Last week a student in our school did the unthinkable:  He took his own life. This young man had been the target of ongoing abuse and one day decided that a bullet would end the bullying.
 
              Bullying is a big problem among young people and so is suicide. I don’t know the exact numbers of suicide among teenagers, but the statistics are really high and keep climbing up.
 
              This is what happens when we remove God from our schools and our lives. This is a form of “Deicide” (killing God), which invariably leads to suicide (killing of oneself). When there is no room for God, then the adversary takes over and death spreads its deadly tentacles.
 
              This is what happened in a “Baptist” school in Hialeah, Florida. This “Christian” school began to compromise and everything went downhill from there. First, they allowed catholic and unbelieving teachers in the school and then, they removed the Bible from the school curriculum.
 
               What do you think it would happen if you would stop praying or reading the Bible? You would stop growing in Christ; you would lose your joy, peace and love and eventually you could fall into grievous sin.
 
               This is the story of that Christian school. The year after they stopped teaching the Bible, a student committed suicide and a year later, the school closed permanently.
 
               Believer, don’t ever forget your first love (Revelation 2:4, 5). Jesus is our first love in more than one sense. He was the first real love we ever knew and his love is first and foremost in importance in our lives.
 
               If you have no room or time for Jesus, be prepared to deal with the devil. He is the biggest bully in town. The Bible warns us to  “Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
 
               Believer, do not remove God’s influence from your life. Keep Jesus first in your heart and mind and never forget to pray and read the Word. The Spirit in you is life; the Word in you is light and prayer is your direct lifeline to the Father.
 
               Alexander Gonzalez
 

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