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Why suicide is the ultimate denial to God

Why Suicide is Not an Option
Why suicide is the ultimate denial to God

Written by GodLife on 16/08/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Suicide, Depression, Failure, Betrayal, Hope, Purpose
Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:5
Life can sometimes feel hopeless. Maybe you are going through the death of a loved one, a permanent disability, failure or betrayal. You’re not alone.

Do not choose Judas’ path of ending his own life with suicide. Instead, read on to see how some of God’s people have responded to these feelings rather than suicide:

1.Betrayal: David
David, the “man after God’s own heart,” was running away from King Saul, whom he had served. He fled to Israel’s enemies and they betrayed him, taking his family captive. Even David’s trusted followers began to turn on him: “David, too, was in anguish. Some of his men talked about stoning him because they were so bitter about their families being taken.” Who else was left at this point? “But David took comfort in the Eternal One, his True God” (1 Samuel 30:6). With God, David had stood against impossible odds before. (See 1 Samuel 17)

2. Loss: Job
Because of the devil’s attack, Job lost everything: his riches, his family… even his health. “Why does God let me live when life is miserable and so bitter? I keep longing for death more than I would seek a valuable treasure. Nothing could make me happier than to be in the grave.” (Job 3:20-22). It’s hard to imagine Job’s suffering. But he came to realize how unwise these words had been: “I have said things that I did not understand, things too great for me, which I did not know.” (Job 42:3)

3. Hopelessness: Paul
Paul was the fearless missionary (Acts 21:13) who sang in prison (Acts 16:25) and wrote part of the New Testament. He once admitted, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it” (2 Corinthians 1:8).

More understanding may not change how you feel, but don’t trust your emotions. For a child of God, life is never hopeless. How can you really say you trust God with your eternity if you don't trust Him now? All of these men suffered greatly, but God had a greater plan for their lives on earth which they fulfilled. Please read 2 Corinthians 4:1 through 6:1. This is where Paul reveals this plan, and how it includes you

Pray this week:

Oh, God, I may be hurting so much right now, but I commit to trusting you no matter what. Your love for me is so great that you suffered worse for me. You have total knowledge and power. Your plan for my life is bigger than what I am going through, so I believe you will bring me through it.

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Pokémon Go on Android: Already bigger than Tinder, may soon be as big as Twitter

Five days after the launch, Pokémon Go — an augmented reality game in which you hunt virtual Pokémon on your phone in real-life locations — is huge.

It's so big, actually, that it's already catching up with some of the largest social networks out there, at least on Android. According to mobile app analytics company SimilarWeb, the game had been installed on an enormous 5.16% of all Android devices in the U.S. by July 8. 

SEE ALSO: How to be the best, least annoying, 'Pokémon Go' trainer

To put things into perspective, SimilarWeb compared the numbers with several top Android apps out there. As of July 8, Pokémon Go was installed on twice as many Android devices in the U.S. as dating app Tinder.

 
Even more astoundingly, when measuring the number of daily active users, SimilarWeb had found that Pokémon Go is nearly as big as Twitter. 

 
"Over 60% of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it daily, meaning around 3% of the entire US Android population are users of the app. This metric (…) has put Pokémon GO neck and neck with Twitter, and in a few more days, Pokémon GO will likely have more users Daily Active Users than the well-established social network," SimilarWeb's Joseph Schwartz wrote in a blog post Sunday.

Finally (and somewhat unsurprisingly, given games are typically time-consuming), Pokémon Go is consuming an enormous amount of its users' time: more than 43 minutes per day, ahead of WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook's Messenger. 

Pokémon Go is still very new — in fact, its global launch has been delayed due to the high demand — so these numbers could significantly change over time, in any direction. But right now, it's taking the mobile world by storm. 

The game is not without controversy, though. In Missouri, police are investigating what they believe to be a string of armed robberies that targeted Pokémon Go players over the weekend. And one Wyoming native found a dead body in a river while searching for a Pokémon. 

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