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SUICIDE OR THE CROSS

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “you shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’

And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”’

Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” Gen. 3:1-5

Satan is still telling us His lie, “You shall not surely die.” And his ultimate goal, of course, is that very thing—death!

Because of the fall of Adam, there was a death sentence to all mankind. Spiritual and physical death was the consequence, just as God had spoken. God’s Word is always true. Satan’s word is always a lie. There is no truth in him, just as it is impossible for God to lie.

How often we ignore God’s warning that the wages of sin is death! How often we find Satan’s lie more appealing. It promises we will be like God, able to tell good from evil, and having no need to be accountable, doing our thing, our way! It promises we will find fulfillment and happiness, and our eyes will be opened!!!

At first there is a pleasure in sin, and then we become it’s slave. Finally we find ourselves so strongly in it’s grip that we cannot possibly free ourselves! We must find help. But all too often we’ve found that we are sinking deeper and deeper—like someone who tries to struggle to free themselves from quicksand, the more we struggle the more quickly we sink. Now we see that death is inevitable. We feel empty. The promise of happiness and fulfillment that our sin was suppose to bring has turned out to be a horrible deception and we are left empty, miserable, slaves to something we no longer find any pleasure in.

Maybe you have been driven to the point of feeling there is no hope. There is no way out. You see no answer. You’ve tried everything to help you but you can’t find real satisfaction. You struggle with the pain of living every day. You are unable to take responsibility for your circumstances. You are unable to accept the life that you now find yourself having to live. You can’t face others. You can’t face yourself. You want to be free!

You want to be free!

Psa 116:3 “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.” Now Satan comes to you with another lie. He whispers in your ear, “Death! Death is the only way out. End it now! You can end all your pain. You don’t have to face anyone. You just can’t go on in this world anymore. If you take your life, all your pain will be gone.”

But it is a lie!

Just as he lied to you in the beginning saying, “surely you shall not die,” he is now lying to you that you can die and all will be made better. You can kill the body, but you cannot kill the soul. Your soul, where all your pain and emptiness is, will remain and go on in misery for eternity, without ever being satisfied, its longings and cravings never heard, and you will suffer eternal death with no more hope of redemption. Satan knows this and that is his ultimate purpose in his lie—to lead you to eternal death once and for all.

Pro 9:18 “But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.”

God has one plan of redemption!

Luke 1:79, “To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

It is through His cross. That is your hope. That is your salvation. That is your freedom from the torment and death that sin has brought to your soul. It involves death—a death to “self”, or the “Adamic” or sinful nature that you have as a result of Adam’s fall, which has been inherited by all mankind. We must choose Adam’s way, or God’s—the cross. The one will surely lead to death, though it seems the easy road. The other will surely lead to life, though it seems to be the hard road. Yet it is the road to freedom, peace, and life eternal.

Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, as He hung on the cross, a sacrifice in atonement by His blood being shed there for the penalty of our sin—death. He paid it, and because He did, we can freely come to Him by choosing to believe in His atonement, accepting it as the payment of our sin, and putting our trust in the power of that cross to “crucify” that Adamic nature of sin and self and pride. He instead gives us a new nature in its place. We become a new creation in Christ Jesus. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:17-18

If you can come to the feet of His cross by faith, give up your sin, and ask Him to put it to death and in it’s place give you that new heart, and be your Savior, believing that He will do just that, He will come into your heart right now. Believe Him! That is all that is necessary. There is nothing you can do to earn it. There is nothing you can do to change yourself, or clean yourself up. He is the one to do that. Just believe Him to do it.

Now, all the pain in your life is His!

All the circumstances in your life, they are His. All the misery that you’ve caused yourself, and that others have caused you, is now His. Don’t try to hold on to it, but instead lift it to that cross and surrender it there, for Him to take and to use in your life to work for your good, to conform you to that image in His Son that you were created to be. The cross is painful, yes, but this kind of pain will bring you life. The kind Satan offers, remember will bring death and leave you without hope. It is humbling, yes, but that humility brings His grace.

