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January 24, 2021
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Hope Generation as a whole; deals out hope galore; as our Hope Generator speaker; Ben Courson shares the holy optimism found in the Creator of the Universe; who's title is actually "The God of Hope."

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  • - A lot of peoplethink that the future
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  • is swallowed byan infinite gray.
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  • And it's been said that history
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  • is one wave ofemergencies after another.
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  • H.G. Wells said that man wasborn behind a wind swept cave
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  • and he's gonna die ina disease soaked slum.
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  • Oscar Wilde said we hand thecriminal calendar of Europe
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  • to our children andwe call it history.
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  • But so far from thebelief that history
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  • is sliding down a slipperyslope toward death.
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  • The Bible gives us adifferent kind of hope
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  • that we are climbing up a hill
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  • toward the very presence of God.
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  • In Ephesians 1:14,
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  • Paul said that wehave the Holy Spirit
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  • as the arrabon ofour inheritance.
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  • Now that Greek wordarrabon literally means
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  • down-payment or guarantee.
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  • For example, if youwere paying in part
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  • you would give somedrachma as a guarantee
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  • that you would ultimatelypay the price in full.
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  • So too the Holy Spiritand the experience
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  • we have in the presenceof God is the arrabon,
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  • it's the guarantee,it's the down payment
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  • that one day we will enter into
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  • the full blessedness of God
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  • because the future isbrimming with hope.
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  • We are not movingtoward a slippery slope
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  • down to nihilistic death
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  • but climbing up a hill intothe very presence of God.
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  • In Matthew five,Jesus said the people
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  • who were poor, mourningand hungry were blessed.
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  • The word blessed thatMatthew used in Greek
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  • is the word makarios.
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  • It was the nickname ofCyprus, an Island paradise.
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  • I love living on airplanesbecause the God of hope
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  • has made me a denizen ofthe Island of Makarios.
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  • I give 10 sermons a week because
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  • I love tasting the happy fruit
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  • than sharing thespoils with the world
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  • giving people joy galore.
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  • My heart is to win backour hopeless generation
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  • to a vivid senseof the possible.
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  • We have social activiststrying to cure AIDS
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  • and medical scientiststrying to cure cancer
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  • but we need sacred optimistswho are gonna cure suicide.
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  • In 2017 suicide was thesecond leading cause of death
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  • in my age group and I believeI have the cure to depression.
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  • I will use everymedium necessary
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  • and spend all my energy inlife to hauling people on
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  • to the Island of Makarios.
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  • Are you poor, hungry,sad and persecuted?
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  • You're a perfectcandidate for the Island.
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  • You're watching Hope Generation
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  • and I'm your host Ben Courson
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  • and today's teaching isentitled Hope For Santa Fe.
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  • Because there aretwice as many suicides
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  • as murders in our generation
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  • we are in desperate needof some sacred happiness.
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  • Today we're going through an era
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  • in epoch of spiral dynamics
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  • wherein depression is therack and ruin of our day.
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  • Nearly 50% of Americans arereporting that the coronavirus
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  • has impacted and effectedtheir mental health.
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  • Right now, we live ina suicidal generation.
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  • Once every 40 seconds,
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  • someone around the worldwill commit suicide.
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  • Suicide was the secondleading cause of death
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  • in my age group.
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  • There are twice as manysuicides as murders.
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  • We live in a day wherethere's the suicide pandemic
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  • and epidemic thathas been exacerbated
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  • even by this coronavirusseason that we're in.
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  • And so my heart is, is togive you more hope than ever.
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  • But the reason I'm so passionateabout overcoming depression
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  • and sharing that in my messages
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  • it's not just becauseit's a cultural issue
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  • but because it's something that
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  • I wrestled with so personally.
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  • I went through 10 years ofchronic suicidal depression.
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  • The reason I share this with you
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  • is because people are impressed
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  • by our great accomplishments.
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  • What they really connectwith is our weaknesses.
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  • Our scars become our stars andour wounds become our wisdom.
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  • Jesus, didn't justsay, here are my words.
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  • He's the word made fleshwho said touch my wounds
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  • after he hung on a cross.
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  • And as we carry our cross daily
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  • we can create an empathicbond with one another.
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  • Now, the reason I wentthrough such harsh depression
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  • is not just becauseof psychological
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  • or biological components
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  • but rather environmentalcircumstances.
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  • My sister died in a car accident
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  • when she was only 16 years old.
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  • My brother died of cancer
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  • when he should have beenenjoying the prime of life.
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  • My dad's first wifedied in a car accident.
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  • I went through aromantic heartbreak
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  • after an eight year relationshipthat blindsided me so bad
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  • that I thought I wouldnever be happy again.
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  • I remember shaking convulsively
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  • and then I felt like for monthsa robot with dead batteries
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  • as I just had anemotional shutdown.
