Why I Shot Myself

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Suicide: Why I Shot Myself – Your World

In this episode “Why I Shot Myself” in Your World with Creflo Dollar. Pastor Creflo Dollar’s guest Shawn shared his testimony about how he faced suicide head on after listening to the voice of the enemy. Whenever fear enters our thought life, it contaminates our faith and works to destroy our trust in God’s grace. But when we learn to trust God to help us overcome any situation, it’s then that we can live free from every form of fear and stress.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22, NIV).

We can trust that God won’t disappear in our darkest times, because His promise never to leave us is true.

In the book of Daniel, we read about Daniel in the lions’ den; also Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. When things turned ugly and scary, their faith in God’s promises never wavered, and He showed up just in time to deliver them. Even today, when we find ourselves in a tough spot either because of bad decisions we made or because we chose to obey God’s Word in a sinful world, we can still trust Him. Accepting by faith what Jesus did for us over two thousand years ago makes us righteous in God’s eyes and delivers us from judgment, no matter what the world says about us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Trusting God empowers us to do things we never imagined we could accomplish. When we focus on Him instead of whatever is going on around us at the moment, we open the door to the supernatural. During the storm at sea, when Jesus told Peter to walk on water to come to Him, Peter succeeded as long as he looked only on Jesus. Peter’s faith in Him was the deciding factor (Matthew 14:22-32).

The world is full of situations that can look hopeless when we try and solve the problem through our own efforts, but we need not despair. When it looks like there’s no way out and we keep hitting that proverbial brick wall, there’s Someone else Who can handle the issue much better than we can, if we just let Him. “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV). It doesn’t matter how big of a mistake we’ve made or what it looks like to us. We can always rely on what He says!

God can turn anything around in our lives, but He’s waiting for us to trust Him. Believing what He says is all we need to do, but any little elements of doubt nagging at the edge of our minds holds us back. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). It’s good to know that our limited intellectual understanding isn’t a requirement of faith.

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Pastor Creflo Dollar took on the topic of suicide in this special two part episode. The enemy’s plan for mankind is clear… to steal, kill, and destroy. But, God has a plan designed for us that includes forgiveness, freedom, and favor.

One of the most important things to know when facing fear, condemnation, or the pressures of life, is that GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE!

Have you ever felt all alone and afraid when you found yourself in a tough situation? It’s natural for us to feel afraid when we’re faced with trouble too big to handle by ourselves. Fortunately, there’s supernatural help available Who we can rely on, and this source of help will always be nearby when we need Him. God loves us very much, and He wants us to know that He’s on our side and wants us to win in life.

There’s an important lesson about this in the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. Young David didn’t let fear incapacitate him when faced with a giant who was intent on killing him. Instead, he stepped out in faith, knowing his God was on his side. The result was nothing short of a miracle (1 Samuel 17:1-51).

Life can be discouraging, and sometimes problems can materialize unexpectedly, like a brick wall—or a giant—blocking our way. We can’t possibly hope to prevail against something so big on our own. But if we trust God to handle the issue when we don’t know what to do, the thing that looks hopeless turns into a win-win situation. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14,NIV).

Whenever we are faced with a giant in our life, we can take comfort in knowing that God is always stronger than any adversary or foe we face. It doesn’t matter what it feels like, looks like, or sounds like. When we ask Him for His help, He’ll never say no. “When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:9, 11, NKJV). When He gets involved, any type of evil that has set itself up against us as our enemy will surely fall.

We know this because God envisions good things for us, not evil or harmful things. He has a perfect plan for our life. When we open a dialogue with Him through prayer, and keep that dialogue open, we begin to see that plan materialize. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen” (Jeremiah 29:11, 12, MSG).

We’ll all undoubtedly face adversity in life, but we have the promise that it won’t overcome us. Regardless of what we see around us, we have divine protection. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). He will uphold us.

God never changes, never wavers, and never turns back. This is precisely why we find firm footing when we stand on His promises. The world will try to tell us it’s hopeless, that we’ve lost the fight, but His Word says the exact opposite. “What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]” (Romans 8:31, AMP). God is bigger!

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