Surviving / Survival

Surviving / Survival   
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My views on Surviving the survival industry is different them most i guess, i believe we should all be prepared just like Joseph was before the drought, just like Noah was before the flood, just as the children of Israel were as they built the wall. 

i believe that God expects us to be physically prepared for what ever may come, but i believe that He even more expects us to be ready in our hearts and soils for His return.

We are not to set around and hope for the best, saying ho it's OK God will take care of me, He tells us to look at the ant he works heard through times of good weather so that he will have food for times of bad weather.

So prep, be prepared, but don't forget to prep your eternal soil.

Please take the time to read, even if you don't believe the things we believe there are a lot of good prepping details and facts that can help and you will need whether you believe in Christ Jesus or not

Survival and Surviving
by J M
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and in your survival skills, for Surviving;

Surviving is something we all think about, perhaps not concisely but we do think about it. You see a truck is barreling towards you; you don’t stop to say or think what should i do so i don’t die? Your mind goes into survival mode and you get out of its way. You keep food on your shelf; you put warm clothing on in the winter. There are a lot of little things you do throughout your day that keep you safe and alive without concisely thinking about it.

There’s the world’s view of survival, stock up food and weapons.

And then there is God’s plan of survival for us, He sent His son so that we may be saved.

God had Noah build an ark so that he, his family and the human race could survive.

God led him through what seemed to be hard times but then used him to so that his family and many others would survive a seven year drought.

Surviving and survival are a big part of the bible.

Jesus; came to earth to die on a cross so that we may withstand the onslaught from Satan and survive the wrath of Father God. And in the word of God we find the biggest factor of surviving is being prepared, and no i don’t mean having a life time of food and water on hand or an arsenal of weapons, these can all be taken away. In the Bible our Lord says, “I am your refuge and strength” and “I will provide all your needs.” The best way to survive the coming decline of this world is to not hold on to it or your worldly way of looking at things, but instead look up. My bible says “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So let’s start renewing.

Definition of survival, or surviving:
First thing we need to do is give a true meaningful definition of surviving, and how and what surviving means to a Christian.

We have two different plans of survival; the one that most of us think about is surviving everyday life food, drink, clothing, shelter, being safe and well, having enough of what we think we need. And because of this we store up food, weapons and invest in a 401k, gold and silver, thinking this will save us from a collapse of society, or a flood or earthquake.

But as a Christian surviving should mean so much more, making it into heaven, hearing those words “enter in My good and faithful servant”.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21

You do not need tactical training you need biblical training, for biblical training will take care of both avenues in the terms of surviving or survival.

As a true follower of Christ or the more common and worn-out term used, “a Christian” we have no real need of tactical survival training, if we would take the word of our Lord and Savior to heart and believe on and in Him, have faith in Him, trust Him, obey Him, serve and follow after Him; if we did these things with a whole heart all of our needs would be supplied for us, and we would have no room for worry or fear in our hearts.

The church has taken practically every aspect of this life and turned to the world for the understanding of how to deal with and survive anything that may come our way. And teachings from a lot of pulpits seem to be more and more from a professor’s point of view then a follower of Christ point of view and so much useless information and no real meat, no rubber meeting the road, nothing to take traction when times get rough.

In all, the Holy Spirit has shared with me, and been teaching me over the last five years, it has become evident that the words of Jesus do not need to be redefined they need to be taken to heart applied to our lives and lived out through us each and every day the Lord gives us. Our true job or field of work and responsibility in this world as a Christian is to tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ and Him coming to save us all and His sacrifice on the cross for our sins so that on the day of His return we may go with Him to live with Him forever.

The end of this life is coming, and whether you think you will be taken out of here before, after or during the great tribulation, you need to realize and understand that the Lord may not remove you before you have to go through some real tough times. Do you think you are better than the children of Israel God’s chosen people, He allowed His chosen people to go through rather hard times so that they might be tested and come to repentance and return to Him. Do you really think you are better than them? Be real. Neither you nor i are any better than them, we are all sinners and have fallen short of His instructions that He left for us to follow. And a little adversity to get us to repent and turn to Him is not a bad thing if that is what it takes to get our attention.

Some have the knowledge and skills to get food, make fires, build shelters, and travel without the aid of standard navigational devices to live successfully through a survival situation; then there are people with little or no survival training that have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances, where others with extensive survival training have died.

The essential ingredient in any situation survival or otherwise is your mental attitude, and if you know who is in control of your life, you are further ahead than most survivalist. Having good survival skills can be helpful even important, and having the will to survive is essential.

But having a determined will to survive and survival skills without a working relationship with the Lord Jesus, you may make it through the rough times but still not survive when your last day in this world comes. All the skills you have learned will serve no benefit or purpose and so called valuable knowledge will be a waste.

There is an attitude to survival. The person in a survival situation faces many stresses that ultimately will impact their minds. Stress can produce emotions that, if poorly understood, can transform a confident, well-trained person into an indecisive, ineffective individual with a questionable ability to survive. To survive you must be aware of and be able to recognize those stresses commonly associated with survival. It is vital that you have a working relationship with your Lord and Savior, so that His Holy Spirit can lead you in your day by day life, to keep you aware of your reactions to a wide variety of stresses related with survival.

i will explain some of the nature of stress, and their relation with survival, and normal (or worldly) internal reactions most will naturally experience when faced with the stresses of being in a real-live survival situation. And, also the reaction we should have asking and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and provide for your every need and will hopefully help you prepare yourself to come through alive, hearing these words, “enter in My good and faithful servant.”

