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  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Survival Tips Check This ====Everyone that aims at mastery must strive for it. There is always a price to pay or a cross to carryfor a crown. To have a victory one must fight a battle. In this article I have provided 16 SurvivalStrategies that one can adopt to outlive the troubles of life.1. Knowledge - To have knowledge is to be aware of something. When you understand that thereis a great battle or war that is on for "the man that is born of a woman", youll sure prepare or armyourself for it. Your knowledge of the battle tells you that it is not a joke, but a battle of life orsurvival. For the believer and follower of Christ, the Child of God, the battle is two faced. One isthe battle of life; the other is the battle to make it to heaven at last.Every average human is on a sustained battle or struggle for life. Life itself is a struggle. The Wordof God says that man is born unto "troubles" (Job 5:7; 14:1; Ecclesiastes 2:22-23). As aconsequence or punishment for disobedience to Gods Word, humanity through Adam wassubjected to a life-long battle or struggle to eat or survive (Genesis 3:16-19). Man has to labour,struggle, exert energy and sweat for sustenance or survival on earth. The casting down of thedevils to earth and their wicked activities joined to compound the things that man has to battle orweather through to survive. These last days have witnessed all intensification of the battle for thesurvival of man. Today, one has a lot to battle or struggle with to survive or continue to exist onearth - circumstances, fellow human beings and the unseen wicked forces (Ephesians 6:12).It should be noted that many have been "slain" or "maimed" in this battle, both the battle of life andthat of going to heaven. Without knowledge, every preparation of man for whatever battle is futile.A careful look at the way side of life will reveal to one either the carcasses of those slain in thebattle or the "maimed" that are waiting for death. At the time of exodus of the Israelites from Egyptto Canaan land of promise, many could not make it. They could not contend with the variousforces that confronted them on the way, including "unbelief, and so their carcasses littered in thewilderness. It is still so in our time. Many who could not contend with forces that confront them inlife or on their way to heaven have had their carcasses littered either here on this earth or in hell.2. The Battle Is Winnable - Notwithstanding the fierceness or intensity of the war or battle we areinto, the truth we must know and believe is that it can be won. There have been people, whofought life battles when they were faced or confronted by same, and they won. They did not onlysurvive, they "lived" or enjoyed life till their time was up. In the case of the battle to make it toheaven, there are those who fought it before us and made it to heaven and are there now enjoyingthe bliss of heaven and the presence and glory of the Lord (Cons. 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Hebrews 12:1-3; Luke 16:20,25). Many people, men and women, have fought and won the various things thatconfronted them in life. And if they did, we too can. It only takes developing the right mind, attitudeand strategies.
  2. 2. 3. Belief In And Determination For Victory - The beginning of survival or winning the battle of life isthe belief that one can survive or make it no matter the situation, and the determination to do so atall costs. Apostle Pauls belief in the winning of the race to heaven made him to determine to do soat all costs (Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 9:26-27). That belief and determination was his drivingforce to work hard and to endure all he had to race. And with that he could say, shortly before hisdeath, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth,there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness..." (2 Timothy 4:6-8). He did not allow anythingthat confronted him to deter, hinder or move him, because he was determined to make it.Determination is the quality of being committed to doing or achieving something without anyintention to fail. The statement or confession of the determined is always, "I must", "I can", "I will".The knowledge of the fact that somebody had won or survived the struggle or battle before helpsto build "belief" and "determination" in a person to face the struggle or battle. If we can believe thatwe will survive or win the battle of life we will surely make it.4. Faith In God - As we believe and determine that we can survive or win that battle of life, in theface of al the oppositions, we will need to have implicit faith or trust in God with whom "all thingsare possible" (Matthew 19:26). We must believe or trust in Him and have Him always on our sideor with us. This will mean that we must always do "those things that please Him" (John 8:29; 1Peter. 