According to the World Health Organization more than 700 000 people die by suicide each year. God created these people and love them very much. Yet still, Satan convinced them that their lives were not worth living and they committed suicide. The Bible says, “…the devil is a liar and is the father of lies” (John 8:44). Therefore we must not listen to him.
What is God saying to us at this moment? How does he want us to think about ourselves? Well, all his thoughts towards us are good and he wants us to meditate on them. Some of his thoughts are:
- He loves us so much that he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us (John 3:16).
- We are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14).
- He loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).
- He wants us to enjoy each day, prosper, have a good future and eternal life (Jeremiah 29:11).
- The Holy Spirit who lives in us is more powerful and wiser than all the forces in the world (1 John 4:4).
- We can only access him through his Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When we truly believe God’s Words, we live in his presence and rise above our circumstances. In other words, he gives us peace, courage, joy, strength, wisdom, and success.
There is a lot of information available to us in this Information Age, how do we determine what is true? The truth is based on facts and not imagined. Facts are obtained from the Bible or science, hence we should reject every information that is not validated by one of these sources. The Apostle John wrote that the Jews accused Jesus of being demon-possessed and he vehemently denied it, “The Jews answered him, ‘Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?’ ‘I am not possessed by a demon,’ said Jesus, ‘but I honor my Father and you dishonor me” (John 8:48-49). When people falsely accuse us, or introduce lies in conversations, we must reject the lies. This may be done by telling them the truth, presenting evidence to support the truth, or do not respond and give the situation to Jesus.
When we accept false information, we create an opening for Satan to use us for his purpose; he only needs an open door. On the other hand, when we embrace the truth, we advance our divine purpose and honor God, the psalmist says, “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart” (Psalm 51:6). God desires for us to love truth. He has given us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). Even so, we can only experience a love and desire for the truth when we have an intimate relationship with Christ. It is within this environment that we communicate with him daily and meditate on his Words. The result is that, his thoughts and ways become ours, we find the truth appealing, and lies repulsive. Scripture says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).