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  • Not to mention I have a manwho stalked my dad and now me
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  • for years ever since I was a kid
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  • who tries to destroyour family's ministry
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  • and he stalks mebasically wherever I go.
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  • Not only that but I remembermy counselor told me
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  • Ben you have one of themost difficult cases
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  • of depression I haveever experienced.
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  • Now, when you go throughthis and I got diagnosed
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  • with complex post-traumaticstress disorder,
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  • you can begin to think thatyou'll never be made well.
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  • But I think in the wordsof Jesus in John five
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  • when he said, do youwant to be made well?
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  • And at a certain point, I said,
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  • yes, Lord I want to bemade well, and guess what?
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  • God healed my broken heart.
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  • God gave me hope.
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  • God has restored to methe joy of his salvation.
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  • And I want to tell you loudand clear this simple message.
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  • If God could heal my brokenheart, then he can heal you too.
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  • If Jehovah-Rapha could applythe healing balm of Gilead
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  • to my crushed spiritto make me well
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  • then he can do the same for you.
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  • Do not give up hope.
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  • The Bible invented thephrase a broken heart.
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  • The word heart is inthe Bible some 900 times
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  • because our Godis in the business
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  • of putting the broken piecesof our heart back together.
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  • If he healed me and hedid, he can heal you too.
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  • After the death of my brother
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  • and after the death of my sister
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  • and after going throughromantic heartbreak
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  • after an eightyear relationship,
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  • the fact that God could healme means he can heal anybody.
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  • Nobody is beyond hope,
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  • no matter how muchdespair you feel,
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  • no matter how much youthink you're too far gone,
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  • you're in the deep weeds,the tall grass of left field.
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  • You think there's no wayI could ever get healed
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  • that's what Ithought about me too
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  • and God healed me and hecan do the same for you.
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  • Since the year 1976,
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  • there have been 60national emergencies
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  • that have been declared.
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  • And right now we'rein the midst of one,
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  • COVID-19 and the spreadof the coronavirus.
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  • Travel has beenbanned from Europe.
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  • We're living in a day wherelockdown is happening.
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  • We're not allowedto gather in groups
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  • of more than 25 people,
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  • it's suggested nomore than 10 people.
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  • Restaurants are closing,
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  • grocery stores are empty ofnecessary resources and needs
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  • that people require.
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  • We're living in a timeof stress, anxiety,fear, and worry.
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  • How do we as sonsand daughters of God
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  • respond and reactto the coronavirus?
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  • Here's what the Biblesays in Psalm 91.
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  • It says that we shall not fear
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  • the disaster thaterupts at noon day,
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  • nor shall we fear the pestilence
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  • that roams through the night.
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  • Now that word pestilencein the original language
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  • can literally betranslated goblin.
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  • One early Englishmanuscript translates
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  • that word pestilence as goblin.
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  • Then when it saysdisaster erupting
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  • at noon day we need not fear
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  • that word in the originallanguage can refer to devils.
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  • And that's what thiscoronavirus really feels like.
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  • A goblin lurking in the shadows,
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  • devil surrounding us toour right into our left.
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  • A phantasm and shade crawlingup from the underworld,
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  • people are afraid.
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  • But why does the Bible saywe need not fear the virus?
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  • We need not fear the disease.
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  • We need not fear thepestilence in our day,
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  • we need not fearthe coronavirus.
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  • Here's why, because God isbigger than the coronavirus
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  • and fear of the coronavirus
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  • is more lethal to thespirit than COVID-19
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  • could possibly be to the body.
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  • So I want to encourage you
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  • that you are indestructibleuntil God calls your number.
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  • Death is not an accidentit's an appointment.
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  • And until God callsyou home, know this,
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  • you have a bulletproof soul,
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  • you are indestructible,
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  • God is bigger thanthe coronavirus.
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  • And if you're fearfuland if you're worried
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  • it's because your viewof God is too small.
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  • Put your trust in thealmighty Jehovah Rapha
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  • for he is the God who heals
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  • by his stripes we were healed
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  • and by his wounds,we are healed.
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  • There is going to beblood in the battle.
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  • We have to understandthis is a fight.
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  • If you wake up thinkingyou're on a cruise ship
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  • you're gonna be verydisillusioned and disenchanted
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  • when you find outit's a battleship.
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  • What we need to do is goDEFCON 1 , Navy SEAL Team Six
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  • MI5, Green Beret,paratrooper, Army Ranger,
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  • Recon, Reconnaissance Marines.
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  • We got to go like ChrisKyle, American sniper,
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  • you know, MarcusLuttrell, lone survivor,
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  • Chad Williams, seal of God.
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  • We have to be heroic stoics,
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  • happy soldiers, joyful warriors
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  • fight a good fight,wage a good warfare,
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  • go hunt some demons.
