"Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." ~ John 8:32

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Suicide Trap

Humans were not created to die.  They were created to live forever.  Death is not a normal part of the human psychological make-up.  So anyone who wants to die or to kill himself is acting contrary to his God-given human nature.

Death entered the world through sin.  When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them dominion over the earth. They were to control every creature and every plant on the earth.  They were not, however, to control their fellow human beings.

But Adam and Eve disobeyed God and, in so doing, gave up their control over the earth to Satan.  This is the reason the world is full of tragedy, suffering, and death.  Satan is now in control of this world.  He is evil in his essence, and whenever he controls anything or anyone, evil is the only result.

Scripture calls Satan a "thief" and says that he comes for one purpose only: "to steal, kill, and destroy" (John 10:10).  It is no wonder, then, that Satan will prey on vulnerable people to get them to commit suicide.  Satan knows that God has a great destiny for each person, and Satan will do whatever he can to thwart that destiny. 

Suicide has become an epidemic.  Young people by the thousands are killing themselves.  Increasing numbers of older people are killing themselves.  Why? Because they have lost all hope. And why have they lost all hope? Because they have believed Satan's lie.

Satan speaks to the human mind in the form of thoughts.  This is the reason that Jesus warns us to monitor our thoughts to see if they agree with His thoughts about us as found in His Word.  If our thoughts do not agree with God's thoughts about us, then we must renounce our thoughts and choose to align our thinking with God's thinking.

For example, God says this about you in Jeremiah 29:11:  "My plans for you are for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Satan whispers this thought:  "You have no future. You are hopeless. Nothing will work out for you. You are a loser.  No one will ever love you. You may as well kill yourself."

Satan's words are the exact opposite of God's words. Whom will you believe?  Will you believe Satan whom the Bible calls "the father of lies" (John 8:44)?  Or will you believe God Whom the Bible describes as the only one "who cannot lie"(Titus 1:2)?

Logic demands that we believe the One Who cannot lie.

Is Satan lying to you today? Is he tempting you to kill yourself?  Please do not listen to his lies. Please believe that God loves you and that He created you for a very important purpose in this earth. You are not here by accident. You are here intentionally.  You have a song to sing that no one else can sing. You have a job to do that no one else can do.  You were created with a unique destiny that only you can fulfill.

Awaken to this truth and be set free.  Embrace God's love for you.  Run to His open arms and let Him heal you of the hurt that has driven you to the edge of suicide.  Turn around and behold your Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ. 
Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA.  All Rights Reserved.

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