3:10-13). And with God on our side, nothing shall be impossible to us - every battle must bewon. Let us have faith in God to face or fight the battle before us.5. Willingness And Readiness To Do Anything Legitimate - If we must survive in life, eat, havebasic necessities of life and become what we should, we must be willing and ready to do anythinglegitimate. We must look for "Whatever our hands find to do" and get into doing it "With all ourmight". The wisdom of God says, "In all labor there is profit". There are too many profitable thingswe can get into doing with the intellect and strength God has blessed us with and which mayrequire little or no money to begin. All it takes is our willingness and readiness. Some of thoseprofitable things may appear common, mean or shameful to some people. This is where selfcrucifixion or mortification of pride and ego will come in. Those who are bent on survival in life arealways "deaf" and "blind" to how people see them and what they say. But those who bother aboutsuch things never make it. If we must survive the battle of life, we must be willing and ready toremove shame or pride from our lives (Mark 8:38). With our God-given strength and intellect andany little amount of money we may have or can get from friends, etc., (where money is required),we can always start something. There are too many things people can do to survive or live thatdoes not require a lot of money and yet can yield great dividends.When we are willing and ready to do or engage into any legitimate thing, job, trade, etc., we mustsurely survive or live. God is always ready to bless and proper such, especially if there is faith inHim by those involved. But if any person will want to preserve his/her pride, shame, ego,personality or dignity while desiring or dreaming to survive or make it in life, let the one know that"The talk of the lips will only tend to penury" (Proverbs 14:23 ). One wonders the type of pride, egoor dignity a hungry, needy and poor person seeks to preserve that should not make him engagehimself into a gainful business to live.6. Diligence - Diligence is another thing that is very relevant to or necessary for our survival in thisbattle of life. It means no other thing than to "Do it with your might". Diligence is "steady effort orcareful hard work". It is not enough to be willing and ready to do anything legitimate to live orsurvive; one must be diligent in that.
  3. 3. If people must patronize our goods or services, we must make such goods and services to be totheir taste, attractive and satisfactory. We must see that such goods or services are ready whenand where the people (customers) need them. And also we must be available in the place of workof business when the people need us. Most businessmen and women work towards killing theirown businesses or work by not being diligent. When this happens, you see them pointing accusingfingers, blaming the devil, witches and wizards, their "uncles", etc., for the failure. They begin torun after prayer people or market deliverers to stage a magic for their return back to business. Butprayer without diligently working to succeed is equal to failure. We must know that there is time foreverything. We must not sacrifice the time for a particular thing for another.The Bible says that if you are diligent and careful about whatever you do, you will stand beforekings and not ordinary people. No matter how small your labor", business or work is, there mustbe profit in it if only there is diligence - hard-work and carefulness. Whatever we feel or see thatwe can do to earn living or to survive, let us do it diligently, that is, with all our might, carefully andvery well. Also, those in academics, Gospel ministry, etc., must apply diligence in whatever theydo if they must succeed or make it. It should be noted that although it appears that our emphasiswas on surviving in life or winning the battle of life, the strategies or principles adduced orsuggested are equally relevant to the battle of making it to heaven.7. Persistence - Injunctions and testimonies on importunity or persistence abound in the HolyScriptures. If we must survive or make it in life or to heaven; we must not easily give up. We mustbe persistent people. In everything or battle one is engaged in, there must be challenges andintimidations, but with courage and persistence, victory or success is always sure: most people inBible times would not have made it if they had given up hope. They made it because theypersisted. There is always a trial moment or a dry season in every business or thing one is into.But at the end of the trial or dry season is always a testimony or rainy season. But if onebecomes intimidated, frightened or discouraged by the events of the trial or dry season and backsout, then the person will not get to the rainy season or have a testimony. All those who have madeit to championship or victory in life or anything never had it easy at the beginning or early stage.There were challenges or intimidations, but they continued. They persisted and along the line theygot to where they were going or got what they were looking for. Anything is possible withdetermination, faith in God; hardworking/carefulness (diligence) and persistence. Let us employthem, and we shall survive or make it in life.8. Patience - Patience is another virtue, principle, attitude or strategy that is very necessary forthose who must survive or make it both in life and to heaven. It is always those who are patientthat obtain the promise of God. Patient people always scale through trial periods or dry seasonsand get to victory or to the rainy season. It is the patient farmer that gets to the time of harvest andenjoys the fruits of his/her labour. It takes patience to be persistent. The reason is that it is notevery labour or business we engage into that begins immediately to yield our desired dividends.We must then apply the virtue of patience and some endurance to be able to persist until we get tothe "rainy season" or where the "rabbit" is. Many who lack patience have made "haste" in whatthey were into and could not get to the rainy season of their business. They jumped into anotherthing and continued to jump until they become "Jack of all trades and master of none"; "rollingstones that gather no moss". With that they become frustrated, discouraged and finally defeated ormaimed in the battle of life. We need to be patient in whatever we do. Let us remember thatpatience is the ability to accept delay, suffering without complaining.