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  • Take up the helmet of salvation,
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  • the sword of the spirit,
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  • the shield of faith,
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  • the breastplateof righteousness,
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  • the belt of truth,
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  • the shoes of the preparationof the gospel of peace.
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  • Fight a good fight,wage a good warfare
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  • and go hunt somedemons, come on.
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  • (applause)
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  • We got to stand at the Gatesof Hades and redirect traffic.
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  • That is how God hascalled us to live.
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  • Can I get an amen to that?
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  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
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  • Nothing is like speakinghope to thousands
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  • in an arena filled with men.
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  • Both 85-year-old Caleb'sfighting Anakim giants
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  • and 15 year old David'sdefeating Goliath
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  • are living proof thatwarriors are rising.
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  • We are not going togive into defeatism.
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  • Our generation is not lost.
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  • We will fight,
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  • we will rise,
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  • we will win,
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  • we will play the man,
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  • we will march to thebeat of God's heart,
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  • we will trust in theLord of heaven's armies
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  • who is fightingbattles on our behalf
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  • and bestingprincipalities of darkness
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  • by giving us the armor of light.
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  • We will kneel before himand he will stand up for us
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  • because when he stands up for us
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  • no man can stand against us.
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  • If you think this book
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  • is gonna be like anythingyou've ever read,
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  • Then why am I underwater?
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  • - You're gonna flip outwhen you read this book.
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  • Are you tired of getting in line
  • 00:12:09.368 --> 00:12:11.604
  • being spoonfed vanilla
  • 00:12:11.604 --> 00:12:13.205
  • and letting the systemmake like everyone else.
  • 00:12:14.673 --> 00:12:17.343
  • I'm releasing thisbook "Optimisfits"
  • 00:12:17.343 --> 00:12:19.879
  • to ignite a fierce rebellionagainst hopelessness.
  • 00:12:19.879 --> 00:12:24.150
  • - A unique blend of memoir
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:26.218
  • - Storytelling
  • 00:12:26.218 --> 00:12:27.319
  • - Passionate, biblical teaching.
  • 00:12:27.319 --> 00:12:29.121
  • - And a large dose of humor.
  • 00:12:29.121 --> 00:12:30.956
  • - Hello?
  • 00:12:32.057 --> 00:12:33.592
  • - This book will train usto be optimistic misfits,
  • 00:12:33.592 --> 00:12:35.761
  • nonconformists and adventurers.
  • 00:12:36.896 --> 00:12:39.198
  • - Hoop dealers wholive with wild,
  • 00:12:39.198 --> 00:12:41.133
  • abandoned and childlike wonder.
  • 00:12:41.133 --> 00:12:43.202
  • - We create Peter Pan-demoniumon earth as it is in heaven.
  • 00:12:43.202 --> 00:12:47.973
  • - Trust me, you'llwant this book.
  • 00:12:47.973 --> 00:12:51.310
  • I don't care howcrazy this sounds,
  • 00:12:51.310 --> 00:12:53.746
  • this book is gonnachange the world.
  • 00:12:53.746 --> 00:12:56.382
  • - Ephesians 3:14.
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  • Paul writes for this reason,
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  • I bow my knees to the fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • from whom the whole familyin heaven and earth is named.
  • 00:13:08.727 --> 00:13:11.597
  • That he wouldgrant you according
  • 00:13:12.698 --> 00:13:13.933
  • to the riches of his glory.
  • 00:13:13.933 --> 00:13:15.401
  • Here it is, to be strengthened,
  • 00:13:15.401 --> 00:13:17.369
  • verse 16 with might throughhis spirit in inner man.
  • 00:13:17.369 --> 00:13:22.274
  • So Paul is prayingto the God and father
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • from whom the wholefamily in heaven,
  • 00:13:27.079 --> 00:13:28.747
  • that's church triumphant
  • 00:13:28.747 --> 00:13:30.382
  • and earth that's churchmilitant is named
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  • that according to theriches of his glory
  • 00:13:34.086 --> 00:13:35.788
  • elsewhere in this book
  • 00:13:35.788 --> 00:13:37.122
  • he called them theunsearchable riches of Christ
  • 00:13:37.122 --> 00:13:40.159
  • that you may bestrengthened with might
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  • by the animating powerof the Holy Spirit
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  • in the inner man.
  • 00:13:46.699 --> 00:13:47.600
  • That was Paul's prayer.
  • 00:13:47.600 --> 00:13:48.868
  • And that's my prayer for you.
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  • My prayer for you is that
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  • you would bestrengthened with might
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  • by the power of thespirit in the inner man.
  • 00:13:53.239 --> 00:13:55.808
  • Now, Paul was writing tothe church of Ephesus.
  • 00:13:55.808 --> 00:13:58.611
  • He wrote more aboutspirits and demons
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  • per capita in this book
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  • than any other bookin the New Testament.
