You Are Not Your Own…

If you are struggling, deep in despair, not knowing how you will make it, afraid you cannot go on… give your life to God!  Please, reach out to Him, surrender and allow Him to heal you.  If you are at the bottom, look up!  He is a loving Father who longs to help you… Call on and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  My heart broke when I read this news article stats today… people so lost, they feel the only way out is to end their life.

 

America’s Suicide Rate Skyrockets Among Middle-Aged

America’s suicide rate has increased markedly over the past decade for middle aged Americans. The biggest jump has occurred among white Americans, whose suicide rate per 100,000 population rose from 15.9% in 1999 to 22.3% in 2010. About 57 percent of suicides in America occur between the ages of 35 and 64. The suicide rate jumped in 39 out of the 50 states, and it increased most in the Western United States.  The most popular form of suicide among the middle aged remains guns, but replacing drug overdose in second place is hanging.  The media have suggested that the rising suicide rate is at least partially due to the down economy.

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“You Are Not Your Own”

There is no such thing as a private life, or a place to hide in this world, for a man or woman who is intimately aware of and shares in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. God divides the private life of His saints and makes it a highway for the world on one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for ourselves. We are called into intimacy with the gospel, and things happen that appear to have nothing to do with us. But God is getting us into fellowship with Himself. Let Him have His way. If you refuse, you will be of no value to God in His redemptive work in the world, but will be a hindrance and a stumbling block.

The first thing God does is get us grounded on strong reality and truth. He does this until our cares for ourselves individually have been brought into submission to His way for the purpose of His redemption. Why shouldn’t we experience heartbreak? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us collapse at the first grip of pain. We sit down at the door of God’s purpose and enter a slow death through self-pity. And all the so-called Christian sympathy of others helps us to our deathbed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, as if to say, “Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine.” If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours?

 

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6 thoughts on “You Are Not Your Own…

  1. Thank you, Teach, for reaching out. I didn’t know this, about the rate increasing for middle aged people. Makes me cry. God bless you and keep you!

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