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December 31, 2016
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  • Make a connection, make a connection
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  • at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: This week on "The Connection" with Skip Heitzig,
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  • we delve into the issue of difficult circumstances
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  • and spiritual depression.
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  • Our message is called "Radioactive,"
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  • and our text is Psalm 42 and 43.
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  • To some degree, each of us have all been exposed to suffering
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  • in our lives, and we'd love to hear how God carried you
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  • through difficult times.
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  • Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And just a reminder, at the conclusion of this broadcast,
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  • we'll show you how you can support this ministry
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  • financially and receive a valuable resource
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  • with your gift to "The Connection."
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  • In today's conclusion of the message "Radioactive," Skip
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  • Heitzig explains that there's relief for spiritual depression:
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  • God himself and his truth.
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • When suffering strikes, it may feel like a nuclear bomb
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  • just hit your life.
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  • The question is, how do you deal with the fallout?
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  • In the message "Radioactive," Pastor Skip explains how to deal
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  • with difficult circumstances and the spiritual
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  • depression that can follow.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Brain chemistry, the
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  • neurotransmitters, those chemical messengers
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  • that work inside your brain.
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  • If something is askew, you can feel a certain
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  • way because of it.
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  • So, if your serotonin level is low, that'll disrupt sleep
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  • patterns, it will increase anxiety.
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  • If your epinephrine levels are low, it'll produce fatigue,
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  • and a depressive mood can follow.
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  • If there's an increased level of the hormone cortisol, it'll
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  • intensify your reaction to fear and distress.
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  • All that to say your brain is a real organ.
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  • And so, to deny the possibility of clinical depression
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  • is flat out wrong and certainly unhelpful.
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  • So, that's flaw number one, "It's all in your head.
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  • You're just imagining it."
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  • Flaw number two, "Well, Christians
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  • should never be depressed."
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  • If you believe that, by the way, never read the book of Psalms,
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  • you'll just be disappointed because the guys who write
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  • this are all over the emotional map.
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  • They're on a high, and they're crashing in
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  • the same psalm sometimes.
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  • And some people will paint a false picture about
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  • coming to Christ, however.
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  • They will say, "Just come to Jesus and life's problems
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  • will be automatically solved.
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  • You'll always be healthy, you'll always be wealthy,
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  • you'll always be happy."
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  • And they feel the necessity to plaster a fake smile.
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  • "How are you doing, brother?
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  • Good, I actually go to sleep just like this."
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  • That certainly is not helpful.
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  • Yes, we have resources the world does not have.
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  • Certainly we have the joy of the Lord, which is our strength.
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  • But being phony or portraying a certain emotion as something
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  • that happens all the time is wrong.
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  • In fact, let me also say that in some cases, coming to Christ
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  • actually makes the road rougher.
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  • Think of Christians in countries where persecution is huge
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  • because a person gives their life to Christ.
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  • Think of the audience that Peter wrote to when
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  • we studied rock solid.
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  • They received Christ, and life got instantly more difficult
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  • for them, adding stress and pressure.
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  • So, those two flaws, it's all in your head.
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  • Number two, Christians should never be depressed.
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  • Flaw number three, if you are depressed, it means you are
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  • unspiritual or at least immature.
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  • If you believe that, you will have a hard time
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  • with most all of the Bible.
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  • And most of the heroes of the Bible, some of the great
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  • spiritual men and women of faith in the Bible,
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  • like David who said, "My soul is in anguish.
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  • Oh Lord, how long?"
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  • In Psalm 6, David said, "I make my bed swim with tears."
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  • Elijah the prophet, spiritual guy, when he ran from Queen
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  • Jezebel out in the desert, he said, "It is enough.
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  • Oh Lord, take my life."
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  • That's suicidal.
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  • Job, last time I checked, God said he was the most righteous
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  • person living on earth at the time.
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  • Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
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  • You got to feel pretty low to do that.
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  • Then there was Paul the apostle in the New Testament, who said
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  • he was burdened beyond measure, above strength,
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  • so that he despaired even of life.
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  • All of them great spiritual people.
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  • Over the years, you've heard me quote probably almost every week
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  • one of my favorite quotable pastors,
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
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  • Ever since I was a young believer, I just loved
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  • how he said words.
