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Depression: The Fear of Mental Breakdown

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August 11, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Depression: The Fear of Mental Breakdown

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  • Christine:
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  • Christine: Hey
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  • Christine: Hey,
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  • Christine: Hey, Di
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  • Christine: Hey, Dian
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  • Christine: Hey, Diane.
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  • It's me, Christine.
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  • Yeah, I told you I'd meet you and the girls for dinner
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  • tonight, but I think I'm gonna stay in.
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  • You've been telling me that I need to get out and
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  • you're right, but I'm still afraid.
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  • Hey, you have fun with the girls,
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  • and I'll catch up with you later.
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  • Okay, bye.
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  • Here we go.
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  • Fear: And let's begin.
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  • Good evening, honey.
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  • Are you ready for our nightly briefing?
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  • Christine: Fear, right on time?
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  • Fear: Oh, honey, you look terrible.
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  • No really, you're a mess.
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  • But who can blame you?
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  • I mean, look, you live in this house all alone.
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  • You're widowed, you're miserable, destitute.
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  • Christine: I'm not destitute.
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  • Fear: It's just a good thing you and Sean put away
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  • a little bit of savings, huh?
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  • Christine: It's funny how just one spray of Sean's
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  • aftershave brings me face to face with my fear.
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  • Fear: Oh, honey, I'm healthy fear.
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  • Christine: You depress me.
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  • Fear: And for good reason.
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  • I mean, you just need to stay inside,
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  • curl up here in the dark, and sleep away the pain.
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  • Christine: I think it's time for me to move on.
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  • You have me afraid to venture outside of these walls.
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  • I'm a prisoner in my own house.
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  • Fear: It is a scary world out there without Sean.
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  • Christine: I miss Sean, but I need to be around people.
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  • I need to go to church.
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  • Fear: You need to listen to me is what you need to do.
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  • Now, are you ready for our nightly chat?
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  • Christine: No.
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  • Fear: Of course you are, all right, let's begin.
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  • Now, I noticed you have an invitation to
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  • Sarah and Michael's wedding, and you need to decline.
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  • Christine: Well, I thought I should go.
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  • Fear: What?
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  • Attending a wedding will only remind you of, well,
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  • you know who.
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  • You'll be a wreck. I'm crossing that off your list.
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  • Okay, also, I see that Diane and the girls invited you out
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  • for dinner tonight.
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  • Christine: I just called and cancelled,
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  • but I'm having second thoughts.
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  • Fear: Absolutely not.
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  • I mean, you'll be sitting around just talking about husbands,
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  • and jobs, and kids, all of what you do not have.
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  • Then you'll start crying and your makeup will smear,
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  • and you'll just be a wreck.
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  • I am glad you're not going.
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  • You mentioned church.
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  • Now honey, honestly, do you really think hanging around with
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  • happy Christians is the best medicine for your condition?
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  • Christine: It might be.
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  • Fear: Look girl, life has handed you a big fat detour.
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  • I'm afraid life is never gonna get any brighter for you.
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  • This is as good as it gets.
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  • Christine: Wow, you are so encouraging.
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  • Fear: I am not here to encourage you.
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  • Christine: You're here to depress me
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  • and you're very good at it.
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  • Fear: Thank you very much. I'm here for you.
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  • Christine: I think that's my problem.
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  • Fear: Your problem is, you're sad but your whole life is sad.
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  • How can you move on when there's no hope for the future?
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  • Christine: I'm tired of being sad, tired of being depressed.
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  • Fear: Well, consider that my gift to you.
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  • Christine: Speaking of gifts, I have a present for you.
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  • Fear: A present for me?
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  • Oh, you shouldn't have.
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  • Christine: Well, I thought it was about time that
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  • I gave you a gift.
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  • Fear: Oh, well thank you.
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  • Whatever could it be?
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  • Final notice?
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  • I've never heard of this fragrance before.
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  • Christine: Why don't you spray it?
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  • Fear: Thank you. Don't mind if I do.
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  • How lovely.
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  • I wonder why they call it final notice?
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  • Christine: Because this is your final notice that
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  • our nightly girl chats are over.
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  • I am no longer afraid of my depression, and I'm no longer
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  • going to be held captive by my fear.
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  • Fear: You don't mean that.
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  • Christine: Yes, I do.
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  • My faith in God has given me the strength to face you and
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  • demand that you not return.
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  • Any moment, that final notice will take effect
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  • and you will start disappearing from my life.
