HOPE – I’LL TAKE AS MUCH OF IT AS I CAN CARRY PLEASE.

What is faith but the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. To grow our faith, we must first grow in hope!

With all the talk of people succumbing to fear, and the confusion created by wicked people who, for whatever their intentions are, create it and stir it up, there have been reported a rise in those who have taken their own lives. The question people have asked many times now and over the years is “What happens to someone that commits suicide?” Many denominations have called this the mortal sin that there is no forgiveness for, but that is not true. That is another falsehood. Listen to Kim Clement as he gives a Biblical accounting for those who have been FEAR MONGERED, and down trodden into hopelessness which led to ending their valuable life.

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In my opinion, if anyone is bound for the hot place in hell, it would be those that stripped the person of their hope, their freedoms, their future, or gave them drugs that altered their perception. Be those drugs prescription, or from the street. And especially those who drove them off the cliff with lies and fear mongering.

We never know what burdens someone else is carrying and how our actions can unknowingly be the last straw for someone dealing with emotional pain and suffering. Sometimes, it can be someone who just can’t deal with what they have done, but most often it is someone who can’t see hope of a better future and feel worthless. The only way to not be with the Lord after death is to have known of him and rejected him, having never believed or received him in your heart. And even then, that may not be a reason, for we do not judge, God does and God’s ways are not man’s ways.

I want to add a number 7 to the list above.

7. They help others when they are in need without price or fear of what others may think.

In these trying days when the ground is shifting out from under us…we need to sprout our wings of God’s promises. We need to help others when their wings are broken… find some type of super glue to mend them and the most powerful source for that is in The Lord.

One of the most new words used to mock those who have put their future in God’s hands at such a time as this, is the word Hopium. It is being used by many to mock those who have hope in God’s promises as being weak, and dumb for not fighting in the streets or whatever they think those with hope should do instead of waiting upon the Lord. These people fail to understand that hope is the builder of faith and that every Christian armed in the armor of God is also ready to defend with a sword if needed. They confuse kindness and mercy with weakness. So fear not, love your fellow man, defend and protect those who cannot defend and protect themselves. Just watch a mother with Hope…go mama Grizzley when you come for her children. For what the enemy cannot see is the power of legions of angels by her side with mighty swords and a host of heavenly ways to protect.

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MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU….

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 8:25 – But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:2-5 – By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Psalms 39:7 – And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

The more hope you have the greater your faith will grow…having hope and faith are like having both God the Father and His Son with you at all times!

Dianne

57 thoughts on “HOPE – I’LL TAKE AS MUCH OF IT AS I CAN CARRY PLEASE.

  1. Lynn says:

    The scriptures and encouragement on talking about fear was so perfect for me. I had been doing some investigating into some websites and finding some things I didn’t want to stumble on. It so upset and put terrible fear on me that I didn’t know what to do but pray and then I came onto your email and now know the right scriptures to combat fear. Thanks Diane

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  2. Amal says:

    An incredible post once again.
    Thank you Diane!
    Kim Clement is phenomenal!

    Touched home for me; the topic of HOPE!

    I left numerous sites because the comments were filled with those that antagonised anyone with hope.

    It’s as though hope wasn’t allowed and if one dared to hope, they were deemed ‘in denial’ or names I shall refrain from repeating.

    I was disappointed and shocked regarding one particular site.

    The person who started the blog claims to be a Christian, yet the actions are anything but.

    The comment section started to fill with such negativity it turned into heavy, unhappy energy.

    That’s when I discovered your blog.

    FILLED WITH HOPE, LOVE, UNDERSTANDING; and allowing others to share without being judged, or silenced.

    Thank you for allowing HOPE TO REMAIN, for without hope, what is there?

    GOD BLESS YOU DM!

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    1. Amal says:

      Forgot to include using the word HOPEIUM seems like a tactic to silence people.

      It reminds me of calling out people using the phrase Conspiracy Theorist.
      Tactic to silence those who dare tell the truth.

      Hopeium feels as though one wants to remove all hope from your life, to keep you a prisoner of fear, dread and endless negativity.

      I’LL forever have an abundance of HOPE and GRATITUDE in my life!

      GOD IS WITH US AT ALL TIMES!

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      1. debjbalk says:

        Another counseling-promoted phrase that aids in healing, and not harm, is this: “died by suicide.” It goes hand in hand with “completed suicide.” No blame, no guilt, and leaves no question as to the nature of the death. Now, our next step is… Let’s ERADICATE SUICIDE altogether.

