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Suicide: What YOU Can Do To Help

2 Samuel 17:23- “When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father.”

One of my extended family members got an alarming phone call a few days ago. A good friend had just committed suicide.

There were seven people in the Bible who committed suicide (Abimelech, Samson, King Saul and his armor bearer, King Zimri, Ahithophel, and Judas Iscariot). 

Since Bible times, cases of suicide have been rising each year at an alarming rate. 

I am writing about this today, not to debate whether God will forgive this particular sin or not. There are many differing opinions on the internet for those of you who are interested in pursuing this question.

What I am focused on today is what we can do, as Christians, to help people in our lives that are struggling with heavy issues. 

1-Bathe them in prayer, offer encouragement, extend a listening ear and friendship.

2-Share scripture about God’s love. There are hundreds of such verses in the Bible. The internet has lists which can be accessed easily.

3-Refer them to the pastor or Bible Study leader for spiritual counseling when you feel their problem goes beyond your ability to help.

4-Statistics tell us that most people who commit suicide have been suffering from depression. So, if they don’t seem to be getting better as the days and weeks go by, help them find an agency dealing specifically with suicide prevention. State and local agencies are listed on the internet. They are literally a phone call away. They offer encouragement, psychological, and/or medical assistance. 

**Here are a few of the signs of depression to look for: low mood, low self-esteem, loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. They may have occasional delusions or hallucinations. Suicide attempts often occur due to family history, chronic pain/health problems/disabilities, and/or substance abuse.

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Take a Deep Breath

Proverbs 21:31b- “…victory rests with the Lord.”

At the end of the day, do you feel beaten down and dejected?

Do politically-charged events cause you stress?

Have you decided to keep the television—especially news channels—turned off for awhile due to divisive commentaries?

This constant state of unease and disruptiveness is NOT what God desires for us.

He wants us to rest in the knowledge that ultimately the victory will be His.

Take a deep breath. Go for a walk and enjoy the beautiful new day He has made. 

Trust Him for the outcome that will work out His plan for us as individuals and the world at large.

His Word says He is faithful. 

He will do it.

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Fix Your Thoughts on What is True

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Philippians 4:8- “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 

Unbelievable. All the stuff that is said on social media and newscasts these days.

No wonder people are panicking. Wracked by fear. Uncertainty.

Thoughts dominated by “what-if’s.”

God wants us to be free of doubts, depression, and worries. But just what does He want us to have on our minds? 

Philippians holds the key: replace the negative thoughts with those that are true, right, and good.  

Start looking for that truth in God’s Word. 

Biblical stories teach us Godly principles and truths that apply to people throughout the ages and in all circumstances.

Lean on Him and keep your thoughts on things above.

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Are There Weeds in Your Garden?

 

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Isaiah 41:10- “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

 

 

I always admire my beautiful Lantana plant at the corner of my yard when I pull out of the driveway.

However, this morning I noticed a huge weed growing out of the middle of it. When had that happened?

I had to dig it out before it took over the entire plant.

What about you?

Are there any weeds growing in your garden?

Weeds like discontent, deception, depression? Bad habits? Unforgiveness?

I am sure you have heard stories of people who have let disappointments or crises of various kinds ruin their lives. 

But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

God’s desire is that we would rely on Him for healing… for comfort… for restoration. 

He is a loving Heavenly Father who doesn’t want to see the weeds in our lives grow huge and choke out our happiness and productivity. 

Our world is going through some challenging times right now. But, instead of letting the circumstances we face overcome us, He wants us to go to Him in prayer.

To lay our troubles at His feet and trust Him to see us through.

 

 

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On Purpose, With a Purpose

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Psalm 57:2- “I cry out to God most high, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.”

 

A magazine article reported that depression is on the rise worldwide. One of the main causes is that people don’t see that they have any real purpose.

They feel that they should have a purpose. They just haven’t discovered what it is.

They fail to adequately answer the age-old question, “Why did God put me on this earth?” And, that often results in them living lives in which they don’t believe that they matter…that if they were not here, it really wouldn’t make a difference to anyone…

The psalmist relates to those feelings, and in desperation, he cries out to God for the answer, for it is He that created each of us on purpose, with a purpose.

Don’t doubt that you matter to God. Don’t doubt that He created you to make a difference in this world. Don’t ignore His direction… his leading.

It may not take you down the path you expected.

It may not nudge you in a way that is the most comfortable.

But, He will lead you, if you are sincere in your request… if you are patient… if you trust in His Word.

 

 

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