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How to Win Over Depression Part 2

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August 18, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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How to Win Over Depression Part 2

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  • Creflo Dollar: Ultimately, if I'm gonna deal with how I feel
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  • by dealing with why I think, what else am I gonna
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  • What are you exposed to? What are you exposed to?
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  • Because if you fail to deal with what you're exposed to it's just
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  • gonna continue to reintroduce those same kinda thoughts that
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  • are weighing you down, so eventually you're gonna have to
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  • ask yourself, "What am I exposing myself to?"
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  • In some cases who are you exposing yourself to that
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  • continues to produce that same mindset or way of thinking?
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  • Creflo: Let's look at something in Romans chapter 8,
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  • where we're continuing to talk about overcoming the emotion of
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  • depression and in Romans chapter 8, verse 6 it talks about,
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  • "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded
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  • is life and peace."
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  • To be carnally minded is death.
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  • To be spiritually minded is life and peace.
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  • Now, one of the things we understand: man is a spirit.
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  • Say, "I'm a spirit."
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  • He possesses a soul.
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  • Say, "I have a soul."
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  • He lives in a physical body.
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  • Say, "I live in a body."
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  • Now, the soul is comprised of what?
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  • Your feeler, your thinker, your chooser.
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  • Your mind, your will, your emotions, so what I would say is
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  • that one of the things we have to understand is that you're
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  • gonna lose it or win it in the arena of your mind,
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  • especially in the area of emotions.
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  • If you cannot control your emotions they will control you.
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  • Now, if the emotions are good emotions that's great.
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  • Godly emotions, that's great, but when they're negative
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  • emotions and you don't know how to harness them, take authority
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  • over them, master them, or control them then that's where
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  • it's gonna start taking you away from the will of God
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  • for your life.
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  • And one of the most prevalent emotions that has been so
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  • successful in the lives of people is this area of
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  • depression and learning how to overcome depression
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  • through the Word of God.
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  • And so, the Bible says in Romans 8 to be carnally minded,
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  • okay, is death.
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  • A carnal mind means that you're going to be governed by--to--the
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  • word "carnal" means "of the five senses" and when you're carnally
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  • minded and it leads to death that's because you're being
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  • dominated by your sensory mechanism.
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  • You're being dominated by what you see.
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  • God wants you to have the senses so you can enjoy life.
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  • He doesn't want you to be dominated by what you see.
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  • He don't want you to be dominated by what you hear.
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  • I mean, to enjoy 'em, but they're never supposed to become
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  • the government of your life.
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  • They're never supposed to govern your life, and so what he says
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  • is if you allow your senses to govern your life it's gonna
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  • lead to death.
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  • 'Cause what's gonna happen?
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  • Satan will operate in the sense realm.
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  • You cannot depend on your emotions 'cause they change.
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  • You might be--they might be great when you go to bed.
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  • When you wake up they might change, and so what we're trying
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  • to accomplish is emotional stability so you can wake up in
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  • the joy of the Lord and go to bed the same way 'cause you know
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  • how to become spiritually minded.
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  • But to be carnally minded, a life that's being lived and
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  • governed by your senses, is gonna lead to death, because
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  • we walk by faith, right?
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  • But if you walk by what you see here it's gonna lead to death.
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  • He said but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
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  • We're trying to achieve life and peace and the way you achieve
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  • that is to allow the Word of God to impact your thinking.
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  • Allow the Word of God to impact your mind,
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  • to impact your thinking.
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  • So, what happens when something spiritual like God's Word
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  • impacts your thinking?
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  • What happens when God's Word begins to impact your mind?
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  • Well, the Scripture said it's gonna lead to peace, and it's
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  • gonna lead to life, and I'm telling you right there it just
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  • lets us know that whatever happen--whatever is happening
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  • in your mind is gonna lead you.
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  • This is where it is.
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  • It's gonna lead you, and your spirit's kinda trying to fight
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  • and stop you from going that way, but you--you're responsible
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  • for achieving spiritual-mindedness.
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  • And the way you do that, John 63.
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  • John 6:63 says, "The words I speak unto you, they are spirit
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  • and they are life," so you're not gonna achieve a spiritual
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  • mind without the Word of God.
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  • You're not gonna--you're gonna--not gonna achieve
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  • spiritual-mindedness by putting on a t-shirt that says,
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  • "I'm a Christian."
