One Reason You Should Not Commit Suicide!

It’s Monday morning and that means that I spend 1 hour reading blogs, searching for interesting articles that will challenge me to think and determining the next books that I will be reading.  This is my Monday morning discipline.  On this Monday as I was scanning blogs I came across this post from Perry Noble.  Perry pastors a church in South Carolina where there goal is to reach 100,000 people for Christ!  They are well on there way, having seen approximately 40,000 begin to follow Christ over the past 15 years.  However, things haven’t been easy and they have certainly experienced times of heavy difficulty, including right now with the flooding right there in South Carolina.  Perry wrote this blog post concerning suicide and I believe it be very helpful for those who have or are considering suicide.  Over the past years I have been in contact with more people than I could have imagined who were genuinely contemplating suicide.  It’s my desire that this will be a help.  If you would like to see the post in it’s original form, you can click here.

THE ONE REASON YOU SHOULD NOT COMMIT SUICIDE!

Last week I heard about two people attempting suicide, and it broke my heart.  I literally had to just stop what I was doing and focus on breathing.

The thing is, I get it.  I know what it’s like to want to commit suicide.  I’ve been very open about the fact that I was once in that exact place in my own life, and it’s by God’s grace I did not step across that line. 

If you are reading this right now and considering taking your own life – let me share with you why you should NOT do it. 

The POTENTIAL is greater than the PAIN! 

If you are in a suicidal state of mind it’s because the pain in your life has become unbearable. 

You’ve tried everything to deal with it, and yet your world just seems to keep getting darker and darker.

One of the things I learned in my personal battle with this is the reality of John 10:10We really do have an enemy, and his goal is to rob us of LIFE! 

Looking back now I can clearly see the POTENTIAL in my life was far greater than the PAIN I was experiencing.  However, if you had told me that when I was going through my battle I wouldn’t have believed you. 

I thought I was the only one who felt the way I felt. 

I believed that no one would understand. 

However, I now know that those self-damning thoughts were from the enemy and were meant to destroy my life. 

At this point I know some of you are telling me, “But Perry, you don’t know me or my story.” 

You’re right! 

I don’t! 

However, I do know what it’s like to be where you are. 

And I know that in those seemingly endless days of darkness I had to fight hard to focus my thoughts on Christ.  As I began to try my best to “fix my mind on Christ” (Hebrews 12:1-2,Colossians 3:1-2) I finally saw that suicide would have been the single most selfish decision I could have made. 

It might have relieved the pain…but it would have caused so much more as I would have caused an overwhelming amount of suffering for my wife, my daughter, my friends and my church. 

If you are considering taking your own life let me assure you Jesus knows what it’s like to have dark days…

  • To have people you love turn their back on you. 
  • To feel alone. 
  • To be persecuted, lied about and beaten and alone.  

Jesus suffered and DIED on a Friday. 

And on Saturday, the seeming silence of God undoubtedly caused quite a few questions and concerns for those who had put their trust in Jesus. 

Then on Sunday He rose…

And we celebrate that!!! 

However, let’s go back to Saturday! 

If you would have asked any of His followers on Saturday, “is the pain you experiencing now greater than the potential of your future” and they would have said yes!! 

I have a feeling they felt forgotten by God, abandoned by Jesus, confused about their circumstances and desperately wanted relief. 

But Sunday came (Sunday always comes!)  And…the cross is proof that God can take any amount of pain in our lives and use it for progress. 

The cross is evidence that even when things seem chaotic, out of control and painful that God is Sovereign, in complete control and really will use all things for His glory! 

The cross is the symbol that screams God really can take a mess and turn it into a miracle. 

Finally, if you are considering taking your own life let me sincerely beg you not to.  You matter. You are too important and the world needs you to battle through the pain so you can help other people one day battle through theirs. 

Don’t let the enemy lie to you, tell you that you are unimportant and you will NOT be missed.  

It’s just not true. 

And…if you are considering doing this, please, take it from someone who has been exactly where you have been…talk to someone you know and trust.  If you don’t have someone like that then call us at NewSpring

I know from personal experience the day I confessed this to a friend was the day the power of the desire to take my own life was broken in me…and I believe the same will happen for you. 

You are way too important and you matter too much to God for suicide to be the solution.

He did it for me…and He will do it for you as well.

Good thoughts for any who might be contemplating suicide.  If you are struggling with this and would like to talk to someone, you can contact us at Oak Grove and we will be happy to talk with you.

One Reason You Should Not Commit Suicide!

Pray, Invest and Invite – It’s For Kids Too!

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The church is described in the Bible using the word “ekklesia”.  The word in its origins means “an assembly of people called out”.  But, why are we called out?  I think that we are “called out to be sent out”.  In Acts 1:8, right before Jesus returns to heaven, he says this to His followers:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Jesus

In other words, the Holy Spirit is like a tornado that pulls us into Christ and then thrusts us right back out to influence others!  Around here, we talk about being sent out to pray, invest and invite and I love the fact that our children are getting in on the fun too!

Earlier this year our children’s ministry: POWER UP, decided to start giving their offering to the purchase of a gift that could be used to give to new children and families who attend Oak Grove.  The purpose was to encourage children to bring their friends and neighbors so that they can hear about Jesus.  The children poured themselves into the project and raised the needed funds and just yesterday their gifts arrived.  Now, because they have decided to Pray, Invest and Invite (Pi2) they have the opportunity to encourage and say thank you to those who attend for the first time.

Now, here is why this is such a big deal.  I honestly don’t care about gifts or anything like that, but I do care about changed lives and when people show up here, Jesus starts changing lives!  Often, he starts working on the kids and then the parents and we all get excited.  I also love it when people who are Christ followers take the Word of God seriously and live it out!  This is a great example of how the children at Oak Grove are becoming and making more and better followers of Christ.  May God continue to open a door for changed lives, young and old alike!

Pray, Invest and Invite – It’s For Kids Too!