Suicide Thoughts?
Read This First. You're Not Alone or Powerless

by Pastor John Hamel

“And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wherever he takes him, he tears him: and he foams, and gnashes with his teeth, and pines away… and when he [the spirit] saw Him [Jesus], straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.  And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him?  And he said, Of a child.  And often it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. …He [Jesus] rebuked the foul SPIRIT, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf SPIRIT, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.  And the SPIRIT cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; …Jesus took him [the boy] by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.” (Mark 9:17-27)

Please notice in the above text how Jesus rebuked the evil “spirit” that was causing this young boy to try to kill himself.  This spirit would throw the boy into fire, hoping to burn him to death.  It would also throw him, against his will, into bodies of water to drown him.  

Notice also, Jesus did not refer the boy to a physician, a psychiatrist or suggest a “miracle drug” to keep him from harming or killing himself.  

The Church of Jesus Christ is not a referral agency.  

The Church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful organism on the face of Planet Earth.

Jesus Himself directly addressed the spirit that was forcing itself upon the boy against both his will and his family’s.  

That is what suicide is. It is a spirit that forces itself upon unsuspecting human beings to get them to kill themselves before they can get hooked up with God’s good plan for their lives. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope, and to bring you to an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Satan does not care how he gets you out of here, as long as he gets you out of here.  His greatest desire is to plunder Heaven and populate Hell. Don't fall for his trap.

One Man Set Free from the Spirit of Suicide

My wife and I once knew a man who frequented the same restaurant we did.  He was a kindhearted man but he drank heavily and was oftentimes obnoxious and overbearing. He was obviously tormented by evil spirits.  

One day he put a gun to his head and told the other tenants in his apartment building that he was going to kill himself.  They, in turn, called the police.  

The police came and there was a major standoff.  This man held the police at bay with a gun to his head, threatening to kill himself if they came anywhere near him.  

Finally, after much convincing, he was persuaded to put the gun down and go with the police.  It was later decided that charges would not be pressed because he was threatening no one but himself. 

Soon after this incident, the man began to have thoughts of suicide again.  

He walked into the same restaurant where Barbara and I were again.

He said to me, in essence, “The Lord told me to come here today.  He said you would be here and you would help me. I’m being tormented by spirits that come and touch me in the night. I’m scared. I haven’t eaten for days. I’m sick. I’m anxious. I have no peace.”

I listened on the inside before laying my hand on his head right there in the restaurant and praying for him.  

The Lord showed me to "cast the spirit of suicide out of him."  

I stood there quietly and calmly and told that spirit of suicide this man just gave me authority to pray for him and that he was going to have to come out.  

I quietly said, “Spirit of suicide, come out, in Jesus’ powerful Name.”  

There was no big demonstration, no screaming, no fit throwing or vomiting as in the movie, "The Exorcist." 

The man just looked at me wide-eyed and said, “That’s it. That’s it. It’s gone.”  

He later explained to me how for months he felt as if something was gripping his head tightly, wanting to literally crush his skull.  The moment I prayed that prayer, the gripping, crushing hold on his skull was released as the demon spirit loosed him.  

His face lit up with the biggest smile.  He was able to eat again, to live again and to experience joy and peace.

Barbara and I had occasion to see this man from time to time after this encounter at the restaurant.  Each time we saw him, he joyfully explained how he was still free.  

He no longer drinks alcohol and will not allow anyone into his home who does.  

He loves to read his Bible now.  

He works out multiple times weekly at the gym.  

He’s eating regularly again and is enjoying life.  

He’s no longer afraid or angry.  

We are constantly amazed by the supernatural change in him.

This man said to me, “I have a picture of Jesus on my wall.  Whenever that evil spirit would come to me in the night, I would pray to that picture and nothing would happen.  Why is it that when you prayed something finally happened?”  

I explained to him that there is no power available in praying to a picture of Jesus.  

The Bible says we must address Satan and evil spirits directly in the Name of Jesus, telling them to go. We must give them an authoritative voice command in Jesus' Name.  

When we obey the Bible, demons will obey us.

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)  

Demons fear the Name of Jesus, not pictures of Jesus.

You Are Not Alone. Not at All

If you are tormented by suicide thoughts, know this.  You are not alone.  Most people have them but just do not talk about it. 

Some studies have actually revealed that for every death by suicide, an additional two hundred people have attempted it and four hundred more have considered it.

Many people in the Bible despaired to the point of not wanting to live any longer.