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  • I am going to that wedding, and I am gonna go to church,
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  • and I am going to dinner with the girls tonight.
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  • Fear: I wouldn't do that.
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  • Wait, I'm disappearing.
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  • Honey, you're gonna miss me.
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  • Christie, depression suits you.
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  • Christine: Goodbye, Fear.
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  • Fear: I'll be back.
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  • Christine: Not if I can help it.
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  • Thank you, Lord.
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  • Hey, Diane, ignore my last message.
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  • I'll be coming to dinner.
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  • Right, see you in an hour, bye.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: From the celebration of marriage
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  • to the pain of divorce, from the joy of a baby's birth
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  • to the grief of a loved one's passing,
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  • life is filled with ups and downs.
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  • But what if you were so consumed with sorrow,
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  • you couldn't experience joy?
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  • For those with depression, life isn't a cycle of highs and lows.
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  • It's a flatline of sadness, anxiety, and fear.
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  • Did you know fear is at the heart of depression?
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  • We'll see that as we continue our series,
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  • "What Are You Afraid Of?
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  • Facing Down Your Fears With Faith."
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  • I'll introduce you to individuals from Scripture whose
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  • fear led them into depression and desperation, yet through
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  • their lives, God shows us the way out of depression
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  • and into a rich, rewarding life.
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  • So, don't miss today's message, Depression: The Fear of
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  • Mental Breakdown next right here on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Living in today's world can be perilous.
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  • Worry, anxiety, and fear seem to be a part of daily life.
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  • From who or what are we really safe?
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  • Ever feel that way?
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  • Satan wants to hold you captive to your fears.
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  • However, God has not given us the spirit of fear,
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  • but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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  • That's why "New York Times" bestselling-author
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  • David Jeremiah
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  • is challenging you to face down your fears with faith.
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  • Available now, order, "What Are You Afraid Of?
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  • Facing Down Your Fears With Faith" from Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Also available, Dr Jeremiah's ultimate study collection,
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  • the "Overcoming Fear" set based on his teaching series.
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  • To find out more information or to order,
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  • contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The dictionary defines depression as
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  • low spirits, gloomy feelings, dejection, sadness,
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  • a condition marked by feelings of worthlessness, failure,
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  • and accompanying guilt.
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  • You may wonder why I would even address such a subject,
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  • why I would talk about something that can be so dark?
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  • Well, let me tell you for a few moments why I am doing this as I
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  • express to you the epidemic of depression in our culture today.
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  • Today, more than one out of every 20 Americans, adults,
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  • are treated for depression during their lifetime.
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  • Worldwide there are 121 million people who are suffering from
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  • depression as I speak.
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  • The experience of depression is simply this, that depression is
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  • a human problem, a fact of life that shouldn't surprise us
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  • when we realize that we are imperfect people.
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  • We live with other imperfect people in an imperfect world.
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  • And when we open our Bibles, we discover a long line of people
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  • who struggled with depression.
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  • Here from Psalm 32 as an illustration.
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  • He says, "When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my
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  • groaning all the day long.
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  • For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me, God;
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  • And my vitality was turned into the drought of summer."
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  • People in the Bible were depressed.
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  • I remember telling you that in the Bible, over 200 people
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  • are said to have been afraid, and that it wasn't just
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  • the peripheral people, but it's the main people,
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  • the expression of depression.
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  • There are many expressions in church history and in the Bible,
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  • but none are more poignant than the one recorded for us
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  • in Job chapter 3, and our biblical character today
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  • is none other than Job himself.
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  • As you know the story of Job, as the book begins, Job stands
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  • naked before his God.
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  • Anything or anyone who he might have counted on for help
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  • or encouragement has been taken from him.
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  • If you read the first two chapters, it's hard
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  • to comprehend what it must have been like.
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  • A servant would come and tell him of one tragedy and
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  • before that servant could leave, another servant would come
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  • and tell him up something else that he had lost.
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  • And one after another, Job was reduced
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  • until there was nothing left.
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  • His wealth was gone, his health was gone, his children
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  • were gone, his wife has abandoned him, his misery is
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  • indescribable, his outlook is hopeless, and while he rejects
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  • the advice of Satan and his wife to curse God and die,
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  • Job is despairing of his life.
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  • The terrible disasters that are described in the first two
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  • chapters are over.
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  • Job has managed to weather them with his piety intact,
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  • but now the battle has shifted from the outside of his life
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  • to the inside of his life.
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  • Now it is Job's inner life, his very soul that is under
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  • direct attack.