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      2. debjbalk says:

        Sorry everyone.. The above message was supposed to be posted under my long message that’s down below here…. several messages below this… Not supposed to be under Amal’s… Sorry… Hope it makes more sense below. Thx!

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  3. irisheyes17 says:

    Did y’all know the WHO has jus come out and opposes vax passports 4 travel…they also oppose lockdwns, sayin’ they cripple the poorest countries…

    Now the WHO needs 2 dnouce the stupid Fraudc mand8 of masks, of which Sranford U study has already found r worthless…and r dirty, harbour germs and make ppl sick!!!

    My prayer continually has been that Yah wud kill the Gt8s vax, cuz it’s killin’ ppl…and I will nevah b 4ced 2 take it under any circumstance…it does not protect y’all from contactin’ anythin’….and the WHO, if I read that right, has come 2 the same conclusion…

    NOW THE WHO AGREES?!?!

    WHO KNEW?!?!

    A virologist has xamind a covid sample and has said, there is NO COVID…it’s influenza A and influenza B…

    STOP THE HOAX, FRAUDCI!!

    STOP THE KILLER VAX’S FRAUDCI!!

    LET MY PEOPLE GO!!!

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  4. Polly says:

    Im still trying to figure out the where to draw the line between inaction and hope. “Do” or “do not” says star wars. Power is positive thoughts. And action which speak louder then words

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  5. Jean says:

    Beautifully said, Dianne! Your message this morning, was right on time for me! It renewed my hope! We all get weary fighting these battles! Thank you ! Blessings to you and yours!

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  6. Terry says:

    “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.” – 2 Peter 2:20 =====================> Heb. 10:26

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  7. debjbalk says:

    A godsend message with timing from above… Thank you, Dianne!! Precious hope & faith!! Holding on tight to both.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to share with everyone something I learned from the counseling world about the phrase “committed suicide.”. This phrase was coined many years ago to cause harm, in a similar way that Dianne explained about churches teaching suicide could lead to eternal damnation. The phrase “committed suicide” gives the impression of a wrongdoing. Think of how we usually use the word committed. Examples include “committing sin or sommitting a crime.” The phrase “committed suicide” has been used for years to send society the message that when a person takes their own life, they have committed a wrongdoing, in the same way we use the terms committing sin or murder. See the way that this phrase has been used against people? It goes right along with the misleading teachings of suicide victims being destined to hell. So, the counseling profession has desperately tried to shift society’s use of this phrase to COMPLETED suicide. This term steers us away from putting blame, guilt or wrongdoing on the person who has died from suicide, leaving compassion and understanding an opportunity to pour in. Much of society continues to unknowingly use this older phrase. After several years of practice, I still find myself naturally resorting to it and have frequently had to change it to “completed suicide.”. Maybe together we can work on making this shift. As a result, perhaps families will be less burdened by society’s sending of such a damaging message. With the Lord’s help, we can help facilitate a family’s healing. God, please help us to help them heal. Amen!

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  8. PRAYING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

    Father God, I now follow your command to put on the full armor of God, because my battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the unseen world.

    I first pray on the Belt of Truth that it may be buckled around my waist, may I be centered and encircled by your truth dear Lord. Hem me inside all that is true and right, and may I be protected and held up by the truth of your living word, in my Lord Jesus name.

    I pray on the Breastplate of righteousness, please protect my vital organs and my inner man, cover my integrity, my spirit, and my soul. Guard my heart for it is the wellspring of life, please strengthen and guard the most vulnerable places in my life with that which is right, good, and noble that I might not receive a fatal blow from the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

    I pray on the Gospel Shoes of Peace. I choose to stand in the shoes of your good news, and on the firm foundation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the solid eternal rock. All other ground is sinking sand, I pray that I will not slip or fall, but that my feet would be firmly fitted on your lordship, my Lord Jesus. I choose to stand on you, so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the eternal Rock of Ages. I receive your holy peace now my Lord, from the sole of my feet to the crown of my head, in my Lord Jesus name.

    I pray the Shield of Faith into my hand now. As I take up the shield of faith, I ask that you might extinguish every dart and arrow, that is launched from the enemy to take me down spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and every attempt of the enemy to destroy my joy. I ask that my faith in you would make it flame out. Extinguish every flaming arrow that would come against me, my life, my family, my home, or my ministry. May my faith always be out in front of me like a shield. Give me the courage to “faith my fears” by choosing to walk by faith and not by sight, in my Lord Jesus name.

