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    By Mike RameyIf you know your KJV Bible, you know that Satan and his demons are walking to and fro upon the earth, seeking whom they may devour. Based upon the rash of murder-suicides--or just plain suicides--I have seen on and in the news during 2018, I’d say that he was on his job. Whether or not you believe that the devil is real does not change the fact that he is on the hunt for souls. The first two chapters of the Book of Job, coupled with the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4, give one all the evidence they need to be aware of the wiles of the devil.

     He is a stalker, and has all the evil spirits under his control doing his bidding in watching for potential targets--EVEN Christians! No restraining order, search warrant, or court document will stop his murderous bent. Suicide IS a spirit…period! It must be stopped by spiritual means.

     During the few great years that I served as a Probation Officer with my county Juvenile Court in the early 2000s, one of the issues that I ran into on a regular basis was teen suicide. P.O.s receive updated training in this area. Training was expanded to detention staff, social workers, and others who were involved in the field of juvenile justice. Signs that we were taught to look for in troubled juveniles during intake, office, and court interviews included the ‘hearing’ of voices; unending depression, an overall ‘feeling’ of worthlessness, expressions of no one would ‘miss them’ if they were gone and a desire to ‘end it all’. Other ‘cues’ for young people revolved around occult involvement including types of music that the teen listened to that included suicidal themes; troubles at school, or major shocks to their system because of a divorce in their family, a suicide among their friends or loved ones, problems at school, drug/alcohol abuse, or mental health issues--including types of prescribed medication used in such mental health treatment.

     Fast forward a decade or so. Teen suicide has now expanded, blossomed and grown into adult suicide with the numbers increasing--and no end in sight. 
Toward the end of 2018, the public saw a variety of news reports on the issue, from a variety of published and Internet sources. I’ll just provide a few brief, general highlights:

     *Federal authorities identified the top two killers of young adults for the year ending 2018 as the following. Number one is drug overdoses. Number two was suicide.

     *A well established law enforcement magazine noted that there were more police officers killed by their own hand in 2018 than killed by any other means--including being shot by criminals.

     *More and more instances of pre-teens committing suicide are making their way into the mainstream press. Over the last two years, we have read about children as young as eight and nine years old killing themselves--allegedly tied to school bullying OR gang recruitment activity. ‘Suicide by gang’ is becoming a dangerous trend.

     *Speaking of the mainstream press, a published report late in 2018 noted that the media profession, in terms of careers, had the THIRD highest rate of suicide among professions.

     *In my neck of the woods a few years ago, A high school that I had taught in reported a female student had hung herself IN the school, during the school day. A few years before this, in a school district right down the road, several students had committed suicide in and around the school, during that school year.

     What brought this issue ‘back around’ for me was a friend of mine over the 2018 Christmas season was wrestling with the loss of an older son. Not having his son during the holidays was pretty rough on him. With both of us being Christians, I went straight to the Word of God and reminded him through his pain that God had not forgotten him. We might not understand it all now, but there comes a day that we WILL understand, and we have to NOT get discouraged over what we may see unfold in front of us (Psalms 37 and 73 KJV).

BREACHED DOORWAYS INTO THE MIND MANIFEST IN THE SOUL:

     I am not a ‘professional’ counselor, but I am a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who--not by my knowledge or wisdom--have extensive training in the area of spiritual warfare from the Word of God, just by living life. As the ‘old folks’ used to tell us in our youth: “If you DON’T understand it now--just keep ON living!” Being among the older set myself, I get what they were trying to tell me, back in the day.

     One of the things that people--even Christians--fail to understand is how slick Satan and his demons actually are. Let us not forget two things: 1) Satan’s job is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10 KJV); 2) his demons (spirits under his control) also know that there is one true God and tremble at the mention of him (James 2:19 KJV).
Another thing that many--even Christians--tend to forget is that Satan spoke directly to Jesus during their meeting in the wilderness (Matthew 4 and Luke 4 KJV) and Jesus responded with the following: “It is written”. In other words, Jesus met Satan WITH the Word of God. Further, Satan and those who support him can transform themselves into an angels of light, meaning they can impersonate or counterfeit items from the scriptures.

     What does this have to do with the suicide issue? Suicide IS a spirit, and must be broken by spiritual means meaning by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Since the devil is the father of lies, it is no small task for him and his demons to make their voices ‘sound’ like the voice of an intended target INSIDE of their mind. It is estimated that some 90 percent of satanic attack is directed at the human mind. Thus, one MUST be able to discern Satan’s voice--from their own. A great definition that I have heard quoted by Charles Spurgeon is that: “discernment is the ability to distinguish what is right, from what is almost right”. When one’s mental defenses are down or breached because of drugs, alcohol, depression, failure or other such maladies, a doorway is opened into the mind, will seep into the soul, and will eventually manifest in one’s flesh, or, in one’s physical body. It is VITAL that this spiritual weed be pulled by the soul-utions found in the Bible…and it begins WITH Jesus Christ!

     Don’t shout me down when I’m coming straight across the plate!

     There is more to come, in Part Two.

     Mike Ramey is a Minister, Book Reviewer, P-School Ranger, Modern Street Gang Specialist and Syndicated Columnist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The Ramey Commentaries” is one of a variety of columns that Ramey has in cyberspace. To drop him a line…or a whine…the address is still the same: manhoodline@yahoo.com. ©2019 Barnstorm Communications.

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