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  • And in the third chapter, he cries out in three laments
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  • about what it's like to be where he is.
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  • And anyone who has ever been depressed or has known people
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  • who have been depressed and have walked through depression with
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  • them, will understand completely why Job is lamenting as he is.
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  • Let's look at what he says.
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  • His first lament in verses 1 through 3, we might title it,
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  • Why Did I Arrive?
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  • He says, "After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day
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  • of his birth.
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  • And Job spoke, and said: 'May the day perish on which
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  • I was born, And the night in which it was said,
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  • A male child is conceived.'"
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  • Job begs that the night of his conception
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  • and the day of his birth be blotted from the calendar.
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  • These words are the words of a man who is so broken that he
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  • no longer cares what he says.
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  • Later on in his book, he said, and he spoke with rashness,
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  • but he just spoke honestly, that's what he felt.
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  • He said, "Lord God, why did I even have to be born?
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  • Why did I arrive?"
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  • His second lament takes it to the next level.
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  • "Why did I survive?"
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  • Verse 11 he says, "Why did I not die at birth?
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  • Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?
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  • Lord, if I had to be born, why couldn't I have just died
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  • at childbirth?"
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  • And then he takes it to the final question, the third
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  • lament, "Why am I alive?"
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  • Verse 20, and 21 of the 3rd chapter, "Why is light given to
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  • him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul, Who long
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  • for death, but it does not come, And search for it more than
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  • hidden treasures."
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  • Job's third cry is one that is very common today.
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  • Job is saying, "Since I had to be born and I couldn't die in
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  • childbirth, why can't I just die now?"
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  • Not until the end when Job has endured everything that you
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  • can imagine did God finally communicate with him,
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  • and he suffered like you will not believe.
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  • Could I just pause here for a moment and say,
  • 00:12:04.170 --> 00:12:07.200
  • it is a wonderful gift to us that God has put the Book
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  • of Job in the Bible because it reminds us that if we suffer,
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  • we are not the only ones.
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  • If we go through dark seasons of life, if, as a Saint John of
  • 00:12:21.120 --> 00:12:26.190
  • the cross said, we live the dark night of the soul, we have been
  • 00:12:26.200 --> 00:12:33.030
  • preceded by others who have gone before us,
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  • and the record is here.
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  • Why would God allow this book to be in the Bible if for no other
  • 00:12:37.240 --> 00:12:41.000
  • reason than to encourage us?
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  • In fact, if you think you're having a bad day, read the Book
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  • of Job and you will feel better about yourself immediately.
  • 00:12:47.050 --> 00:12:52.000
  • Remind you now, Job was not depressed because of
  • 00:12:52.010 --> 00:12:54.010
  • what had happened.
  • 00:12:54.020 --> 00:12:55.110
  • He was depressed because he couldn't figure out
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:57.050
  • why it happened.
  • 00:12:57.060 --> 00:12:59.280
  • The reality is that godly believers sometimes
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:02.280
  • get depressed.
  • 00:13:02.290 --> 00:13:04.080
  • As you examine depression, you discover that sooner or later,
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:09.140
  • people who know the Lord can find themselves going through
  • 00:13:09.150 --> 00:13:13.140
  • a difficult moment, a down moment, a depressing moment.
  • 00:13:13.150 --> 00:13:18.150
  • Depression has been called the common cold of the soul.
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  • Now, I'm gonna answer some questions.
  • 00:13:23.240 --> 00:13:27.230
  • Why do people get depressed?
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  • I need you to understand, friends,
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  • I'm a teacher of the Word of God.
  • 00:13:32.190 --> 00:13:35.060
  • I'm a pastor.
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  • I'm not here to solve all the problems people have
  • 00:13:36.170 --> 00:13:39.060
  • through depression.
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  • I'm not an expert on depression.
  • 00:13:41.170 --> 00:13:43.150
  • I am just a pastor, and I want to help you.
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  • So, my counsel's gonna be rather general and as much as possible,
  • 00:13:46.250 --> 00:13:50.140
  • based upon what I've learned from the Scripture
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:52.110
  • and from life.
  • 00:13:52.120 --> 00:13:54.090
  • But let me tell you why people get depressed.
  • 00:13:54.100 --> 00:13:58.130
  • First of all, sometimes people get depressed for situational
  • 00:13:58.140 --> 00:14:02.030
  • reasons, for situational reasons.
  • 00:14:02.040 --> 00:14:05.190
  • I mean, let's face it, folks, if you were Job,
  • 00:14:05.200 --> 00:14:08.160
  • would you be depressed?
