Dag Heward Mills

Are you a leader? There are many things you will have to go through ? and survive! All leaders can be sure of having some level of disloyalty within the ranks of their followers.

Jesus? ministry survived the betrayal by Judas. Betrayal is part of life. No matter who you are or what type of leadership you have, you will experience betrayal. But you must be a survivor!

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name?s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23:1-6

King David spoke of surviving the valley of the shadow of death. Survival is a central theme of the ministry. All true ministers must have a survival mentality. God did not promise us an easy road when we chose to serve Him. God expects us to survive after the attacks are over.

?and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:13

If you cannot survive you cannot be a leader because leadership involves surviving.

Things Every Survivor Must Do 

1. A survivor must continue to exist or function in spite of adverse conditions.

2. A leader is in a battle with a real enemy. The conditions are likely to be bad. But a leader is a survivor.

3. Every survivor must come through and pull through. After I had preached in one church, the pastor told me, ?It seems you have been through hell.? Certainly, I have been through a lot, but I am still around.

4. Every survivor must carry on and carry through. Every survivor must continue.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

John 8:31

5. Every survivor must remain alive after the challenges of life.

6. Every survivor must last. Paul was a leader who lasted.

7. Every survivor must outlive the storms. When the storm is over you must still be around.

8. Every survivor must recover and revive.

9. Every survivor must live to fight again.

10. Every survivor must continue to live or exist in spite of danger.

Fifteen Things Paul Survived

1. Paul survived frequent imprisonments.

2. Paul survived five beatings from the Jews.

3. Paul survived three beatings with rods.

4. Paul survived stoning.

5. Paul survived three shipwrecks.

6. Paul survived 48 hours in the deep sea.

7. Paul survived several journeys.

8. Paul survived dangers from robbers.

9. Paul survived dangers in the city.

10. Paul survived dangers from his own countrymen.

11. Paul survived dangers in the wilderness.

12. Paul survived dangers from disloyal people.

13. Paul survived extreme exhaustion.

14. Paul survived a lot of pain.

15. Paul survived the cold and nakedness.

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27

May we continue to pray for our leaders to be survivors too.

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By Dag Heward-Mills 

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