If you are having suicidal thoughts, you are likely under spiritual attack which means it’s time for spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Satan actively seeks to destroy lives while Jesus seeks to fulfill them (John 10:10).
And what better way for Satan to destroy our lives than to convince us that life isn’t worth living?
The good news is that we can combat and overcome suicidal thoughts with Biblical truths.
(NOTE: If you are in crisis, please get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or by clicking here to chat.)
Because even though we face trials and may experience spiritual attacks on earth, as Believers we have victory in Jesus.
Here are some common lies Satan tells us (which can lead to suicidal thoughts), along with the Biblical truths and verses to combat them:
Lie 1: No one loves me / no one will ever love me
Truth: God loves you and always will.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
At our core, each of us just wants to be loved. And God created us that way because He seeks to draw us closer to Him in order to fill that void. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
If we were all able to see ourselves through His eyes, there would be no more self-doubt, self-loathing, self-consciousness or self-hatred.
We are His precious creation and He delights in us (Psalm 18:19).
Lie 2: It’s all just too much / I just can’t anymore
Truth: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:29-31
We all feel like giving up sometimes. Life can be hard, and it can feel like too much at times.
But the good news is that God never expects us to handle it alone.
He wants us to turn to Him and rely on His strength to get us through the tough days so that we can face tomorrow.
Don’t give up!
Lie 3: The world would be better off without me
Truth: You were created for a purpose and you are meant to be here.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
No matter how big you’ve screwed up or how insignificant you may feel, you are here for a reason.
God doesn’t make mistakes.
If the world would be better off without you, you wouldn’t have been created and you wouldn’t be here now.
Your time is not up yet.
Lie 4: It’s just not worth it / I should just give up
Truth: God has a plan, and it will all be worth it in the end.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.James 1:12
Giving up when times are tough can feel like the easy out. But there is hope.
Lie 5: No one understands / I feel so alone
Truth: God understands, and you are never alone.
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
Satan loves to isolate us, because that’s where he can do his best work.
Sharing that you are having suicidal thoughts with others can be frightening, but you are not alone. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Lie 6: I just don’t want to feel this way anymore / this pain is too much to bear
Truth: The way you are feeling now will not last forever.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)
As someone who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts off and on since I was a teenager, I understand.
Things can be so difficult and painful that life no longer feels worth living. Hope can feel far off.
But God never gives us any challenge that is too great to handle without His help. Turn to Him for strength, and be patient.
God never gives us any challenge that is too great to handle without His help. Turn to Him for strength, and be patient.Tweet
Lie 7: Things are never going to get better / I will never catch a break
Truth: God has a plan.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
It’s human nature to assume the worst. And when things are hard and we’re feeling hopeless, it’s difficult to imagine them ever getting better.
But God’s promises never fail. He wants us to put our complete hope and trust in Him. To believe with all of our heart and soul that He knows what’s best for us and will guide us according to His will.
God’s promises never fail. He wants us to put our complete hope and trust in Him. To believe with all of our heart and soul that He knows what’s best for us and will guide us according to His will.Tweet
Lie 8: It’s hopeless / God doesn’t care
Truth: God hears our cries and He is our hope.
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.Psalm 40:1-2
God cares about us so much that He collects all of our tears (Psalm 56:8). He encourages us countless times in His word not to fear, not to give up, and not to despair.
We know you see our struggles and hear our innermost thoughts and fears. Please deliver us from evil and give us hope.
Let us look to you for guidance and lean not on our own understanding. Let us have faith and trust in you and your will for our lives.
Give us the strength to endure and overcome the trials we are facing.
We bind up any suicidal thoughts and pray protection and renewal over our minds.
In your son’s name we pray,