A. Surviving
B. Definition of survival, or surviving


a. Anxiety
b. Making it through what could be Stressful situations
c. Injury, Illness, or Death
d. Uncertainly or Lack of Control
e. The Environment
f. Hunger and Thirst
g. Exhaustion
h. solation
I. Loneliness and Boredom
j. Anger and Frustration
k. Depression
l. Guilt

2. Being Prepared

a. Know Yourself
b. Fear - Anticipate Fears
c. Be Realistic
d. Adopt a Positive Attitude
e. Remind Yourself What Is at Stake
f. Train
g. Learn Stress Management Techniques

3. Steps for survival

a. Step (1) believe
b. Next step
c. Water
d. Life Straw
e. Fire Lighters
f. A Mirror
g. A Survival Guide
h. A Knife
i. A Poncho
j. A First aid kit

4. How to use a compass


Before we can understand our psychological reactions in a survival setting, it is helpful to first know a little bit about stress, why we have it and where it comes from.

Fear is our emotional response to dangerous circumstances that we believe have the potential to cause, injury, illness or even death. 

Most all fear is created in your emotional and mental well-being, they can create greater fear then reality can.

We are indoctrinated with fear and worry from childhood, if you take the time to watch children play, really watch and listen (without them knowing) somewhere in their play time you will hear one say something like this “ok you scare me now”, and if you are truly paying attention you will see then act scared when someone walks in or moves, and you can see the difference between a true fear and a child practicing fear, don’t shrug this off, but take the time to find a group of younger kids playing and watch then for several days, and you will see what I am talking about.

True fear is brought about when we feel or think something or someone is invading or interrupting our comfort zone, we setup our lives to be comfortable and when that is disturbed we become fearful, (usual shows up as some degree of anger), stressed, we worry and most times become indignant.

Stress is what we make of our surroundings. Stress is brought about by fear. Fear and stress are signs of the lack of faith. As Christians, in Matthew we are told “do not fear.” The only way to truly manage your fears is to live a life immersed in the Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit.

Matthew 10:28 and 10:31
28— and do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
31-- Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.

But because we truly do not trust or believe Father God and His Son Jesus Christ, and what they have told us, and done for us, we fear what is to come and have stress in our lives.

We are told that He will provide all our needs according to His riches in Heaven; food, clothing, shelter just like the birds of the air and the lilies of the fields.

Matthew 6:26-34
“Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet, your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Surviving what is coming is not as hard as it is made out to be, for Father God has told us He is our refuge and strength. He is our rock our foundation, our fortress in times of trouble, He is our protector and our defender, our shield and our strength.

Psalms 9:9-10
“The Lord will be a stronghold for the oppressed. A stronghold in times of trouble, and those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

1Peter 3:14-17
“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right than for doing what is wrong.”

Matthew 10:28          Who shall you fear?
“And fear ye not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him, which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Fear the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 6:24
“So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.”

Deuteronomy 10:12 “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,”

Deuteronomy 10:20 “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.”

Joshua 4:24
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

Joshua 24:14 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

1Samuel 12:14
“If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the command of the LORD, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God.”

Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”

Psalm 34:9 “You fear the LORD, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.”

Psalm 115:11 “You, who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.”

Psalm 115:13 “He will bless those who fear the LORD, The small together with the great.”

Psalm 118:4 “Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His loving-kindness is everlasting.”

Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”

Proverbs 24:21 “My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those who are given to change,”

Jeremiah 5:24 “They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, both the autumn rain and the spring rain, who keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”

Malachi 3:16 “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.” Stress is not a disease that you cure and eliminate with drugs. It is a condition we all experience.

Stress can be described as our reaction to pressure. It is the name given to the experience we have as we physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually respond to life's tensions.

We need some stress in our lives, it provides us with challenges; it gives us chances to learn about our values and strengths and our weakness. Stress can show our ability to handle pressure without breaking; it tests our adaptability and flexibility; it also shows our true relationship with our Lord. It can also stimulate us to do our best. Because we usually do not consider unimportant events stressful, stress can also be an excellent indicator of the significance we attach to an event, it highlights what is important to us.

We do need to have some stress in our lives, but too much of anything can be bad. We will have stress in our lives, but the goal is to turn to Lord Jesus when stress arrives.

Jesus tells us He will never leave us nor forsake us, and we are told that He will never put more in our lives then we can withstand, and with the help of the Holy Spirit we can withstand a whole lot more then we think we can.

Too much stress leads to distress. Distress causes an uncomfortable tension that we try to escape and, avoid. Listed below are a few of the common signs of distress you may find in yourself when faced with too much stress: 

 1. Difficulty making decisions.
2. Angry outbursts.
3. Forgetfulness.
4. Low energy level.
5. Constant worrying.
6. Having a tendency to make more mistakes.
7. Thoughts about death or suicide.
8. Trouble getting along with others.
9. Withdrawing from others.
10. Hiding from responsibilities.
11. Carelessness.

Stress can be constructive or destructive. It can encourage or discourage, move us along or stop us dead in our tracks, and make life meaningful or seemingly meaningless. Stress can inspire you to operate successfully and perform at your maximum efficiency in a survival situation.
It can also cause you to panic and forget all your training. Key to your survival is your ability to manage the stresses you will encounter.
The true survivor is the one who, when the stress pops up instantly turns to the Lord for direction and guidance so that the stress can be turned in to constructive and encouragement, and move us along and make life meaningful, in which only our Lord God can do.

