Friday, October 16, 2009

SUICIDE SOLUTION: The RIGHT CHOICE - It's Not What You Think




Suicide is becoming an ever increasing problem in
the face of despair, hopelessness and lack of purpose or worth in our society.

I recently read a prayer request about a serviceman who returned from his tour of duty overseas.

Even returning home, being among family and friends, this man sunk lower and lower into mysterious despondency, and eventually took his own life.

I dedicate this poem in memorial to all the souls, that, for whatever reason took their lives and ended their time prematurely on this Earth. Further, and even more fervently, I dedicate it to those who are thinking about suicide, and I would implore you through this poem, and the remaining article to resist this desperate action, and choose life instead!



Lamentations Of A Young Death

~o*o~


Sorrow furrows a smooth brow,
Eyes of anguish shed hot wax tears.
Despair crushes a fluttering heart,
Regrets untold throughout the years.


A drug, a gun, a plummeting fall,
Answer the Reaper's beckoning call.
A young life is now snuffed out:
Ere eternity is known about.


A souls unleashed from fleshy chambers,
Its fate to meet in cryptic dangers.
A spirit not wedded to the Lamb,
To face flames forever with the damned.


How loved he would have been, and cherished!
So unwilling is He to see dear souls perish.
Fashioned to be crowned with glory and joy,
Yet misery had stalked him, and destroyed.


Life, a vapor, even years of ninety,
pales before brilliant eternity.
Waste not a moment to seek the Lord of life:
To live with Him forever- free from strife.


written by James Fire, 1983



I recall this account of a suicide hot line event, where a pastor answered a caller's plea. She was thinking about killing herself, and the pastor agreed that this is what was necessary. He stunned both the caller and the other phone counselors, but before anything else could be said, he quickly continued.

"Just because you need to die, you shouldn't take it out on your body. You're body has nothing to do with your misery and hopelessness. Its just muscle, flesh, bone and blood. No, your real problem is in the mind, and even more so, in your heart."

"You see," the pastor explained, "because of the fact that each and every one of us are sinners, because of the fact we have broken God's Holy Law, and lived our lives the way we see fit, rather than seeking to please our Maker, we have received the wages of sin, which is death. Our bodies will eventually die from whatever cause, but they only die because we are spiritually dead, cut off from the only Spiritual source of life there is: God Himself!

"Our sin has separated us from the LORD, and the results of sin brings about all the misery and hopelessness, despair and ruin that we experience in this fallen world, a planet of people that's entirely alien to awareness, fellowship with and love for God.

"So what you need to do, is not kill your body, but kill your sinful self. Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and if you will receive His substitution for your death and declare Him as LORD of your life, you will find your old self crucified with Christ, and discover new life in Jesus Christ!

"God so desires to give you His Love and Peace, Joy and Hope; He longs to have a love relationship with you, and be your very own heavenly Father, Who will one day bring you into His loving arms in Heaven. He has accomplished the means for this through His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ!"


The young lady was rapt in her attention, grunting agreement in between the pastor's pauses, and when he finally gave her the opportunity to receive Jesus as her Lord, the pastor could hear her quietly sobbing. 
Moments later she was not only saved from her despair and suicidal thoughts, she was saved for all eternity in Jesus Christ!

Now let me share a few verses with you:

JOHN 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You are a member of this world, a fellow human being on this planet-therefore you are also supremely loved by God, because the above verse states that God so loved the world (and all people residing on it) that He gave us a precious gift-His very own Beloved Son! That's how much God loves YOU!

ROMANS 3:23-24
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Because of the fact that we all have sinned, none of us can approach God on our own. We need a go-between, a mediator who can meet us both half way. That's the LORD Jesus. He is God the Son and being sinless has approach to God the Father, and He is also perfect Man, and can stand in our stead, and take our sins upon Himself, which He did as the Lamb of God. He redeemed (purchased back) us by His own blood!

ROMANS 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus got nailed for us all, on that Cross, and took death for every person's sins ever committed in the past, present and future. He then replaced that curse of death with eternal life, dwelling in every one who believes in Him, receives His sacrifice and declares Him LORD of their life.

GAL. 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

We Christians are in a very real, spiritual sense, crucified with Christ, and dead to our sinful nature (see ROM 6:11) and alive in Jesus to have a living powerful relationship with God as full and rich as that relationship Jesus Himself shares with the Father!
But it all starts with the first step-
Repentance: we must acknowledge our sin before God, admit our guilt, and then turn around and away from our old life of rebellion against the LORD and His Holy Law, and turn without any reservation to the Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ, for only He can save us from our sin!

1 JOHN 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 COR 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

PHIL. 3:19-20
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;


Jesus is our righteous substitute before God, we no longer have to feel obligated to 'live a good life so you can go to heaven some day'! The Truth is, we never could live such a life . . . not on our own any way: yet with Jesus living in and through us, we are able, by His Spirit living in us! Its like a glove, powerless to do anything at all, but with a hand inside, it can do anything that the hand can do!

