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  • Staci Sweet

Talked Into Suicide

During Sunday morning service, Bishop Jakes was simply doing the announcements, but I heard something that I know someone needs to hear. While he was explaining why the church will no longer have full capacity services, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, he used Luke 4:9-13 as an example for his reason.

His point was that Satan tried to tempt the Lord to take unnecessary risks in order to try to get Him to prove who He was. I know we tend to see this as just a temptation, but we need to also remember that Jesus was a Man. Therefore, Satan was not only tempting Jesus to prove His identity, but he was also testing the Lord’s manhood. But that’s not what this Real Issue is about.

The Real Issue is that when Bishop used those verses to explain his reasoning for limiting the church’s capacity, I saw something about suicide that could possibly benefit you this year. Because 2021 was so cutthroat, I want to be sure you’re fully protected in 2022. Luke 4:9-13 reads,

Then [Satan] brought [Jesus] to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Notice that Satan put a suicidal thought into the mind of the Lord, and not only that, he did it to His face. The thing I need you to see is that he didn’t put that suicidal thought into His head through a breakup, a job loss, or some dire situation. Again, he did it to His face by questioning His identity. Now if Satan will put a suicidal thought into the mind of Jesus Himself, who is also, “…the way, the truth, and THE LIFE, then know there may come a time, this year, when he tries the same thing to you.

The other thing about this temptation, is that this was the last temptation. Meaning, Satan had used all his other tricks. But he brought out his best – the one that usually always works on everybody; the suicidal one. And I know you’re too strong to have suicidal thoughts, but Satan is slick, and he knows you won’t kill yourself, so he won’t try to tempt you to commit suicide, in the literal sense. What he will do, is cleverly disguise suicide as self-sabotage or you talking yourself out of a God-given opportunity. Thankfully, the Word (Jesus Christ) knew the Word, so that He wasn't.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…

and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…’ – John 1:1,14

Because the Lord knew the Word for Himself, or as Dr. Jack Hayford says, because Jesus had a, ‘…knowledge of the Word, [that Word was] a powerful weapon against the attack of the adversary’. And this is what you need to see in 2022.

The Word isn't just a weapon, it can also save your life.

Look what it did for Jesus! Because the Lord knew what the Word said for Himself, He knew not to allow Satan to talk