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  • You will achieve spiritual-mindedness because
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  • you're feeding on the Word of God, and you're feeding on
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  • the Word of God and every time something happens you go
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  • to the Word.
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  • Every time you need something you go to the Word.
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  • Every time something hurts you go to the Word.
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  • Every time there's a issue somewhere you go to the Word.
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  • What happens?
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  • You're now depending, relying, and leaning on something
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  • spiritual, and your thinking and mind is--has been shaped with
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  • something spiritual, and it is gonna lead you to life
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  • and peace.
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  • Even in the middle of trouble, even in the middle of a hard
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  • time it will lead to life and peace, so now the question
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  • is how do we overcome depression?
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  • I gave you three different perspectives for depression and
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  • the one I think we liked the best was the third perspective.
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  • We said that depression is a result of external pressure
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  • getting inside of your heart and weighing it down.
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  • We're talking about pressure that comes from the outside or
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  • pressure that comes from outside circumstances and situations.
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  • The second perspective was depression is stress and
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  • pressure that's internalized.
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  • It's still external, it still comes on the inside, but it
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  • begins to weigh you down because you internalize it.
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  • But the one that I think is workable is the third
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  • perspective that says depression is the feelings that come from
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  • thinking thoughts that weigh you down.
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  • It comes from thinking thoughts that weigh you down.
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  • Now, that's ultimately where it's gonna come from, those
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  • thoughts that you have, so you've got to change the way you
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  • think if you want to change the way you feel.
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  • And we kept going over the anatomy of life.
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  • What you expose yourself to will produce the way you think.
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  • And how you think will determine how you feel, so if you wanna
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  • change how you feel you gotta go back to deal with how you think.
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  • If you wanna change how you think you gotta go and check out
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  • and change what you're being exposed to.
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  • So, if you just look at this, just those three steps, before
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  • it gets to your emotions, your actions, your habits, your
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  • character, and your destination you can deal with depression
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  • just by understanding this: if it is thoughts that are weighing
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  • you down you have to deal with how you're thinking if you're
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  • gonna deal with how you're feeling, 'cause depression is
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  • all about, "This is how I feel."
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  • How you feel is all about the thoughts that
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  • are weighing you down.
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  • If you don't want to feel that same way you're gonna have to
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  • change how you're thinking, so a lotta times people are trying to
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  • address how they feel without addressing how they think,
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  • because they're not understanding that it's how you
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  • think that's determining how you feel.
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  • Imagine how big that is in your mind to know that when I don't
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  • feel good it's probably 'cause I'm not thinking good and if I'm
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  • not thinking good it's probably because I'm being exposed to
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  • something that's causing me to think that particular way.
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  • Just imagine the authority that you have in your life, in all
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  • your getting get understanding, by understanding that
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  • "if I feel bad I'm thinking bad.
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  • If I wanna change my depression I change the way I'm thinking."
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  • So, you declare that "the thoughts that are weighing me
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  • down, that are heavy on me, I am going to use the Word of God,
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  • and I'm gonna get rid of those thoughts."
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  • Now, let me show you what the Word has to say about that, so
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  • if you're going to deal with depression you're gonna have to
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  • deal with the way you think.
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  • You gotta deal with your thinking.
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  • Go to Romans chapter 12.
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  • Romans 12 and verse 1.
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  • Let's look at verse 1 through 3.
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  • You know, the Bible says several things.
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  • 1 Peter 5:7 says what?
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  • Cast all your cares on him 'cause he cares for you.
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  • You know, that sounds great, but you still have to deal with the
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  • way you think before you can do your casting, okay?
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  • The Bible also says, "As a man thinketh," comma, "in his heart,
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  • so is he," so think about it.
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  • The way you think, if it is internalized and it gets in your
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  • heart and weighs you down, you're still gonna have to deal
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  • with the way you think, okay?
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  • So, look what it says in Romans chapter 12, and I'm telling
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  • you--somebody says, "What do you call dealing with those thoughts
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  • that weigh you down?"
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  • You call it renewing your mind.
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  • Renewing your mind is exchanging the thoughts you have that weigh
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  • you down with thoughts that come from the Word of God that will
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  • lift you up, okay?