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  • It's like, "Wow, people don't talk like that.
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  • He's so quotable."
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  • But then I discovered that Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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  • also suffered severe bouts of depression.
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  • And he confessed as much to his own congregation, saying that,
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  • "I have been in depth of which I hope none of you ever go."
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  • And he also said to them, "There are dungeons
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  • beneath the castles of despair."
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  • And yet, for some reason, some of us Christians feel that we
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  • need to add stigma to those people who are feeling low,
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  • and down, and depressed.
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  • And if they're not doing this, we say, "Hey, come on,
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  • how come you're not doing this?"
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  • So, those are flaws. This stuff is real.
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  • Now, I'd like to have you look with me at these two psalms
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  • and consider some reasons for it.
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  • Now, let me be quick to say that I am not a clinician, and I'm
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  • going to confine my thoughts to the psalm because I'm an
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  • expositor, and also to this theme of spiritual depression.
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  • But there are several reasons, though there are many more,
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  • I'm just going to give you what I see in the psalm,
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  • reasons for spiritual depressions.
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  • Reason number one, expectations.
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  • Expectations, unfulfilled expectations.
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  • When you expect something to happen that doesn't happen,
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  • that's an unfulfilled expectation.
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  • Verse 1, "As the deer pants for the water brooks,
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  • so pants my soul for you, O God.
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  • My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
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  • When shall I come and appear before God?
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  • My tears have been my food day and night while we continually
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  • say to me 'Where is your God?'
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  • When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me.
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  • For I used to go with the multitude, I went with them to
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  • the house of God, the voice of joy and praise with the
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  • multitude that have kept the pilgrim feast."
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  • Whoever it was that wrote this psalm, this person feels cut off
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  • from spiritual life, isolated in this incident.
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  • Whether it was a Levite that was off with David when they fled
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  • Jerusalem, or it was somebody that wrote it years later,
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  • notice the expressions, "Like a deer, thirsty, panting for
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  • water, wanting to find refreshment, but finding no
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  • relief whatsoever."
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  • The Bible says in Proverbs 13 that hope deferred makes
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  • the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
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  • Once again, think who is writing this psalm.
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  • The sons of Korah, their whole life, their whole purpose is
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  • involved in the public worship system of Israel.
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  • Whenever our purpose is challenged or our usefulness
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  • is challenged, we become susceptible
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  • to spiritual depression.
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  • This shows up when a person feels trapped in a marriage,
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  • when a person feels trapped in a job, when a person is forced
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  • into retirement because of a medical condition.
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  • They start asking questions, "What use am I?
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  • What is my purpose?"
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  • We all have expectations, and some of them are realistic.
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  • When we do this, we expect certain things to happen.
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  • But some of our expectations of life are just flat unrealistic.
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  • The more unrealistic your expectations are,
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  • the more severe the depression will be.
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  • I found an interesting article I wanted to share with you.
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  • It caught my attention.
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  • It was a Vanderbilt University study.
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  • Listen to how it opens.
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  • "Pentecostals are three times more likely than any other
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  • Christian group to experience major depression."
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  • That caught my attention.
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  • I just thought, "That's an odd thing to say.
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  • How do you study that?"
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  • Well, Vanderbilt University studied 2.850 North Carolinians
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  • over a 6-month period.
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  • And their findings were that the group experienced serious
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  • depression at a rate of 1.7%, whereas the rate among
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  • Pentecostals was 5.4%.
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  • And the question becomes, why is that?
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  • And they couldn't be definitive, but they said it's--they believe
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  • that it's because, in part, people who were already
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  • depressed were attracted to Pentecostalism's promise of
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  • physical and spiritual healing.
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  • If you come to Jesus, all your problems will be solved, and
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  • you'll be wealthy, and you'll be healthy.
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  • And when you live with those expectations and they don't
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  • happen, then you come crashing down.
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  • So, number one, expectation is one of the reasons.
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  • Here's the second reason, criticism, criticism.
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  • Verse 3, he's saying, "They say, 'Where is your God?'"
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  • Verse 10, "As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach
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  • me while they say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?'"
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  • Psalm 43, verse 2, "For you are the God of my strength,
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  • why do you cast me off?
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  • Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?"