This is God’s promise: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

You will find a new joy in knowing Him and having a personal fellowship with Him through His Spirit in your inner being, which is your spirit. “..Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Remember what Satan’s salvation offer was…death of the body. But that would not lead to an end of the pain of your soul. This is God’s salvation of your soulthe only way. Through His cross, your soul, that part of you that has been corrupted by sin, and is full of sin’s pain and death, is now set free.


SUICIDE AND THE CHRISTIAN

When it comes to Christians, wanting to end their lives, yes, the choice is the same – Suicide—or the cross. Which will you choose? Will you listen to God, or the father of lies?

There are many reasons a Christian goes through depression. Don’t think that if you come to the Lord, suddenly life will be easy and your problems will be over. On the contrary, in this life, we face many trials of our faith. We face much oppression of the enemy, who “goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) We may face many difficult circumstances, sickness, infirmities, persecutions, rejection, cruelty from others, etc. The difference is that now, in Christ all things in our lives are limited by God, and if allowed, they must first pass through His nail scarred hands and His unfailing love and plan for our lives. We are now His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the works that He alone has planned for us. He now works every detail of every circumstance of everything that happens to us from now until eternity into His plan for our lives, and for our good. We have been crucified with Christ—our self-life, living for our self, all that is part of our life, and we are alive unto God—He being the one who lives in and through us and controlling every circumstance in our life.

Will you put your faith in God’s goodness, His plan for you, His love, and His faithfulness? I hope to show you that when you decide to take your own life, that you are slapping God in the face, denying His goodness, His love, His plan for you, and His faithfulness—and His power to work through this situation and in it in your life.

My life has had its share of hardships and infirmities, like most of us. I had a son born to me that had a serious infirmity—Tourette’s Syndrome, and other neurological disorders. It is a neurological condition that causes motor and vocal tics, and sometimes is accompanied by other neurological conditions, such as obsessive/compulsive disorder, echolalia—echoing back what people say, corprolalia—uncontrolled swearing or obscenities, uncontrollable aggressive behaviors, and rage, depression, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and others. It’s sort of a “short” in the nervous system. His brain isn’t capable of getting the right signal to enable him to control certain behaviors and thoughts. Jesse had much of the above. Our family life was a constant chaos daily, and we were always operating in “crisis mode”. Our other 3 children were not able to receive the attention and love and discipline they so much needed from us. We tried our best, but our own mental and emotional and spiritual resources were drained.

Just the morning routine in our house was unbelievable. One day after going through the morning struggle of driving them all to the Christian school they attended, in two trips, because Jesse was too out of control to take in the car with the rest of them, I was at the lowest I had been in a long time. Something inside of me just said, “I quit!” But God had brought me through enough difficulties in my life that far, that I knew better. He had done miraculous things in my life and delivered me from the lowest hell already. He had taught me that He could bring me through anything if I cling to His promises. But there I was, at the end of myself, drained, saying, “That’s it! I will take no more! I’m going to point this car in any direction, I don’t care, and drive until it won’t drive anymore and then just sit there and wait to die!” As soon as those thoughts were expressed inwardly to myself—well—only those of you who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them will understand what I experienced next. When we have His Spirit, we sense His emotions, His will, His thoughts, and face at times. We feel when we’ve grieved Him. If I could have seen His face, I know it would have had a very hurt look, as though I had just slapped Him in the face. I felt the depth of how I had grieved Him in my heart. It was as though He were saying to me…”Am I impotent now? Do I not have the power to take this situation and work it together for good? Is this too hard for me? Have you quit believing in Me?”

Oh! I felt that I had slapped my wonderful Savior right in the face and gave him the greatest insult! I began to see, this is not my difficulty. It is God’s! I repented and gave the situation into His hands once again and went home. I didn’t see the end of all this. I didn’t see a miracle take place in my family for a long time. I had to go on enduring, waiting on God.

It had been a long road to this point in my life

I did not get to that place with the Lord over night. Let me tell you my story. Then we’ll talk about why the Christian must decide—suicide or the cross.

