Fashion Designer, Kate Brosnahan Spade & CNN Host Anthony Bourdain…Both Died By Suicide Within The Past 7 Days. CHILDREN OF GOD…BE WARNED!!! That DAMNED Devil Is Busy. So, Hold On To God…No Matter What!

On 6/8/18, Friday morning…CNN host of “Parts Unknown,” Anthony Bourdain, 61 years old, was found dead in a hotel room in Kaysersberg, France.   About 3 hours ago, Fox News reports… “Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told The Associated Press on Saturday that the famed chef and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” used the belt of his hotel bathrobe to commit suicide on Friday.

On Wednesday, 6/6/18, CNN reports… “Kate Brosnahan Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, hanged herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment, according to New York Police Department sources.”

First, let me say this…  While I have never met these 2 people in the physical…God knew them…through & through.   And…   Many hearts…& spirits are heavy with these losses.  My spirit is speaking in no uncertain terms… “These deaths were TOO SOON!  WAY TOO SOON!”   O.k…

We have been told by God…& are reminded, on the regular… “there is nothing new under the sun.”  The Bible puts it like this… “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) So, let’s not kid ourselves…one little bit…   Until Jesus returns to rid this place of its wretchedness, EVIL will persist…in “full force & effect.”  The Heavenly Father tells us… “Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) And, the Father DID NOT just say…that this will be happening ONLY on Mondays between 9 a.m. & 2 p.m.  HELL NO!!!  Make no mistake about… “children of God” …the Devil is a determined being…who WILL seek to KILL…STEAL &…DESTROY…everything “good” from God…just as sure as I breathe.

O.k…

On Thursday, 6/7/18, NBC reports…according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)… “Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.”  In a press release, also issued on Thursday, 6/7/18…the CDC says… “Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide. Firearms were the most common method of suicide used by those with and without a known diagnosed mental health condition.”

(Map and statistics Courtesy of CDC Vital Signs, 6/2018)

So…

PLE-E-E-E-EASE LISTEN-UP PEOPLE!  God has told me that the Devil is working his ass off to make…suicidal deaths…a new “norm.”  I SHOUT… “THE DEVIL IS A DAMNED…LIAR!!!”   We CANNOT become desensitized to the type of…anguish (excessive grief)helplessnesshopelessness…that our fellow human beings…our loved ones…go through in these situations.   WE CANNOT!!!   While every situation is individual…just as each of us are…a common denominator does exist.  And, that is the Devil.   Meaning???

Meaning…that it is the Devil…& NOT God…that brings about such feelings of anguish, in a person, that brings about suicide.   Sure, if any of us live long enough, we are bound to feel some degree of grief through divorce, death of loved ones, war, etc…   However, God intends these to be to a degree…that is bearable.   He expects His children to live out their designated “lifetime”…until He decides it’s time to go.   He has no desire for any grief to become so unbearable…where “suicide” happens.  1 Corinthians 10:11-13…tells us… “11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”  Let’s keep going…

It is Satan…& NOT God…that brings about such feelings of helplessness, in a person, that brings about suicide.   When this, that & the other is happening & it seems like all hell is literally breaking loose…we are never without help…if we JUST believe that God is who He is.   If we JUST believe that God will do what He says.  God has promised to never leave us or forsake us.  Hebrews 13:5-6 tells us…. “ …for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”” Psalm 46: 1-3 puts it like this… “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.  And…

It is Satan…& NOT God…that brings about such feelings of hopelessness, in a person, that brings about suicide.   You see…  God is a God of hope.   He has said to me… “Child, no matter what you think you see…at any given time…hope above hope.”   This is not the worldly type of “hope” where you  “wish” for something to happen.   “Hope above hope” …is the godly hope where you “KNOW” …that God is going to do what He says…for His children who love Him & diligently seek Him.

I remember going through some particular trial/tribulation that the Heavenly Father allowed, to tear down the evil within…& build up the godly, where it seemed like I had been turned every which way…but, loose.  I tell you…   It was tryin’ …exhausting…& nerve wracking…to say the least.   After, I felt that the roughest part of the storm…had passed, I remember saying out loud with a smile… “Thank God…I made it through.  Now, I can…breathe.” Well…  It wasn’t even a few seconds after I had spoken those words…when the Heavenly Father…chimed in…as plain as day, with…  “Don’t get so comfortable, child.  Yes, this one…has passed.  But, another is just around the corner.”  O.k…