Anxiety or being anxious is a companion to fear. Because we allow ourselves to be afraid, we become anxious about things. Anxiety can be an uneasy, apprehensive feeling we get when faced with dangerous situations physical, mental, and emotional.
In a survival situation reduce your anxiety by accomplishing simple tasks, tasks that will ensure your making it through the ordeal healthy and alive.
As you reduce your anxiety, you will also bring the source of the anxiety, your fears, under control. In this form, anxiety is good; however, anxiety can also have a devastating impact. Anxiety can overwhelm you to the point where you become easily confused and have difficulty thinking. Once this happens, it becomes more and more difficult for you to make good judgments and sound decisions.
To survive, you must learn techniques to calm your anxieties and keep them in the range where they help, not hurt.
Or you can take the words of the Father and live a life free of anxiety.

Matthew 6:19-34 tells us to not be anxious (do not worry) about any worldly things, the Father knows what we have need of and He will provide what we need if we are seeking Him first. As a Christian we have no excuse for being anxious or having anxiety over anything, for either God is in control or not, but i don’t think you will or could ever out -perform the creator.

Making it through what could be Stressful situations:
Any situation if allowed can lead to stress and, as you may know these situations don't always come one at a time.
But more often, occur simultaneously.
The situations truly aren’t stress, but we allow them to produce stress in us, and stress is our response once we allow ourselves to react to the presence of a situation, rather than to trust in the Lord and allow Him to lead and guide our lives. 

Without the Lord, our bodies will begin to react to protect itself, which can cause us to feel what we call stress.
But by putting our lives in the Lords hands and allowing Him to lead and guide our every step then stress will not a problem.
Our response to any situation that, if allowed, can produce stress, the body prepares either to "fight or fly."
This preparation involves an internal call for help sent throughout the body.
As the body responds to this call, several actions take place.
The body releases stored fuels (sugar and fats) to provide quick energy; breathing rate increases to supply more oxygen to the blood; muscle tension increases to prepare for action; blood clotting mechanisms are activated to reduce bleeding from cuts; senses become more acute (hearing becomes more sensitive, seeing becomes clearer, smell becomes sharper) so that you are more aware of your surroundings and heart rate and blood pressure rise to provide more blood to the muscles.
This protective posture lets a person cope with potential dangers; however, a person cannot maintain such a level indefinitely.
This is one aspect of the intervention of the Lord in our lives when stress arises, The Lord will comforts us, and the Holy Spirit can bring into us a presence of open awareness of our surroundings; using the list above but along with protection and guidance so our human physical response does not get out of hand and overwhelm us.

Matthew 10:39
“He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.”

Mark 8:35 For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it.

John 12:25
He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.

Bad, hard or tuff situations are not courteous; one situation does not leave because another one arrives.
They can add up.
The cumulative effect of minor situations can be a major distress if they all happen too close together, and you have not put your trust in Christ Jesus and Father God. As the body's resistance to stress wears down and the sources of stress continue (or increase), eventually a state of exhaustion arrives.
At this point, the ability to resist stress or use it in a positive way gives out and signs of distress appear.
But if we allow Christ to be the head of our lives no matter how many situations may pop up He will be there to walk us through.
Anticipating a bad situation and developing strategies to cope seems to be a good thing to the world but the only way to be able to walk through a bad situation is to put your faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, for the only true way to manage stress is to allow the Lord through His Holy Spirit to do it in and through us.
It is therefore essential that in a survival setting that we turn to the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we may be aware of what could cause us to stress so that we may turn to the Lord for help.
Let's take a look at a few of these.

Injury, Illness, or Death Injury:
illness, and death are real possibilities in a survival situation that you may have to face.
Perhaps nothing is more stressful to you than being alone in an unfamiliar environment where you could die from hostile action, an accident, or from eating something lethal.
Illness and injury can also add to stress by limiting your ability to maneuver, get food and drink, find shelter, and defend yourself.
Even if illness and injury don't lead to death, they can, if allowed cause stress in you through the pain and discomfort they generate.
It is only by going to the grace of our Lord that our emotions can truly be controlled, by allowing the Lord to take control and trusting Him to control the stress associated with the vulnerability to injury, illness, and death you can have the courage to take the risks associated with survival tasks at hand.

Uncertainly or Lack of Control:
Some people have trouble operating in settings where everything is not neat and in order. The only guarantee in any survival situation without God is that nothing is guaranteed.
It can be extremely stressful for some trying to operate on little or no information in a setting where you have little or no control of what is going on around you.
This uncertainty and lack of control also add to the stress of being ill, injured, or threat of being killed. First thing to realize; you are truly never in control, and thinking you are; is an open door for failure.
The only one who is totally in control of every aspect of your life is the Lord Jesus, and if you will trust Him you will have peace in your sole.

The Environment:
Even under the most ideal circumstances, your environment can be quite unforgiving. In survival, you will have to deal with the weather and the discomfort it can bring, the terrain, and a variety of bugs and animals that inhabiting an area you are in.
Heat, cold, rain, winds, mountains, swamps, deserts, dangerous insects and reptiles, and other animals are just a few of the challenges out there you will have to deal with working to survive. It is your choice to either try and handle this on your own or turn to the creator of the environment you are in, and ask Him to protect you and guide you through it how you handle your environment. Your surroundings can either be a source of food and protection or can be the cause of extreme discomfort that can lead to injury, illness, or even death.
“Which of you by being anxious can add a single inch (or day) to his life’s span?” You can’t but your heavenly Father can.
So are you going to deal with His creation on your own or go to the creator and ask Him for help?

