Daily Devotional for Saturday November 18, 2023
Emails from parents about their teens committing suicide! and, Suicide!
DAILY DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2023
***PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR YOU FROM BILL KELLER: All life is from God, from conception to when God says that life is over, and is precious!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for Your blessings. I admit so much of the time I take most of them for granted, but today, I want to acknowledge Your love for me and the many blessings You bestow upon me each and every day. It is easy to say Thank You, but more important to Thank You in how I live my life each day. Give me Your strength to live my life pleasing and acceptable to You during this day. In Jesus name I pray...AMEN! *Salvation message from Ground Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqZ9oaqJNJg
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Sadly, since COVID we are getting hundreds of emails every week like this from parents here and in other countries about their sons and daughters. I stripped out some of the personal content so you have an idea of what many families, maybe yours, are going through with your sons and daughters. I pray my response will give you or those you know dealing with this problem some hope and encouragement. “A few weeks ago, my teenage son told his teacher he wanted to kill himself. We took him to the doctor and he spent a month meeting with a psychiatrist. My wife breaks down and cries every day. I am asking for your prayers for my son and for me and my wife. Thank You for listening from a concerned Dad.” Here was the response I personally sent, again stripping out some of the personal content: “I am so sorry to hear this. Since the COVOID outbreak, I can't tell you how many parents are dealing with what you and your wife are. My counsel is to PRAY over that boy every night. READ Scripture to him. He is not 18 so he needs to be in church each Sunday whether he likes it or not. Don't forget that God's Word will not return void. Do all you can to keep him from spending hours alone, or hours on his phone or computer. He needs to get out and play, physical exercise. Take him fishing. Change up his daily routine. Kids are naturally curious so keep trying different things to do until you find something he seems to like. Encourage and challenge him to do good in school. Kids like adults need to be challenged, they need realistic goals they can meet to feel good about themselves. None of this insures things will change, and what changes occur will not happen overnight. However, it puts him in different situations, exposes him to new things, new challenges. Most important it exposes him to God's Word each day! The more busy he is mentally and physically the less time he has to dwell on negative thoughts. PRAY OVER HIM WITH HIM AWAKE AND AWARE YOU ARE PRAYING FOR HIM! READ SCRIPTURE TO HIM AND MAKE HIM LISTEN. TAKE HIM TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY, AS LONG AS HE IS A MINOR HE CAN'T SAY NO! Lastly, make sure you know EVERYONE in his life at school, his friends. Cut off anyone who is not a positive influence in his life. Know I will be praying for your son and for you and your wife as the Lord gives you HIS wisdom and guidance in dealing with your child. THE LORD WILL GUIDE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EACH DAY!” Know I am praying for all of the parents today who are currently dealing with children who are fighting this evil world seeking to destroy their young lives!
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According to the CDC, suicide rates are the highest it's been in decades! I have talked to you many times about the fact 22 people in our military or military vets take their life every day! We are now facing an epidemic of teen suicides. Netflix recently had a program about a teen girl taking her life, “13 Reasons Why.” In the months since that program aired, there has been a rash of suicides of young males between 10 and 18. Never forget, satan has come to “kill, steal, and destroy!” Suicide is the work of satan!!!
One of the saddest things that I have to deal with every single day is the tragedy of someone taking their own life. The fact is, right now there are people reading these words who are actually contemplating killing themselves. If this is you, or if you have had thoughts of killing yourself, know that it is no accident you are reading these words today. God is trying to speak to you, so please, LISTEN TO HIM!
You see my friend, God not only loves you very much, but He is the one who gave you your life and wants you to live. It is satan who wants you dead! Never forget that satan has come to what, KILL, steal, and destroy!
Satan wants you dead! The thoughts you have of killing yourself don't come from God, they come from satan. He is the one telling you that you would be better off dead. He is the one who is telling you that you should just give up and kill yourself. He is the one who is telling you that the best answer to your problems is to take your life. He is the one who is telling you that everyone else will be better off if you were dead. He is the one who is telling you that your life is meaningless and it is not worth living any longer.
SATAN IS A LIAR! In John 8:44, Jesus tells us that he is the "father of lies," that when he speaks, he "speaks his native language," LYING! The thoughts you have of killing yourself are coming directly from the pits of hell, from the very lips of that liar satan!
God on the other hand wants you to LIVE! God is Truth! It is God who is telling you to live. It is God who loved you so much He sent His very Son to die for your sins. It is God who is telling you to cast your cares on Him and let Him see you through those difficult times. It is God who says you are not alone, that He will never leave you nor forsake you. It is God who is telling you that your life has meaning and purpose. It is God who is telling you that He has given you life and life more abundantly. It is God who is telling you to trust Him and LIVE!