    I pray on the Helmet of Salvation, that you might protect my mind from the thoughts that can lead me astray. I choose to take every thought captive, and arrest all intentioned ideas and motives that would harm others, or distract me from your holy will for me. I submit every captured thought to the Lordship of my Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would imprison those thoughts that are not of you my Lord. Transform my mind and renew my thinking that I may think God thoughts, and have a sober mind that is focused on your glory. Please protect me from being double minded that I may allow my mind, I reject to live an earthly life, because I choose to live a holy one, governed by you My Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, please have my mind to be saturated with the holy mind of Christ, in my Lord Jesus name.

    Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the holy word of God, I pray this powerful offensive weapon into my hand, and ask that your holy word would be fitting for every encounter I face. As the enemy gets close to me, please give me the insight, wisdom, and skill to wield the word of God to drive away the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

    May the enemy and his team flee from me, upon hearing the word of God spoken by the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Give me the sword of the spirit to cut through the wiles of the devil, so that I may discern the schemes of the enemy when he is near.

    With all kinds of prayers, supplication, and intercession I pray to you my Lord God as the one who fights my battles. Now that I’m in your holy powerful armor, I walk away covered and ready to face my day as you go before me, and please protect me in the midst of the spiritual warfare in this unseen world, in my Lord Jesus name.

    Thank you my Lord, for the spiritual weapons of armor and prayer that you have given me. It is written no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses me.

    Thank you Father God, my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that I am more than a conqueror in my Lord Jesus. I pray all of this in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.

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    1. 7 wonderful prayers “…in my Lord Jesus name.” and the 8th “…in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.” 8 amen(s) and 8 hallelujah(s) for the Kingdom and its King soon to come.

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  9. CharityinTruth says:

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    Thank God for all the truthers, Mike Lindell, General Flynn, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and all those fighting the good fight for truth, health, and freedom for the salvation of our Country and WE THE PEOPLE.

    Thank God we are not alone.

    May God give us/all wisdom, courage and grace to fight the good fight, until Heaven we possess.

    IN GOD WE TRUST

    All Glory to God!!!

    John 14: 6

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  10. Papatraps says:

    I have always felt that God is a kind and merciful sort. He does not make defective beings and I have had relatives and friends perish due to completed suicide. Those people were good and different individuals each one of them. God has told us he is a forgiving God so I believe him….. The older I get I notice the lines on my face are coincidental with a smile I smile a lot so hope has been easy for me. I just find it is too stressful and energy draining to be angry, upset or tense all the time. Others may not realize this and that’s why it’s harder to cope. So pass on a smile to everyone you meet it’s like a yawn it’s contagious……

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    1. irisheyes17 says:

      PAPATRAPS, I had a cousin who took her own life after her husband (who was her 1st luv) told her he was leaving her and their 4-o son 4 another woman…he callously (I bleve) told her the other woman was pregnant and it dvast8d my cousin…

      The next day she left her 4 y-o with his grandparents and went back home, pulled the car n the garage and died from carbon monoxide poison…her dad found her l8r n the day after she dint show 4 work…my mom told me of her death and I was rocked…not understandin’ what cud drive sum1 2 end their own life…she was beautiful had a career, and a beautiful 4 y-o boy…how cud she leave him?!?!

      Her husband was a no-show 4 her funeral….

      Then abt 2 wks l8r I had a dream and I saw my cousin n front of me and she had a long white robe…I knew that was her…and she was n heavn, which I wasn’t certain and it had bothered me havin’ been taught takin’ ur own life was a mortal sin…

      I’ve always bleved sumthin’ snapped n her brain and she was not n her right mind…

      I bleve the Lord gave me the dream 2 comfort me and assure me that my beautuful cuz was with him after all…

      Her husband married the other woman and when their baby was born, his brain was outside his head (very rare) and he died hrs l8r…

      When my aunt told me that I immediately thought of King David and Bathsheba…and what happnd 2 that baby when David had Bathsheba’s husband set up so he wud die …

      Be sure your sins will find you out…

      How many ppl lost hope durin’ the draconian (and unnecessary) lockdws that dstroyed ppls businesses, sum nevah 2 return… dstroyd fams…fear from a virus (which does not xist)…kids were killin’ themselves cuz they cudn’t go 2 school and hang with their friends, feelin’ isol8d, lonely and hopeless…

      Ppl cudn’t go outside, visit grandparents, friends…ppl n nursin’ homes cud not hav any visitors…I saw a story where nursin’ home patients defied their supervisors and gathered outside anyway…alot of them n wheelchrs, and said they wud rather die from covid then 2 die all alone…

      That broke my heart…seein’ elderly ppl so lonely they wud rather die of the dsease than the lonliness…I’m cryin’ still as I write, knowin’ it was a hoax perpetratr8d on the ntire wrld…

      How many jus gave up?!?!

