Monday, March 21, 2011

The Origin of Suicidal Thoughts

"After the morsel, Satan then entered into him" (John 13:27) "(Judas) went away and hanged himself," (Matthew 27:5).

The Lord Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." (John 10:10) The mission of the enemy, Satan, is to steal, kill, and destroy. All thoughts of suicide, therefore, are from the pit of hell. Anywhere, anytime anyone entertains the thought of killing him- or herself, it is a certainty that the origin of that suggestion is NOT from God, the Author of life.

True, dire difficulties and seemingly insurmountable situations will face us, prompting the enticement to "end it all." The deeper the grief, the more intense the loss, the greater the temptation to consider "the easy way out."

For one who takes God seriously, His sovereignty must be settled, without reservation. To not only acknowledge, but to embrace the absolute rule of God over one's life, is to experience a release and peace incomparable. So much striving and churning in our hearts stems from having never really settled the issue of His sovereignty in creation, in salvation, in all aspects of life. Yet when the heart is melted before His majesty, when the knee is bent in submission to His Lordship without limitations, then come what may... the enemy's fiery darts of self-destruction can be extinguished.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Revelation 2:10

"Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

'A 17-year-old girl in Somalia who converted to Christianity from Islam has been shot to death in an apparent 'honor killing.' Nurta Mohamed Farah, who fled her village to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, died 25 November 2010 after two men believed to be relatives shot her in the chest and head with a pistol.

Sources said her parents beat her severely for leaving Islam. They shackled her to a tree by day and kept her in a small, dark room at night since May, 2010, when they learned she had embraced Christ. They also forced her to take medication for mental illness, thinking she had gone crazy. But the drugs could not sway her from her faith. Nor could the twice-weekly recitations of the Qur'an, which many Somalis believe cure the sick, especially the mentally ill.'

---Compiled from reports filed by Compass Direct News.