Rebekah pled, "If this is the way it is, why should I go on living?" (Genesis 25:22)

Moses wanted to stop living and begged God, "Please kill me right now ... Do not make me see any more calamity." (Numbers 11:15)

Elijah cried, "Take my life away, for I am no better than my forefathers." (1 Kings 19:4)

Job lamented, "Why did I not die at birth?" (Job 3:11)

However, if you read the Bible accounts of Rebekah, Moses, Elijah and Job, you will find that their circumstances soon changed for the better - and in ways they could never have foreseen. This can and will happen for you as well, if only you will hold steady, stay the course and believe. 

The Apostle Paul, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said there's always a way out.

"There hath no temptation (test or trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above all that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1Corinthians 10:13)

"We are hard pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out." (2 Corinthians 4:8)

Things are never as bad as they seem. Circumstances do change. 

There is always hope in God through Christ Jesus. 

Albert Russel Erskine

Albert Russel Erskine, born January 21, 1871, served as the President of the Studebaker Corporation, an early automobile manufacturer, from 1915 until 1933. Studebaker thrived under his leadership. 

However, as a result of the Great Depression of 1929 thru 1933, the Studebaker Corporation's working capital fell from $26 million to $3.5 million and the banks were owed $6 million for which they demanded payment.

Ousted from his position at Studebaker as a result and himself in debt $350,000, Albert Erskine committed suicide on June 30, 1933.  

Had Mr. Erskine only endured a few short years longer, he would have witnessed the United States of America enter World War II.  As a result, Studebaker went back into production, only now for the US military, manufacturing trucks, automobiles, amphibious vehicles and aircraft engines for the B17 Flying Fortress bomber. The Studebaker Corporation recovered financially and very quickly.

Had Mr. Erskine endured the Great Depression and its losses, many believe he would have found himself back at the helm of the Studebaker Corporation as it manufactured equipment for the United States military.  

No doubt, he would easily have regained his personal financial losses as well.

You, too, will regain your personal losses in ways you cannot foresee right now, if only you will commit life and give God a chance. 

Even Jesus Was Harassed by Satan & Suicide

The Bible clearly reveals that even Jesus had thoughts of suicide forced upon Him, so don’t you be ashamed that these thoughts occur to you. They are not your thoughts. They are demonic thoughts and Satan did the same to Jesus. 

“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) 

It is indisputable.  The Bible says Jesus was tempted in all points, even as we are - including suicide.  Although Satan tempted Jesus with suicide thoughts, He simply never gave in to them.  He knew what to do with them.

Jesus knew that just because a bird flew over His head, it did not mean He had to allow it to build a nest there.  And just because thoughts of suicide occur to you, it does not mean you have to accept them.  

When Satan attempted to press Jesus with suicide thoughts, Jesus rebuked him with the Word of God and told him to back off. 

"Then the devil taketh Him up into the Holy City, and setteth Him upon a pinnacle of the Temple, and sayeth unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down... Jesus said unto him, It is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." (Matthew 4:6,7)  

Whenever Jesus rebuked Satan according to the Word of God, Satan always obeyed.  He’ll obey you, as well.

If you are a Born Again believer in Jesus Christ, it is a simple matter of addressing the spirit by saying, "You foul, unclean spirit of suicide, I bind you in Jesus' Strong Name. Go from me. I will live, I will not die."

Keep in mind, if you are tormented by suicide thoughts you have authority over them and you are not alone.  

Satan has pressed many people with thoughts of suicide, including Jesus. 

Most people just do not talk about it.

Nearly 100 Set Free from the Spirit of Suicide

I was once fasting and praying concerning upcoming revival services I was to be conducting in Front Royal, Virginia. 

At the time I had a personal need in my own life and I asked my wife to pray for me.  I myself was being harassed by a spirit of suicide. 

My wife laid her hands on my head and as she prayed, I suddenly had a vision

I saw myself standing on the platform of the sanctuary where I was to be conducting the services in Virginia. In the vision I realized I had just read to the congregation from Mark chapter 9 where Jesus had cast the spirit of suicide out of the young boy.

After reading the narrative I saw myself give an altar call for people who were being harassed by suicide spirits and thoughts of suicide. 

In the vision I watched as approximately one hundred people came forward to have hands laid on them in order for that spirit to be cast out.

The vision ended.

When we arrived at the Church in Front Royal some weeks later, the sanctuary was as I had seen in the vision.  

I stood on the platform and acted out what I saw in the vision.  

I read to the congregation from Mark chapter 9 exactly as I had in the vision, explaining to them that thoughts of suicide are frequently caused by evil spirits.  

