Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. Continue reading
Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.”
But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. 1 Samuel 31:4 Continue reading
It’s sad about those that hear the Gospel over and over and never respond to it. They can blame everyone and everything.
Judas may have had a lot of excuses for the way he was and what he did. Continue reading
There’s a story of a man whose son had been plagued by a demon since birth. It would convulse him into seizures and the child was often hurt in the process. He would burn himself and try to drown himself.
The young man seems to have a self-destructive nature. No doubt he is demon possessed because the Bible says so. However the demon perhaps has an affect of depression and suicide on its host.
However, there are many that have the same depression and self-destructive nature. Demons are not blamed nor diagnosed. Meds are prescribed and perhaps psychiatric care.
I don’t downplay doctors and medicines – but doctors often downplay the spiritual.
The disciples had tried to help but could not. In desperation the dad turned to Jesus.
Jesus in turn frees the man from this demon.
There are a few great quotes and lessons that come from this story in Mark 9:17-29
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
The dad –
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
The disciples –
“Why could we not cast it out?” Mark 9:28
“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29
The message to me is clear. If you struggle with these things you can be delivered from it. Believing, prayer, and fasting are all keys to breaking the chains of depression and suicide.
Abba Father, help my unbelief too! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Don Smith is a friend, a brother in Christ, and a leader at CrossRoads Christian Center Church.
He teaches Sunday school and has filled the pulpit on occasion.
Recently Don posted his testimony on Facebook.
A testimony is a powerful weapon against the forces of evil. Continue reading