Jul 30, 2011

Contemplating Suicide?

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11 

Contemplating suicide? DON'T do it. Instead, call on Jesus and seek help at 1-800-273-TALK or go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's website.

God loves you - whether you believe it or not - and He DOESN'T want you to end your life. No matter how hard life gets, know that with God there is hope - eternal hope - in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

NOTHING will be ever able to separate us from the love of God that's in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:39).

Cover your mind and thoughts with the Blood of Jesus. Cast down thoughts of suicide. Don't listen to or entertain the voice of the enemy anymore. When a thought of suicide comes to you, speak out loud … ask the Lord for a scripture or you can use the above Jeremiah 29:11 one or use Psalm 118:17 – I will not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

You are worth so much more than that. Start seeing yourself as your heavenly Father sees you. You are special. You are loved. You are accepted by God. You don't have to be perfect (you can't be anyway) or try through works to earn His love. His loving, unfailing grace and mercy will carry you.

Put your faith and hope in Christ and His love for you, for you are never alone if you know Him.

Go ahead, ask Jesus for help, for He answers.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You renew our hope in You. Give us peace, heal our hearts, give us a reason to want to live. Strengthen us Lord God, according to Your Word. In Jesus' name, amen.

If you would like to pray a prayer of salvation surrendering your life to Jesus go here: Do You Know Jesus?

See related post: Prescription for Depression

Jul 10, 2011

There's a Reason for That Test, You Know

Blessed are those who endure when they are tested ... James 1:12

We're always being tested - by major changes, delayed promises, impossible situations, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticisms, etc.

When you understand that all of life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant. Every day is an important day and every second a growth opportunity to deepen your character, demonstrate your love and make you depend more on God.

Are you in a time of testing? If so, know that God NEVER allows the test you face to be greater than the GRACE He provides. God won't allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you're put to the test, He'll give you strength to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Every time you pass a test, God notices and makes plans to reward you. James wrote in James 1:12, 'When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.'

HANG IN THERE, for God WILL bring you THROUGH the tests of life and make you stronger and wiser.

Prayer: Father, where would we be if it weren't for Your grace? Thank You for equipping us with what we need to go through, for going before us, and for holding our hand through our journey. Wash away the disappointments and discouragements with Your love, Lord and renew our hope in You and the good plan that You have for our life. In Jesus' name, amen.