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Mass Murder
AYOUNG ACQUAINTANCE killed someone, and as a result injured a large number of others! With one violent act he destroyed his family, closest friends, and himself. And, his ...

Rick Barton, Fire Safety Officer; Rick Barton Ministries, Gunnison, CO; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Ambassador-at-Large

MASS MURDER

We can come out of the “valley of the shadow of death”

AYOUNG ACQUAINTANCE killed someone, and as a result injured a large number of others! With one violent act he destroyed his family, closest friends, and himself. And, his example will cause others to do the same thing.

Was he a terrorist? A homicidal maniac? A drug-crazed gunman? No, he was simply a distraught husband going through a tough time who decided to commit suicide.

If you’ve been around such a tragedy, you know many others are killed through this ultimately selfish act. Many friends and loved ones are eaten away by guilt and anguish when someone they love rejects them and chooses to “bail out” of life. Adding to the tragedy, he set a self-destructive example for others when they encounter tough times.

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

This may appear harsh, but ultimately this is what he did. Instead of humbly seeking help, he listened to Satan’s lies that suicide is “best for everyone.” He forgot that the devil’s primary purpose is to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). He laid aside Jesus’ promise that all who are weary and burdened could come to him and find rest (Matthew 11:28). The answer is not the coward’s way out—the “quick fix”—but to ask God and those around for help. We can come out of the “valley of the shadow of death because God will walk through it with us.

An epidemic of suicide exists based on lies that this trial is too big, no one understands or cares, suicide is better for everyone, God doesn’t care if we murder ourselves … These lies come straight from hell. Satan knows he can’t hurt God so he tries to destroy those whom God loves.

We’re all tempted at times to give up. We all face discouragement and depression, but God promises he won’t allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist—he will provide a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When you’re struggling, call a pastor or other Christian friend, and most of all Jesus. God has awesome plans for you! With his help you will come through! Don’t let the devil make a murderer out of you!

Prayer:

Thank you for pastors, Christian friends, and most of all for you, Father, whom I can call upon. I praise you that you have an awesome plan for my life even if at times I fail to see that plan. Help me to be that Christian friend when others need to learn of your awesome love and your plans for them.


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