Shocking News…pastor takes his life through suicide…
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September 1, 2018
The loss of a pastor’s life through suicide over the weekend on the west coast raises the awareness of this demonic assault against God’s creation of life. The enemy wants to destroy anyone he can because he knows how much God loves you. Nearly 45,000 people take their lives every year in America and last year 788 deaths in Alabama from suicide. It is attempted about twenty-five times more than the number of deaths.
David wrote these words in Psalm 31 and they vividly capture the feeling of wasting away with grief:
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing; (v. 9-10).
There are so many situations that drive individuals to attempt to end their lives. Physical or emotional suffering; personal failure; guilt; hopelessness; failed dreams; deep disappointment and depression; and many other reasons.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ….” Father help us to take advantage of your Gift to us through Your Spirit to “overcome images in our minds that are not from you.” We are in a war!
Just because you are a minister doesn’t make you immune to hell’s orchestrated attack. The enemy will assault your mind and try to destroy you (Rev. 9:11). Don’t ever feel you’re too spiritual to be attacked—you aren’t.
Every Assemblies of God minister will find on the back of his credential card 1-800-867-4011 which is the AG Help Line. Calls made to this number are confidential and I will never hear about a call unless the individual that made it tells me.
Who Is at Risk for Suicide?
Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk.
The main risk factors for suicide are:
• A prior suicide attempt
• Depression and other mental health disorders
• Substance abuse disorder
• Family history of a mental health or substance abuse disorder
• Family history of suicide
• Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
• Having guns or other firearms in the home
• Being in prison or jail
• Being exposed to others’ suicidal behavior, such as a family member, peer, or media figure
• Medical illness
• Being between the ages of 15 and 24 years or over age 60
Even among people who have risk factors for suicide, most do not attempt suicide. It remains difficult to predict who will act on suicidal thoughts.
If You Know Someone in Crisis: Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1–800–273–TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1–800–799–4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the NSPL’s website. The Crisis Text Line is another resource available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text “HOME” to 741741.
We at the district office are praying for you and the great spiritual battle you are engaged in and we are here if you need us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.