I became a Christian at the age of 17 yrs. Old. As a teenager, I had many questions about the Lord, about religion, about hell, heaven, life and death. I began seeking Him. Finally I found that I could have a living and true relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. I could actually invite Him right into my heart, and He would come! All I needed was to believe Him and all He did for me. I did that, not knowing that anything of much significance would happen after. But soon He began to manifest His presence there, and I was finding myself communing with Him, and wanting to know Him more. I had a hunger for His Word, and a love for others that knew Him, and couldn’t get enough of being with other believers, Bible study, and telling others about Him. My spirit was alive, and I felt a new life inside of me. But I soon began to have spiritual and emotional problems that I didn’t understand. I had questions that haunted me. I didn’t feel that I could explain these things to anyone around me. I didn’t have anyone to go to with them. I would ask for prayer, but would find no relief. I felt condemnation over things I didn’t understand, and confusion come into my life. That wonderful relationship with God was suddenly, it seemed, taken away from me and I was under a deep oppression. I didn’t know how to fight it. I didn’t know where it came from. Others prayed over me, rebuked devils, tried to cast them out, told me how to pray, how to claim deliverance, but nothing worked for me. When I would pray, “God! Deliver me!” He would answer, “You must overcome it.” I would go to bed at night and have the same recurring dream over and over. I would feel Satan’s hands around my neck, feel him choking me, and hear him laughing, saying, “God can’t help you He’ll never forgive you! There is no hope for you now!” I’d try to call out to Jesus but the words would not come. I’d wake up and still feel that evil presence in my room. My mind would torment me all through the day. During the day, I would wish I could go to bed and stop thinking. But during the night I would have these dreams. There was no rest for me. I didn’t know the answer. I thought God had abandoned me. I thought that I would go on like this until I died and went to hell. I saw no end.

I thought the only way was to end it now

If I was going to hell anyway, why not just end it now? Why not just get this living hell over with?

As Christians, the enemy is always there with his lies, trying to deceive us, trying to tell us there is no hope. He tells us we are condemned as much as he can get away with it! He’ll always try to get our hope off Christ. He’ll always convince us by our feelings, and in our minds, that there is no way for us. I was listening to His lie, as a new believer, having not taken up that full armor of God and having not learned how to stand there in Christ against all his wiles (Eph. 6:10-18). We’ll talk about that later, after I continue on with my story.

I was in Bible College at the time. Nobody in my life had a clue what was going on inside of me. I would walk down to the end of the hall from my dorm room every night after work, with blade in hand, and go into the prayer room, alone, shut the door, and try to convince myself that I had to do this. I had to take my life. It was the only way that I could be done with all this torment. There was no other hope, so I might just as well do it now and get it over with. I would hold it to my wrist, and meditate on it and just when I’d almost be able to do it, I would hear a still small voice in my mind saying to me, “No, I still have life to give you!”

“What? Lord! Is that you? Are you saying all this is a lie? Do you really have any life to give me now? How can You?”

I would walk away, and come back the next day, going through the same ritual, and try again. Each time it would end the same way. “No! I still have life to give you!” Finally, I chose to believe that voice, over the voices of the enemy telling me there was no more hope for me. I chose to reach out and grab onto that hope, and believe it!

We do have to choose. Will we listen to God, and believe Him as truth? Or will we listen to the voices in our mind, from Satan, from the world? Which will you choose? Remember—Satan is the father of lies. He can only lie, and His job is to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s very good at it too. He’s a very intelligent and convincing deceiver. One of the tools he uses that is so convincing is our own mind and feelings. Whatever your circumstances are, his job is to convince you it’s hopeless. And in your mind you will see, and in your heart you will feel, that it truly is. He’s very good at that.

But the voice and Word of God is very powerful. It is able to penetrate the darkness and bring light. If we walk toward that glimpse of light, in faith and hope, it becomes brighter and brighter each day, until we realize fully, all of it’s wonderful beauty and deliverance in our lives, and all the darkness has been completely dispelled, no trace of it being left to deceive us anymore.

