Summary: It is our most natural instinct, our strongest desire, the basic fabric of human existence, - the will to survive! As Christians we are supposed to have been crucified with Christ and now living our lives in and for Him. This is a conflict for most of us
18, January 2004
Dakota Community Church
Don’t Be A Survivor
It is the theme and title of the most popular television series at this time.
It is our most natural instinct, our strongest desire, the basic fabric of human existence, - the will to survive!
As Christians we are supposed to have been crucified with Christ and now living our lives in and for Him. This is a conflict for most of us much of the time.
The desire to survive:
- Keeps us at a mediocre level.
- Eats away at our convictions until we are willing to compromise.
- Leads us to make decisions that will please people rather than God.
- Drives us to excuse our ineffectiveness and lack of fruit.
- Robs us of the freedom and joy that are in Christ.
- Hinders us from complete obedience to God.
Luke 9: 23- 24
23Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
Galatians 2: 20
20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The question tonight then is this:
Are you a survivor or a dead man?
1. Survivors look after themselves, dead men trust God.
Some examples of people who looked after themselves rather than trusting God:
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."
32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
8 So Abram said to Lot, "Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left."
10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
14 The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."