  • 00:14:03.082 --> 00:14:05.584
  • It's a powerful city both
  • 00:14:05.584 --> 00:14:07.319
  • when it comes to spirituality
  • 00:14:07.319 --> 00:14:09.355
  • but also when itcomes to economics,
  • 00:14:09.355 --> 00:14:11.690
  • that's why I useterms like fullness,
  • 00:14:11.690 --> 00:14:13.726
  • inheritance, riches,unsearchable riches
  • 00:14:13.726 --> 00:14:16.662
  • because it was a banking center.
  • 00:14:16.662 --> 00:14:18.430
  • But also on a theological level,
  • 00:14:18.430 --> 00:14:20.766
  • Paul has no specifichamartia to point out
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  • or fault or flaw thatthey were engaged in.
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  • And Paul prays that they wouldbe strengthened with might.
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  • Friends what you need, listen,
  • 00:14:29.508 --> 00:14:31.944
  • is not more pity from people.
  • 00:14:31.944 --> 00:14:34.713
  • What you need is togo into the presence
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  • of the Prince of Peace,to find his power.
  • 00:14:37.583 --> 00:14:40.352
  • What you need and what I need
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  • is to be strengthenedwith might.
  • 00:14:42.187 --> 00:14:45.090
  • We need to be bravein the battle.
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:47.026
  • We need to endure (indistinct)
  • 00:14:47.026 --> 00:14:48.994
  • We need to survive the storm.
  • 00:14:48.994 --> 00:14:51.063
  • We need to be acourageous people.
  • 00:14:51.063 --> 00:14:53.999
  • Historically, most battlesare lost due to fatigue
  • 00:14:53.999 --> 00:14:58.771
  • rather than inferior fire power.
  • 00:14:58.771 --> 00:15:01.407
  • Even youths grow weary
  • 00:15:03.142 --> 00:15:04.944
  • but those who hope in theLord renew their strength.
  • 00:15:04.944 --> 00:15:09.181
  • We are called to strength,
  • 00:15:09.181 --> 00:15:11.817
  • which is why Jesussaid the gates of hell
  • 00:15:11.817 --> 00:15:14.520
  • will not prevail against us.
  • 00:15:14.520 --> 00:15:16.922
  • Gates are not often sub-weapons,
  • 00:15:16.922 --> 00:15:19.725
  • but defensive mechanisms
  • 00:15:19.725 --> 00:15:21.994
  • which means the darknessis under attack not us.
  • 00:15:21.994 --> 00:15:25.364
  • I love spiritual warfarecause I love winning.
  • 00:15:26.632 --> 00:15:30.069
  • I'm going througha spiritual attack
  • 00:15:30.069 --> 00:15:31.904
  • and I'm the onedoing the attacking.
  • 00:15:31.904 --> 00:15:33.706
  • We are going tobrave the battlefield
  • 00:15:34.807 --> 00:15:36.575
  • and go DEFCON 1, MI5,Navy SEAL Team Six,
  • 00:15:36.575 --> 00:15:40.379
  • paratrooper, Delta force,
  • 00:15:40.379 --> 00:15:41.947
  • Recon Rangers, GreenBeret, Marcus Luttrell,
  • 00:15:41.947 --> 00:15:45.784
  • Chris Kyle, lonesurvivor, American sniper
  • 00:15:45.784 --> 00:15:49.054
  • good soldier forthe kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:49.054 --> 00:15:51.357
  • Victory is our destiny.
  • 00:15:51.357 --> 00:15:53.959
  • I want to clear up twomisconceptions about depression.
  • 00:15:56.028 --> 00:15:59.398
  • One is that if you strugglewith depression or anxiety,
  • 00:15:59.398 --> 00:16:03.002
  • that means you're weak.
  • 00:16:03.002 --> 00:16:04.503
  • I remember I used to havea ton of panic attacks,
  • 00:16:04.503 --> 00:16:06.839
  • but like if you strugglewith depression,
  • 00:16:06.839 --> 00:16:08.741
  • that means you're weak
  • 00:16:08.741 --> 00:16:10.909
  • or it means you're sinning
  • 00:16:10.909 --> 00:16:12.177
  • that's what sometimesin the church,
  • 00:16:12.177 --> 00:16:13.512
  • this projected tabooand stigma can be.
  • 00:16:13.512 --> 00:16:16.015
  • Let me remind youthat Moses said,
  • 00:16:17.182 --> 00:16:19.952
  • God if you continue to treatme this way, take my life.
  • 00:16:19.952 --> 00:16:23.322
  • Elijah could face 850prophets of Baal in the groves
  • 00:16:23.322 --> 00:16:27.626
  • but one angrywoman named Jezebel
  • 00:16:27.626 --> 00:16:29.461
  • sent him running in a chariot.
