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Today, listening to Pastor JD Farag’s Prophecy Update in which he had referred to an anonymous person who had written in, saying they had been strongly tempted to just completely give up and commit suicide, I was reminded of a quote from a book by Lucy Maud Montgomery called Anne of Green Gables. In it, one of the characters said something like, “I’m in the depths of despair. Have you ever been in the depths of despair?” The other then said that they had not ever experienced despair because, “To despair is turn one’s back on God.”
Today, I am not about to go into the technical definitions of words. I am not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist nor a social worker. So, this article is not going to argue semantics nor psychology. Rather, I am a chaplain, and my heart is the word of God. Thus, I will approach this topic from that perspective.
What I am writing about here is this…. For you who are going through the depths of despair, know this. Suicide is NOT an option.
You who are not a Christian, you do not want to commit suicide. If you think hopelessness is consuming you now, then you’ve got some concept of what an eternity of it will look like. Do you want an eternity of what you are feeling right now? If you pull the plug now, that is exactly what you will get. Forever. Outside of Christ, this is your future. You do not want this, do you? Aren’t you wanting to run from hopelessness??? Suicide is not the right direction. To run toward suicide is like running back into a burning building. There is no hope in there, and never will be!!! The enemy is seeking to destroy you for eternity. Do not play into his hands. Jesus came that you might have life and life more abundantly. No, this does not mean earthly wealth or fame. It does mean unshakable peace and unspeakable joy and all that you will ever need, even your daily food. Jesus wants to save you from despair, from your present hell and from your eternal hell. Will you let Him? All you have to do is call on His name and you will be saved.
Christian, suicide is NOT an option. And really, despair is not an option either. There is no room for despair in God. Let me remind you of something. Is our God not still the One who parted the Red Sea? Is He not the one who answered Elijah with fire from heaven? Is He not the one who directed the stone into the forehead of Goliath? Is He not the one who surrounded Elisha and his servant with the heavenly host and blinded the Syrian army? Is He not still the same God who created the heavens and the earth in all of its intimate detail? Is He not the same God who sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sins and be resurrected in order to make us new creations in Christ? Are we not holy and set a part? Are we not the body and Bride of the living and returning Christ?
Lift up you eyes, you who are weary and heavily burdened. Cast your care upon the Lord, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He cares for you. I’ll say it again. He cares for you. Let that sink into the soil of your heart and produce the fruit that is worthy of His glory (Matthew 13).
When we are Christians, our life belongs to God, not to us. He formed each of us in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139). Jesus died for each of us – for you. That is how priceless you are, how treasured you are. No matter how horrific your situation is, no matter how hopeless or murky you may think it is, there is no hopelessness in God. Why are you trusting in the words of your enemy? Is Satan worthy of your faith? Why not instead lean heavily on the promises of God? He is worthy of the weight of your faith.
You know what? Nothing can take you from the hand of God – except you. That is why the enemy is turning you upon yourself. So, here’s the deal. Stop it. Stop looking down upon yourself. Actually, stop thinking of yourself at all. In Jesus’ name, stop it.
Instead of looking at yourself, we as Christians are commanded to set our minds on things above, not earthly things (Colossians 3:2). How do you think on things above? Read the word. Think on what is written therein, for there is life there, there is peace there, there is hope there. “6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
“To be careful for nothing” means to not be anxious, to not be worried, but instead, to set our hearts and minds on all that is true, pure, and worthy of praise. In other words, we are to set our minds on Jesus. For who else is so worthy, pure and true?
“25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:25-30) You’re going to “wait” and have your hope all wound up in something. Why not let it be wound up in God?
Did you know that the tribulations you are enduring are to produce hope not destroy it? “1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:1-5)
Jesus is coming soon, beloved Christian and dearly loved non-Christian. Jesus is coming back just like He promised, and His return is immanent. And the enemy – Satan, the devil, Lucifer, the demonic, all that is evil – is out to steal, kill and destroy you before He can snatch you.
Christian, you have been given overcoming power in the name of Jesus, that you might trample every demonic serpent and scorpion. “19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” He has given you authority over every demon, over ever thought of despair that raises its ugly head. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)5 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…” It is time to pull down those strongholds, to cast down those vain imaginations, to bring into captivity every thought. We’ve been delivered from the power of darkness and been translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13). Let us not, therefore, live like we are still under the power of Satan in his kingdom of dark hopelessness and despair!!!!
Get up!!! Warrior of God! Arise, child of the living God!! Shake off the lies. Wash off the grime and slime of Satan with the Word of the Life!!! Dearly beloved Bride, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2). Yes, the storm is raging. Yes the waves are high. Yes the wind is crazy strong. But, Jesus is still in the boat. I repeat, Jesus is still in the boat!!! Do you really think the boat will sink with God in it????? So, then, why are you trying to jump overboard????
I pray for each Christian who is despairing: be set free in Jesus’ mighty name! I pray that you take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In agreement, I pray with you that the lies of the enemy are broken off of you right now, and that the light of God’s truth breaks through. Our God who is light within light clothe you with the armor of light. I pray that you set you mind on things above, that you turn your eyes upon Jesus who is the author and perfecter of your faith, that you will be refreshed and that your mind and strength will be renewed as you hope in the Lord. I pray that the prison cell in which you find yourself is shaken like the one in which Paul and Silas sat. I pray that you sing at the top of your lungs like they did, that you are unafraid of the darkness like they were unafraid, and that the prison doors are swung wide for you even as they were for them. May He teach your hands to war that you might bend a bow of iron, and gird you with strength even as you hope in Him — for you will not be ashamed!!!
And as for you, unbeliever, would you like to be free? You have read above about the authority that a Christian has in the name of Christ. Without Christ, you have no authority, no power, no hope. Only in the name of Christ can you overcome. So, I call you today, to submit your life to Christ, to surrender all, to repent, and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and be saved. Jesus not only came over 2000 years ago to live, die for our sins and be resurrected that we might have eternal life, but is coming again. Only this time, He is not coming to die, He is coming to rule and to reign. He is calling to you. Will you believe? Today is the day of salvation. “9 …if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:9-11). For, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Jesus loves you. Just believe.
I pray for you who would believe, that the scales fall from you eyes, that you will be brought to a knowledge of the truth, that you’ll believe and be saved, that you’ll be snatched out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light.
I will say it again, Jesus is coming soon. It is time to be ready!
Holy Light Ministries
“For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.33 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.” (Psalm 18)
“Can’t See the Forest for the Trees,” Prophecy update by Pastor JD Farag, https://www.jdfarag.org/bible-prophecy?sapurl=LytkNmtjL2xiL21pLys2OXJqNDg2P2VtYmVkPXRydWUmcmVjZW50Um91dGU9YXBwLndlYi1hcHAubGlicmFyeS5tZWRpYS1zZXJpZXMmcmVjZW50Um91dGVTbHVnPSUyQjgyeXhwOGY=
Warning of Pastor Coverstone
Coverstone’s Warning for those who prefer to read rather than listen to a video
“Pastor Dana Coverstone Dream: Get Ready To Fight Or Die,” https://z3news.com/w/pastor-dana-coverstone-dream-ready-fight-die/?fbclid=IwAR3siuLF2vnTdXzaJ_xOznfsA5DelrbMIKdVpMKi-NRXbyKRanUZYb3VzYU