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  • Whoever this author is, he's surrounded by critics,
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  • surrounded by those who are saying these
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  • things to him, taunting him.
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  • Whenever you suffer for doing good, for doing right, working
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  • for God, doing the right thing, but you're mocked
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  • because of it, produces anxiety.
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  • Proverbs 12:25 tells us, "Anxiety in the heart
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  • of a man causes depression."
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  • Think of the Christian student in a secular university,
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  • who all day long, been there done that, who all
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  • day long here, "Where is your God?"
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  • Or the Christian worker amongst unbelievers,
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  • who say, "Where is your God?"
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  • Or a believing person with a family filled with unbelievers,
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  • who are saying, "Where is your God?"
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  • That kind of anxiety can build up, as the
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  • Scripture says cause depression.
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  • I know, I know we know that Jesus said that we should preach
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  • the gospel to every creature.
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  • We're to be about that mandate.
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  • But when we preach the gospel to every creature, every creature
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  • doesn't like the gospel of Jesus Christ,
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  • and you get caught on the crossfire of it.
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  • And that's where the pain comes in.
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  • Sometimes, you just sort of feel like Linus, right?
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  • Remember Linus in the Charlie Brown cartoon "Peanuts"?
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  • One day, he said to Charlie Brown, "I love mankind, it's
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  • just the people I can't stand."
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  • And when you get the critical eye and the critical comments
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  • from people, you feel like that.
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  • So, expectation, unrealistic, criticism.
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  • Here's the third, accumulation.
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  • Accumulation, it's one struggle after another struggle.
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  • It's the cumulative effect of many trials
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  • that just feel like they pile up.
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  • Verse 7, "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls.
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  • All your waves and billows have gone over me."
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  • Now, the metaphor is in the ocean.
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  • And I don't know how much time you spend in the ocean, but
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  • I was surfing one time in Newport Beach at the tail
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  • end of a storm, I shouldn't have gone out.
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  • I almost drowned that day seriously, I almost died
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  • 'cause I got caught in just one wave crashing
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  • after another, after another.
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  • I couldn't get out.
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  • And this almost feels like-- it's just like one trial,
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  • one event after another, it doesn't end.
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  • It all piles up, accumulation.
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  • Paul the Apostle in 2 Corinthians 11 writes of his own
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  • experience, "I have labored, and toiled,
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  • and have often gone without sleep.
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  • I have known hunger and thirst, and I've often
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  • gone without food.
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  • I have been cold, I've been naked.
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  • And besides everything else, I faced the daily pressure
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  • of my concern for all the churches."
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  • It's that daily pressure that adds up.
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  • It feels like waves crashing down.
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  • A few years ago, there was a book put out that I just found
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  • interesting and helpful, to be honest.
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  • It was called "The Executive Stress Manual."
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  • It was two authors who wrote about stress, and they looked at
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  • the experiences that people have in life, and they tried to
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  • determine why is it that some people experience
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  • nervous breakdowns and deep depression.
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  • And so, they assigned numbers, what they called life change
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  • units, to events that happen in life, life change units.
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  • According to their findings, if a person has between 200
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  • and 300 of these life change units in a year period,
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  • they're set up for a nervous breakdown or depression,
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  • deep, deep depression.
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  • So, here's some of the numbers.
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  • The death of a spouse will yield 100 life change units.
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  • A divorce will yield 73 life change units.
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  • Marital separation from your mate, 65 life change units.
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  • Detention in jail or an institution,
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  • 63 life change units.
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  • Death of a close family member, 63.
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  • Major personal injury or illness, 53.
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  • Marriage, 50 life change units. See, stress is stress.
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  • Whether it's good stress or bad stress, it still has its affect.
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  • Marriage, 50 life change units.
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  • Being fired, 47 life change units.
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  • It's interesting that that's only three
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  • less than the marriage.
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  • Retirement from work, 45 life change units.
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  • Pregnancy, 40. Vacation, 13.
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  • Christmas, 12 life change units. So, accumulation.
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  • Here's the fourth reason, recollection.
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  • Remembering the past, but doing it the wrong way,
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  • the wrong use of your past.
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  • Verse 4, "When I remember these things," says this author,
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  • "I pour out my soul within me.
