Suicide claims about 129 lives per day, making it the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Many organizations hope to open up the conversation about suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month. While there are a lot of ways to approach this issue, Set Free Ministries reminds believers that suicide is more than an emotional or physical battle.
Stemming From a Spiritual Struggle
Dean Vander Mey, Executive Director of Set Free Ministries, says suicidal thoughts and actions often result from spiritual attacks. From the beginning, Vander Mey explains, Satan has desired to destroy God’s creation, humanity.
Characterized as a thief in John 10:10, the Bible says that Satan comes “only to steal and kill and destroy.”
The devil wants to permanently keep people from God. But he is not all powerful. Vander Mey explains that Satan resorts to tricking people into thinking their lives are no longer valuable. Unfortunately, when they hear that lie often enough, people begin to believe it.
Finding the One Who Can Quiet the Storm
As a crisis center, Set Free Ministries usually is called in when Satan’s lies begin to take over and people are losing sight of reality. The lie that their life is not worth living is seeming to block out all truth.
“Sometimes when you’re in your crisis, you’re focused on the storm and you’re not focused on someone who can deliver you out of the storm. And so, when we’re helping people who are suicidal, they’re often overwhelmed with their current circumstances. And so, what you help them see is something beyond their current circumstances and that the Lord is able to get you through the storm and sometimes he can even quiet the storm.”
But seeing Christ as a Helper can be a hard place to reach. For many struggling with suicide, anger, shame and hopelessness keep them from seeing any piece of hope.
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SOURCE: Mission network News, Anna Deckert