      I pray that all who were nvolvd n this hoax, ngineered 2 sabotage Pres Trump’s re-election, and dstroy the economy, will pay 4 it very soon…they dliberately killd ppl, ( like Gov Cuomo n NY sendin’ ppl b2 nursin’ homes ) 2 get the death #’s they needed 2 nstill fear and stop Pres Trump…who we know won the election by a blowout!!

      Judgemnt day is fast approachin’ 4 all of them!!!

      May all those who lost luvd ones b comforted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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      1. Papatraps says:

        Exactly Irish, God forgives he told us that and yes it’s heartbreaking to feel that someone close just couldn’t cope. But I believe they are not forgotten and will be in his mercy……..

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    2. debjbalk says:

      Amen to your glory filled outlook, Papatraps, in spite of the trauma that’s marked your history. God bless you & your loved ones. Years ago, I had a sign on my dresser that said… “If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.”. (;+). I never forget it & still try to practice it.

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  11. Sparky says:

    Good morning!
    Every day man is tempted. He is tempted to believe the information he receives by way of his five senses rather than the Word of God. In John 6:63 Jesus Christ stated
    “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
    The words “they are spirit, and they are life” are an oriental figure of speech, used much in the Bible, called “hendiadys”. Two things are said but only one thing is meant.
    “……. the words that I speak unto you, they are SPIRITUAL LIFE”. If it’s to be in our hearts, we have to put it in our heads. When we are tempted to think that all is lost we must find the scripture that “meets the need.”
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

    …. well that ought to do it ….. 🙂

    I would also like to say one thing about temptation. I have heard all my life people saying “God is tempting me.” Imagine my surprise when finding the following verse.
    James 1:13
    “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
    I later found out about the Hebrew idiom of permission. ….. might want to look that up …
    Also …. eternal life is eternal life. If we could lose it it would not be eternal life. So many preachers teaching so much bologna these days.
    1 John 5:13
    “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
    ….. one more thing ….. when we pick up the Bible to read, where is the best place to start? Jesus Christ said in Luke 24:49
    “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
    10 days later the Christian church was born. In Romans 15:4 Paul states
    ” For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
    There is a difference between something written for our learning and something written TO US. The church epistles, Romans thru Thessalonians, were written to us. They tell us who we are and what we have in Christ Jesus. This could be a good place to start. And when you get to Ephesians 3:11 …..
    Great article! Thank you!!
    God Bless!!!

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      1. Amen! Also, I would like to add John 14:8-21. Although I’ve not seen my Lord face to face, the spirit of truth and comfort dwells within me because I’ve taken that particular passage personally for many years. My mother named me Philip (as on my birth certificate) but I’ve always spelled it “Phillip”. [Funny thing – Uncle Sam collected Social Security and other taxes under “Phillip”, but when I turned 62 and went to collect my Social Security, I had to get a new ID showing “Philip” after being required to show them my birth certificate, and before I could begin receiving benefits from taxes paid.] Noting verse 15 in the passage out of John’s Gospel, the Lord (Logos – Divine Expression – Word) spoke the Commandments to Moses on the mount, but it was the finger of God (Theos – Supreme Divinity – Almighty Father) that burned them in tablets of stone (rock) and Moses placed them in the Ark of the Covenant. There shall come a time when those Commandments will be burned in the hearts and minds of mankind. (Jer. 31:31-35, Rom. 2:7-16, Rev. 21:1-8)

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      2. Terry says:

        eze33, Jesus went on to explain in John 14:24, that the words/decrees that He spoke originates from the Father. Please see also John 12:49-50, John 7:16-18, John 8:28, etc.

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      3. Terry says:

        This is Perfect example of “Shaliah the Jewish principle of Agency”. ===> a concept that false teachers like to suppress/hide, (Rom. 1:18).