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  • For I used to go with the multitude, I went with them to
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  • the house of God with the voice of joy and praise, with the
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  • multitude that have kept the pilgrim feast."
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  • This author has memories of better days,
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  • what it used to be like.
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  • And if we think that it will always be this way because it
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  • has always been that way, you set yourself up for a crash.
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  • Life doesn't always stay the same.
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  • The past will either become a rudder to guide you
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  • or an anchor to hold you back.
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  • It's interesting to me that there's this huge market
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  • for nostalgia these days.
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  • I think there always has been, but it's big right now.
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  • And I'm even attracted to nostalgic things.
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  • You know, we talk about the good old days.
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  • The good old days is in part a bad memory,
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  • to be honest with you.
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  • Because I remember my parents speaking during the good old
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  • days about it not being so good during those days.
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  • But it's amazing what a lapse of time will do
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  • as we look backwards.
  • 00:17:33.160 --> 00:17:35.230
  • And so, whether it's in music or a clothing, there's just this
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:37.260
  • huge attraction toward the good old days.
  • 00:17:37.270 --> 00:17:41.030
  • And the psalmist is looking back to, "I remember what Jerusalem
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  • smelled like and sounded like.
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  • And it's not that way now."
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  • Recollection.
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  • Fifth and final one, preoccupation,
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  • preoccupation with yourself.
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  • When you're preoccupied with yourself, you are in the swirls
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  • of a depressive behavior pattern.
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:08.240
  • Now, we're not going to do it, but I've done it for you.
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:11.020
  • I counted in these two psalms 51 personal pronouns.
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  • Listen to this, the psalmist uses the word "I" 14 times,
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  • "me" 16 times, "my" 21 times.
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  • I know, you might be thinking, "Yeah, but this
  • 00:18:24.150 --> 00:18:26.150
  • is his personal experience.
  • 00:18:26.160 --> 00:18:28.080
  • Of course he's going to talk about himself."
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:30.090
  • However, at the same time, he mentions God 20 times.
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  • He mentions the Lord once.
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  • Twenty-one times God; fifty-one times me.
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  • That's a preoccupation with self.
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  • It's out of balance because, in part,
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:45.060
  • this is his prayer to the Lord.
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  • His plans aren't being fulfilled.
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  • His life is crashing down. His past has been changed.
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:56.090
  • And though there are many reasons that lead to depression,
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:59.020
  • one of them, one basic problem is self-centeredness.
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:05.020
  • So, we've seen the reality, we've looked at some of the
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:08.140
  • reasons as per the psalms.
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  • I want to close with remedies.
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  • How do you mitigate against that kind of thinking?
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  • Or those kind of experiences and your reaction
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  • in your thinking to them?
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  • What are the remedies for it?
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  • Well, there are lots of remedies, by the way.
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  • Many of them are not good remedies.
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  • Some people will drink as a remedy, or smoke something
  • 00:19:29.210 --> 00:19:32.100
  • as a remedy, or shoot something up as a remedy.
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:34.250
  • And it gets worse and worse and worse.
  • 00:19:34.260 --> 00:19:36.270
  • Did you know that 35% of people who have been or are depressed
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:40.160
  • say that they solve it by watching television?
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  • Oh goodness, that makes it worse.
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:50.060
  • What are the remedies?
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  • There's three of them, I'm going to sum it up
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:53.170
  • in one word, "replace."
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:57.260
  • Replace, take something out and put something
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:20:02.020
  • in to replace that with.
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:06.060
  • So, here there are, here's the three things.
  • 00:20:06.070 --> 00:20:08.060
  • Replace your thoughts with his truth.
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  • That's number one, replace your thoughts with his truth.
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:15.160
  • Second, replace yourself with your God.
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:19.250
  • And number three, replace your past with your future.
  • 00:20:19.260 --> 00:20:24.240
  • All three are present here.
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:27.000
  • Replace your thoughts with his truth.
  • 00:20:27.010 --> 00:20:29.140
  • Did you notice that the psalmist in these
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:31.260
  • two psalms talks to himself?
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:33.220
  • Did you see that?
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.250
  • Did you see how three times he goes,
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:37.260
  • "Why are you cast down, O my soul?
