“Life is hard, it is a fight, it is an uphill battle. Jesus said ‘strait and narrow and difficult is the way.’ There is nothing but an abundant life on the other side of this fight. It is a promise from God.”
One thing that I have personally witnessed over and over again was the loss of life by suicide (Exodus 20:13).
After speaking at hundreds and hundreds of high school assemblies across the country, I had the displeasure of hearing of young people taking their lives days before we did their lyceums. Why, I do not know, nor could I even comprehend because I have never a day in my life even contemplated taking my own life, but there are those that have and even have gone so far as seeing it through to their own end (Deuteronomy 30:19).
As a matter of fact, suicide is a major national public health issue in the United States. The country has one of the highest suicide rates among wealthy nations. In 2018, there were 48,344 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Friends, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Have you ever heard of the Great Houdini?
Houdini was the greatest escape artist in history. On several occasions, he allowed himself to be bound in chains and cast into the sea, but instead of drowning, he shed his chains and escaped. One time, however, Houdini almost did not make it. The incident took place in a small English town. Houdini had boasted that he could escape from any jail cell as long as he was allowed to wear his street clothes and work in complete privacy. The people of this small English town were proud of their specially constructed jail cell. So, they invited the famous Houdini to give it a try.
Houdini arrived in much publicity and fanfare (that means a lot of people showed up). The officials then led Houdini to the jail cell, shut the door behind them, and left the building.
The master immediately went to work; he first extracted a long, tough steel shaft that he would use to unlock most doors, but it didn’t work. Why wouldn’t the jail door open? After two hours, Houdini became so exasperated that he began to sweat really hard and his confidence began to waver. After three hours, the master became so physically exhausted that he collapsed and fell up against the door. THE DOOR SWUNG WIDE OPEN! The officials had tricked Houdini into thinking the door was locked, when in truth it was not. The only place that the prison door was locked was in Houdini’s mind. He could not open up that prison door because of his locked-in mentality.
Give back to the Lord that which is His, meet Him on His terms (Matthew 3:2; Mark 10:17-30; John 8:1-11; Acts 2:38, 20:21; Exodus 20; Galatians 3:24; Hebrew 12:2; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and, in turn, live for Him who died for you (2 Corinthians 5:15). You find your life where you lose your life to Him (Matthew 10:39).
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price (The blood and sacrifice of Jesus-John 3:16): therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The Inspiring Story Of Kevin Hines
In 2000, Kevin planned to end his life. He jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, fell 220 feet and was crushed by the water beneath him. The second he let go of the rails he was overcome with instant regret and begged not to die. His powerful message serves as a reminder that we are not alone and things do get better if you can commit to #BeHereTomorrow.
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