February 1, 2015

Survival Mode

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 1st, 2015

All her people groan as they search for bread; they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. “Look, O LORD, and consider, for I am despised.”   Lamentations 1:11

Survival mode is relative. For some, it is searching for the next meal or nutritional survival. For others it is tangling with a teenager, or parent survival. For some, it is the struggle to define themselves, or survival of purpose. For still others, it is desperately seeking a way to make ends meet, or financial survival. For some, it is the healing of a broken and wounded heart, or emotional survival. For others, it is the ability to withstand conflict at home and work, or relational survival. For some, it is the unending and confining responsibility as a caregiver, or physical, emotional, and financial survival. And most important, for some it is the inner struggle with God and the meaning of life, or spiritual survival. Indeed, it is not all bad to experience a sense of desperation. It is when we are at the end of ourselves that we are most in need of the Almighty.

Sometimes, our circumstances strip us naked before our Creator. We feel exposed, vulnerable, embarrassed, and exhausted. It is an uncomfortable position. Life seems to be swirling out of control because we are in survival mode. We feel as if we are two steps away from total despair and depression, even to the point of contemplating suicide. Survival mode means we are on the verge of giving up. We are not sure the marriage is worth it anymore. We are not convinced that Christ is all that He is cracked up to be. Life stinks and we are just trying to get through another day. Our goal is to eke out a living and get by the best we can. Indeed, survival mode can become a way of life if there is not an intervention of eternal consequences. Therefore, do not become satisfied with survival mode; instead let the Lord love you through this. Scripture teaches:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

The abundant life (John 10:10) in Christ is much more than survival mode. So, use survival mode to lead you to revival mode. Ask God to use this time of desperation to revive your relationship with Him (Psalm 85:6). Pray for the Holy Spirit to ignite your soul and revive your heart of intimacy with your Savior, Jesus. Repent from watering down the Word of God, and revive its application to your everyday life. Ask Jesus to transform your life into robust revival rather than sedentary survival.

Survival may be for the fittest, but revival is for the faithful. It is not those who “gut it out” alone who experience God, but those who invite the Lord and others into their inner circle of influence. Break the cycle of cynicism by turning your hurts over to Christ, your caregiver. Allow the gentle Spirit of God to lead you through survival to revival. Pray for a revival of relationships, finances, health, work, parenting, and emotional energy, then trust God with the results. Do not continually strive to survive. Instead, rest in Him to revive. A revived soul does more than survive. It flourishes by faith in God. Live through survival mode into revival mode. But do it all by the grace of God.

Post/Tweet this today: By God’s grace persevere through survival mode into revival mode. #survivalmode #wisdomhunter

Taken from the December February 1st reading in Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.1

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  1. Vincent says:

    I needed to hear this today……My faith in who Christ really is has been buffeted by the culture…..But then, all it takes is a review of what I have already read about Him, what He has done, and the proof of His existence all around me, that brings me back to reality….If doubt wasn’t part of every believer’s life, how would we ever know the satisfaction of spiritual renewal, and the joy it brings?

  2. Gwynne says:

    Thank you Vincent, for sharing your thoughts on doubt and the joy of spiritual renewal. Your transparency is so sincere and humble when you stated “My faith in Christ really has been buffeted by the culture…”. I think I can confidently say that you spoke for many on the Wisdom Hunter’s family with your comments! Thank you for that.
    And Vincent, how right you are when you said there is such a JOY in spiritual renewal once we realize the proof of His existence! Praise God! Beautifully said, fellow wisdom hunter, and thank you for your powerful reminder.
    We look forward to hearing from you again. We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter.

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