  4. 4. 9. Contentment - Contentment is another virtue or strategy that will be of great help to us if wemust live, survive or make it in life or to heaven. Contentment means to be or feel satisfied withwhat one has, not over-stretching or enlarging his/her desire or appetite beyond the ability orresources. Contentment means cutting your coat according to your size. It means to live withinyour means. The Lord seriously warned His people against covetousness but encouraged them tobe content or contented with what they have. This will save them from "hurtful lusts" that canpierce the soul. If we must not steal, fall into some other temptations; we must learn to cut ourcoats according to our sizes. We must learn to live within and not above our means. We mustlearn how to manage the little we have to sustain ourselves and those with us. We must know thatthese are hard times and every person is struggling to survive. No one is finding it rosy, exceptthose that are following or making it through the fast ways or cutting corners. The bottom line hereis, let us adopt the virtue of contentment, living within our means and being happy and praisingGod in it while expecting a better tomorrow. Many have gone into sin, died before their times andgone to hell, because they lacked contentment.10. Prudence - Prudence is an act of showing carefulness or thoughtfulness for the future. Thesimpler way to explain prudence is, being careful with what one has at present or at hand to takecare of future or tomorrow. It means managing todays surplus for tomorrows scarcity. When therewas surplus harvest in Egypt, at the time Joseph was Prime Minister, the Egyptians stored part ofthe surplus food they had in times of plenty, to survive at the time of perceived future famine, andit helped them. The ant uses the summer or dry season when it has a clement weather, to preparefor the winter or rainy season, when it cannot freely crawl about, so as to still live or survive in therainy season (Proverbs 6:6-8). And God says we should go to it (ant) and learn its diligence andprudence.Many people waste their "rainy season", without storing some "rains" only to suffer and lament indry season. In the time of plenty or surplus they forget future scarcity, consume everything andwaste some, only to cry, lament or begin to look at people in time of scarcity. If we must survive,no matter what the times or seasons are, or what the times present, we must be prudent people.We must avoid wastage and extravagance in spending or eating. Let us be people who eat onlywhen we are hungry and not as a law (it must be three times a day). Let us be people who buythings or do things that are absolutely necessary and not because others have or did it. God hateswastage or extravagance. Moses was very wroth with Israelites who gathered more manna thanthey could eat and left it overnight only for it to spoil and become wasted (Exodus 16:16-20).Remember, each time you waste money or food, it will affect tomorrow or someone somewhereand somehow. Let us be prudent in every area of our lives, it will help us and help others.11. Temperance - Temperance is listed among the fruits of the Spirit of God in the life of Hischildren and among the things we must add to our faith in order not to be barren or unfruitful (2Peter 1:5,6). The question then is, what is temperance, and how does it affect survival in life?Temperance is the practice of controlling and restraining ones behavior. It is the same thing asbeing temperate, disciplined or self-controlled. In the Bible, Paul observed that "every man thatstrives for the mastery (championship) (to win or survive victoriously), is temperate in all things".He said that he himself employed temperance in his life and ministry in order to make it to heaven,and not to be a cast-away after he would have preached to others. He kept his body - his taste,appetite or fleshly urges under control. He did not give the body whatever it demanded forbecause he knew that it was not everything that his body desired or demanded that he could
  5. 5. afford or that was lawful or expedient (1 Corinthians 6:12-13; 9:25-29; 10:23).It takes temperance (self control/discipline) to survive or make it in life or to heaven in the times inwhich we are. The reason is that it is not everything that our bodies are attracted to/desired thatwe can afford. And it is not all such that are lawful, expedient or edifying. There are things we maybe attracted to but which we cannot afford by our strength or resources. There are such that maybe unlawful either before God or by the laws of the land. Some may even be lawful but may not beexpedient or edifying. If we must then do without such things, temperance will become anecessity. With the increasing iniquity, moral decadence with the associated indecent dressingamong women, wild display of wealth by some, etc., it will take temperance for one to stand, notfalling into temptation to sin. When we prayerfully cultivate the virtue of temperance in our lives, itwill help us a lot.12. Caution - This is another strategy or principle that those who desire to survive or make it in lifemust have and practice. Many have gone to their grave earlier than schedule or failed to make it toheaven though they entered the race or road to the place, all because they lacked the virtue,practice or exercise of caution.Caution is being careful to avoid danger or mistake. The times in which we are, are those foretoldby the Scriptures as later/last days in which perilous things and people would abound (2 Timothy3:1). Perilous is from the word, Peril (danger). Perilous means dangerous or troublesome. Allaround us are Perils, dangerous things, dangerous people and