Upon hearing the Father, my chin seemed to involuntarily…drop to my chest…as the “Thank God” I had just given Him…turned to an… “OH, MY GOD! NO!”  You see… My spirit already knew… “The next storm that was a brewin’…was gonna be worse…than before.”  And, it was.  But, let me also say this…   I have, since…come to understand that every storm…that God allows us to endure…ONLY…serves to make us stronger & wiser.  That is…  If we let it.   Yes, He even gives us the choice to decide if we are going to let the trials…kill us…OR…strengthen us.   And…

As my Father’s daughter…  As the warrior that He placed within my mother’s womb…   I CHOOSE to let the trials/tribulations mold this clay…into the image of Christ.  Why??? Because in order to carry out my God given purpose…for being created…I MUST…be transformed.  God puts it like this… “ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)   “17 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. 19 They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 That is not the way you learned Christ! 21 For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 17-24)  Do you see???…

The trials…the tribulations…the attacks by the Devil…that are meant to DESTROY me…God WILL use to turn me into the very being…NEEDED…to fight against the EVIL…in this world.  He will use every tear…every scar…every moment of pain…to bring out every bit of the warrior…He needs me to be.  BUT….BUT…BUT…   I have to want to be built into this wonderful…godly…machine…that God wants to build up.  Yes!  I HAVE TO WANT IT!  I must choose to be a vessel for the Heavenly Father…to use.   If I don’t choose to be used by Him…He’s not going to use me.  It’s just that simple.  And, my response is some of the words from a Bill Withers song… “Keep on using me…until you use me up.”   Yes!  This is what I tell my Heavenly Father.   I am a willing vessel of God…to be used in any way He sees fit.  And, guess what???

The more the Father uses me to fight and resist against the evil in this world…the closer I get to Him.  Every trial…every tribulation…every attack by the Devil…that I make it through, takes me to a higher place in my relationship with the Father.   Meaning???  Meaning…He protects me in every way…that is needed.  Meaning…I audibly hear His voice even more louder & clearer than I did before.   Meaning…He reveals even more of Himself to me.  Meaning…He pours His power into me.  Meaning…He allows me to understand things in this world that most people are clueless about.   Meaning…He is physically present with me always.   And, so on & so on…  But…& I think most importantly…  Meaning…He fills my heart with a love for mankind that is literally & figuratively… “OUT OF THIS WORLD.”   A love that…

Makes me speak TRUTH…even when, too many people lie…as easy as they breathe.   A love that…  Makes me seek understanding…even when, too many people judge others…at the drop of a dime.     A love that…  Makes me confront evil head on…even when, too many people have become complicit to the wiles of the Devil.     A love that…  Makes me have the will to fight unto death for God…even when, too many people run…like scared mice.   You see…

I’ve come to understand the TRUTH of God that allows me to SHOUT OUT…  “THE HEAVENLY FATHER IS MY GOD & I WILL PLACE NO ONE ABOVE HIM!!!”  “IF MY GOD IS FOR ME, THEN WHO DARES TO COME AGAINST ME???”  “WHAT ENEMY OF GOD…HAS ARMS LONG ENOUGH TO BOX WITH HIM???”  “THE HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES HIS CHILDREN WITH SUCH A ZEAL…WHAT WON’T HE DO FOR THEM???”   “DEVIL YOU CAN’T TEMPT ME WITH BREAD, WHEN MY FOOD IS EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD!”   And…

It is this UNDERSTANDING about my Heavenly Father, that keeps me & sustains me no matter what storm comes my way.   Why???  Because I have walked through the darkest valleys…in the midst of wolves…AND…it was God who kept me.   Because I have had the breath knocked out of me…by the deaths of ones I loved so dearly…AND…it was God who breathed more life into me.  Because I have been attacked & knocked down by Satan…AND…it was God who picked me up & kissed my bruises.   In other words, He truly has been “the light” that lit my way …despite, the darkness.  Now, don’t misunderstand.  Throughout all of these above-mentioned trials/tribulations…I had loved ones all around.  However…NONE…could bring me “peace” …despite trying.  NONE!  It was only when I called on my Father…who art in Heaven…that the relief I was desperately seeking…came.  And, it came e-v-e-r-y single time.  OH, MY GOD…IT DID!!!

So…

BELOVED…do know this…

There is NOTHING…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that you go through that is too big for God.    NOTHING…is impossible for Him to fix.  Not…your anguish.  Not…your helplessness.  Not…your hopelessness.

Just…humbly submit yourself to the one who KNOWS ALL…& CAN DO ALL…24/7.  Remember…  It IS God’s good pleasure to love & help His children.

HALLELUJAH…PRAISE GOD!!!

Iris R. Whiting    ©

 

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