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  12. Becky says:

    Thank you for sharing this. My son, who accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 7, committed suicide at the age of 23. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at 12 and had trouble living with it when he went off to college. I struggled in the beginning about his salvation, but now understand that while God may not have brought him to heaven, He welcomed him home.

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  13. Becky says:

    Thank you for sharing this. My son, who accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 7, committed suicide at the age of 23. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at 12 and had trouble living with it when he went off to college. I struggled in the beginning about his salvation, but now understand that while God may not have brought him to heaven, He welcomed him home.

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  14. csalamovski says:

    Becky,

    I share the same pain! My son was Bipolar and I keep Hope in my heart to one day see him again! It is GOd who gives us the strength to have Faith and keep going! ❤️🙏🏼

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    1. debjbalk says:

      Becky & csalamovski, Thank you for trusting us as a “safe place” to share about your sons. While I cannot begin to imagine what you’ve experienced, please know that my heart feels an immense love and compassion for you knowing that your loss is undoubtedly beyond comparison. I don’t know what step you are in your journey of grief, but just in case, I wanted to send along an online resource that may (or may not) be useful. If it’s not, that’s okay… Everyone’s road to healing is very personal, and suicide brings a unique set of circumstances that can further complicate grief. I’m grateful to hear you both express your faith and hope in God, the Father, and I will hold you close in prayers. May God help you every step of the way. Love & hugs to you! Debby https://www.compassionatefriends.org/surviving-childs-suicide/

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      1. Becky says:

        Thank you for your kind words. I believe that God uses our tragedies to help others who are going through the same thing. Since my son passed, our Bible Study class now has 6 couples, out of 30, who have lost a son due to suicide. It’s not a group we asked to join, but we are a great source of comfort for each other.

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      2. debjbalk says:

        Becky, that’s a beautiful testimony of God’s hand moving to help His children. He takes such good care of us. Enjoy the deep bond you are undoubtedly forging with your bible study group… I’m sure you will. God bless you all as healing fills your hearts.

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  15. nieveslt says:

    Wow, another very powerful and thought- provoking post Dianne! I believe that faith, hope, and love are all intangible, spiritual forces that operate “naturally” in the spirit realm, but required the Breath of God to activate them in the material world. The Word says God gave every man the measure of faith. It is His gift so, when activated, man can tap into the supernatural realm to feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit calling him to Christ and the person can get saved. Faith creates what hope dreamed about. If hope is a thought, faith is the blueprint, so to speak, so when God gave every man the measure of faith, hope was part of the package, because you can’t create without first having an idea. Love was present also, because faith works by love. Faith can’t form a substance without the exertion, or energy of love, and of course, the Breath of God is love, because God is love. Therefore, thoughtful, purposeful, and sane suicide is impossible. Not only does it require the strength to overcome the strongest human drive of self-preservation and survival, but it requires the absence of faith, hope and love, God’s gift to every person, the Breath of God. Or, it would require the expiration or the evaporation of God’s Breath, which is impossible or else some could justifiably escape final judgment. Therefore, we must conclude that no one who “dies from suicide” was sane at the time. We know the devil has weapons that can hinder a person’s access to the measure of faith administered by the Holy Spirit into the human spirit, which include anti-Christian propaganda, drugs and alcohol, violence, perversion, loss, grief, conditions leading to stress-induced onset of suppressed genetic disease, mental illness, and insanity, and the worst of all- offense against God. Yet, God equipped the Church with the five-fold ministry, the gifts and fruits of the spirit, and His armor to help tear down these barriers to saving faith, bless His Holy Name!! When it comes to the particularly theologically upsetting subject of Christian suicide, I am comforted by the wisdom of Dr. Kenneth Hagin, Sr. who explains that God will not send a Christian to hell for mistakes made during temporary insanity, (suicide for instance) just like our system of criminal justice does not execute a person for even heinous murders if the person was insane at the time. Surely God is as just as our secular justice system!

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    1. Well said! Suicide is actually murder by either the influence of demonic spirits or social pressures influenced by demonic spirits. All demonic spirits are minions of Satan, the only real angel of death. Not the ones on Hollywood’s “Touched by an Angel”! [Like the program as far as it being God’s angels helping humans, even passing into the “sleep” of death.]