The more we die to ourselves, the more alive we become to God, and knowing God is the secret to eternal life, love, joy and all the rest!

May I encourage any who might read this: if you are in the black night of the soul and see no way out but suicide, please, please, please consider what you have read here. Consider Jesus! He loves you!


For more to read, access these articles:

To understand the value GOD the FATHER would see you in the Person of Christ, read this: The PRICE of BLOOD.

For an in-depth study of the Gospel and why it's important, see this first in a series of articles: The SIMPLE But SERIOUS GOSPEL.


Please feel free to contact me at the email address provided from the "About Me and Contact Info" column or simply copy and paste: KNYHTF1RE@gmail.com 

GOD is on your side, and wants you for Himself, to love forever!

update:as of Dec. 25th 2009
Please watch this short video, a song by Shawn McDonald entitled "Take Hold". 
This young man's music for the LORD blessed me with incredible richness; his love, devotion and yearning for all that is JESUS is evident in every song. If you haven't heard any of his music yet, check this out (and others on youtube) and buy a CD or two of his.

 

agape, grace and peace,

brother James Fire

Sunday, October 11, 2009

VOICE of the MARTYRS-WE ARE ONE


Here is another article regarding the condition of the church elsewhere in the world. In a word, that condition is: persecuted.

I received a dvd from Voice of the Martyrs, and it was so moving, that I wanted to post it on youtube, but since I only just received it, I didn't have time to secure authorization from VOM to do so.

As it turns out, its unnecessary, as there are already good videos posted about VOM on youtube. We will look at those in a little bit.

First, might I inquire about what you've done with my previous request? Have you taken a look at the V.O.M. web site ?
I have a link for V.O.M. at this blog FROM the MIND of FIRE for your convenience so you can access it at any time.

Have you looked at some of the links, and prayerfully considered lending your voice and heart on their behalf in prayers to the LORD for their liberation and, or protection from their persecutors? 

Have you interceded that the LORD would bestow His abundant grace to these, our brothers and sisters in the faith, that they would by the power of the Spirit remain faithful and steadfast despite any opposition? Despite even martyrdom?

You can find specific names of people, from specific places in the world where they are undergoing severe persecution!

Take a look at PRISONER ALERT.

Can I tell you about Gao Zhisheng?

On Feb. 4, Gao Zhisheng, was abducted by Chinese secret police from his hometown. Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his work defending Chinese Christians. In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. In 2007, he was arrested and spent over 50 days behind bars where he was tortured.

“I was beaten so badly that my whole body began shaking uncontrollably on the floor,”

What about Marzieh and Maryam in Iran? We are aware of the fact that in Iran there is tremendous work in the Spirit going on; Muslim people there are having dreams and visions of Jesus, and getting saved, dedicating their lives to the Savior.
Listen to the story of these two ladies who are now committed Christians:

On March 5, Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor were arrested by Iranian security forces and labeled "anti-government activists," according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN).
Thirty year-old Marzieh and 27-year-old Maryam are being held at Evin Prison, which is notorious for treating women badly.
"Both women are allowed just a one-minute telephone call everyday to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention," FCNN reported.
During their last call on March 28, Mazieh said that she was suffering from an infection and high fever. She said, "I am dying." Marzieh and Maryam's apartment was searched and their belongings were confiscated. "Their only crime is that they are committed Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus,"

Were you aware that you can write a letter of encouragement to one imprisoned for the name of Jesus Christ? A few words from a fellow believer half way around the world, letting a lonely, persecuted saint know that they are not alone; others are aware of their situation and are fervently praying on their behalf, can go a long, long way!

How would you feel if you were in that prison and received such a letter?
. . . me too!

You can also send an email to government officials, beseeching them to release prisoners from their sentence. Are such things really effective? You decide; take a look at these: Click here to view prisoners who have been released

There are other things we can do to get involved in helping out our persecuted family in Jesus the world over; look through the web site of Prisoner Alert and you access even more information from the main site of http://www.persecution.com/

Now I'd like you to sit back and watch some of these video clips, if you would:

Persecuted Church (5:39)

Voice of the Martyrs: We Are One (3:52)

Voice of the Martyrs: Sarah's Trail of Blood (6:47)

Voice of the Martyrs: Bibles Unbound (2:54)

1 COR 12: 25-27
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 

MATT. 25: 37-40
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 


Saints, let's reach out in Jesus love and touch the lives of these, our brethren!
I pray that the LORD Jesus Christ genuinely bless each and every one of you . . . WAY TOO MUCH!!!

Agape, grace and peace,
brother James FIRE

A.V.R.A.S.!