Let me give you four characteristics of “I don’t have to survive” people.

They have faith in God, not in themselves.  They understand the value of placing their trust in God, because they recognize their own limitations.

They change people, nations and generations. They are willing to step out in faith, even alone, but will soon have followers.

They possess unusual powers.  God gives selfless people spiritual power. That’s what makes the difference.

One of the areas we are going to have to face is our insecurity.  Insecure people are survivors; they’re not willing to take risks, especially life-threatening risks. They have to have a second option; they have to have a plan B in their lives.  They have a difficult time with failure.  They tend to rely on things other than God. The person who doesn’t have to survive says, “Here I stand; I can do nothing else.  It’s God and nothing else.” The survivor says, “Well, it’s God, but in case God doesn’t come through, I have four other options to fall back on so I won’t lose my hide.” Paul writes in I Corinthians 4, “Let a man regard us in the manner as servants of Christ. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.  I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord (I Cor. 4:1, 3-4)

Linda G. Hodge

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