• Worldwide there are more deaths due to suicide than to accidents, homicide and war combined.
• Every year approximately 865,000 Americans attempt to take their own life
• A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the U.S.
• A suicide attempt is estimated to be made once every 40 seconds in the U.S.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and the third leading cause of death among all youth 15–24 years old.
After grace, life is the most precious gift that humanity has been given. We are privileged to be alive on this earth and to be a part in the grand scheme of God’s eternal plan. Yet, there are many times life becomes hard and difficult and we feel overwhelmed by life’s circumstances. Many times things get so unbearable that people wish they were dead or had never been born. This is the plan of our enemy, Satan. He wants us to feel alone, separated and without hope. If we do not reach out and receive comfort and strength from God we can become desperate. If feelings of desperation linger long enough, in some cases suicide seems to be the only relief for these feelings. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death worldwide with about a million people dying by suicide annually. According to 2007 data, suicides in the U.S. outnumber homicides by nearly 2 to 1 and ranks as the 11th leading cause of death in the country. Worldwide suicide rates have nearly doubled in the last 100 years. The suicide rate is rapidly increasing in the U.S.
When a person is so far gone that they take their own life, there is injury that is done besides to their own body. Suicide hurts the heart of God, as we are His children. Suicide also leaves behind a great pain in the hearts and minds of the friends and family of those who loved the deceased. I want those who might be having feelings of desperation and might be contemplating suicide to know that there is a way out. There is hope and life for you, and God is that hope. He is the restorer of that which has been lost and He can heal any wound, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual.
Studies have shown that as many as 50% percent of the general public have seriously considered suicide as a solution to their problems. That number is staggering. That means that most people at one time or another has at least, the passing thought of suicide as an option to what they are struggling with. When we are depressed and allow thoughts of depression and despair to overwhelm us, our minds are clouded, and all our heart feels is hopelessness. That is when we are in danger, when our thoughts and feelings are trapped in our clouded brain. If 50% of society contemplates suicide but far less actually go through with it shows that inside ourselves we have the ability to find a source of strength to overcomes feelings of hopelessness and despair. The grace of God will keep you here. The love of Christ makes life worth living. When life gets to the point that all seems lost, we have to ask ourselves if there is anything in life that makes it all worth while, and to find happiness. We all want to be happy. We all want to enjoy life, have fun, and live life to its fullest.
Knowing this and retaining the hope of a brighter tomorrow is one reason why many people who consider suicide don’t go through with it. Having that hope grounded in the Blood of Christ makes all things possible. There is something and someone out there which will make all the pain go away. His name is Jesus Christ and He offers a love and peace for a broken heart that exceeds all human comprehension. Death to some may seem like a simple answer; wanting to die may sometimes seem easy or the only way out .God wants you to give life a chance, and to live your life to its fullest potential.
In God’s word we are shown may great men who also faced overwhelming depression and wrote that they wished they had never even been born. Men such as King David, Jeremiah, and Job. Each of these men reached a point where they despaired of their very lives. An example of this despair is shown in
Job 7:15-16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life. I hate this life! Who needs any more of this?
Yet, David, Jeremiah, Job and others persevered through their trials and their victories over their depression are given as examples to us in God’s word. Like us today they faced suffering and heartache and had thoughts of death rather than life. What saved them was their faith in God and His love and compassion. He sustained their minds, and healed their wounded hearts.
I believe that we all get depressed from time to time, and I also believe that when it goes past depression into thoughts of suicide, that it is the effect of demonic influences driving one to take their own life. Suicide is the opposite of what the Grace of Christ gave to us on Calvary. Our Lord shows us this in John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly
Suicide is directly contrary to the will of God, and originates from Hell itself as we read it is Satan who comes “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” When we are overcome by heartache and deep dark depression the enemy may try get us to kill ourselves, but we have the power of the living God and the blood of His Son Jesus to guard our hearts and minds from these attacks. We as believers we have power over the devil and when he tempts us to have thoughts of suicide if we sincerely call on the name of the Lord, God will rescue us.
Under attacks from the enemy and in depression we sometimes feel that God is far from us. But the truth is He is much nearer than we think. He yearns for us to reach out to Him. It is His desire to show us how valuable our life is. It is for times in which we are the lowest that the blood of Christ is the strongest. He will work out your situation no matter how unbearable it may be for His glory and that we might have an abundant happy fulfilled life.
When depression has a stranglehold on us and us and we can’t seem to escape, we need to call on God and ask for His help. We cannot can overcome these things by ourselves. We all need the grace of God to set us free. His Word tells us that we must be “transformed, by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).” The Spirit of God working in us renewing our minds and comforting our hearts will break us break free of darkness, depression and heal our deadly hurtful emotions.
When we are overcome with emotions that are hurt and lost we need to confess God’s Word to heal to the places in our hearts and minds where we are wounded. When we are so depressed that the enemy begins to put thoughts of suicide into our minds we need to take the living word of God believe on them and literally hold on to them for dear life. The devil simply cannot stand against the Word of God. When you get depressed as we all do from time to time we must look to God for our hope and our rescue. If you depressed and in despair I ask you to pray this prayer with me.
PRAY WITH ME
“Father, in the name of Jesus, I come before, I am deeply depressed and in need of You. I am in trouble and I am crying out to you from the bottom of my heart. I humble myself before you now, and I present myself to you honestly. I am weak and hopeless and I am despairing of my very own life. Father I ask you to cleanse me, heal me. Father I ask for your Spirit to bring hope, faith and love into my heart. I cast all my cares, my sorrows, my depression, my darkness and emotional wounds onto You, and I ask you to carry them far away from me. I believe in You, and You are my only hope and cure. Your Word says in Jeremiah 29:11 that You know the plans that you have for me; You say they are plans for peace and not disaster, You say they are plans to give me a future filled with hope. I stand on Your Word and ask You to rescue me now in my darkest hour. Thank You for rescuing me. Thank You for taking this burden I cannot bear alone and comforting me, and giving me the strength and will to live. I am thankful that I can call on You and I know You will draw near to me, and I will find comfort in Your arms. Thank You for bearing my sorrow and weaknesses, and thank You for healing my broken spirit and heart. I ask this in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ who bore all my pain and suffering on Calvary that I might have life. Amen.