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As the church, it can feel like we have to have it all together all of the time, to avoid talking about where we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve walked through. Our prayer is that this message is just the starting place for us to let go of those expectations, to be a church where we open up and ask Jesus to use our stories in order to shine His light into the darkness.

This message contains language on the topics of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.

If you are struggling with thoughts of taking your own life, please make the choice to stay and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255 or text 988

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As the church, it can feel like we have to have it all together all of the time, to avoid talking about where we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve walked through. Our prayer is that this message is just the starting place for us to let go of those expectations, to be a church where we open up and ask Jesus to use our stories in order to shine His light into the darkness.

This message contains language on the topics of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.

If you are struggling with thoughts of taking your own life, please make the choice to stay and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255 or text 988

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Day 02

I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio

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We Need to Talk

Day 03

I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio

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The Role of the Church

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I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
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Tearing Down the Veneer

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I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'm Not Okay but Jesus Is-Louie Giglio
I'mNotOkayButJesusIs

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Your Destiny is in Staying

What if you don’t have to have it all together? What if, without hesitation, you would admit that things are not okay in your world?

You are welcome here. You came to the right place. Our goal for the next few days together is not to offer you strength-filled platitudes or hollow encouragement but to link arms and bring gospel truth to your darkest of nights.

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Like storms over ocean waters, depression, anxiety, and the power of suicide garner their strength over the warm seas of the night when the clouds of confusion and darkness roll in. In these moments, you may start to ask: will I ever see light again?

Truth be told, we may not understand the full scope of the darkness you feel, but that doesn’t mean we can’t turn on the light.

That is where we begin our time together today: turning on the light. Not a superficial light or a man-made brightness, but the ultimate light–Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

There has never been a night so dark that Jesus could not illuminate it. By the grace of God and through the finished work of Jesus, we are not alone in the dark. The midnight hour will not last forever.

What's Next?

As we begin this time together, please be aware that the content is hard and difficult, but much needed. Mental health, mental illness, and suicide are becoming more and more prevalent and that can feel very scary and increase a sense of hopelessness, but we do not have a God who has surrendered His rule and reign.

As the Church, it’s time we face the topic head on. It’s real. It’s something that not every one will fully be able to understand, but lack of understanding isn’t an excuse to avoid or ignore it. Jesus has promised to be light and in someone’s darkest hour, you may be the person they need to talk to.

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The Church needs to talk about mental illness and suicide more. We used to avoid all of it, but especially suicide. It would have been considered inappropriate to discuss it at all. Those days are over. We can’t hide what’s going on in our lives. We can no longer ignore the stats or what is going on around us. We have to face it.

People feel like they can’t say what they are experiencing or going through for a myriad of reasons. It seems much more acceptable to say you struggle with something in medical terms rather than in everyday reality. We have to strip everything away and just be real. We need to get it out into the open. The thoughts we are having, the actions we are taking, the emotions we are feeling all need to be out on the table.

What's Next?

Today is the start of what could be a pivotal turn in your life. Take 15 minutes of intentional time to really think through mental illness and suicide, whether is it is you who struggles or someone in you life affected by it.

On Day Two, Louie Giglio leads us to understand the Church’s role in facing the growing issue of mental health and suicide within it. The Church is available and present, but there are some approaches that need to be improved.

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The Church cannot be silent anymore. Mental health and suicide are in the room, and the Church can be a part of de-stigmatizing it. The pressure to be okay is a heavyweight, and sometimes it’s heaviest within the Church.

Why in the Church?

We are a faith community, and the perception is that our faith is supposed to be stronger than in the world. Our songs are songs of victory, so when you come through the door feeling defeated, like you’re losing your mind and like you can’t be honest- that’s a heavy weight to carry.

The Church, in large part, has taught that suicide is an unpardonable sin. That is a huge stigma. Scripture doesn’t support that. The Gospels say explicitly that the unpardonable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. That means that someone continually rejects the wooing of the Holy Spirit over and over in their lifetime. Suicide isn’t an unpardonable sin, but in the context of Scripture, it is a sin. However, according to Romans 3:23, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Even suicide is covered by the blood of Jesus.

The Church asks questions like, isn’t faith enough? You’re a Christian; shouldn’t you overcome depression and your struggle? Is medication and/or therapy ok? Is a treatment facility ok? The message from the Church needs to be clear, and it’s not, “you need to pray more.” We’ve all been around long enough to know that it is not that simple. The clear statement of the Church should be ” it’s ok to not be ok.” If you need help, get it. All plans for healing are God’s plans for healing.

What's Next?

It's important to note that suicide is not an unpardonable sin. It is a sin, but it's covered by the blood of Jesus. We all have sinned against God and fallen short. It is, however, devastating. If you need help, please call the national hotline at 988 and reach out to your local church and organizations that are equipped and ready to be by your side and help you face this difficult time. There is hope. You always have hope.

Today, we will drop all pretense and be honest about our own stories. Louie Giglio will encourage us not to forget what God has done and to build others up.

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The Church has to be honest and real. The last thing the world needs is a fake Church. Jesus is not fake or veneer. He came to heal the sick.

Mark 2:17 says that Jesus declared, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

We can never forget where we’ve been and what we’ve come through. When you are on the road to healing, it’s easy to want to shut the door to the past season, but God has given you a story to steward. Someone needs your story of God’s grace. We all have defeat in our story. The worst thing we can do is make it through it all and then act like we didn’t go through it.

If you are totally fine, you’re never going to experience the miracle of Jesus. It’s when we surrender and get honest about what we need help with that Jesus is ready to step right in and change us from the inside out. This process takes time. He can heal instantly if He wants to. He’s perfectly capable of that, but most of the time, it takes time.

