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Suicide

ALL FOUR OF THESE WOMEN OD’D; THREE OF THEM LIVED, ONE DIED. WHAT CAUSES A PERSON TO WILLINGLY GIVE UP THEIR GIFT OF LIFE? DEBT? DEPRESSION? UNFORGIVENESS? HELPLESS ANGER? HOPELESS DESPAIR?  MANY TIMES, SUICIDE, even attempted suicide IS TO PUNISH OTHERS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT TWO WHO TRIED  TO KILL THEMSELVES, BUT LIVED. ONE COULD BARELY WALK UP OUR STEPS AS HER FRIEND HALF-CARRIED  HER into our house. SHE REPENTED AS WE PRAYED FOR HER and she snapped AWAKE! She AWOKE OUT OF HER STUPOR IMMEDIATELY! It was ONE OF THE MOST SUPERNATURAL MIRACLES I HAVE EVER WITNESSED. THE OTHER Woman HAD BEEN FORCED BY HER FAMILY TO GIVE UP HER BABY AT BIRTH. YEARS LATER, UNABLE TO   COPE, SHE WAS ACTUALLY DYING, LOOKING DOWN AT HER BODY SURROUNDED BY DOCTORS, BUT GOD!!. SHE   HAD AN AUNT WHO HAD TOLD HER ABOUT JESUS, AND THE LORD REMINDED HER OF HER LITTLE GIRL WHO NEEDED HER, AND SHE CHOSE TO LIVE AND RETURNED TO HER BODY. IT’S important to repeat that GOD IS WILLING TO HELP YOU. CRY OUT TO HIM “HELP ME! HELP ME!” AND HE WILL RESCUE YOU FROM ALL YOUR TROUBLES.

ANOTHER WOMAN, A pastor’s WIFE AND MOTHER OF FOUR DARLING CHILDREN, FELL INTO AND AGREED WITH HOPELESS DISPAIR. She opened the ‘medicine cabinet’ and saw the razor; she fellowshipped with the machine-gun thoughts from Hell, “It would be so easy! So quick! Just reach for the razor. Yes! That’s the answer to your problem! Go  ahead! Do it! Nobody cares, anyway.” During these terrible temptations of self-hatred and self-sabotage, we must REMIND ourselves of this:                                                                                                         

GOD IS WILLING TO HELP YOU. He will show you a WAY OUT! CRY OUT TO HIM “HELP ME! HELP ME!” AND HE WILL RESCUE YOU FROM ALL YOUR TROUBLES. FOUR TIMES “HELP US!”  is repeated!

Why do I say that? How do I know that? Well, I believe the Bible, and it says so! All of Psalm 107 teaches you to follow the example of the Israelites who cried out, “Help Us!” FOUR TIMES “HELP US!”  is repeated! It states that God will deliver you  out of all of your troubles. Psalms 107:20 states that God send His Word [Jesus] and delivered you out of YOUR  destructions! We DO spend a lot of time and money that leads to our destruction, don’t we? What we eat, what we drink, drugs we consume, how we think, how we respond, what we say……..the list goes on and on, doesn’t it? [Well, I said it four times already here, but ‘Uncle Arthur’ Burt told our Methodist Church not to be afraid to repeat yourself, for it takes some people hearing it 7 times to ‘get’ it! GLORY!]

So…. Psalms tells us that God WILL DELIVER YOU; Even when you’ve foolishly, though ignorantly, played with a Ouija board, as the young mother had, and suffered dark depression from it, God is there to bring you out of the mirey clay; to loosen the bonds of wickedness and let you go free from oppression – to open the prison doors wide and make a way of escape for you, as He did Joseph when Potipher’s wife was demanding sex with her. God doesn’t want you to hate yourself; He doesn’t want you to sabotage your chances for a happy life in Jesus. That is why Jesus came, you know –  to set you free from ALL bondage. [even though, sickeningly, BONDAGE is a cute tag-name among the Hollywood crowd.]

satan’s siren call to destroy

One of those who OD’d was a brilliant high school student and a popular cheerleader. She got trapped into listening to satan’s siren call to destroy herself. Though she survived the death sentence, she made terrible decisions, got into drugs, a run-in with the law, and basically was ‘wasting it’ when someone gave her some good advice, and she turned her life  around [with God’s help] and now has a lovely family. She has even earned an advanced, professional degree.

“I can’t do  that; I can’t do that.”

ALERT# ONE
The one who died kept saying, “I can’t do that; I can’t do that.” “Although early in life she seemed successful, she later sank into self-defeat as if it were quicksand. No amount of Word, prayer, or counseling  helped her; she was on her own path of destruction; she claimed her problems were too big for God, and after her death, she left a wide swath of destruction in her family. Essentially, she chose to be defeated and to end it all.

ALERT # TWO!!
Another alert sounded recently when my friend realized that 4 people had hung themselves (one a woman!) in a week and a half in her small town. What a grizzly way to die! What power does satan have to convince seemingly normal people to end it all (they THINK!) Well, he has NO power, unless we relinquish it to him.

RESIST! RESIST! RESIST!
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. ALL enemies have been put under His feet.* We must TRAIN ourselves to trust Him, to believe the Bible and forsake anxiety, doubt, unbelief, and ALL negative emotions and thoughts. That requires something of us, doesn’t it? God has given US a part to play, hasn’t He? WE have to RESIST! RESIST! RESIST! don’t we? Controlling our thought-life is a constant battle, though. Most of us were trained as we grew up to think and talk negatively. Few of us were trained to believe and stand on the promises God has freely given us in the Word, but TODAY is the day of salvation! Today is a great day to draw a line in the sand and REFUSE to fellowship in your mind with bad, destructive, negative thoughts that satan hurls into our minds! We must RESIST ALL those thoughts and REPLACE them with the Word of God’s promises that keep us, well, happy, fulfilled, purposeful, in fellowship and useful to Him during the time God has allotted to us here on Earth.Thanks so much for reading this unusual message on Father’s Day, but I’ve been working on it this week and felt it was time to send it out. Feel free to pass it on, especially if someone you know has been acting strange, withdrawn, miserable, or just plain different lately. I sure do wish I had had something like this to pass to my neighbor down the street before she ended her life. Bob and I both totally missed all the signals. But thank God, praising Him and resisting the devil’s insisting demands is our answer to CONTINUE our lives in victory; IT’S NOT TOO LATE because you and your neighbors ARE STILL ALIVE!                                                          
Blessings, Diana Smith Highsmith