So what this really boils down to is who do you listen to, satan, who is a liar, or God, who speaks Truth? Seriously, if you are having thoughts of killing yourself or if you have ever had thoughts of killing yourself, you have got to understand where those thoughts are coming from and ultimately make the choice who you are going to listen to. If you are having thoughts of killing yourself today, or if you have ever had those thoughts, make sure you take a moment to ask yourself the critical question of who you are going to listen to, satan, a liar who wants you dead, or God, who represents Truth and wants you to live.
Now let me answer one of the most asked questions I get each day. Killing yourself does NOT keep you from Heaven, the only thing that keeps you from Heaven is rejecting Christ as your Savior. *THIS DOES NOT MEAN IT IS OK TO KILL YOURSELF OR A PASS TO COMMIT SUICIDE!!! Make no mistake, killing yourself IS a sin. To even think of suicide is rebelling against God. However, the ONLY sin that will send you to hell is rejecting Christ. If you have truly accepted by faith Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you commit suicide, you will spend eternity with God your Creator.
The reason suicide is a sin is because it is God who gives us life for the purpose of serving and glorifying Him, and it is ONLY God who can say when our work here on earth is finished. Remember, if you accept Him into your heart it is NOT your life any longer, it belongs to Him. That means it is NOT your right to end your life. That right only belongs to God. Suicide is an act of rebellion towards God!
I know there are some people who erroneously believe that if you kill yourself you can't go to Heaven since you died without repenting of that sin. According to that erroneous theology, if you commit a sin, have a massive heart attack and die instantly without confessing that sin you committed prior to dying you would be lost for all eternity. Sorry, but that is simply not what the Bible teaches.
Some may ask, what are the consequences of the sin of suicide since it ends your life? One of the consequences of all sin is it keeps us from enjoying our relationship with the Lord. Sin keeps us from being all God wants us to be. Sin keeps us from knowing the joy, the peace, the abundance the Lord promised to us in this life.
Those who commit suicide have already allowed the enemy to blind them to God's love, otherwise, they would never make such a horrible choice. Someone who commits this act misses the fulfillment of God's perfect plan for their life. It is a very sad way to end this wonderful journey, and a way God never intended!
Suicide is really nothing more than an act of cowardice and is one of the most selfish things anyone can ever do. Despite all the reasons that satan the liar gives you to kill yourself, it really boils down to the fact that only a coward chooses this course of action. Rather than deal with the problems of life, fight through them, work towards victory in the power God can give you, you chose instead to simply stop living altogether. That my friend is a coward's answer to their problems.
Suicide is also one of the most selfish acts a person can commit. One of the great lies satan feeds a person thinking about killing themselves is that their family and friends would be better off if they were dead.
The truth is, a people who kills themselves leave behind family and friends, who in many cases, spend the rest of their life carrying around unnecessary guilt over what role they may have played in causing the person the loved and cared about to kill themselves. I deal daily with family members and friends of a person who has committed suicide and they experience tremendous guilt over what they may have done to force their loved one or friend into taking their life.
*To you family members and friends of someone who has committed suicide, YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO! They, not you, made this sad and tragic choice. So please, don't put yourself under the unnecessary burden of carrying around guilt from something you didn't cause and didn't do.
Let me speak directly to anyone who may be contemplating suicide this very moment. It is God who gives us this precious gift we call life. Dealing daily with some of the most incredible human situations you can ever imagine, I understand the pain, the difficulty, the hopelessness so many live with each day. It is always at the lowest points in our life when the enemy attacks us. Like with everything, there are always scenarios, always circumstances we can point to, but sin is sin, and no amount of justification changes that. THERE IS ALWAYS AN ANSWER OTHER THAN SIN!!!!
I love you, and I care about you more than you will ever know. The pain I feel daily as I walk with you in your time of need is sometimes overwhelming. But I keep the truth and promise of God's Word in my heart, and the hope and love we have in Christ in my every thought. I will be praying today for you, that you will never even consider suicide as an option. IT IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO GOD. Only God can say when it is over.
Instead of focusing on the lies of the enemy, on the pain and the circumstances in your life, look instead to the Truth we find in God's Word, the promises and hope we have in Christ and the fact God will ALWAYS give us a path of escape. God has a wonderful and perfect plan for your life. The key is you have to be alive for that plan to unfold. Don't ever take this wonderful gift of life for granted, because it will be over soon enough. In the meantime, we need to be focused on what it is God wants from our life, what it is God wants us to accomplish each day for Him.
Let me leave with you two powerful truths from God's Word. The first is, He loves you so very much. The second is, He is a God of answers. Embrace His love for you today, and let Him help you find the answers to those questions you have. There is only one option if you know Christ as your savior and that is to LIVE for Him.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,