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  • So, verse 1 says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
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  • mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
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  • holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
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  • Now I want you to pay attention to verse 2.
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  • "And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed
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  • by the renewing of your mind."
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  • That is so powerful to me.
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  • See, we're wanting to change from depression to a better
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  • life, and he's telling us about the transformation process.
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  • He says be conformed--don't be conformed to the world.
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  • Be transformed. How?
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  • By renewing your mind and then when you renew your mind you can
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  • prove the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
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  • Depression is not the will of God.
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  • You can't prove the perfect and acceptable will of God if your
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  • thinking doesn't line up with the acceptable and perfect will
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  • of God.
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  • Look at this in the Amplified.
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  • Let's dissect it just a little bit more.
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  • In the Amplified Bible he--of course you know that to be
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  • transformed means to be changed, and people go to doctors and
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  • therapists and they take antidepressants because they're
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  • looking for what?
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  • Change.
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  • Verse 2 in the Amplified.
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  • "Do not be conformed to this world (to this age), [fashioned
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  • after and adapted to its external, superficial customs]."
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  • Can you see that?
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  • So, first of all, he warns us.
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  • Don't conform to these external, superficial customs.
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  • Why?
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  • 'Cause it's those external things, that if you do not
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  • handle they're gonna weigh you down, and they're gonna
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  • determine how you feel.
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  • He says so don't conform to these external,
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  • superficial customs.
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  • "But be transformed," from them, "(be changed)," how?
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:04.040
  • "By the [entire] renewal of your mind," renewing it, "[by its new
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  • ideas and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for
  • 00:12:10.110 --> 00:12:14.130
  • yourselves] what is the good, acceptable, perfect will of God,
  • 00:12:14.140 --> 00:12:19.090
  • even the thing which is good, acceptable, and perfect [in his
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  • sight for you]."
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:23.230
  • Now, look at Philippians 4:8.
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:26.000
  • So, you get--you wanna deal with how you feel, you gotta deal
  • 00:12:26.010 --> 00:12:28.210
  • with how you what?
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  • Think, man.
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  • The next time you go see your therapist tell him that.
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  • We gotta deal with how you think if you're gonna deal
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  • with how you feel.
  • 00:12:36.170 --> 00:12:38.020
  • Somebody says, "Well, you know, it's not even enough
  • 00:12:38.030 --> 00:12:40.030
  • to deal with--"
  • 00:12:40.040 --> 00:12:41.140
  • Ultimately, that's not gonna be a solution."
  • 00:12:41.150 --> 00:12:44.020
  • It's gonna be on the way to solution, but ultimately--and
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  • I'm gonna ask you a question.
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  • Ultimately, if I'm gonna deal with how I feel by dealing with
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:50.270
  • why I think, what else am I gonna have to deal with?
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  • What are you exposed to? What are you exposed to?
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  • Because if you fail to deal what you're exposed to it's just
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  • gonna continue to reintroduce those same kinda thoughts that
  • 00:13:00.050 --> 00:13:03.230
  • are weighing you down, so eventually you're gonna
  • 00:13:03.240 --> 00:13:06.070
  • have to ask yourself, "What am I exposing myself to?"
  • 00:13:06.080 --> 00:13:09.110
  • Now, in some cases who are you exposing yourself to that
  • 00:13:09.120 --> 00:13:12.150
  • continues to produce that same mindset or way of thinking?
  • 00:13:12.160 --> 00:13:16.130
  • Now, here is the warning here in this.
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:19.020
  • He says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
  • 00:13:19.030 --> 00:13:21.030
  • whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
  • 00:13:21.040 --> 00:13:24.040
  • whatsoever things are," what?
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  • "Pure, whatsoever things are," what?
  • 00:13:26.130 --> 00:13:28.020
  • "Lovely, whatsoever things are good report; if there be any
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  • virtue, if there be any praise," do what?
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  • "Think on these things."
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  • Next verse. Verse 9.
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  • Think on these things. What things?
  • 00:13:37.240 --> 00:13:39.180
  • "Those things, which you have both learned, received, and
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:41.060
  • heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace
  • 00:13:41.070 --> 00:13:45.160
  • shall be with you."
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  • So, you gotta ask yourself, "How long am I gonna continue to
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:51.110
  • disagree with the answer from the Creator, who's responsible
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  • for the manufactured person that we are and who's included with
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  • it a manual of instruction?"