What's Next?

The world is tired of polished and perfect Christianity. The best thing we can do is be real. We don't have to give the enemy any credit, but we do get to understand the power of our stories. Jesus has overcome, and He brought you with Him

This will probably be the most difficult day to get through, but there is a lot of wisdom and truth that is shared. Pray before you get started that you will receive what the Lord has for you today.

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The Church needs to de-stigmatize mental health and suicide, but we also need to de-glamorize suicide. The enemy has a way of making everything horrible glamorous. There are two major ways this is happening

  1. The suicide contagion. When someone famous takes their life, the following months will see a massive rise in not only the rate of suicide but the same manner. It starts the lie that suicide is and can be a good thing.
  2. Suicide tells us that everyone will be better off when you’re gone. That’s glamorizing it. It’s not better for you or anyone else if you take your own life. It’s not God’s purpose or plan for you. You may be free from your earthly pain, but you’re going to trap all those around you in a different kind of pain for the rest of their lives. Those you love will be left behind to live their lives with guilt, questions, self-doubt, pain, and anger for as long as they live. And they will live knowing they weren’t worth fighting for. They’ll know intellectually that it wasn’t really you that made that decision and it was actually the darkness, but it will be agonizing to their soul. Suicide doesn’t alleviate pain. It multiplies it.

So, stay, even in the pain, and trust God to give you a miracle of another day.

What's Next?

Most people have been in the wake of someone who has died by suicide. Whether it was a dear relationship or someone you knew from afar, it always carries a pang of despair and pain with it.

Day Six brings us to the power that is in all of us: the words of our own tongue. We can confess the truth of Scripture and of God over our lives and allow that to be a ray of hope that sees us to the next day. We will learn that the words we speak possess a power we often don’t realize is ours.

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The message of the Church isn’t just “it’s ok to not be ok.” The total message is, “It’s ok to not be ok, but Jesus is.” You have to finish the sentence. He is the victor with scars and has overcome on your behalf.

The enemy tempted Jesus to take his own life and jump off the temple wall. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, and the enemy purposely picked a weak moment to attack. Yet Jesus, no matter what He knew He was going to face, knew He’d come out on the other side victorious. When He was dying on the Cross, one of his closest friends was dying by suicide, so don’t think Jesus doesn’t understand our pain. Since He came through the darkness, we can say that we are not ok, but Jesus is.

Our words help determine our destiny, so if you keep saying I’m not going to make it, you’re increasing your chances that you won’t. You are agreeing with the enemy because your Father doesn’t talk like that. The counterweight to the weight is saying, “I will make it through.” Confessing and bringing Jesus into the darkness brings a glimmer of light into the blackout of depression. That one ray of light can give you another of life. You can be broken down and still confess Jesus is the healer at the same time.

Circumstances cannot fully corroborate the faithfulness of God. Sometimes circumstances are the exact opposite of everything we believe about God, but the Cross does corroborate the faithfulness of God. It stands in history as proof that God is good even in the darkest night. So use the power of your mouth to confess the power of the Cross.

Confess Psalm 118:17: “I will not die, but I will live and declare what the Lord has done.”

What's Next?

Have you ever thought about how Jesus was tempted by the enemy to take His own life? Or that when He was dying for us, one of his closest friends was taking his own life out of shame? But what answer did Jesus give? He spoke the words of His Father.

We discover our number one reason for existing and why it’s enough for us to continue living fully in the life that we have been given. Today, we will face the fact that pain may be a part of the story for a long time, but God gives us purpose. In the end, it’s actually never about us.

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The Church needs to create an understanding that God may not take all the pain away on this earth. You may not need to pray for God to alleviate the pain. You may need to trust that God can use the pain to bring eternal good and eternal change to you and those around you. The Church must say, “Take the pain to Jesus and find that there is purpose in the pain.” There was a purpose in Jesus’ pain, and it was for our healing. He can carry you and your pain one more day so He can use you and your pain to unlock doors for prisoners and set captives free. At the end of the day, it’s all about Jesus.

Suicide is the ultimate rebuttal that you are created by and for God’s glory. When you choose to end your life, you cannot glorify God in that way. You glorify God by staying in it and leaning on it. If you need help, get help, but stay for God and His glory.

What's Next?

As much as we want the pain to be taken away in an instant, we have to come to terms with the fact that God might not take all the pain away this side of Heaven. That's ok. He's still big enough to handle it all and carry you through to the other side.

On our final day together, Louie Giglio will remind us of the power we have through God and what we can do to access it.

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You have more power than the enemy wants you to know that you have. You have the power to praise God in the darkest night. In all things, God works. Through His power, you can do way more than you think you can do. He wants you to be completely knocked out, but you have the power to worship and be in His Word. Worship is a weapon. The Bible is a sword. You are able to proclaim His truth. Start in Romans 8, it says there’s no condemnation or separation from the love of God, not even life or death.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

God loves you. He’s with you. He will carry you. He will triumph over it all. He is greater.

What's Next?

As we end this time together, the action is simple. Memorize "No condemnation, no separation, nor life, nor death." Remind yourself of the truth that has been given to us. Anytime you are tempted to spiral or feel yourself going under, remember that you have the power to worship and be in His Word. There is no condemnation and no separation from the love of God. Nothing you have done, are thinking about doing, or want to do in the future can take God's love away. Praise Him for that.

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Scripture References

  • Psalm 118:17
  • Romans 8:1
  • Romans 8:38-39
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.

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