crisis in Paul’s life to help him avoid a big crisis. God was trying to keep Paul humble.

Satan never sent the thorn while Paul was still Saul. He waited until after his conversion. Satan always knew the destiny of Paul and the damage that he could do. He wasn’t worries about it until Saul saw his own destiny in Christ.

What is a thorn in my flesh?
-an agitating issue assigned us by the enemy to get us to abandon our God given assignment.

Romans 7:14- so the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin,

How do we survive life’s complications?

HANG ON TO GOD AND DON’T LET GO!!!!!!!!!

I’m a Survivor: who will promote the next generation?

1 kings 1:1-2;5-7- when King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. His attendants said,” let us look for a young virgin….she can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.” Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him…..Adonijah conferred with Joab and Abiathar….

Psalms 75:6-7 for exaltation comes neither from the east not the west, or from the south. God is the judge. He puts one down, and exalts another.

Competition often drives men to be self promoters,but that is unhealthy spiritually. We are not called to be promotion seekers, but God seekers. Promotion follows people who do what they should be doing. God is against self promoters. Become good at what you are called to do now, and let God promote you later.

Every generation is looking for what’s next. We are called to promote them.

In the verse above, David was looking to promote Solomon.

Psalms 145:4- one generation shall praise your works to another. And shall declare your acts.

*every generation must pass the baton to the next generation. *

Adonijah had a self promoting spirit, just as Lucifer had one in the beginning. When we operate in a self promoting spirit, we are acting in a satanic spirit. Pride comes before the fall. But when we serve faithfully and humbly, God takes notice of it and promotes us.

Adonijah became king, but only for one day.

Sometimes, God will give you a promise, and it feels like somebody else is sitting in that spot. We see a false promise sitting where our real promise should be. If God has given you a promise, HOLD ON, because false promises only last for a day.

Adonijah making himself king was just a ploy to keep the real king from taking the throne, too many times, we allow falsehoods and false promises to take what God has promised us. Don’t give up…ever! Only God can put down and raise up. When a promise is near, the enemy will throw things in front of you to sway your focus.

If we are going to raise up a new generation, we have some enemies to deal with who are trying to kill off that new generation, some enemies are outside the church, but many are inside the church too.

I’m a Survivor: Can You Handle the Heat?

We must learn how to handle the heat!

John 16:33- these things I have spoken to you, that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

The kingdom of God is not about avoiding tribulation. It’s about enduring tribulation.

2 Cor 4:8-9- we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted, but not abandoned; perplexed, but not in despair; struck down, but not destroyed.

To survive means to endure tribulation and overcome it. We have to realize that we will endure the heat at time, seasons where we are pushed on every side. I must stand firm! There comes a time when we must look at our trouble and declare that WE WILL SURVIVE!

No matter how faithful to God you are, life will still happen.

How will you handle the heat?

Willpower is very important. It comes down to our will in every circumstance. It can’t be taught. But willpower alone is not enough. There must be some God given skill to go long with it.

Daniel 2 and 3- Nebuchadnezzar had overtaken Israel. He had built the huge statue and had driven the decree that everyone should bow down and worship it when the horn sounded. He recruited the brightest minds in Israel to be his advisors. Daniel as one of them, and he, in turn brought on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Sidenote: Daniel knew these three before he was even promoted. He knew their character and that they treated him with honor and loyalty before he was promoted. Understand, Sometimes, my door is not my door, but it is connected to someone else’s door. So you’d better serve faithfully now, because the person you serve with today might be the one God uses to open your own door! Be careful how you treat people now, because you never know what they may do later. Treat people good now, because those same people may be good to you in the future. Even if they don’t, God will!

You can’t love the door God opened for you more than the God who opened the door! There will be times when God opens a door of tribulation so that you can be refined!

How do you handle the heat?

1. Develop confidence in God before you go through the fire. Dan 3:17- if that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, o king.

If you don’t have confidence in God before the crisis, the heat will reveal our true make up. You must have the confidence in knowing who God is! You may not be in. Crisis right now, but God is trying to build confidence in you before your crisis comes. Growth is proved in how we respond to crisis.

2. Cultivate commitment to your convictions that is greater than your commitment to your convenience. Dan 3:18- but if not, let it be known to you that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you set up.

If we don’t make up in our hearts now that we have convictions that we are willing to die for, we will fall for anything. The world will try to mold us into their convictions, but we must know who we re in God, and what God wants us to do. Choose to be solid in your convictions, regardless of your convenience.

3. Remain calm in the middle of the crisis.

Sometimes you have to speak to your subconscious and say its ok. WE WILL SURVIVE.
Sometimes, Gods answer is not to get you out of the fire. Sometimes God is looking to make us free IN the fire!

Dan 3:27- then high officers….crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!