  • 00:16:29.461 --> 00:16:31.230
  • He outruns the chariot,
  • 00:16:31.230 --> 00:16:32.631
  • sits under a juniperbroom tree in a cave
  • 00:16:32.631 --> 00:16:34.867
  • and says, God, take my life.
  • 00:16:34.867 --> 00:16:36.635
  • He was suicidal.
  • 00:16:36.635 --> 00:16:37.836
  • David was borderlineif not bipolar.
  • 00:16:37.836 --> 00:16:40.606
  • I mean, one minute he'sdancing in his linen ephod
  • 00:16:40.606 --> 00:16:43.108
  • before the Ark of the Covenant
  • 00:16:43.108 --> 00:16:44.443
  • and the next minute he'ssaying my God, my God
  • 00:16:44.443 --> 00:16:47.913
  • why has thou forsaken me?
  • 00:16:47.913 --> 00:16:50.482
  • Job said, I cursethe day I was born,
  • 00:16:50.482 --> 00:16:52.885
  • I wish I was a stillborn.
  • 00:16:52.885 --> 00:16:54.620
  • Jonah asked God to kill him.
  • 00:16:54.620 --> 00:16:56.989
  • God said why?
  • 00:16:56.989 --> 00:16:58.390
  • Jonah said, becausea worm ate my plant.
  • 00:16:58.390 --> 00:17:00.893
  • Friends when you're depressed
  • 00:17:00.893 --> 00:17:02.127
  • you are not seeingthings clearly.
  • 00:17:02.127 --> 00:17:03.595
  • From David to Elijah,from Jonah to Job.
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:08.901
  • Some the great Biblecharacters struggled with
  • 00:17:08.901 --> 00:17:11.703
  • and suffered from depression
  • 00:17:11.703 --> 00:17:14.306
  • because depression is notalways a symptom of weakness
  • 00:17:14.306 --> 00:17:18.277
  • sometimes it's asign of strength.
  • 00:17:18.277 --> 00:17:21.080
  • And whether we react orrespond to our struggle
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:24.817
  • will determine whether it'sour strength or our weakness.
  • 00:17:24.817 --> 00:17:28.253
  • Let me highlight twoof our presidents
  • 00:17:28.253 --> 00:17:29.888
  • who suffered from depression.
  • 00:17:29.888 --> 00:17:31.924
  • One was our 14thPresident, Franklin Pierce
  • 00:17:31.924 --> 00:17:34.059
  • and then our 16thPresident, Abraham Lincoln.
  • 00:17:34.059 --> 00:17:36.328
  • Both of them sufferedfrom depression.
  • 00:17:36.328 --> 00:17:38.197
  • Both of them had wives thatwere mentally unstable.
  • 00:17:38.197 --> 00:17:41.333
  • Both of them lost their sons
  • 00:17:41.333 --> 00:17:43.335
  • and both of themsuffered from melancholy.
  • 00:17:43.335 --> 00:17:45.471
  • They knew what it was liketo go through depression.
  • 00:17:45.471 --> 00:17:47.806
  • Now Franklin Piercewould sometimes be
  • 00:17:47.806 --> 00:17:49.475
  • so hung over and buzzedat his cabinet meetings
  • 00:17:49.475 --> 00:17:52.411
  • that he couldn'teven pay attention.
  • 00:17:52.411 --> 00:17:53.979
  • Franklin Pierce helpedstart the Civil War
  • 00:17:53.979 --> 00:17:56.315
  • whereas Abraham Lincoln
  • 00:17:56.315 --> 00:17:57.683
  • he was the one whowon the Civil War.
  • 00:17:57.683 --> 00:17:59.918
  • One president is oneof our least memorable
  • 00:17:59.918 --> 00:18:02.554
  • and one of theworst we've ever had
  • 00:18:02.554 --> 00:18:04.123
  • and another, Abraham Lincolnis arguably our best.
  • 00:18:04.123 --> 00:18:07.759
  • Both of them struggledwith depression
  • 00:18:07.759 --> 00:18:09.895
  • but while Franklin Piercereacted to his depression,
  • 00:18:09.895 --> 00:18:13.532
  • Abraham Lincolnresponded to his despair.
  • 00:18:13.532 --> 00:18:16.902
  • Will you react orwill you respond?
  • 00:18:16.902 --> 00:18:19.538
  • Buzz Aldrin the secondman on the moon,
  • 00:18:21.140 --> 00:18:23.342
  • Jim Carrey who's manichumor has made us all laugh.
  • 00:18:23.342 --> 00:18:26.245
  • Winston Churchill,
  • 00:18:26.245 --> 00:18:27.646
  • Greg Louganis, theOlympic gold medalist,
  • 00:18:27.646 --> 00:18:29.548
  • Michael Phelpsthe most decorated
  • 00:18:29.548 --> 00:18:31.383
  • Olympic goldmedalist of all time.