Hunger and Thirst:
Without food and water a person will weaken and eventually die. Getting and preserving food and water is of great importance. You never know how long you will need to be in survival mode.
Being used to having your provisions as close as on a shelf, or in the fridge, or a water faucet has brought about a feeling of security for many in this country, and having to forage, if you allowed it to can be a big source of stress. But again we go back to:
Matthew 5:25
“For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body then clothing?”

Forcing yourself to continue in survival mode is not wise as you become more tired. It is possible to become so exhausted that even just staying awake can be difficult and if allowed stressful. But God’s Word says, “I am your refuge and strength.”

Psalms 46:1 When we allow the Father to supply our strength we can do anything, for His power and strength is unlimited.

Surviving in a survival situation, there are some advantages of doing so with others, for we all have learned individual skills, if you have learned to function as a team, and have the same beliefs, it can be an advantage. Being in contact with others also provides a greater sense of security and a feeling someone is available to help when problems arise.
Sounds good and reasonable right?
The problem is if you are looking to the group for security you are dealing with false hope, as a Christian your only true security is that from Christ Jesus, for without Him we have no hope or security.

Another worldly view is;
“A significant stress point for many people when in a survival situation is when they have to rely solely on their own resources.”
As a Christian you have the unlimited access to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit, you are never alone! For the Word of God says “if you abide in Me, I will abide in you!” and also “I will never leave you or forsake you.” If we start our day by putting on the armor of God and talking with and listening to His Spirit allowing Him to lead and guide us we will never be alone, and can receive strength from Him each and every day no matter what the circumstances may be.
These are by no means the only situations that you can allow to bring stress in your life, while trying to survive.
For we each have our own level and opinion of what is stressful.
For what is stressful to one person may not be stressful to another.
Your experiences, training, personal outlook on life, physical and mental conditioning, level of self-confidence, and self-control contribute to what you will find stressful in a survival situation, or for that manner any situation.
The object is not to avoid stress, but rather to allow the Lord to manage the stress for you and make them work for you. Now how to react or respond to any situations you may face before survival and during a survival situation.
Answer; “Be still and know I am God.”
Spend enough time with the Holy Spirit now so you can hear His still small voice, for if you belong to Christ Jesus He has promised that His Holy Spirit will be in you.

Matthew 3:11
“As for me, i baptize you in water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than i, and i am not even fit to remove His sandals; He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Luke 11:13
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.”

Luke 12:12
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you should say.”

John 14:26
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

Acts 2:38
“And Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children, and for all who fallow after you, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.”

Ephesians 1:13-14
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Ephesians 4:30-31
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” I

Thessalonians 4:8
“Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but rejecting the God who gives the Holy Spirit to you.”

Loneliness and Boredom:
Man has become a social being.
This means we, as human beings, enjoy the company of others.
Very few people want to be alone all the time! As you are aware, there is a distinct chance of isolation in a survival setting.
This is not bad. Loneliness and boredom can bring to the surface qualities you thought only others had.
The extent of your imagination and creativity may surprise you.
When required to do so, you may discover some hidden talents and abilities.
Most of all, you may tap into a reservoir of inner strength and fortitude the Lord has given you that you never knew you had. Conversely, loneliness and boredom can be another source of depression.
Surviving alone, or with others, you must find ways to keep your mind productively occupied.
You must develop your dependence on the Lord, trying to be self-sufficiency may sound good but if you are not grounded in and depending on the Lord you are missing out.
You must have some faith in your capability to go it alone, but remember the Lord is always with you and leads and guides you with a still small voice, depend on Him and lean on Him when you need help.
Don’t be afraid to ask Him for what you need.
Talk with Him and don’t forget to listen.

Anger and Frustration:
Frustration arises from thinking they are better than they really are, placing themselves and their things above others.
When a person is continually thwarted in his attempts to reach a goal that he may think he is not only capable of doing but has to perform for his ego.
The goal of survival is to stay alive until you can reach help or until help can reach you.
To achieve this goal, you must complete some tasks with little to no resources. It is inevitable, in trying to do these tasks, that something will go wrong; that something will happen beyond your control; and with one's life at stake, every mistake is magnified in terms of its importance.
Thus, sooner or later, you will have to cope with frustration when a few of your plans run into trouble.
One downfall of this frustration is anger.
There are many events in a survival situation that can frustrate or anger you.
Getting lost, damaged or forgotten equipment, the weather, inhospitable terrain, enemy patrols, and physical limitations are just a few sources of frustration and anger.
Frustration and anger encourage impulsive reactions, irrational behavior, poorly thought-out decisions, and, in some instances, an "I quit" attitude (people sometimes avoid doing something they can't master).
If you can harness and properly channel the emotional intensity associated with anger and frustration, you can productively act as step up to the challenges of survival.
If you are not properly focused your angry feelings, can waste much energy in activities that do little to further either your chances of survival or the chances of those around you.
Anger is a sin so don’t let yourself walk through that door, remember who you belong to, who is in charge and who is in control. Repent of your anger, except the forgiveness and continue on in the lord.