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  16. isolatedinsmalltown says:

    On the ‘6 Things Mentally Strong People Do’…..I am having a problem with #2: They embrace change and they welcome challenges. Progressives have always tried to do this….as if any change is always a ‘good change’. For me, it’s a programming of some sort like what happened to my kids in college. Or the old phrase: ‘Aw come on, ya gotta go with the flow’ – back in 09 it was: go along to get along…..we all know leftards ruin everything and it begins with some sort of change…and then for many of us, it soon becomes a ‘challenge’ (a battle really as we fight evil). And we are now being forced to change our bodies due to the experimental vaccines.

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    1. All that God has meant for good, man has turned it into evil. #2. They embrace change and they welcome challenges…does not mean we embrace evil change. To me, it means when a door closes we find the window and know that God is leading us to something better. When life changine events occur…we look for what we are to do with it, learn from it, and grow from it, make our lives better by it. Even the bad has a glorifying lesson. Welcome challenges are what builds our strength. Remember these words were all translated…so welcome means to receive…don’t fight it go through it. It does not mean to ask for it. To overcome it and gain the victory. Like how many failed attempts before you succeed. Obummer and his wicked demonic cabal forces did much evil and created memory wires in our brain that we need to unwire. Like PTSD of the evil Cabals influence in our lives at every turn, we all have our triggers…these triggers need unwired. Only God can unwire them as we learn to recognize them….I see my triggers getting exposed and unwired daily. The more unwiring…the greater is he who is in me. Amen.

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      1. Amal says:

        I have gone through so many incredible changes during this past year and counting.

        It’s been tough at times and then somehow ‘I’m tapped on the shoulder’ a voice saying, THE GLORY AWAITS!

        I learned that the things I placed importance on, have absolutely no meaning nor joy.

        Yet the things I placed no importance on, have SO MUCH MEANING FILLED WITH JOY!

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    1. Rapture from what? It is a term not found in scripture! There is the term resurrection, and there are two; the first resurrection is to immortality and incorruption at the last trump. (1 Cor. 15:51-54, Rev. 20:4-6) Only then will planet earth have Government without corruption! (Matt. 24:21-22, Zech. 13:7-9, Is. 9:6-7, Rev. 20:6-10) Then there is the second resurrection to flesh and a possible second death. (Ezek. 37:1-14, Rev. 20:11-15) Both resurrections are foretold by the prophet Daniel. (Dan. 12:2)

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      1. Sparky says:

        There is also what is called, in 2 Thessalonians 2:1, the “gathering together”. This is what people are calling the rapture. It is described in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 1 Corinthians 15. This pertains to Christians. The resurrection of the just and of the unjust happens after the tribulation. In order for there to be a resurrection, biblicaly, all in that category have to be dead. Not so in the “gathering together”. Also the word used in Philippians 3:11 is a different (greek) word than other places in the Bible. It is only used here and means out-resurrection.

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      2. 1 Cor. 15:51-54 and 1 Thess. 4:15-18 are saying the same thing, but Paul writes “…at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound…” (last – 7th) to the Corinthians but not the Thessalonians, yet to the Thessalonians he writes “…the dead in Christ shall rise first: then…are alive and remain shall be caught up together…” but not the Corinthians. They were two different “gatherings” with different degrees of understanding. There is an “order” or succession. (1 Cor. 15:23) To the Philippians (a different “gathering”) the term “attain (G2658 – arrive at)” in verse 3:11 is from a different Greek word than “attained (G2983 – to take, taken) in verse 3:12. The “gathering together” in 2 Thess. 2:1 is from:
        G1997 – ἐπισυναγωγή – a complete collection; especially a Christian meeting (for worship)
        Derivation: from G1996;
        KJV Usage: assembling (gathering) together.
        >G1996 -ἐπισυνάγω – to collect upon the same place
        Derivation: from G1909 and G4863;
        KJV Usage: gather (together).
        >>G1909 – ἐπί – properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e. over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
        Derivation: a primary preposition;
        KJV Usage: about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside, X have charge of, (be-, (where-))fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-)on (behalf of), over, (by, for) the space of, through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), with.
        >>G4863 – συνάγω – to lead together, i.e. collect or convene; specially, to entertain (hospitably)
        Derivation: from G4862 and G71;
        KJV Usage: + accompany, assemble (selves, together), bestow, come together, gather (selves together, up, together), lead into, resort, take in.
        >>>G4862 -σύν – with or together (but much closer than G3326 or G3844), i.e. by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.
        Derivation: a primary preposition denoting union;
        KJV Usage: beside, with.
        >>>G71 – ἄγω – properly, to lead; by implication, to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specially) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce
        Derivation: a primary verb;
        KJV Usage: be, bring (forth), carry, (let) go, keep, lead away, be open.