  • 00:18:31.383 --> 00:18:33.886
  • Whether you're talking aboutCarrie Fisher or Kurt Cobain
  • 00:18:33.886 --> 00:18:36.221
  • the lead singer of Nirvana
  • 00:18:36.221 --> 00:18:37.589
  • or Leo Tolstoy whenhe wrote Anna Karenina
  • 00:18:37.589 --> 00:18:40.058
  • these were all people whostruggled with depression.
  • 00:18:40.058 --> 00:18:41.860
  • So we need to take offthe stigma and taboo
  • 00:18:41.860 --> 00:18:44.596
  • that depressed people are weak
  • 00:18:44.596 --> 00:18:45.764
  • because that simply is not true
  • 00:18:45.764 --> 00:18:47.466
  • according to the incontrovertible evidence
  • 00:18:47.466 --> 00:18:50.002
  • biblically and historically.
  • 00:18:50.002 --> 00:18:51.436
  • But there's anothermisconception I wanna clear up.
  • 00:18:51.436 --> 00:18:54.706
  • And that is thediametrically opposed
  • 00:18:54.706 --> 00:18:57.142
  • polar opposite dichotomy binary
  • 00:18:57.142 --> 00:18:59.044
  • on the other side of thependulum and that's this.
  • 00:18:59.044 --> 00:19:02.347
  • When we begin toremove the taboo,
  • 00:19:02.347 --> 00:19:03.982
  • which we've been doingover the last decade,
  • 00:19:03.982 --> 00:19:05.951
  • what happens is it's very likehipster and millennial to say
  • 00:19:05.951 --> 00:19:10.589
  • oh, I'm just beingmy authentic self.
  • 00:19:10.589 --> 00:19:13.425
  • I'm a four on the Enneagram
  • 00:19:13.425 --> 00:19:14.860
  • so I'm learning tolive with depression.
  • 00:19:14.860 --> 00:19:17.663
  • Friends why would you wantto live with depression?
  • 00:19:17.663 --> 00:19:20.866
  • It is so trendyright now to say,
  • 00:19:20.866 --> 00:19:22.868
  • oh yeah depressioncan't be cured
  • 00:19:22.868 --> 00:19:24.937
  • but you can learn tomake peace with it.
  • 00:19:24.937 --> 00:19:27.039
  • That's like going to a doctor
  • 00:19:27.039 --> 00:19:28.140
  • and the doctor says you're sick
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:29.641
  • and you're like, doctor, I'mgrateful for the diagnosis
  • 00:19:29.641 --> 00:19:32.444
  • but I don't need the cure,
  • 00:19:32.444 --> 00:19:33.679
  • I've learned to be atpeace with my sickness.
  • 00:19:33.679 --> 00:19:36.415
  • He'd say, no, I wannagive you medicine,
  • 00:19:36.415 --> 00:19:38.383
  • I want you to be cured.
  • 00:19:38.383 --> 00:19:39.851
  • The Bible says, God is JehovahRapha, the God who heals.
  • 00:19:39.851 --> 00:19:43.121
  • He applies the healing balmof Gilead to our wounds.
  • 00:19:43.121 --> 00:19:45.424
  • And this is wherehe took a hard turn
  • 00:19:45.424 --> 00:19:46.792
  • from what's reallytrendy right now.
  • 00:19:46.792 --> 00:19:48.227
  • I absolutely 100%believe through evidence,
  • 00:19:48.227 --> 00:19:51.597
  • through science,through the Bible
  • 00:19:51.597 --> 00:19:52.898
  • and through myown personal story
  • 00:19:52.898 --> 00:19:54.633
  • that God can heal depression.
  • 00:19:54.633 --> 00:19:56.635
  • That depression can becured, that we can defeat it
  • 00:19:56.635 --> 00:19:59.538
  • not just learning to makepeace with it or live with it.
  • 00:19:59.538 --> 00:20:02.274
  • The Psalmist didn't say,
  • 00:20:02.274 --> 00:20:03.842
  • why are you cast down oh mysoul, keep up the good work.
  • 00:20:03.842 --> 00:20:06.845
  • He didn't like keepbeing cast down.
  • 00:20:06.845 --> 00:20:08.914
  • What did he say?
  • 00:20:08.914 --> 00:20:09.948
  • Why are you castdown on my soul?
  • 00:20:09.948 --> 00:20:11.216
  • Hope thou in God.
  • 00:20:11.216 --> 00:20:13.885
  • Did you know that God has putnatural chemicals in your body
  • 00:20:13.885 --> 00:20:16.555
  • that will help you toovercome depression?
  • 00:20:16.555 --> 00:20:18.757
  • They're called endorphins.
