Light in the Darkness – Depression and suicide

John 10:10
The thief comes to steal kill and destroy. I(Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly
This week we looked at  Psalm 18:1-6. God rescued David from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul, a king who was out to kill David. Here are some of  the highlights:
God is strong, mighty in power, and we have enemies
David’s enemies = people (and king and his men)
     our enemies = human enemies, but also spiritual enemies (Satan/demons), even our sinful selves war against us (Romans 7, wrong thinking, desires and actions)

God’s Word relates to our suffering (verses 4-5)
cords of death encompassed me, torrents of destruction assailed me (terrified me), Sheol – place of no hope, no God, and snares of death confronted me
   Sometimes we feel trapped, nowhere to go, in a pit, lost, with  no solutions to your problem, and no one that would understand or care.
If you are struggling, you need to know:
  1. God loves you.
     Psalm 36 – God knows and loves you more than someone who is obsessed with you.
  1. Jesus relates with you.
     Jesus knows your pain. He suffered for you. 
     Other characters in the Bible who suffered: Job, Joseph, Paul, disciples all were murdered (except for John)
  1. There is purpose in this life, in your life.
     Purpose is found in Jesus Christ, who gave His life so that we could live. 
     Your life is not yours to take. You belong to God.  (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
     God has forgiven you of all sin, if you believe and confess Christ as Savior and Lord (Romans 8:1)
  1. You can have joy in trails and in pain.
James 1:2-3 
Romans 8:18 – for I consider that the sufferings of this present age are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us in Christ Jesus. 

Call to the LORD in your distress (verse 6)
In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple (place of power, authority) he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears (intimate, personal)
God is near to the broken hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.  Ps. 34:18

Jesus is our lighthouse!
     Lighthouses direct people to safety, draw them in, cut through the darkness and fog. Jesus is our Light shining in the darkness (John 1) who directs us to safety and shows us the way.

Action steps:
  1.     Talk to someone (cry for help) Someone(God) and someone(people)
  2. Seek the abundant life in Christ (read the Word and pray)
  3. Remind yourself and others of God’s love for us. If we love one another, we remind and encourage each other to live for Christ.

Further places to read in Scripture:
  • James 1
  • Matthew 5
  • Job
  • Philippians 4

Conversations to have:

  • Do you know anyone who might be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts?
  • How can you encourage that person this week?
  • Who do you turn to when you are distressed? How do you deal with big problems in your life?
  • Do you have people you trust that you can talk to when you are feeling down?
  • What is something you are most thankful for in your life right now?

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