I walked toward that glimmer of light. Yes, at first that’s all it was—a slight glimmer. The darkness still was all around me. But I said, “Ok, God, I believe You. Show me that life!”

I will listen to what the Lord will speak

I found a verse in Psalms 85:8—“I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints.”

That one verse, I would say to myself, over and over, when the voices of darkness would come, trying again to convince me of the lies that I had no hope. I would say, “Jesus, I believe You! I will only listen to what You speak! You speak peace to me. These things are not from You.” And I would resist the darkness in that way, choosing to trust God.

It was a long struggle and the Lord Himself delivered me through it, finally. It did not happen over night. But when I came through it, I knew God in a new way and a stronger, more stable way than ever before. I was grounded in His truth now, and new that there was nothing that He couldn’t get me through. He had taught me the faith that overcame. He had taught me how to resist the enemy, submit to Him, and I would see the enemy flee from me. He had given me His armor to stand in.

That wasn’t the end of all my struggles in this life, and not the last time I desired to die. Actually, it was the beginning of my learning to “put on the armor of God” and walking in faith, not by feeling, not by sight. I learned that God’s Word was powerful, and living, and His promises could be depended on if they meant your very life. I learned to ignore feelings, circumstances, and trust in that Word alone when doubts and fears arise to overwhelm you. I learned that God’s Word was the one sure thing I could stand on and count on, not my feelings. Feelings are very deceptive and if we live by them we will always fall. And I had plenty more times ahead to fall and get back up again, while learning to walk in that. All of the Christian life, we are given the things of this world, the things of our flesh, and the spiritual forces to overcome. Don’t give up that fight. As we learn to trust in God alone and His finished work, we find that we do not have to be “overcome by evil”, but we find we are more and more overcoming evil with good.

Depression and Christianity

There are many reasons a Christian, like anyone else, can be depressed. God didn’t overlook any of those things when He provided all that we need to overcome in this life. I don’t pretend to be an expert on all the causes of depression, what is physically based, and what isn’t. I only want to share what I have learned personally in my walk with God. In my life, depression was a tool God used to train me to rely on Him, and ultimately, to overcome. No psychologist could have taken the place of the Holy Spirit Who alone knew the intimate places of my heart and what His purposes in it all for me was. I found that running from it, hiding from it in various ways, covering it up, never freed me from it. But facing it head on, by faith in Him and His eternal purpose in my life, led me to overcome it.

There are infirmities…Physical reasons for depression. These bodies that we have are still corruptible, and as result of sin that we were all born with, we suffer not so perfect bodies or brains. Our chemical make-up may be not working as it was meant to. Our nervous system may have a “short”, and doesn’t quite respond accurately, or our adrenal system is too weak to handle as much stress as one who has a stronger, healthier body. Our brains can be just as diseased or sick as any other part of our body. I believe the Bible calls these “infirmities”. They are part of the corruption caused by sin in the world since Adam and Eve. Paul said he had learned to "gladly boast in his infirmities, so that the power of Christ may rest on him".

Some people are therefore, naturally prone to depression. I believe I’m one of those. Physical deficits in our brain can cause depression. Most of them, are successfully dealt with by correct nutrition and exercise. In our case with Jesse, we saw drugs only make matters worse, until the drugs themselves became the problem. The drugs are actually what causes a chemical imbalance in the brain. It does not correct one. Eventually you will reach a level of tolerance where you do not get the same affect and have to increase and increase and they become ineffective. You are left worse than how you began. If anyone is considering drugs for a depression problem, please read Peter Breggin’s book, “Your Drug May Be Your Problem” first. And Ann Tracey’s book is another good resource to learn the truth about how these drugs affect the brain, “Prozac, Panacea, or Pandora’s Box”. Although I must add a disclaimer, as these are not Christian authors, and I only recommend them for the case studies and medical research they reveal. Jesse was weaned off 3 drugs he had been on, 2 of them for over 10 years, by replacing them with the correct vitamins, omega 3 in flax oil mixed with yogurt, (the proteins compliment the oil), and amino acids in an undenatured whey protein that built up the glutathione levels in his brain. He also, at that time, came to Christ, and was filling his mind with the Word of God, which heals. Jesse is a marvelous testimony today of God’s power and grace!

