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Suicide Epidemic

Disturbingly, there has been a rash of suicide reports that have come to my attention both on a personal level…some of whom have been close to home and in the media as well. 

A few years back, a father who lived in the neighborhood I grew up in took his life because his business was failing and the financial repsonsibility was far too overwhelming.  Recently, within a couple of months, one report came of a dear mother who took her own life, after finding out that she was being laid off.   And just recently, my husband came home and asked me to pray  for the family of a young man in his early twenties, who for unknown reasons ended his life.

According to statistics, someone in the U.S takes their life every 16 minutes.  It is the 8th leading cause of death in males and 7th in females . 

 Unfortunately suicide, leaves family and friends behind in a torrential wake of grief contaminated with feelings of guilt, shame, betrayal and confusion.

As a young girl, in my early teens, my best friend’s cousin took his own life and I remember the questions that arose after the disturbing news came to us.  Do those who take their own lives go to heaven? 

I certainly have no answer to this question but I do however want to say this, that heaven awaits those who are saved and believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.  So the question would not be as much about whether or not they would go to heaven as much as it would be, on whom have they believed?  But we must also realize that in order for someone to be Lord…we have given them ownership over us in both our decisions and actions.

Does the Word of God address suicide?  The answer is yes! 

Hebrews 4:15 says this, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but ONE who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

We read in Matthew 4:5-7 and Luke 4:9-11 that Jesus Christ himself was tempted with suicide.  Here’s the account: “Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down (kill yourself): for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

After reading from Matthew & Luke and then from this next passage…it is established that suicide is a temptation, a device of the enemy.  Revelations 9:6 speaks of it.  “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” 

You see, when we seek death, thinking that it is an end to life…a way out…we will not find it because life is eternal, whether it be in this earthly place or the places prepared for us in the hereafter.  There is no escape from living, regardless.  

We are subject to such a temptation, when there is something more than meets the eye…when our perspective is off.  You see, Satan offered it to Jesus, after showing him what was “available” to him, according to his deceitfulness and if Jesus has taken the bate, He would have been bound with limitations, rather than endless possibility. 

There is a witness of this in the word as well.  Acts 16:25-34 tells this story:

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every ones bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. ”

You see, the jailer saw one thing but in reality, it was something altogether different.  Things looked bad but there was more than met the eye!   Thank God for the voice that cried out, “DO THYSELF NO HARM!”  Then he called for a light because he wanted to see what the darkness was preventing him from seeing.  Friend, you and I are that voice and that light!

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Leading Questions…

OK, before I begin, let me just lay the foundation of what I am about to write with two passages…

 

  1. Acts 1:8, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth”
  2. Psalm 23:2, “…he leadeth me…”

 

 

I was studying Psalm 23 and was looking into the word “lead”, when I came upon this very interesting definition and it quickened me. 

 

lead:  to suggest to (a witness) the answer desired by asking leading questions

 

Now based on the two passages above, I would like to make this statement.

 

The Shepherd asks leading questions….

 I began searching where, at different times in the word and under completely different circumstances, God has asked questions.  God has never asked a shallow question.  He is not a surface God! His interest in us, searches us and any question He would ask, would be one that would cause us to take inventory of our beliefs because our answer turns out to be our “outcome”.  And He is interested, very much in our outcome!

 Here are a few examples of questions God asked in the Word:

 Genesis 3:9, “Where are you?” 

 Genesis 4:9 (of Abel), “Where is your brother?”

 Genesis 4:10, “What have you done?”

 1 Kings 19:13, “What are you doing here?”

 Ezekiel 37:3, “Can these bones live?”

 Matthew 9:28, “Do you believe that I can do this unto you?”

 Matthew 16:15 & Mark 8:29, “But who do you say that I am?”

 Luke 24:5, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”

 

 Now, just for a moment, let God ask you these questions.  Every question is an invitation to come to Him…the answer, your reality.   

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Bramble for King?

Judges 9:7-21
7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you. 8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

For His own purposes, God has been bringing me to this passage in scripture and He has instructed me to begin prophesying to the olive trees, “leave your fatness”, to the fig trees, “leave your sweetness” and to the vines, “leave your cheering influence” and govern!

Why..would a tree that carries the anointing, that is equal to no other… to both save, heal and deliver, ever refrain from using such an anointing? Why would a tree that yields such fruit, a taste that can give sight to who God really is, ever refuse those who hunger for it? And furthermore, why would a vine that carries a wine that can minister to both the mind and body of anyone who wants a drink, refuse to give it?

Instead, the lost are looking to the bramble. To the thorns, to the curse and saying, “Come and reign over us!”  The bramble can also be translated as the world system and the bramble is more than willing to comply! We can so easily be deceived to think that we can  trust in a shadow… when in truth, we should trust in the ONE who’s shadow is a result.  What if we saw the bramble for what it really is?  Would we still trust it?  

There is one in whose shadow we can fully trust…”He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 

And that same shadow can be cast from us and is most certainly a place prepared for others…”Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” Acts 5:15 

Peter was a tree uprooted…walking about!  He had kingdom roots that looked very much like feet! 

 Olive tree, Fig tree, Vine…there is a time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted! (Ecclesiastes 3:2) Uproot and go! Cast your shadow!

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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