It would be a rare person indeed who would not get sad, at least momentarily, when faced with the privations of survival. As this sadness deepens, we label the feeling "depression."
Depression is closely linked with frustration and anger.
The frustrated person becomes more and more, angry as he fails to reach his goals. If the anger does not help the person to succeed, then the frustration level goes even higher.
A destructive cycle between anger and frustration continues until the person becomes worn down-physically, emotionally, and mentally.
When a person reaches this point, he starts to give up, and his focus shifts from "What can I do" to "There is nothing I can do."
Depression is an expression of this hopeless, helpless feeling.
There is nothing wrong with being sad as you temporarily think about your loved ones and remember what life is like back in "civilization" or "the world."
Such thoughts, in fact, can give you the desire to try harder and live one more day.
On the other hand, if you allow yourself to sink into a depressed state, then it can sap all your energy and, more important, your will to survive.
It is imperative that each soldier resist succumbing to depression. Answer? Spend a lot of time in prayer talking with the Lord, but don’t forget to listen.
It also helps to listen to creation, birds, water, and the air moving through the trees, take the time to go out in the woods and close your eyes and listen, take slow deep breaths and then let it all out, lay back in a field and do the same, it is amazing what you can hear if you just listening.
You may even hear the Lord speak to you.

The circumstances leading to your being in a survival setting are sometimes dramatic and tragic. It may be the result of an accident or military mission where there was a loss of life.
Perhaps you were the only, or one of a few, survivors.
While naturally relieved to be alive, you may be mourning the deaths of others who were not so fortunate. It is not uncommon for survivors to feel guilty about being spared from death while others were not.
This feeling can be used in a positive way, to prod you on to try harder to survive.
For you are still alive and have a purpose in life.
Whatever reasons you give yourself to keep going, don’t let guilty feelings prevent you from living. If you have survived; to give up because someone else didn’t make it, would be the greatest tragedy.

Being Prepared

Your mission in a survival situation is to stay alive.
As you can see, you are going to experience an assortment of thoughts and emotions.
These can work for you, or they can work to your downfall.
Fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, guilt, depression, and loneliness are all possible reactions to the many stresses common to survival.
These reactions, when controlled in a healthy way, help to increase your likelihood of surviving.
They can prompt you to pay more attention in training, to fight back when scared, to take actions that ensure sustenance and security, and to keep faith in God, and to strive against large odds.
When the survivor cannot control these reactions in a healthy way, they can bring him to a standstill.
Instead of rallying internal resources, if you listen to your internal fears.
You will experiences psychological defeat long before you physically succumb.
Remember, Father God equipped each of us with the natural instinct of survival, yes everyone.
Being unexpectedly thrust into the life and death struggle of survival was not. Don't be afraid of your "natural reactions to this unnatural situation."
Prepare yourself to allow the Lord Jesus rule over these responses or reactions so they serve your ultimate interest--staying alive with the honor and dignity associated with being a true Christian.

It involves preparation; spiritually, physically and mentally to ensure that your reactions or response in a survival setting are productive, not destructive.
The challenge of survival has produced countless examples of heroism, courage, and self-sacrifice.
These are the qualities it can bring out in you if you have prepared yourself.
Below are a few tips to help prepare you psychologically for survival.
Through studying the manual and attending your local churches survival training classes on Sunday mornings, you can develop the survival attitude and skills you will need to truly survive.
If your church doesn’t have a good survival training class on Sunday morning,
if there are a lot of words but nothing as to how you should live your life as a Christian, pick up your Bible and spend at least a year learning how you should be living read Matthew, 5-7. Jesus teaches from the hill side, no one had to interpret what He said, just read it then take it for what it says.
If you don’t understand something ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Don’t run to a lot of people or a lot of writings, ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through it that you may understand. Most of it is straight forward and not that hard to understand.
You don’t have to go to Bible College to teach or learn from the Bible.

Know Yourself:
Through training, family, and friends take the time to discover who you are on the inside.
Strengthen your stronger qualities and develop the areas that you know are necessary to survive.
This can all be done in prayer, and reading the words of Jesus Christ.
Know who Jesus Christ says you are and walk in who He says you are, not who you think you are.
He knows you, and He gave you the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.
And then allow Him to do so.
Can you answer these three little questions, be honest and truthful!

1. Are you a Christian?
2. Who do you belong to?
3. Who do you put in control of your life?

If you answers were
1. Yes
2. Jesus Christ
3. Father God 

Then take the time to know what Jesus has to say about you, and who you are in Him!
Let’s start in the beginning

Genesis 1:26
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth”

Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world”

Matthew 10:31,          Luke12:11
"So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

John 8:31
“so Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;”

John 15:5
"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (Says we are connected to Jesus Christ just as a branch gets its life from the vine so we also get our life from Jesus Christ)

John 15:14
"You are My friends if you do what I command you.”

1Corinthians 3:16
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

1Corinthians 3:17
“If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 

1Corinthians 6:19
“do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,and that you are not your own? (You belong to Father God)”

1Corinthians 12:27
“Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.”

1Corinthians 15:2
“by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.”

2Corinthians 13:3
“Since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you” 

1Thessalonians 5:5
“for you are all sons of light and sons of day, we are not of night, nor of darkness;”

James 4:14
“yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

1Peter 2:10
“for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”

1John 2:14
“I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” John 1:12 you are a child of God

Romans 8:2
you have been set free Romans 15:7 you have been accepted by Christ

1 Corinthians 1:2
your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit

Luke 12:24
"Consider the raven, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom or barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!”
So do you get it: Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit Love you and the Holy Spirit will live in you if you allow Him.

