Princiology - Say no to suicide and premature death

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SAY “I WILL LIVE”: SAY “NO” TO SUICIDE AND PREMATURE DEATH

“I WILL LIVE” is a positive confession that should not be far from the lips of every Christian. This is because the rate of occurrence of premature death is becoming higher by the day even among Christians. Read the following excerpts (see references below).

Statistics

1. “Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.”

2. “The growing incidence of suicide among Nigerians has become worrisome to the extent that psychiatrists and other physicians have called for high index of suspicion for signs and symptoms of depression among their patients. They point to research which reveals that during their lifetime about 3.0 per cent of Nigerians will have thoughts about ending their lives, while some will plan on how to kill themselves and actually carry out an attempt to kill themselves.

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, there are 322 million people living with depression in the world. In the WHO suicide ranking, Nigeria, with 15.1 suicides per 100,000 population per year, is ranked the 30th most suicide-prone out of 183 nations in the world. Nigeria also rates 10th in Africa after countries with higher rates of suicide.

3. “In the past few months, there have been six reported cases of Nigerians committing suicide, and two attempts. This trend is troubling many in a country where suicide rates are usually low.

Some Nigerians seem to have resigned themselves to fate, believing there was no option to hold on to, to keep afloat. A member of a family living in Akwa Ibom State killed himself recently. His body was found hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling of his bedroom. … Relatives and friends of the victim believe that it is the poor economic situation in the country that drove him to suicide.

4. One of the victims of the viral disease, monkeypox, has committed suicide, the Bayelsa State government said on Monday. The victim allegedly took his own life on Monday at the quarantine centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, located in the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Alarming Death Rate

From the four excerpts above we can see that death rate in Nigeria is alarming. People die from causes outside of their control such as maternal death; and from causes they cause by themselves (e.g. suicide). Suicide rate is becoming a source of concern. Satan is a killer. He speaks frustration into the ears of people and move them to terminate their lives. God is not happy when people die natural death; how much more when they commit suicide? If unbelievers are committing suicide should a Christian, who has hope of a better life ahead, and a hope of sweet eternity do the same? It is not an ordinary occurrence. Christian, beware!

The enemy of Christians, Satan, is very furious, knowing that his time is now very short. His ministry has not changed from time immemorial, he is committed to stealing, killing and destroying.

First and Foremost

His first and foremost goal is to hinder humans from making heaven, but, if he realized he would not be able to do this, he would try his very best to frustrate them on earth and would try to terminate their lives prematurely (especially when he detects you have been given an assignment that would harm his kingdom). He started this shortly after man was chased out of the garden of Eden.

He instigated Cain to kill Abel (Genesis 4: 3 – 10); he moved king Saul to kill David (on this, he failed) and ever since he has been moving sinful people to kill the righteous. He moved the brothers of Joseph to plot death for him and would have killed him if not for divine intervention (Genesis 37: 18 – 22).

Say no to Suicide and Premature Death

The devil moved Pharaoh to kill many Hebrew sons in Egypt so that Moses would not be born and he moved Herod to kill many sons in Bethlehem so that Jesus would be eliminated. After the death of our Lord, many of his disciples were killed, starting from Stephen and then James and innumerable others. The Bible says “The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth” (Psalms 37: 12). In another verse it says “The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and the needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation” (Psalms 37: 14). If we read further, in verse 32 it says “The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.”

The devil is furious with the children of God that are serious about doing the will of God. He hates us with passion.

Revelation 12: 17 states

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
However, every Christian must know that the devil does not have the authority to kill a Christian if the Christian does not cooperate with him. He (the devil) is well aware of this fact and therefore, employs all available tactics to gain the consent of Christians, to kill them. It is a pity many Christians do not know this secret and have fallen prey into the hand of the evil one.

In Hosea 4: 6a

The LORD says
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”; and Proverbs 19: 2 states
“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good …”

The Psalmist in Psalm 118: 17 says:

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord”

It is a statement, a positive confession of someone (King David of Israel) who possessed a great understanding of the power and mind of God. He knew that premature death comes from the enemy of man, not from God. Hence, he (David) was bold to declare, pitching his tent with God, that premature death is not his portion. He understood that if God be for him, nobody could kill him.

This is quite true because, God is He that has the power to kill and to make alive (I Samuel 2: 6). David knew that all power in Heaven and on Earth belongs to God and that He reigns supreme over the whole universe. Psalm 62: 11 states

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. (KJV)”

Pst.(Dr) Titilayo Olaposi

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