        Those that are called out (induced) into the way (truth and light) are those that are the “gathering together” in groups in various places. Does not have anything to do with “rapture”! From the F & W Standard English Dictionary, International Edition:
        rapture – (1) noun; The state of being rapt or transported; ecstatic joy; ecstasy. (2) The act of transferring a person from one place to another. (3) An act of expression of excessive delight. (4) obsolete; A snatching away; violent seizure.
        From Missing Links, pages 156-157:
        “The secret rapture theory did not appear in the churches until after 1830 AD. It was unknown to all the early church fathers. Justin, Irenaeus, and Terullian were convinced that the Christian Church would go through great tribulation at the hands of many antichrists before the Lord returned. The 18th century protestant reformers Huss, Knox, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and Wesley never taught the Rapture Theory that many theologians do today. It covertly crept into the church and must have had a strategic purpose for its introduction. Most assuredly, Satan had his hand in it. He has it in everything else man has screwed up!
        During the period of the reformation, the first Protestants believed and taught that the Papacy was antichrist, and the Roman Church was the harlot system of Revelation 17. Certain Romish theologians had thought it necessary to take the pressure off the Pope, so a new interpretation of prophecy was invented. The Jesuit priest Ribera (1537-1591) was first to teach that the prophetic events of Daniel and Revelation would not be fulfilled until the last 3.5 years at the end of the age when a global dictator or The Antichrist arose. The Roman Church was and still is the fulfillment! Like a CIA cover story, the Roman Church had to establish a cover story to conceal the truth. What else have they covered up?
        Despite the efforts of Ribera and those of Cardinal Bellarmine later, it wasn’t until the early 19th century that this new futurist doctrine began to gain acceptance by Evangelical Christians. In 1830 Margaret McDonald, a young member of Edward Irving’s so-called Catholic Apostolic Church, prophesied that there would be a secret coming of the Lord to rapture those who awaited his return. [If this girl was a true Prophetess, then let’s all live off happy meals and wait for Captain Ronald McDonald of the Good Ship Lollypop.] (Eze. 13:17-23) Irving devoted his talent as an artful preacher to spreading the secret rapture theory until he died in 1834.
        It has long been pointed out that pre-tribulationism is a relatively new doctrine. The present-day apocalyptic action-packed version has been the best-selling doctrine in all of Christendom. Not all Christians buy into the theory, but those who do are in a state of delusion. They think they will escape tribulation. (Is. 60:8-9; Ezek. 13; 1 Th. 5:1-3) This delusion I call, THE GREAT FALSE HOPE.”
        {Missing Links available in paperback on e-booktime.com or e-book on Barns & Noble or Amazon.}

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  17. Corner Stone says:

    Hebrews 11 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

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  18. As a gardener and scratching out a living over the last 35 years off of black land dirt, hope is like a seed (hearing the Gospel, being baptized for remission of sins and receiving the spirit) and faith is like water and fertilizer (prayer and studying the scriptures). It all leads to maturity of fruit (eternal life). I like to express it mathematically as: hope + faith = eternal life. I also like the way Kim Clement expresses it. LOLGB+

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  19. Anita says:

    I’m Catholic. The Catholic Church used to not allow those who had committed suicide to be buried in Catholic cemeteries nor be given a Mass of eternal peace. All of that changed decades ago as Church leaders focused on God’s love ❤️ and mercy and on the sacrifice Our Lord and Savior made for us to be saved from the ravages of sin and hopelessness. As shown in The Passion of the Christ ( Mel Gibson followed carefully the Catholic Bible and Catechism) when Jesus takes His Last Breath, we all won salvation and He ended our paralysis of sin. The Blessed Mother said yes and so did Jesus. If Jesus could take on our evil nature and sins and conquer them, He is ever merciful. I believe Judas Iscariot would have been forgiven if only he had asked Jesus. Jesus knows our weak nature but still loves us. He forgave those that had crucified Him and asked the Father to do so.
    Those who commit suicide are lost souls who are in much pain in every sense of the word and it’s best not to judge but ask the Father for mercy and forgiveness in the Name of Jesus for them. All of us need His mercy because we’re all sinners. As Christians we are so fortunate to have His Love and Mercy.

    God bless!

    ✝️💜🌷🌸🐓🌻💐🌼♥️🌹❤️🌺🐈🇺🇸🌞

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