  • 00:20:18.757 --> 00:20:20.425
  • When you exercise you releaseendorphins in your body
  • 00:20:21.793 --> 00:20:23.929
  • which activates in yourbrain opioid receptors
  • 00:20:23.929 --> 00:20:26.798
  • which are natural painkillers,similar to the drug morphine.
  • 00:20:26.798 --> 00:20:29.868
  • Have you noticedthat when Jesus went
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:33.772
  • 40 days and 40 nightswithout eating,
  • 00:20:33.772 --> 00:20:36.174
  • trekking through awilderness on a great hike,
  • 00:20:36.174 --> 00:20:38.744
  • it was then that he steppedfully into his destiny.
  • 00:20:38.744 --> 00:20:41.280
  • He'd never done a miraclebefore that moment.
  • 00:20:41.280 --> 00:20:43.782
  • It was then that he didbattle with the enemy
  • 00:20:43.782 --> 00:20:45.684
  • and defeated him.
  • 00:20:45.684 --> 00:20:46.585
  • So too if you wanna defeatthe dark lord of depression
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:50.789
  • don't forget to usethe natural gifts
  • 00:20:50.789 --> 00:20:53.558
  • God has put in your body.
  • 00:20:53.558 --> 00:20:55.127
  • Activate those endorphins,
  • 00:20:55.127 --> 00:20:56.762
  • get on the field,digging your heels,
  • 00:20:56.762 --> 00:20:59.031
  • roll up your sleevesand go play basketball
  • 00:20:59.031 --> 00:21:01.767
  • and you'll be surprised howthe dark lord of depression
  • 00:21:01.767 --> 00:21:04.469
  • will be defeatedin your desert too.
  • 00:21:04.469 --> 00:21:06.905
  • Prayer can change your brain.
  • 00:21:08.807 --> 00:21:10.475
  • A lot of people think I'm stuck
  • 00:21:10.475 --> 00:21:11.643
  • with this psychologicalequipment,
  • 00:21:11.643 --> 00:21:13.078
  • I can't change my brain.
  • 00:21:13.078 --> 00:21:14.780
  • Actually science is showingthat that is not true.
  • 00:21:14.780 --> 00:21:17.382
  • Daniel Amen, a psychiatristwho did 83.000 brain scans
  • 00:21:17.382 --> 00:21:20.752
  • over 22 year career morethan anyone in history.
  • 00:21:20.752 --> 00:21:23.255
  • He said that the singlemost important discovery
  • 00:21:23.255 --> 00:21:25.791
  • and find that he andhis colleagues had made
  • 00:21:25.791 --> 00:21:27.726
  • is that the brain can change.
  • 00:21:27.726 --> 00:21:29.728
  • This is called neuroplasticity.
  • 00:21:29.728 --> 00:21:31.596
  • There's a plasticity andmalleability to your brain.
  • 00:21:31.596 --> 00:21:34.733
  • so that throughwrote in repetition
  • 00:21:34.733 --> 00:21:36.401
  • if you continue to drive yourthoughts toward the light,
  • 00:21:36.401 --> 00:21:39.304
  • even if you don't feel like it,
  • 00:21:39.304 --> 00:21:41.039
  • you continue tothink about hope.
  • 00:21:41.039 --> 00:21:42.874
  • Do you know what happens?
  • 00:21:42.874 --> 00:21:44.109
  • Your brain starts todevelop muscle memory
  • 00:21:44.109 --> 00:21:45.977
  • and it becomes more hopeful.
  • 00:21:45.977 --> 00:21:48.013
  • Ezekiel said to thechildren of Israel,
  • 00:21:48.013 --> 00:21:51.216
  • you say our teethare set on edge
  • 00:21:51.216 --> 00:21:53.985
  • because our fathersate sour grapes.
  • 00:21:53.985 --> 00:21:56.521
  • You say, what does that mean?
  • 00:21:56.521 --> 00:21:57.456
  • That was a proverb whereby
  • 00:21:57.456 --> 00:21:59.324
  • the children ofIsrael were saying
  • 00:21:59.324 --> 00:22:00.692
  • we're the way we arebecause of our parents.
  • 00:22:00.692 --> 00:22:03.729
  • And Ezekiel said,don't say that anymore.
  • 00:22:03.729 --> 00:22:06.064
  • Friends you have control overyour psychological equipment.
  • 00:22:06.064 --> 00:22:09.768
  • You can take yourthoughts captive.
  • 00:22:09.768 --> 00:22:12.971
  • Ephesians saysyou can be renewed
  • 00:22:12.971 --> 00:22:15.073
  • in the spirit of the mind.
  • 00:22:15.073 --> 00:22:16.608
  • Neurotheology is anew branch of science
  • 00:22:18.009 --> 00:22:19.978
  • that is using MRIs andbrain scans to show
  • 00:22:19.978 --> 00:22:22.647
  • what's happeningin people's brains
  • 00:22:22.647 --> 00:22:24.449
  • when they meditate and pray.