  • 00:20:37.270 --> 00:20:41.210
  • Why are you disquieted within?"
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:43.090
  • It's like he's talking to himself.
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  • "Hey you in there, soul, you, I'm talking to you.
  • 00:20:45.030 --> 00:20:47.050
  • I'm preaching a sermon to you."
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  • He's talking to himself. And he says, "Hope in God."
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:55.050
  • According to Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, that medical doctor who
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:58.180
  • became a pastor, in his book "Spiritual Depression" writes,
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:21:02.150
  • "We must talk to ourselves instead
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:04.200
  • of letting ourselves talk to us.
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:08.080
  • Most of your unhappiness," he writes, "in life is due to the
  • 00:21:08.090 --> 00:21:12.050
  • fact that you're listening to yourself instead
  • 00:21:12.060 --> 00:21:14.250
  • of talking to yourself."
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:17.020
  • The New Testament calls this taking every thought captive
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  • to the obedience of Christ.
  • 00:21:19.050 --> 00:21:21.010
  • As soon as you wake up in the morning and you
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:23.030
  • hear the chatter in your head, stop it.
  • 00:21:23.040 --> 00:21:27.080
  • Replace your thoughts with his truth.
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:29.160
  • This is what the Bible says about this, this is
  • 00:21:29.170 --> 00:21:31.070
  • what the Bible says about that.
  • 00:21:31.080 --> 00:21:33.020
  • And that's the grid to approach your life with.
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:35.160
  • So, replace your thoughts with his truth.
  • 00:21:35.170 --> 00:21:37.250
  • Second, replace yourself with your God.
  • 00:21:37.260 --> 00:21:44.040
  • I know it is human nature to be self-absorbed in suffering,
  • 00:21:44.050 --> 00:21:49.100
  • it's the nature of suffering.
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:51.120
  • But at some point, you're going to need to bring
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:53.190
  • God into the picture.
  • 00:21:53.200 --> 00:21:55.170
  • That's what verse 8 and 9 are all about.
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  • "The Lord will command his loving kindness in the daytime,
  • 00:21:58.000 --> 00:22:01.060
  • and in the night his song shall be with me, a
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:03.220
  • prayer to the God of my life.
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  • I will say to my rock, 'Why have you forgotten me?'"
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:09.200
  • That's how he feels, but at least
  • 00:22:09.210 --> 00:22:11.090
  • he's saying it to the Lord.
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:13.010
  • "Why have you forgotten me?
  • 00:22:13.020 --> 00:22:14.270
  • Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?"
  • 00:22:14.280 --> 00:22:19.290
  • He's now focusing from inward to upward.
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:23.030
  • Remember what Corrie ten Boom, the survivor
  • 00:22:23.040 --> 00:22:26.220
  • of the Nazi war camp said?
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:29.050
  • She said, "Look around and be distressed.
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:32.030
  • Look within and be depressed. Look to Jesus, be at rest."
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  • Your outlook is determined by your uplook.
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  • And the psalmist looks up.
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  • Now, others can help you do this.
  • 00:22:45.200 --> 00:22:48.050
  • I love the story about Martin Luther.
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:50.280
  • For several weeks, he just sort of hung his head, and moped
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:53.100
  • around the house, and looked really bummed out,
  • 00:22:53.110 --> 00:22:55.140
  • and said just negative things.
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:58.170
  • And one day, his wife Katie, she was quite a pistol.
  • 00:22:58.180 --> 00:23:00.180
  • She wore all black, she dressed all in black.
  • 00:23:00.190 --> 00:23:03.180
  • Now, back then, it wasn't you wear black 'cause it's slimming,
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:06.110
  • you wore black 'cause you were going to a funeral.
  • 00:23:06.120 --> 00:23:09.040
  • So, she comes out in a black dress, and Martin Luther says,
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:11.210
  • "Katie, who died?"
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  • And she said, "God is dead."
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  • And he said, "Whatever do you mean?
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:20.190
  • Why would you say that?"
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  • She goes, "I've been looking at your life the last few weeks.
  • 00:23:22.110 --> 00:23:24.040
  • It must only mean that you believe God is dead.
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  • By your attitude around the house, God is dead."
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:29.260
  • Well, that shook him to the core.
