Suicide is NOT the answer: Four Reasons Your Life Matters

Each year, one million people in the world kill themselves. One of every 20 suicide attempts is successful, warns the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) as part of World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2010. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death in people 15 to 44 years. WHO estimates that by 2020 the annual number will grow by 50 percent, reaching 1.5 million deaths. Even worse, suicide rates among young people have been increasing so markedly that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of the world's countries.

—Excerpt from the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) website http://www.iasp.info/wspd/index.php

When dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts, it is necessary in many cases to present the case that life matters. Most importantly, your life matters. Sometimes, getting back on track (specifically after tragedy or loss) takes more aggressive actions. World Suicide Prevention Day is one day prior to 9/11. The emotions evoked by just mentioning that should encourage you to fight for your life or the life of your loved one. If you need to professional help, I urge you to seek it out immediately. Call someone you trust if you don’t know where to start, or contact us here at CovenantBlessing.com and we will gladly assist you in finding the necessary help in your region.

Christianity is a lifestyle of liberation. Galatians 5:1 tells us that it is for freedom that Christ set us free. God created man as an eternal being—yes you are eternal! We should be striving for a minimum of 120 years here on Earth (Genesis 6:3). The Word contains more than 6,000 promises, and how could you possibly experience them all in an abbreviated lifespan. Don’t let negative circumstances depress you, or Satan deceive you into taking your own life. You can get out of debt, live after loss and redeem yourself after a mistake, but you can’t come back after death. Christ died on the cross for you so you could live in freedom and abundance (John 10:10).
David expressed it wonderfully in Psalm 115:16-18:The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. It is not the dead who praise the LORD, those who go down to silence; it is we who extol the LORD, both now and forevermore. Praise the LORD.
My own life has had its share of situations that could have and perhaps should have driven me to a breakdown or made me suicidal. But, I knew who I was in Christ and held on for dear life to these four things I knew to be true. My life matters to God and so does yours. Before reading the following reasons, realize that God does not lie and His Word is true. He is more trustworthy than any human being you know. No matter how many times you’ve been let down, He will NEVER let you down.

Reason 1: God has a good plan for your life and He needs YOU

“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,” are the Words from God in Jeremiah 29:11. You see God knew you before you were born; He, in fact, formed you in the womb (Psalm 139; Jeremiah 1:5). He is the ultimate Father. The eighth chapter of Romans is a wonderful chapter describing this truth. Verse 32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Regardless of your situation, you can begin by personalizing Proverbs 3:5-7. Tell the Lord, “I trust you with all my heart and I will not lean on what I understand. I acknowledge you as head of my life today and ask you to direct my path from this moment forward.” Then you will begin to discover the truth of Ephesians 2:10 and Philippians 2:13. God will be working in you to will and do His good pleasure through good works He prepared in advance for you.

Reason 2: God wants you to enjoy your life and walk in The Blessing of the Lord

Any voice telling you to kill yourself is satanic. My proof comes directly from Christ himself. He told us in John 10:10 that Satan came to kill, steal and to destroy. Jesus also said that Satan has been a murderer from the beginning and that there is no truth in him (John 8:44). So when you hear, “You’re useless. No one loves you, nor will anyone miss you. This situation is so bad that you will never be able to live it down,” shout back, “I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus!” This is what Jesus did when Satan tried to drive Him to suicide in Matthew 4. Whip the devil with the Word! God wants us to live out His promises and long enjoy everything we work for (Isaiah 65:22). He richly give us all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). So don’t think that you’ve gone to a depth so low that God can’t reach. He wants to save you so you can be happy and blessed. Look at this verse from the International Children’s Bible:
So go eat your food and enjoy it. Drink your wine and be happy. It is all right with God if you do this. Put on nice clothes and make yourself look good. Enjoy life with your spouse that you love. Enjoy all the days of your life. Enjoy the work you have to do here one Earth. Whatever work you do, do your best.
Ecclesiastes  9:7-10

Reason 3: Your family and children need you

You may be single and not have children. Or, you may be a teenager. Well, reread the previous paragraph because if God has anything to do with your life, you will be multiplied. God chose Abraham because, “He will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment,” (Genesis 18:19). This was before Abraham had any children. In fact, he was what we would call a senior citizen with a barren wife! So you can’t be any worse off than he was. The Word commands us throughout to teach the commands of God to our children (even if you never had children and are past child bearing, you can bless some young person with Godly wisdom as a parent or grandparent would). Suicide would prevent you from doing your job as a parent. Don’t be fooled—no one can take your place! Sure someone could stand proxy, but the reality is that God ordained you to be your children’s mother or father and your spouse’s mate. Their destiny and yours are wrapped up in eternity. The joy is found as you pursue it together. My husband and I have personally experienced the healing power of God through being the parents God called us to be. Our souls have been (and are still being) mended from things we experienced as children because we chose to live for God, each other and our children. One of my favorite Psalms is 128. It follows:
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel.

Reason 4: People need you

If any two people ever had reasons to consider suicide, Paul and Joseph did. Paul murdered Christians and stood by while others did the same. And once he was converted, he was persecuted, imprisoned and beaten for Christ. Surely Satan tried to make him feel guilty about his past and depressed about being in prison. Paul, however, said he had to forget what was behind and praise God while imprisoned (Philippians 3:13; Acts 16:25). As for Joseph, the Bible never even records him sinning. Despite this, he was sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape and thrown into prison. At some point during his journey, depression had to attempt to set in. But in both men’s stories, they knew who God was and what He wanted for them. They lived for others, and were tremendously blessed in the process. Because of Paul’s faith in God, 276 people were saved in a shipwreck (Acts 27). More than 70 people came to Egypt (and multiplied) during the famine as a result of Joseph remaining faithful to God (Genesis 46). Countless others will be saved as we all choose life—not just any life, but one lived for the Lord!

Suicide is not the answer to your problem, Jesus Christ is. God has a good plan for your life; He wants you to walk in The Blessing. Your family, children and people who you’ve never met need you to stay alive! Proverbs 3:10 AMP promises that when you obey the commands of God that length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], will be added to you. So if you are experiencing severe depression and/or suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, don’t delay. Seek Godly professional advice. Call a local or national prayer center. Find a Bible based church with activities for people of your age group and get rooted there. Remember World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2010. Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention at www.iasp.info. YOU matter to so many people, but most importantly, YOU MATTER TO GOD!

Be blessed friends, and have the perfect day everyday!

—Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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