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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

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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:

Genesis 25:29-34

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.

Genesis 13:8-18

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."

18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.

1Samuel 13: 11-14

11 "What have you done?" asked Samuel.

Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, 12 I thought, ’now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."

13 "You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command."

Matthew 19: 20-23

20"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"

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