  • 00:14:01.220 --> 00:14:03.110
  • And he tells you what to do when you got feelings that are not
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  • lining up with the Word of God.
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  • Renew your mind. What is renewing the mind?
  • 00:14:08.040 --> 00:14:10.260
  • It's an exchanging your thoughts and your ideas for God's
  • 00:14:10.270 --> 00:14:13.210
  • thoughts and God's ideas.
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.160
  • Renewing the mind is not a one time event.
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  • It is a lifetime process.
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  • It is something you commit yourself to every day, all the
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  • time, and any time your feelings are bad you go and get
  • 00:14:22.230 --> 00:14:25.160
  • your thinking together.
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  • Expose yourself to the Word of God.
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  • That's what we wanna do.
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  • Expose our self to the Word of God.
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  • Let it determine our thinking. Then it determines our feelings.
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  • Then it will determine our decisions.
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  • It will determine our actions.
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  • Actions will determine our habits.
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  • Our character and our destination will end up right,
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  • because the right seed that we were exposed to was planted,
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  • and it now began to plot our path for our life.
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  • If you understand all of that give a hearty amen.
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:55.140
  • Now, let's look at some things here.
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  • I'd like to talk about the cause of depression, I'd like to talk
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:04.030
  • about the symptoms of depression, and if we have time,
  • 00:15:04.040 --> 00:15:07.000
  • if not tonight or Sunday, how to get out of it even more so.
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  • I wanna give lots of answers, but I wanna give a lotta things
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.150
  • that can help you to see it, see it, see it, see it, and then
  • 00:15:13.160 --> 00:15:16.140
  • nail it and not be a victim to it anymore.
  • 00:15:16.150 --> 00:15:19.140
  • So, there are some symptoms of depression.
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  • I've identified four that I think that are pretty important.
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  • We talked about the first one a little bit before we left and
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  • the first one is something that I call reclusiveness.
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  • Reclusiveness.
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  • It's exactly like it sounds.
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  • It's withdrawing or not engaging.
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  • In what I'm talking about tonight it can be a withdrawal
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  • from reality, and I'm not saying so deep into something where
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:54.080
  • you're just spaced out, but sometimes, you know, we will
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:58.220
  • violate God's purpose for relationships and then we'll
  • 00:15:58.230 --> 00:16:04.010
  • withdraw because it feels like it's a lot safer to just not
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:07.130
  • have to cultivate relationships.
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  • And relationships are--it's like a bridge that will cause you to
  • 00:16:11.000 --> 00:16:14.270
  • benefit from certain things.
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  • You just have to know how to choose the right ones.
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  • Genesis chapter 2:18.
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  • Let's look at that.
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  • Reclusiveness, or withdrawal from reality.
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:27.190
  • What does the Bible have to say?
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:29.090
  • Well, in Genesis chapter 2 and verse 18 he says that it's not
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:32.260
  • good for a man to be alone.
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  • Please understand he didn't say it's not good for
  • 00:16:35.090 --> 00:16:38.200
  • a man to be single.
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  • He said it's good for man not to be alone.
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  • Somebody say, "What's the difference?"
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:45.000
  • Well, if I had a--you got your keys in your pocket?
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  • If I--yeah, perfect.
  • 00:16:49.190 --> 00:16:51.250
  • If I had a key chain here, these things are not, you know, alone
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:17:00.050
  • because you have a lot of other stuff here.
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:03.290
  • Got a lotta stuff here and each one of these are single, which
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:11.020
  • means they have a specific function and a specific design.
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:18.020
  • It's single, but not alone.
  • 00:17:18.030 --> 00:17:22.060
  • This key is special, it's unique, and it has a job to do,
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  • but it's not alone.
  • 00:17:31.260 --> 00:17:34.090
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:35.290
  • So, what he said is it's not good for man to be alone.
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  • It's not good.
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  • It's amazing, because if you just take this by itself you
  • 00:17:44.080 --> 00:17:46.170
  • wouldn't even get the wonderful sound, but because it's not
  • 00:17:46.180 --> 00:17:53.260
  • alone it produces other things that it could not produce
  • 00:17:53.270 --> 00:17:57.160
  • being by itself.
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:18:00.280
  • And so, he says it's not good for man to be alone.
