Contrary to How You May Feel, You Are Not Alone (GLMX #410)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #410 titled, “Contrary to How You May Feel, You Are Not Alone” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness?
Are you feeling depressed and overwhelmed with financial problems, relationship difficulties, the end of a relationship, or the death of a loved one?
Are you questioning whether life is even worth living anymore?
Almost any unfortunate experience can make someone consider a drastic solution. Would it surprise you to learn that by this time tomorrow, an average of 117 people will have died from suicide? Beyond the deaths that are recorded as completed suicides, an estimated 2,900 people will have attempted to end their lives. In the United States, more than 42,000 people die each year by suicide*.
Suicide is a whispered word—a taboo subject. Yet this may be what you are contemplating. If that’s the case, the most important thing you can do is tell someone about how you’re feeling. Don’t become another statistic. People with failed suicide attempts relate that they tried to take their own lives because they couldn’t get away from themselves and their disturbing thoughts. They weren’t choosing death as much as choosing an end to their seemingly unbearable pain. The first thing you need to know is that you can’t solve your problems on your own.
He knows when we are losing our grip and on the brink of disaster. He is offering His hand to you this very moment. He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
He wants you to pour out your innermost feelings to him. You think life has given you a raw deal? Tell God. You can’t endure the grinding poverty, the painful illness, the distressing loneliness, the awfulness of whatever it is that has you so down? God’s invitation is: “Come unto me . . . and I will give you rest”.
THE BIBLE SAYS… in Isaiah 40:28–31
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
The Bible is the sourcebook for help and hope. When we ignore what God wants us to hear, we deprive ourselves of that which can enable us to hang on when the going gets tough. “Fear not, for I am with you,” God says in Isaiah 41:10. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.
The Bible assures us that God will not ignore a broken, humble heart. The Bible says in Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” If you truly want to be helped, confess to God that you’ve wandered from Him, and acknowledge that Jesus is the only way back.
Jesus died on the cross to forgive your sins, and He rose again to offer you new life. Perhaps you’ve never accepted the truth about Jesus, but you can trust Him now. Ask Him to come into your life and give you guidance, strength, wisdom, and right thinking. Turn your life over to Jesus—He will save you, forgive you, and empower you with a new and eternal life.
God changes people and changes situations. When you trust Him as your Savior, you can become a truly new person. God keeps His promises. You’ll find that the Bible is a magnificent story full of promises that God has made and fulfilled.
PROMISE OF PSALM 40
The Bible says in Psalm 40:1–3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
GOD LOVES YOU
God’s love is best demonstrated through His Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus was born to the virgin Mary, He was human in every form but without sin. By the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross, we are able to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. God’s love is also visible in His people. Seek the help and friendship of other Christians. If you don’t know any Christians, find a local Christian church—God will help to place the right people in your path.
When you are suicidal, your perspective freezes and logic becomes confused. Many underlying tensions have pulled you down. But the good news is that you don’t have to stay that way! Whatever has brought you this low will NOT remain forever. By placing yourself in God’s care—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, including a present, a future, and an eternity that will be better because God, and you, are in it.
God can change your life if you let Him.
If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
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