  • 00:23:29.270 --> 00:23:32.200
  • It is said that Martin Luther wrote a single Latin word,
  • 00:23:32.210 --> 00:23:35.140
  • "vivit," which means he lives, and placed it in his study so
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:38.210
  • every day he'd walk by it and be reminded of the truth God lives.
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  • God lives.
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  • And the need to bring God and replace God with myself.
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  • So, replace your thoughts with his truth,
  • 00:23:50.210 --> 00:23:53.110
  • replace yourself with your God.
  • 00:23:53.120 --> 00:23:55.100
  • Third, replace your past with your future.
  • 00:23:55.110 --> 00:23:59.080
  • Three times in these two psalms, the word "hope" appears.
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  • The word "hope" appears, and the truth of hope
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:06.210
  • appears in Psalm 43.
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:08.280
  • Essentially, the psalmist is hoping God will defend him
  • 00:24:08.290 --> 00:24:12.250
  • from his enemies, that's verse 1 and 2.
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:15.080
  • Hoping that God's truth and light will lead him,
  • 00:24:15.090 --> 00:24:17.160
  • that's verse 3.
  • 00:24:17.170 --> 00:24:19.160
  • Hoping that God would restore that place of worship
  • 00:24:19.170 --> 00:24:22.050
  • back in the temple, that's verse 4.
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:25.090
  • It's all forgetting the past in Psalm 43,
  • 00:24:25.100 --> 00:24:29.110
  • and looking ahead toward the future.
  • 00:24:29.120 --> 00:24:33.140
  • Remember what Paul the apostle said, forgetting those things
  • 00:24:33.150 --> 00:24:36.040
  • which are behind, looking forward to those
  • 00:24:36.050 --> 00:24:38.010
  • things which are before?
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:40.160
  • One of the best things you could ever do is to go home and read
  • 00:24:40.170 --> 00:24:43.150
  • Revelation 21 and 22, that's your future.
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  • Whatever has happened in your past, it is your past.
  • 00:24:47.050 --> 00:24:50.150
  • Much of it cannot be changes.
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  • Most all of it cannot be changed.
  • 00:24:52.240 --> 00:24:56.090
  • But replace your past with your future.
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  • I want to quickly conclude by saying if you are experiencing
  • 00:25:00.110 --> 00:25:06.220
  • what the ancients referred to as the dark night of the soul, as a
  • 00:25:06.230 --> 00:25:10.260
  • Christian brother or sister, you are not a failure.
  • 00:25:10.270 --> 00:25:15.020
  • You are a fellow member of the human race,
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:17.160
  • that's all it proves.
  • 00:25:17.170 --> 00:25:18.290
  • You are not a failure.
  • 00:25:19.000 --> 00:25:22.070
  • Many years ago, there was a young midwestern lawyer
  • 00:25:22.080 --> 00:25:24.160
  • who was suffering deep depression.
  • 00:25:24.170 --> 00:25:26.110
  • It was so bad that his friends thought, "We got to keep any
  • 00:25:26.120 --> 00:25:28.110
  • razors or sharp objects from him."
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:31.010
  • And they took them out of the house.
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:33.270
  • He couldn't see any purpose for going on.
  • 00:25:33.280 --> 00:25:36.240
  • He couldn't see any purpose for his future.
  • 00:25:36.250 --> 00:25:39.050
  • And he wrote these words, "I am now the most
  • 00:25:39.060 --> 00:25:41.010
  • miserable man living.
  • 00:25:41.020 --> 00:25:43.230
  • Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell.
  • 00:25:43.240 --> 00:25:46.170
  • I awfully forebode that I shall not."
  • 00:25:46.180 --> 00:25:50.290
  • But somehow, from somewhere, that young lawyer by the name
  • 00:25:51.000 --> 00:25:55.260
  • of Abraham Lincoln got enough courage and
  • 00:25:55.270 --> 00:26:01.070
  • encouragement to press ahead.
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  • It's my sincere prayer that just being in God's--among God's
  • 00:26:05.290 --> 00:26:11.250
  • people today in God's house, and hearing a message like
  • 00:26:11.260 --> 00:26:16.060
  • this will give some of you the encouragement needed.
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  • from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • in ever changing times.
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