Fear - Anticipate Fears Fear is something we are not born with.
It is something we learn over time, and has taken many captive.
The Word of God says do not fear, over and over again, the only fear we are to entertain is the fear of the Lord, for He created us and He is the only one that can imprison or kill our soul.

Matthew 10:26
"Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.”

Matthew 10:28
"Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew10:31 "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Luke 1:50

Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

1Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.

Revelation 2:10
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer.
Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 Be Realistic:
Don't be afraid to make an honest appraisal of situations.
See circumstances as they are, not as you want them to be.
Keep your hopes and expectations within the estimate of the situation.
When you go into a survival setting with unrealistic expectations, you may be laying the groundwork for bitter disappointment.
Follow the adage, "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."
It is much easier to adjust to pleasant surprises about one's unexpected good fortunes than to be upset by one's unexpected harsh circumstances.

Proverbs 3:5
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Adopt a Positive Attitude:
Learn to see the potential good in everything. Looking for the good not only boosts morale, it also is excellent for exercising your imagination and creativity.

Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Remind Yourself What Is at Stake Remember, failure to prepare yourself psychologically to cope with survival leads to reactions such as depression, carelessness, inattention, loss of confidence, poor decision-making, and giving up before the body gives in.
Your life is at stake and the lives of others who are depending on you to do your share.

(What is at stakes is entering the Kingdom of God)

Read Matthew 5:1-12
Read Matthew 5:1-12
Yea read it twice!

Though military like training and life experiences can help in a survival situation, if you have not trained to do the right thing in life you can still fail.
Start today, to prepare yourself to cope with the rigors of survival. Using your skills in training will give you the confidence to call upon when the need arise.
Remember, the more realistic the training, the less overwhelming an actual survival setting will be.
But if you have done your training in the Bible, you will realize that you have no need for fear and that God has your back.
If you take the time to known who Father God is and who Jesus is and what they have done for you, you will see that you have nothing to fear and nothing to question for Father God will keep you.
Training; learn to be satisfied with your true needs being met, not your comforts and wants.

Revelation 2:10
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer.
Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

((Spend time in the Word and apply what you read to your life. Train in the Word of God, practice being and doing the right thing.))

Learn Stress Management Techniques:
People under stress have a potential to panic if they are not well-planted in the ways of the Lord and not prepared spiritually to face whatever the circumstances may be.
While we cannot control the survival circumstances in which we find ourselves, God will.
It is within our ability to control our response to the Lord and place the situation in His hand and give Him full control of the circumstances.
Giving your stress to the Lord Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to do His job, He will enhance significantly your capability to remain calm and focused as you work to keep yourself and others alive.

A few good things to ask the Lord for are;
1. that you would be able to relax,
2. that He would guide your time,
3. Ask the Lord for a bold spirit,
4. That He would allow you to see the situation the way He sees the situation.

Remember, "The will to survive" can also be considered to be "the refusal to give up."
Know who you are
Who you belong to
And who is in control

For if you are a Christian, you belong to Jesus Christ, and Father God is in control, so with this in mind, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

Steps for survival

What you need to know to make it through any situation;

1. Jesus is the only way into heaven,          Gods word says; 
              a. John 3:16      "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him                                               shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 
              b. John 14:6       Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but                                                   through Me.
              c. Mathew 7:14     "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

We not only need the Holy Spirit to find the narrow path but we need Jesus to make it through the small gate.
We have been told by Jesus in His word, that The Father would in Jesus name, would send us the Holy Spirit to help us.

              A. John 14:2    "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all                                                  things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
And back to John 14:6
             B. John 14:6      Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but                                                   through Me.”
So this brings you to the first step towards surviving what is to come.

Step (1) believe
John 10:9
"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Acts 2:21

Acts 4:12
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

Acts 16:30-31and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."

Romans 10:9 …
” that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”

1 Timothy 2:3
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”

Revelation 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”


IT IS SIMPLE “”Lord Jesus I believe you are the only Son of God and that only through you may I be saved and excepted in to the kingdom.””

Next step

Hopefully you have your relationship right with Jesus Christ, and are ready to go home.
But while you are here, the Lord expects you to listen and Obey Him and His word.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Take yourself off your pedestal and put others first.
If you are always striving to be the one that is right; you will always be wrong!
If you are always trying to be first; you will be last!
If you are always trying to get and have the most; you will always be the one that has to do without!
Realize you are nothing but dirt, you only have life because Father God gave it to you, and your value only comes from that fact and what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross, and your relationship with Jesus Christ; and in Jesus Christ is the only place you have received any true long lasting value.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you! In other words, If you want someone to treat you with respect then treat them with respect, if you want someone to be kind to you then be kind to them. Living a Christian live starts at home; if you don’t or won’t take care of home first you can fail in and lose everything.

Father God gave you a family, to build in you good skills take advantage of the gifts given to you and build a strong fortress around you and your family

 Now that we have that settled, keep it in mind as you read on! Things you should have and or know in case you are lost or stranded
1. You should have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
2. You should know you belong to Him,
3. and He is in control

These three things can keep you heading forward to freedom! Your physical needs; will come from the spiritual gifts from Jesus Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit;

So let’s get some insight:
Learn how to stay warm and how to purify water.
Learn how to locate food for sustenance. And know how to build proper shelters from items in your surroundings, navigation techniques and how to make a fire.