For women, there are hormonal causes of depression some of us face every month. For a few days in our cycle, we may feel a black cloud over us. Everything irritates us. We’re over-sensitive, and easily depressed or angered. Then it’s gone, just as fast as it came upon us. This is obviously, more than just emotional or spiritual cause. This can be corrected also by the correct nutrition and hormonal balance. Many have found help with omega 3 and natural progesterone cream, and eliminating sugar. And yes, even in this we can find God’s grace and strength and find it a time of closeness to the Lord. I was plagued all my life with terrible PMS, to the point I felt I was losing my mind. The Lord taught me through it, to resist again those feelings… (losing control, losing my mind, irrational fear), which overwhelmed me and know the difference between the physical and the spiritual, and between my brain and my “mind”. I have the mind of Christ through His Spirit that indwells me. What was happening in my brain had no connection with who I am… my mind, my will, or my being, or in Christ's presence within me. My mind is all regenerated by His Spirit and will never lose control. It is held by Him. I have the strength in Him to stand against what I feel. I did not feel that strength, but reminded myself of the truth… “This is physical, this will pass, I’m ok, I am in His hands, He is in me, my mind is His.” I rested in Him and His truth until the storm passed. And it always did. Eventually it got so I overcame it quicker, and then it didn’t bother me anymore.

God is able to even heal those physical imbalances in our brain through the renewing of our mind. My doctor wanted me on Prozac, because, as he explained, I had a "chemical imbalance". I asked him if a person was able to change their thought patterns would this correct the chemical imbalance. He said, yes, it would, but nobody is able to do that themselves without first removing the depression. Well, I found out God's Word is more powerful than any drug. God led me to use a tape of scripture during those times, of God’s promises, and listened again to “what the Lord will speak”, and not to my feelings. I made a tape of all the scriptural promises I could find and just listened to that tape all during the day and while I went to bed at night. My mind soon was the mind of Christ, filled with His Word and no fiery darts could penetrate it. I was healed. We do have, in Christ, the tools to overcome. He has given us all things we need…

2Pe 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
2Pe 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

I remember one time having a panic attack, actually blacking out on my bed, feeling as though I were losing my mind and suddenly verses of scripture, without me thinking them, came pouring into my mind by the Holy Spirit, and He spoke to my heart that it is Christ Who holds all things together, and He also holds me together. I instantly came out of this attack and was rejoicing in the Lord!

There are spiritual reasons for depression. The enemy is out to get us, (1 Peter 5:8). He wants to devour our faith, and destroy our hope. He will do all he can to deceive you, and use every foothold and weakness in your life that you give him. We can give that to him, ignorantly, unawares; simply because of our spiritual laziness, or ignorance of where we stand in Christ, what He has given us in Him, Who He is in us, and knowing how to stand there. And if we have physical, or hormonal reasons for depression, satan takes advantage of these times, and at these times, we need to be sober, alert and on our guard, dressed in the armor of God, for “our enemy goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” But in Christ, we are able to stand, even in those times of weakness, by simply clinging to Him and all He is to us. Of course we cannot do that if we don’t understand all He is to us! The enemy will use the physical weakness to attack our spirits and our mind. Lack of understanding God’s promises, His Word, His victory through the cross and His resurrection power, will allow the enemy control when we do not have to allow it. This is where standing in God’s armor comes in. It is simply standing in faith in His finished work and our position in Him alone, In Christ as our righteousness, in His salvation, in our identification with His cross and resurrection, in His Word of truth, not in our own strength. It is His righteousness, His truth, and His peace that we “put on” by faith in His work. It is not our putting on our faith, or our righteousness, or our peace or truth, it is HIS. And it is only by faith. Also we must know that if we wait for the feelings to trust the facts, we will wait forever, but if we trust the facts, feelings will eventually follow. Never mind the feelings that make you feel like you are lost or dying or panic… they are not based on reality. They are not based on fact. Focus on the fact of your position in Christ as a blood bought, regenerated child of God, indwelt by His Spirit, given eternal life, imputed with His righteousness, with the mind of Christ and nothing can separate you from His love or snatch you out of His hands – that is, if you have been born again, regenerated by His Spirit. If not and you are basing your Christianity on your own works, then you must put your faith in His work of grace alone and nothing on your own. If you are trusting in yourself, your religion, your works of goodness, you will fall.