  • 00:18:00.290 --> 00:18:04.210
  • He didn't say--don't automatically equate being alone
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:09.090
  • with being single, because when you're single, this key, even
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:13.280
  • though it's single, it's whole, it's special, it's unique, it
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:19.240
  • has a purpose, it has a design, and it can accomplish
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:24.100
  • something being single.
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:32.170
  • 'Cause some single people, they misinterpret that.
  • 00:18:32.180 --> 00:18:36.040
  • You're single, and you need to be whole and special and
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:39.190
  • equipped and unique and not go around talking about you need
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:43.100
  • another half.
  • 00:18:43.110 --> 00:18:44.210
  • What if I split this key up and talking about, "Why you gotta
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:46.230
  • have the key on here?"
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.070
  • "'Cause it's looking for another half."
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:51.180
  • This key is no good if it's not whole, so it's single and it's
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:55.070
  • whole and it's unique and it has a purpose, but it is not alone,
  • 00:18:55.080 --> 00:19:03.180
  • and God said it is not good to be alone.
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:09.060
  • Why?
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:11.110
  • Because there are some things that can happen when you're not
  • 00:19:11.120 --> 00:19:13.200
  • alone, and he says in verse 18, "And the Lord God said, It is
  • 00:19:13.210 --> 00:19:19.020
  • not good that man should be alone; I'll make him help."
  • 00:19:19.030 --> 00:19:26.000
  • That is, proper, suitable for him.
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  • I don't know why people say, "Helpmeet."
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  • It ain't in there.
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  • "That's my helpmeet."
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  • Oh, Jesus.
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:39.240
  • It ain't in there.
  • 00:19:39.250 --> 00:19:41.210
  • Help that's meet or proper or suitable for one and for him, so
  • 00:19:41.220 --> 00:19:48.170
  • that's what he's talking about.
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.210
  • Don't just be satisfied by being with a bunch of animals.
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:56.250
  • Understand that there is a tremendous amount of growth and
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:20:02.200
  • things that can be pulled out of you, and there is a lot of
  • 00:20:02.210 --> 00:20:06.040
  • wonderful shaping that can take place with you when you're not
  • 00:20:06.050 --> 00:20:11.170
  • self-centered and you're open to receive what?
  • 00:20:11.180 --> 00:20:15.120
  • Reproof, correction, pressure.
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:21.180
  • All that stuff.
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:23.230
  • I mean, trouble--you know, I'm not gonna go around saying,
  • 00:20:23.240 --> 00:20:28.070
  • "O God, please don't let me have trouble."
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:29.280
  • Without it some of the things that I had in me would not be
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:34.060
  • available today, and the people that are around me and how they
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:40.160
  • spoke into my life or how they got on my nerves still moved me
  • 00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:45.090
  • out of self-centeredness and produced something in me that
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:50.290
  • helped to bring my design to its full potential.
  • 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:56.110
  • It's not God's will for you to do that and what happens is when
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:21:00.110
  • somebody recluse themselves in a situation you're also putting
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:06.120
  • yourself in a position where all of those things that were in the
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:10.070
  • design for your life going down the path that he had already had
  • 00:21:10.080 --> 00:21:14.250
  • planned for you so when you got to that point all of it would be
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:18.000
  • out, it would be developed, it would be where it needed to be,
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:21.010
  • you avoid that and in some cases delay the preparation that's
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:26.200
  • necessary for you to be ready when you got to a certain point.
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:30.100
  • Sometimes we were so in a hurry to try to get to that certain
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:33.070
  • point our way and by ourselves, and then when you got there you
  • 00:21:33.080 --> 00:21:38.070
  • were weird, because there were certain things that were
  • 00:21:38.080 --> 00:21:42.060
  • designed to take the weird out of you, but you avoided them
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:45.050
  • because you thought it was good for you to be alone.
  • 00:21:45.060 --> 00:21:49.120
  • And, in essence, he's saying that even though you may not
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:52.250
  • admit it, that when you find yourself withdrawing away from
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:58.170
  • certain realities in your life, that's a symptom of depression
  • 00:21:58.180 --> 00:22:03.020
  • and reclusiveness is something that I think
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:07.040
  • is worth mentioning.
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:09.270
  • So, reclusiveness, I believe it's dangerous.