Dress appropriately for an extended period of time.
When above the timberline, wear clothing that protects you from the sun and wind.
Choose light, waterproof clothing.
Wear layers of clothing and carry a jacket in your backpack.
Wear hiking boots and a hat.
And for colder weather a parka with a hood is good.

Put together a survival kit that is easy to carry.
The kit should include a compass, maps of the area, batteries in a airtight plastic bag, knife, needle/thread and first aid articles such as gauze pads and bandages.
You should also take a water purification system or water purification tablets, fire starters, and articles for shelter such as a pup tent or tarp.

fishing hooks and a fishing line to catch fish to eat. (i use #14 tripel hooks - the fish usualy swallow them and can't get loos)
Trap small animals instead of hunting them.
Traps can be made fairly easily, and they free your time to meet other needs. (you can also trap fish by building traps in strimes or lake)
Look for bird eggs in nests, in holes or on the ground.
Eggs can be fried, baked or boiled.
Eat bugs and insects that are edible and wild plants. (never eat mushrooms unless you are 110% sure you know what they are)
Strive for a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Make a shelter to protect you from the elements or find a small, uninhabited cave.
Build a fire using waterproof matches, a lighter or a magnesium fire-starting tool.
Locate a source of water using your map.
If necessary, tap a birch tree and drink the sap or collect dew after a cold night by soaking a piece of cloth or an article of clothing and then wringing out or sucking out the moisture.

Avoid dehydration by staying cool and resting as much as possible once you have shelter. Don't wait until you have no more water left before you seek more.

Do not rely on a GPS for navigation; it can break if you drop it. and all can be traced. Take a compass.

Your survival kit should be waterproof.
The easiest method is to use several (never just one) gallon freezer bags.
These are thick and tough, and the multiple layers will keep the contents dry.
You can also use them for carrying water.
Fold extra bags and keep them with the kit.

Water is absolutely the most important item you will need to survive in the wilderness.
A product called Life straw can be purchased at EE28294

One gallon of water is reqmended per person per day, very hot weather can double the requirement.

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Fire Lighters:
You can buy a magnesium fire starter, which you scrape off in to tinder witch will light with a spark, or you can buy or make water resistant matches.
Both work very well and are reliable. (i always pack at least two MagBars Fire Starters each a diferant brand and 100 water proof maches) (( beawear of smoke, smoke means someone is around, and if you are sending up smoke you are saying hear i am come and get me)) always try and use realy dry wood to burn this will cut down on the amount of smok.

A Mirror:
It can be used to view an injory on you body whin it is in a area out of eye sight, (if you are trying to survive a war sichuation never use a mirror as a signaly device you don't know who might see the reflection). 

A Survival Guide:
You need information on edible plants, first aid, and finding your way, a good guide is essential.
Pages can also be used to start fires in an emergencies.

A Knife:
A good knife is very usfull.
You can use it to tip a spear for hunting, for cutting wood for fires, for building shelter.
Do not buy a gimmicky knife with supplies in the handle.
A Swiss army knife's blade is too small to do you much good either.
You want a strong, heavy knife that can do a lot of work.
A 4-inch blade is the smallest you should consider.  (i carry one 11 inch knife, one 8 inch knife, and a 4 inch pocket knife)
Get a whetstone for sharpening your knife and learn to use both the knife and the whetstone safely.

A Poncho:
A poncho is the best multi use item you can pack with you in any wilderness survival kit.
It not only keeps you dry during the day, but with a few lengths of rope, you can build a shelter, you can use it to collect drinking water Buyone thick enough so it will stand up to the wind.

A First aid kit:
Assemble a first aid kit including the following items: sterile gauze, adhesive tape, bandages in different sizes, antiseptic wipes, soap, antibiotic cream, scissors, tweezers, calamine lotion, cold packs, latex gloves, thermometer, alcohol wipes and pain medication.

How to use a compass

First, you need to determine your bearing (the direction you need to travel). Use the following procedure to obtain an exact travel direction towards your desired destination. The procedure will work if the magnetic North-South lines are drawn on the map.

1. Place the compass on the map so that the long edge connects the starting point with the desired destination.
2. Make sure that the direction arrows are pointing from the starting point to the place of destination (and not the opposite way.
3. At this point, you may want to use the scales on your compass (if available) to determine the distance you need to travel.

1. Hold the compass firm on the map in order to keep the base plate steady.
2. Turn the rotating capsule until the North-South lines on the bottom of the capsule are parallel with the North-South lines on the map.
3. Be sure that the North-South arrow on the bottom of the capsule points to the same direction as North on the map. It is here you will make adjustments for declination, if necessary.

1. Hold the compass in your hand in front of you. Make sure that the base plate is in horizontal position, and that the direction arrows are pointing straight ahead.
2. Rotate your body until the North-South arrow on the bottom of the capsule lines up with the magnetic needle, and the red end of the needle points in the same direction as the arrow.
3. The directional arrows on the base-plate now show your desired travel direction.

Now that you have determined your necessary bearing, you need to make sure you maintain an accurate bearing. First, you should find a suitable target in the terrain (e.g., a tree, boulder or a bush) towards which the direction arrows point. Walk towards the chosen object without looking at your compass. When you reach your target, find a new object that is aligned with your bearing, and repeat the process.

