Are You Surviving or Thriving?

In the message this month, it is my prayer that you move from being a survivor to a flourishing soul.

To survive means to exist after dangerous venture.

This is like five friends who were shipwrecked on an island without hope of return to their families. They escaped the danger of being drowned in the sea but now have to SURVIVE (exist) on the island without food or decent water apart from sea water.

Beloved, many in this day and age are selling their convictions, values and integrity of heart to survive.

Yes, you read right, to survive.

Many have developed a survival mind-set.

These are the ones who escape financial crisis, escape bankruptcy, escaped failed businesses, escape by their teeth, failed relationships, escape family crisis etc. All by mercy of God and now they just want to SURVIVE. They just want to live!

When you are in survival mode, you will want to do whatever it takes TO EXIST without minding the consequence. When your goal or desire is just to exist, the consequences of just existing is not your top priority.

The mind-set of survival mode is: ME FIRST. I just want to be happy, “I just want to live regardless of who gets hurt; I just have to take care of myself so I don’t return to the way my life used to be.”

To survive in itself is not a bad thing BUT if care is not taken you cross the line of living by the Spirit into the Flesh! You operate not by the law of the Spirit of God but the law of world system. After all you want to exist.

To exist, you become a schemer, betrayal of brethren, deceiver to get what you want in other to exist. You lie and cheat – oh don’t get me wrong, you still go to church, still raise your hands in church and from the gain of the wicked still “tithe” and give offerings as NOW you are existing.

But honestly, you are not living the life of Christ to flourish.

Jesus said, “I have come to give your life, and life abundantly…” We are not only to exist but to live an abundant life that adds no stress to it.

The survival kits in your car, house, airplane, ship are only to keep you fit to exist till you get to the real hospital where you are effectively treated. It is to treat MINOR illness or issues BUT life is not affected only by minor issues but by both minor and major issues.

For King Saul to survive his kingship he had to be nasty. Knowing he had definitely lost the kingdom to David, he began to plot the death of David through deceit. First he wanted David to pay bridal price of being an in-law by asking for one hundred foreskins of Philistines (1 Samuel 18:25).

For some, to survive they will plot, be deceitful and vengeful. Remember the deception of the Gibeonites against Joshua and Israel in Canaan. The Gibeonites lied and deceived Joshua to exist with Israel in Canaan so by the time Joshua knew their true identity it was too late (Joshua 9:3-18).

The question this day for all my readers is – ARE YOU SURVIVING OR THRIVING?

Remember the word of God says, “Beloved above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2.

God’s plan is for you to thrive NOT to survival.

To thrive is to flourish, to develop, to be successful, to grow strongly and vigorously.

When a seed is planted on a good soil it receives all the necessary minerals. The issue is not just to exist as a plant BUT to flourish as a plant. The plant can exist but as a DRY plant. But under right environment and condition the plant flourish. The Psalmist says, “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.” Psalm 92:12-14 (NLT)

Flourishing life is life without stress.

God wants us to prosper – spirit, soul, and body NOT just to exist.

If you are a survivor that just exists, affecting your world – spirit, soul and body will not be your goal!

May this month be your thriving month.

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