I then gave an altar call even as I had seen myself do in the vision.  

Exactly as I had also seen in the vision, approximately one hundred people came forward to have hands laid on them, wanting that spirit cast out of them. There were men, women, boys and girls.

There were approximately four hundred people in attendance that night. This means that one-quarter of the people in that congregation were harassed by suicide spirits.

I laid hands on every one of them and cast that spirit out, one by one in the Strong Name of Jesus. The youngest was an 8-year old boy and the oldest was an 80-year old man.  They were all gloriously and instantly set free from the tormenting spirit of suicide.  

I then instructed them very briefly how to maintain authority over evil spirits and how to keep the evil spirit of suicide from returning.

It was heartbreaking to listen to the little 8-year old boy explain how he constantly heard a voice telling him to kill himself. He explained how he would hear it all day long at school and all night long at home.

Sadly, suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 10 to 24.  

This little 8-year old was so gloriously set free and so filled with peace he became my best friend for the remaining days of the revival.  He watched everything I did in every service and even followed me as I would go down the prayer line praying for people.  He even joined in with his young friends, laying hands on other children and setting them free in Jesus' Name.

Jesus, the Master of Demon Powers, spent one-quarter of His life and Ministry casting out evil spirits and teaching His disciples how to do it.  This is how prevalent evil spirits are in the Earth even today.  

One-quarter of the above-mentioned congregation were being tormented by the spirit of suicide and the Pastor did not even realize it.  Some of his own family members came forward to be set free. 

Suicide spirits and evil spirits are present in most Churches to the same degree and most Pastors do not realize it. 

Pastors absolutely must learn their authority over evil spirits and suicide spirits, teaching their congregations how to withstand and to conquer them.

You, Too, Can Be Free from the Spirit of Suicide      

Suicide rates amongst immoral youth and adults are amongst the very highest. The former top psychiatrist of John Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, has stated that transgenders whose genitalia have been surgically altered suffer a suicide rate twenty times higher than the general population.

LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of all suicide attempts.

Researchers report a staggering twelve percent of urban gay and bisexual men attempt suicide, a rate three times higher than the average American adult male.

Gay suicide statistics concerning youth and transgender people are absolutely shocking. This is because every time an immoral homosexual act is committed, the human conscience throbs with guilt and sorrow.

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who change the truth of God into a lie, and worship and serve the creature more than the Creator." (Romans 1:24-25) 

If you, too, are being harassed by a spirit of suicide, you can be free of its torment, but you must first be Born Again. Once you become a member of God's forever family through the New Birth, you can tell that spirit to release you, in Jesus’ Name.  It must obey you. 

Allow me to say this, as well.  

If you listen to that spirit and take your life, it is not the end of your problems.  It is the beginning.  You will face Almighty God for the murder of His creation.  I promise you, from God’s written Word, you will not like that.  You will wish you had listened to this message and lived.  

If Christ is your Savior and you take your life, you will be stripped of rewards in Heaven at the BEMA Judgment Seat of Christ.  Notice I said "in Heaven."  You will make it to Heaven, yes.  But you will have severely, severely altered your eternal destiny. 

If Christ is not your Savior, you will spend Eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 5:41; Revelation 20:15)  

Hell is not a booty fest with a bunch of rappers, hip hoppers or Hell’s Angels.  

Hell is a place of unending torment where all cute little theories concerning it will be violently raped by a brutal gang of facts.  Let’s not even go there!  No pun intended.

Just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice for Savior.”  This automatically places you into God's Family and gives you immediate power over the spirit of suicide. (Luke 10:19,20; John 1:12; Romans 10:13) 

Then when the thought comes, “I need to just kill myself,” say this, “Satan, you can’t fool me using pronouns.  That’s not my voice.  It’s yours.  I rebuke the spirit of suicide, in Jesus’ powerful Name.  I’ve got revelation of my authority over you now.”  

The spirit of suicide will leave because if it doesn’t, it will have to deal directly with Jesus. The spirit of suicide would much rather obey you. (Matthew 18:19; James 4:7)  

Tell that suicide spirit as it goes that it will not leave you and go into any of your family members, either! 

Tell it, "You have no place in me or my family. In Jesus' Strong Name."

Commit life, not suicide!  

God has a plan for your life and it is a plan that includes big time power over Satan and all evil spirits!  

This is why Satan wants you out of here at all costs.  

He's afraid you will both discover and exercise your authority over him, spreading the Word and setting other captives free.

"And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out demons... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)   

Be blessed in Jesus' Strong Name … John and Barbara Hamel



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