Tip 2: Sometimes the compass capsule may get turned accidentally while you are walking. Remember to check from time to time that the capsule has not deviated from the direction that had been set on the compass.

Tip 3: Remember the difference between the magnetic needle that always points to the magnetic North Pole and the direction arrows that show the travel direction.

We will use the Declination varies for Darby and Missoula Montana for this example.

Declination varies for Darby;
Latitude:                       45° 50' 11" N
Longitude:                   114° 12' 22" W

Date                              Declination
2013-05-22                   13° 44' 24" E changing by 9.5
                                                  West per year

Declination varies for Missoula;
Latitude:                       46° 12' 54" N
Longitude:                    114° 8' 52" W

Date                               Declination
2013-05-22                    13° 44' 32" E changing by 9.5
                                                   West per year

To understand declination you must first realize that there are two North Poles.
There is a True Geographic North Pole at the top of the world, and a Magnetic North Pole. The Magnetic North Pole is always moving.
It has been as much as 1,200+ miles from true north, but in 2005 is only around 500 miles from the True North Pole.

It is said that a compass points to Magnetic North, not True North.
Technically, that is not exactly true. The compass actually points in the directions of the horizontal component of the magnetic field where the compass is located, and not to any single point.
Knowing the difference (measured in angular degrees) between true north and the horizontal trace of the magnetic field for your location allows you to correct your compass for the magnetic field in your area.
This angular difference is called your declination.

Declination varies from 0 to 30 degrees in most populated regions.
These declination values usually change slightly over time, as the earths plates shift.
The actual value of declination and its annual rate of change for your area will usually be shown on your map. This will be expressed as either an Easterly or Westerly declination, depending on your location.

Many compasses have a fixed declination correction scale to simplify the calculations required. Some compasses even have an adjustable declination correction scale that will allow for the declination compensation.
With this type of compass, the true direction can be used directly from the compass, Purchase a compasses with adjustable declination.
Before buying a compass, you may want to consider this, whether it has a fixed declination correction scale, and adjustable declination correction scale, or neither.

How to use Your Declination Value:
A declination value represents the error between magnetic North and True North, for a specific location. Declination degree values can be either expressed as Easterly and Westerly, or as positive and negative values.
Easterly declinations are represented as positive values, and Westerly declinations are represented as negative values.
For example, your current location could be represented as a Westerly declination of 15 degrees, or as a declination value of -15 degrees.
Here are a few examples to help you understand how to use the declination values:

 If you know you current declination value is -12 degrees (this is the same as 12 degrees Westerly), and you want to be traveling in a true 72 degree path.
When you try to determine your current bearing, your compass indicates you are traveling with a bearing of 72 degrees from magnetic north.
Knowing your declination value (-12) however, you determine that you are actually bearing a course 60 degrees from True North (compass value + declination value = 72 - 12 = 60).
At this point, in order to actually travel 72 degrees from True North you will have to add 12 degrees to your planned bearing, and set your compass to 84 degrees.
Now traveling at bearing degrees from magnetic north, you are actually traveling 72 degrees from True North. (Compass value + declination value = 72 + 12 = 84)

If the declination value of -20 (this is the same as 20 degrees Westerly), then when your compass indicates you are bearing a 90 degree course, you are actually bearing at 70 degrees.
If you really do want to head with a bearing of 90 degrees, you will have to set your compass to a bearing of 110degrees, to compensate for your local error.
(Compass value + declination value = 90 + 20 = 120)

If the declination value of +10 (this is the same as 10 degrees Easterly), then when your compass indicates you are bearing a 90 degree course, you are actually bearing at 100 degrees.
If you really do want to head with a bearing of 90 degrees, you will have to set your compass to a bearing of 80 degrees, to compensate for your local error.
(Compass value + declination value = 90 - 10 = 80)

It is important you understand exactly how to use your declination value, as your adjustments are different for determining your current bearing and charting a new bearing.

If you want to know what direction you are really heading, you will need to take your compass reading and add your declination value.
This is your "True" direction; this is your direction with respect to true North.
(Remember, if you add a negative number, you are actually subtracting the value)
Referencing examples from above?
      Example 1: 72 + (-12) = 60
      Example 2: 90 + (-20) = 70
      Example 3: 90 + 10 = 100 

If you want to travel a true 120 degrees, you will need to take your desired heading and subtract your declination value.
This will compensate for the error
 (Remember, if you subtract a negative number, you are actually adding a value).
Referencing examples from above (if you want a true bearing of 120 degrees)?
     Example 1: 120 - (-12) = 132
     Example 2: 120 - (-20) = 140
     Example 3: 120 - 10 = 110

Another way to think about this scenario is doing the opposite of your declination value. For example if you declination value is -15, then you will add 15 to the compass bearing to adjust for this error. And if your declination value is +15, then you will subtract 15 from the compass bearing to adjust for the error.

The true compass

Read Matthew chapters; 5, 6 and 7
First Corinthians 13

And see how you line up with this compass


True surviving comes down to five simple questions.
        1. How big is Father God in your life?
       2. Do you belong to Christ Jesus?
       3. Have you surrendered all your cares to Him?
       4. Have you put on His armor today?
       5. Are you depending on Him or yourself?

If you don’t know Jesus as your savior all you have to do is ask Him to come into your life and to forgive you of your sins, and once you have done that He will forgive you and except you, He is standing at the door of your heart knocking.
He wants to help you and save you.

Now go be prepared, live your life according to His word. and Survive.  
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