dangerous spirits. If any persondesires and wants to survive or make it to heaven, the one must be a vigilant, watchful and carefulperson. We must not trust everything and every person. We must look before we leap. We mayhave to choose the longer route than to follow the shorter route that may end us up either in earlygrave or hell fire. It is better to take longer route and get to where one is going than to take a short-cut (route) and never reach.The wise person will always choose the route that has fewer risks, especially spiritual risks. Jesussaid, "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark8:36-37). You may not be making it monetarily in the place where you are, but you may be makingit spiritually - that is where God is with you (Emmanuel). To be cautious includes to be spirituallysensitive to be able to perceive the prompting or warning of Gods Spirit who knows and seesmore than we do and can guide us into safety and progress or against danger (Cons. Romans8:14 and Acts 20:22-23). Once again, if we must survive or make it, we need Temperance andCaution.13. Being Loveable - To survive or make it in life people must have need of anothers help, supportor assistance, one way or another. The scriptures recognize it and advised on it (Romans 15:1-3;Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Acts 20:35). The truth is that it takes "brotherly" or humanlove for people to help, assist or support those in need (1 John 3:16-17; James 2:15-16; John15:12-13). Survival requires that people must be wiling and ready to help, assist or support oneanother, especially the less privileged, the handicapped; the weak; the poor; etc., and to do so,love is required.Though love is required to do good, yet observation has shown or revealed that it is sometimesmotivated. There are human beings that are easily loved by all. This makes people to be easilywilling and ready to help, assist or support such. They readily attract peoples sympathy,
  6. 6. compassion and attention. When such lovable people are into trouble, danger, problems or need,almost everybody will be concerned and willing to help, assist or support (Acts 9:36-40; 14:19-20;Luke 7:2-5). On the other hand, we find the "unloveables", the "not-easy-to-be loved by people".These are people who others find difficult or struggle to love. This difficulty or struggle to love themaffect peoples willingness and readiness to help, assist or support such people in their times ofdanger, need or trouble. Their case may be obviously begging for help, support or assistance, yethelp, assistance or support may not be forthcoming from people, because the love that movespeople to act towards them is not easily manifesting. Examples of this abound and we are awareof it.Peoples lifestyle, character, behavior, or attitudes can make them either lovable (easily loved) byothers or "unlovable" - difficult or not easy to be loved. There are people whose characters,behaviors, lifestyles or attitudes endear them to people or attract them to people and there arethose whose life style, characters, behaviors or attitudes put off or repel others. These are peoplethat have bad testimonies or reports among the people with whom they live or stay. When peoplefind it difficult to love a person they will also find it difficult to help, assist or support him/her in timeof need or danger/trouble. In such situation, even though God commands and expects people tobear the burdens of such people, help, assist or support them as we have seen above, thatcommandment and expectation of God will become a difficult one to be obeyed towards suchfellows.This is not to be an excuse for anyone to hate any person or fail to help, assist or support thembecause of their life style, character, attitude, etc. I have only stated an existing fact to motivate allto avoid acts, characters, etc., that can make them "unlovable", or make others to struggle to love,help, assist and support them in times of need, such as we are. There are some of us that haverelations, friends, etc., that could have been of great help, assistance or support to them in life, buttheir life styles, characters, behaviors or attitudes have put such people off from them.14. Prayerfulness - If we employ all the survival or winning principles/strategies discussed in thisseries without being prayerful men, women, boys, girls, businessmen/women, we may still notsurvive or make it in life. If we must make it through God in life, we must add prayerfulness to allour strategies for survival (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6; 1Peter 5:7). It isprayer that attracts God to us and our situations.Faith in God is expressed through prayer, among other ways. Some of the virtue or principlesdiscussed in this article are achievable only by the grace or enablement of God. And no matterhow we labor in anything we lay our hands upon to survive, if God does not give the increase weonly labor in vain. Similarly, no matter how cautious, vigilant, watchful and careful we may be if theLord does not watch over us, it will all be in vain (Psalm 127:1).No person who desires to survive or make it in life or to heaven, as a Child of God, can afford tobe a prayerless person or be weak, casual or formal in prayer. We must be ready to, among otherthings, take up and wield the weapon and instrument of prayer (Ephesians 6:11-13, 18). Prayerwill bring to us the grace, strength and intervention we need from God to face the challenges of lifeand going to heaven. So we must be willing and ready to pray always and that with FAITH, for afaithless prayer is as good as no prayer. Having heard or known all these things, happy will you beif you apply them (John 13:17).