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:14.150
  • I believe you can become antisocial.
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:16.110
  • You can become a hermit, and it's easy to do, especially the
  • 00:22:16.120 --> 00:22:21.010
  • older you get it's like, "Dude, I can just go home, get
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:24.060
  • in my pajamas, and sit by myself, and just leave me alone.
  • 00:22:24.070 --> 00:22:26.290
  • Don't call me. Don't talk to me.
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  • Go away."
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:30.030
  • I remember my mom reminded me of that.
  • 00:22:30.040 --> 00:22:31.160
  • She said, "Gotta be careful about that.
  • 00:22:31.170 --> 00:22:32.280
  • You can get used to that and, boy, you'll become a hermit."
  • 00:22:32.290 --> 00:22:35.180
  • And you don't even wanna answer the phone.
  • 00:22:35.190 --> 00:22:37.000
  • You don't wanna see nobody.
  • 00:22:37.010 --> 00:22:38.100
  • Like, "I'll do it later. I'll do it later.
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:39.260
  • I'll do it later."
  • 00:22:39.270 --> 00:22:41.150
  • She said, "You gotta be very careful about that."
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:43.020
  • Some people enjoy their dogs and cats more than they do human
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:45.230
  • beings and there are some issues with that, enjoying your dog and
  • 00:22:45.240 --> 00:22:49.210
  • your cat more than you do human beings.
  • 00:22:49.220 --> 00:22:52.100
  • No creature from the face of this planet can share so much
  • 00:22:52.110 --> 00:22:56.160
  • with you as a fellow human being in the area of intellect, in the
  • 00:22:56.170 --> 00:23:00.090
  • area of love, and in the area of joy.
  • 00:23:00.100 --> 00:23:04.040
  • So, number two, second symptom of depression: a passive mind.
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:11.140
  • A passive mind.
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:14.070
  • In other words, matters of life are unimportant, just--we used
  • 00:23:14.080 --> 00:23:22.050
  • to call it the I-don't-care attitude.
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:24.140
  • Matters of life just not important.
  • 00:23:24.150 --> 00:23:27.170
  • Your--is not important to you, so instead of thinking
  • 00:23:27.180 --> 00:23:30.060
  • progressively or aggressively, instead of desiring to learn and
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:33.220
  • to do more, you don't care enough about anything
  • 00:23:33.230 --> 00:23:35.290
  • to reach out.
  • 00:23:36.000 --> 00:23:37.190
  • You have that I-don't-care attitude.
  • 00:23:37.200 --> 00:23:39.240
  • You could care less if the sun rose or if the moon came out or
  • 00:23:39.250 --> 00:23:43.200
  • if the kitchen got cleaned up or not or, you know, if rats
  • 00:23:43.210 --> 00:23:47.290
  • ran all over your bed.
  • 00:23:48.000 --> 00:23:49.250
  • "I don't care."
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:53.000
  • Now, to have a good and a healthy mind you gotta tell your
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:56.270
  • mind what to think.
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:59.190
  • You have to--I love what the Scripture says.
  • 00:23:59.200 --> 00:24:01.200
  • "Soul, bless the Lord."
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:04.150
  • You have to do that sometime and especially when you're going
  • 00:24:04.160 --> 00:24:06.270
  • through depression you gotta speak to yourself in psalms
  • 00:24:06.280 --> 00:24:10.110
  • and spiritual songs.
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:12.060
  • If you don't renew your mind then it's gonna be a wild mind
  • 00:24:12.070 --> 00:24:15.230
  • capable of thinking anything you want to think and with the help
  • 00:24:15.240 --> 00:24:19.050
  • of the internet and all of the technology you have, you cannot
  • 00:24:19.060 --> 00:24:22.000
  • only think it, but you can download visual pictures and
  • 00:24:22.010 --> 00:24:25.240
  • videos and create this world that is creating you and making
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:29.280
  • you the--less than the person God wanted you to be.
  • 00:24:29.290 --> 00:24:32.230
  • So, a passive mind is a symptom of depression.
  • 00:24:32.240 --> 00:24:37.140
  • When I--well, when I used to sit down in places and have to
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:40.220
  • determine whether or not a person was going through this,
  • 00:24:40.230 --> 00:24:44.220
  • these were the questions.
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  • The questions were designed to ask about these things so that I
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