Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Ultimate Survivor - Beating the Enemy


How many of you watch the show Survivor or have at some point?

You know the routine, get 18 people of various genders, ages, backgrounds, and professions and still them together against one another and see who can outlast, outwit and outplay each other to make it as Soul Survivor!

Yet just what are these people willing to do to get to the top? Lie, cheat, manipulate, deceive, control, negotiate, blackmail, and basically whatever it takes to get to the top.

Sounds kinda like the corporate world in some aspects or politics if you ask me.

Yet even in the midst of the church, we have this very same thing going on. We will often do whatever it takes to move ahead. For what reason, do we think God is going to reward those who have the most toys, done the most good, helped the most people? Yet when we look at the motivation of the heart of these people we see it isn't with the right intentions.

They are glory seekers, not soul seekers! I have even heard people so full of themselves brag about how many people they have led to the Lord this week and then turn around and ask well what about you?

Is their motivation in the right place?

I think its safe to assume that the enemy is at work causing these things. It's about pride, envy, jealousy, and arrogance! These are not fruits of the Spirit.

Yet too often we let the enemy win battle after subsequent battle in our life each and every single day, because we fail to remember that we have power dwelling within us that can easily defeat him at his own games.

We have the ultimate Survivor as our personal God and Savior, attempting to do good works in our lives if we would merely get out of the way and let Him work through us.

Too often we let life wear us thin and wear us down to the bone.

We believe the lies we are told day after day in our mind. We grumble and complain about everything and think that somehow that will change our attitude for the day, yet what we fail to realize is just how much we contribute to our own bad attitudes and bad days.

There are some of us that literally wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and stay that way all through the day, complain about it, feel physically ill despite it all, and then complain to God, "Why me?"

Well why not you? You did it to yourself!

Instead of waking up feeling bad, how about telling yourself it's going to be a fabulous day! The best day ever! Just speak those words out loud and see if it doesn't just change your mind set just slightly.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself and realize that we have the power to get over how we are feeling, claim the promises God has for us, through His Word, and start living a victorious life.

How many times are we going to go back to the same old thing and yet forget we can get out of it just as easily?

We are professionals at meditating on our worries, our problems and everything that is wrong in our lives and in the world, but complain about how hard it is to meditate on God's Word. Its the same way, just changing our minds and attitudes instead of dwelling on the bad, dwell on the good.

The best way to survive is that no matter what horrible thing is going on in your life right now, praise God and give Him the thanks for it. Stop complaining and start praising! It's the ultimate play in the Survivor Handbook which is the Bible.

Every promise in the Bible is yours to take if you have the faith to believe it. Do you have what it takes to be a Survivor for God? Or will you let the enemy outwit, outlast and outplay you?

11 comments:

Clif said...

Great post. Great truths written about in a clear and easy way to understand. This needed to be said and you did a good job of it. Thanks.

Denise said...

Powerful, thanks for speaking the truth.

Joyce said...

Great post!

Deb said...

You got it going here, sweet girl.

Our Savior as Survivor.

The Bible is our survivor handbook.

I'm feeling stronger already.

Sweet dreams.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Great posting Kat, Thanks for the reality check! I like what you said about how to start our day, We have a choice to make each day, thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Resting and dwelling in the truth of my Savior and his Word... it's possible to "live" there, truly it is.

Thanks for stopping by and for your prayers. And yes, church does sometimes seem like a bad episode of "survivor."

peace~elaine

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

very timely post Kat, full of such truth for all of us!

Sassy Granny ... said...

Until I began to take God at His word, there were a LOT of things He said I am, or could be, that I simply ignored. So, when He tells me that I'm "more than conquerors", I just have to believe I'm equipped to not only survive, but thrive.

What's imperative for me is to be intentional, and to armor up 24/7. Then "watch out world"!

Blessings,
Kathleen

Terry said...

Howdy Sweetie
Amen to your awesome post !
I am so happy you shared this wonderful wisdom while it is a tuly simple matter so many just seem to miss it .
You made it so easy to understand.
Your words were truly annointed .
Thank you .
Big hugs from your
Texas blogging sister
Until Next Time
Happy Trails

Goose Hill Farm said...

AMEN, Kat! I'm a Survivor for God!

What a great post!

Blessings~
Laura

Steph T. said...

Thank you so much this post. We have a choice each day who we will serve & what we will allow into our lives! And we have the power to take down anything that come in our way in the name of Jesus Christ!!
Great post!
Blessings,
Steph