  • 00:22:24.449 --> 00:22:25.984
  • If you talk to a God thatyou believe is loving
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  • you'll develop richer,thicker gray matter
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  • in your prefrontal cortex,
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  • which is the part of yourbrain responsible for focus,
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  • concentration, cognition,creative thinking,
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  • planning, and the captainingof the overall ship
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  • of your cerebral process,psychological constitution,
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  • and three pound gray matter.
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  • You'll have blood flowin higher activity
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  • in your anteriorcingulate cortex.
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  • Now that's thepart of your brain
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  • that's responsible forempathy, compassion
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  • and feeling safe with God.
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  • You're more empathictoward other people
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  • when you pray to a loving God
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  • because how you perceive God
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  • dictates how youreceive from God
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  • and it's hard to putsomeone on your hit list
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  • who you put on your prayer list.
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  • So if you believeGod is gracious
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  • you're gonna be gracioustoward other people.
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  • In other words, whatyou think about God
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  • is the most importantthing about you.
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  • Do you see him asthe God of hope,
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  • the God of peace andthe God who is love
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  • because how you perceive God
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  • dictates how youreceive from God.
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  • You know you could talk toGod about anything, right?
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  • And you can even gossip to God.
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  • Have you read theimprecatory Psalms
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  • break their teeth the Lord,like you can gossip to God.
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  • If you gossip toGod, God's not like,
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  • oh my gosh she reallysaid that about you, Ben.
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  • I can't believe that.
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  • Now I look at hertotally different.
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  • What did you see did.
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  • Know God already knows.
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  • So you can talk to God.
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  • Like, you know how Mosestalked to God face to face
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  • and mouth to mouth like a manwould speak to his friend.
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  • How do you talk to your friend?
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  • That's the way youcan talk to God.
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  • Life cycles in seasons.
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  • When autumn falls upon us
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  • in winter looms in front of us
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  • we can still lead alifestyle of thanks giving
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  • in the story ofJesus and the lepers.
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  • Only one out of the 10that had been healed
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  • turned back to give thanks.
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  • We are going to be in the10% that show gratitude.
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  • Out of the 860.3 million words.
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  • We speak in a lifetime.
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  • Let's make a lot of thosewords of thankfulness.
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  • We're gonna continuethis teaching that I gave
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  • in Rancho Santa Fe in thegreater San Diego area.
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  • During our next episode together
  • 00:24:51.730 --> 00:24:53.598
  • We were all called tolive in a dream scape.
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  • Some people say Idon't have a dream,
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  • but actually every one of us
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  • has an artifact of a dream
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  • that can get buried so deep
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  • under the rebel of theexpectations of others
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  • the fear of failure,what do people think?
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  • Excuses not knowing the way
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  • but God gives usvisions and dreams.
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  • According to Acts,
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  • old men will dream dreams
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  • and young men will see visions.
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  • Paul said, I havenot been disobedient
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  • to the heavenly vision.
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  • Joseph lived in a dreammalady state of mind.
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  • In fact, Joseph at 17years old dreamt that
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  • his brother's sheaves of grain
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  • would bow beforehis sheave of grain.
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  • And then he pulled thegrain out of his dreams
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  • brought it into reality,
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  • set up a grain distributionprogram in Egypt
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  • that saved many livesduring a time of famine.
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  • He was a strangemixture of the dreamy
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  • and the practical andnever more practical
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  • than immediately afterhe'd been dreaming.
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  • His circumstances wentin the diametrically
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  • opposed direction ofhis dreams for 13 years.
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  • But when pharaohcame and knocking
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  • Joseph learned this one thing
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  • that you will haveyour nightmares
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  • and you will have your dreams
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  • but you will conqueryour nightmares
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  • because of your dreams.
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  • Ever since I was 16 years old
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  • my life verse hasbeen Psalm 37, four.
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  • Delight yourselfalso in the Lord.
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  • And he shall give you thedesires of your heart.
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  • I like to think of thatversus secondhand dreaming.
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  • You've all heard ofsecondhand smoking.
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  • When you follow a smoker around
  • 00:26:45.777 --> 00:26:47.746
  • you get the smoke from hiscigarette in your lungs.
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  • That's how secondhanddreaming works.
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  • When you follow the Lordaround everywhere he goes,
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  • he's dreaming up theseplans for your life
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  • thought bubbles ofpeace and not of evil
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  • to give you a future and a hope
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  • suddenly his thoughtscome into your head.
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  • You have the mind of Christ.
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  • You delight yourself in him
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  • and he gives you thedesires of your heart.
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  • Those desires belong to him
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  • in the first place
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  • and you become asecondhand dreamer.
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