Sin can also be a reason for depression in our lives. If we sin, we break fellowship with God, and the enemy will surely take advantage and come in to condemn, and deceive. We are no longer standing in that armor. Jesus has set us free from the power of sin. It no longer has a claim or hold on us. But the enemy will tell you it does, and keep you there if he can—that is if you will believe his lie. But Jesus is our advocate. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). Sin no longer has power over us, when we, by faith, receive the power of His righteousness, (Rom. 6-8). Learn to understand your victory in Christ and you will no longer have to strive over sin.

Circumstances that overwhelm us, or losses in our lives can also lead to depression. Things that people do to us can leave deep scars. They are beyond our control. We may be living godly lives, but these things come into our lives, and we find ourselves hopeless victims of other people’s sin, or of sickness, or losses that are beyond our control. Sorrow in this life can be overwhelming and crushing. God has given us provision for every hurt, and every evil that may come against us. We must not fail to go to Him for His provision, and learn from Him. He was the “man of sorrows”, and we will share in His sorrow and He in ours in this life in Christ walking this earth. But in that, we will also find a fellowship and intimacy with Him that will give us a true joy in the midst of the sorrow, just as Jesus had a joy in the fellowship with His heavenly Father in the midst of His sorrow on earth, (Heb. 12:2-4, Phil. 3:8-14). Those who give up in their sorrow, and in their grief, and in the trial of suffering, never find this wonderful fellowship and intimacy and joy. How sad when we take things in our own hands rather than trust God in all these things!

Now, remember that in our lives as Christians, all of these things now belong to Jesus. They are not ours to struggle through alone, but every difficulty becomes, now, an opportunity for God to show His power in and through us. We have been bought with His blood, set apart by Him for His purposes, and we are now His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Our living for our own self-pleasure has been brought to the cross and crucified with Christ. He has raised us again by the power of the Holy Spirit in us to newness of life. He has said that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. He has said, no one is able to snatch us out of His hands. Do you believe that?

This is not based on what we feel, but on the facts of what Jesus did for us. A fact is still a fact, regardless of whether or not you believe in it. All that Jesus did on the cross is a fact. All that He provided for us as a result of that sacrifice is a fact. Our choice is whether or not we will put our lives in His hands and believe it. God is able to make you stand. In all your infirmities, God has said, “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9…to which Paul responded, “Most gladly, therefore will I rejoice in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I don’t know why some of us have been created with weaker vessels! I don’t know why some of us seem to have more to suffer in this world. But I know that the weakest of us can be the most blessed of us, and the one’s who experience God’s power the most. We are the ones who must learn to lean on His grace everyday, and let Him alone be our life. We are the ones, who have learned that our sufficiency is of Christ. Most gladly, therefore, are we when we learn this! Most gladly, are we, when we have experienced that, indeed, He is sufficient! What joy we find, then, in the midst of our trials, pain, and suffering, as we discover His power and life at work in and through our lives. He is, indeed, the salvation of our souls, here and now, as well as eternally.

May the Lord open our eyes to the wonderful life we have in Him, and enable us to stand against all the powers of hell that would come against us in this life to destroy us. If ever there was a time to learn to depend fully on the Lord and His work and His power within those who believe in Him, it is now. We are in a time where evil seems to prevail throughout the earth and Christians are hated as never before. Our life is not in this world. If we think it is, then we will always be depressed and insecure! But we have a greater hope than any in this world. We have a life that is eternal in Christ, a sure hope that will not be taken from us, and an eternal joy that will never end! For the night we endure... but in the morning comes our joy!




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