  7. 7. 15. Being And Remaining A Child Of God - Being and remaining Gods child at all times, in allplaces and in every situation one finds himself or herself is what God demands. Through Adam orby creation we became Gods Children (Luke 3:38; Malachi 2:10; Acts 17:28-29). Through sin welost the identity and became Children or offspring of the devil (1 John 3:8; John 8:44). Byrepentance from sin and faith in Jesus as "the only begotten Son of God" and our Savior, weregain Sonship of God (John 1:12-13; I John 5:1).However, remaining a child of God at all times, in all situations and in every place one findshimself or herself, is one of the ways to survive or escape the perils of the times, place and theworld in which we find ourselves. The way to do so is stated in the scriptures (2 Timothy 2:19; 2Corinthians 6:14-18; Isaiah 52:11). It is to touch no unclean thing; to avoid sin in all itsramifications; to remain God-fearing and God-loving; not joining the ungodly in their ungodly waysand practices, not depreciating in faith in Christ as the only Saviour and Lord, not depreciating inGods faithfulness and ability and not depreciating in Gods Word. It is to remain zealous towardsthe things of God, including His service and support of His programmes, in times, places andsituations we find ourselves. To remain Gods child includes remaining trusting in Him andprayerful too. And it means to be a follower of "that which is good" (1 Peter. 3:13).16. Your Work Being Acknowledged And Known By God - The Scriptures tell us that the Lordknows and cares for His own children always, even in famine or perilous times and places. Inevery place, time and situation He knows them that are His. His eyes are always upon them, nomatter where they are and what is happening. He also knows how to deliver them fromtemptations or danger to protect them and provide for them their needs (Cons. 2 Timothy 2:19; 1Peter 3:12-13; 2 Peter 29; 2 Cor. 1:9-10).The good work that you do helps to draw gods attention to you whenever you are in need. Elijahwas a man who did not suffer lack in the time of famine in the land of Israel (1 Kings 17:1-16). Hiswork before God distinguished him and helped to sustain him, even when others are crying forhelp. The time in which we live now are times of intense economic distress and time of variousforms of perils (dangers), spiritually, physically, sociologically, etc. (Cons. 2 Timothy 3:1-5; ITimothy 4:1-2). The circumstances of our countries appear to be assuming a worse or alarmingproportion. Example, the present global economic meltdown, harsh economic policies andmeasures of the government that are taking great tolls on the masses; the activities of armedrobbers, terrorists, ritual killers, kidnappers, rapists and the like, which continue to send many toeternity earlier than divinely scheduled or ordained; series of sundry accidents on the roads, in theair, sea, homes and other places with scores of people left either dead or maimed. All these havemade the times and places we find ourselves "Perilous"{dangerous). Yet our work for or beforeGod, has the ability to offer us solution and distinguish us from the rest of the people.When the Lord brought judgments upon the land and people of Egypt, He knew them that was Hisand found a way to protect and preserve them. No matter how perilous or difficult a time or placemay be, the Lord knows His own and knows how to deliver, protect and provide for them. When itseems that there is no ways of escape or survival, the Lord suddenly provides an escape route, asolution or a way for His children. Nothing can happen to or harm His own child, except that whichHe allows (Lamentation 3:37; 1 Peter 3:13; Romans 8:31), and He knows how to make adifference between His children and others. Finally, seeing that the Lord knows them who are His,no matter the place, time or situation, and that He will always have a way to keep, protect, deliverand provide for them, the conclusion is that we should strive to remain His own at all times, in
  8. 8. every place and any situation. With that, we need not to fear what is happening or not happening.Vitus Ejiogu is a writer and publisher with the Fire-Brand Intl Ministries, a media ministry that isbased in Nigeria. He is the editor of FOUNDATION SATELLITE magazine also published by theministry. He pastors a Church in Bauchi and is married with two children.You can reach him at: firebrandhq@yahoo.comor, 234 802 8181 829.Website: http://www.firebrandhq.comhttp://www.palmgates.comArticle Source: ====For Great Survival Tips Check This ====