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:10.130
  • I guess sometimes depression is systemic, by that I mean,
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:16.200
  • it has something to do with what's going on in your system.
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:20.000
  • This is often a surprise to many people.
  • 00:14:20.010 --> 00:14:23.270
  • Sometimes there are systemic reasons.
  • 00:14:23.280 --> 00:14:26.140
  • One of my favorite sayings goes like this, our souls
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:30.050
  • and our bodies live so close together that they catch
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:33.100
  • each other's diseases.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:35.200
  • Did you know that? We all know that.
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:37.270
  • How many of you know that when you don't feel good physically,
  • 00:14:37.280 --> 00:14:39.240
  • it's hard to feel good spiritually, isn't that true?
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:42.260
  • And let me just tell you something, there are things that
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:44.260
  • can go on in the human body that can create depression, hormonal
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:49.070
  • imbalance, dietary issues, all of these things can contribute
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:54.190
  • to the moods that you feel.
  • 00:14:54.200 --> 00:14:56.030
  • And before you go any further, if you have these bouts in your
  • 00:14:56.040 --> 00:14:59.240
  • life, check it out, make sure there's nothing going on.
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:06.080
  • Sometimes there are satanic reasons.
  • 00:15:06.090 --> 00:15:09.140
  • I mean, the Book of Job is certainly
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:10.260
  • an illustration of that.
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:12.060
  • Here we see Satan that work more than in any other book
  • 00:15:12.070 --> 00:15:15.060
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:15:15.070 --> 00:15:16.160
  • Do you know that at the beginning,
  • 00:15:16.170 --> 00:15:17.260
  • Satan makes a deal with God?
  • 00:15:17.270 --> 00:15:20.210
  • He says, "Let me have Job and I'll show you he's not
  • 00:15:20.220 --> 00:15:23.000
  • as hot as you think he is.
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  • Let me have Job.
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  • Let me let me cause suffering in Job's life and you'll find out
  • 00:15:26.120 --> 00:15:29.080
  • that this guy Job that you think is the greatest God,
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:31.280
  • your number-one a pupil, he will curse you,
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:35.110
  • and you just wait and see.
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:38.010
  • Now, the interesting thing about this is that God and Satan knew
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:40.010
  • what was going on.
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:41.110
  • They had this deal, but God never told Job.
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:43.260
  • Job never didn't know about the deal that God had made with
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  • Satan to allow Satan to test Job and prove his integrity.
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  • Sometimes Satan will try to cause sadness in your life.
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:57.130
  • Satan doesn't usually have anything to do with the bad
  • 00:15:57.140 --> 00:15:59.160
  • things that happen, he comes in afterwards to make you
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:03.050
  • misinterpret the bad things that happen.
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  • He comes in afterwards and says, "God doesn't love you as much as
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:08.230
  • he used to," or, "God doesn't care about you.
  • 00:16:08.240 --> 00:16:10.220
  • And God doesn't--he's not really interested at all."
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:13.110
  • And so, Satan uses the tragedy, which he may not have caused,
  • 00:16:13.120 --> 00:16:18.060
  • as a talking point in your life to bring depression
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  • into your heart.
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  • Don't let him do that.
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  • Sometimes there are spiritual reasons for depression.
  • 00:16:26.210 --> 00:16:30.160
  • If God has allowed a dark time in your life and there's no
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:34.110
  • evidence that you know of of any reason for it, just know that
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:39.010
  • he's up to something and at the end, as we'll see in the life of
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:42.130
  • Job, when the test is finished, you will be better
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:46.010
  • than you were before.
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:49.130
  • Now, let's talk about the expectations of depression.
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:54.010
  • Someone has described this phenomenon in nautical terms
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:58.110
  • like this, "The height of the wave determines the depth of
  • 00:16:58.120 --> 00:17:02.240
  • the valley that follows it."
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:05.280
  • And the opposite is also true, sometimes the depth of
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:09.060
  • the valley is a promise of the blessing to come.
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  • How many of you know life is lived in a rhythm?
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  • There's a rhythm about life.
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  • Let's get to understand that when it comes to what we're
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:21.190
  • talking about today.
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  • You remember when the Lord Jesus was baptized and God
  • 00:17:23.160 --> 00:17:27.280
  • broke heaven's silence and said, "This is my beloved Son in whom
  • 00:17:27.290 --> 00:17:31.050
  • I am well pleased."
  • 00:17:31.060 --> 00:17:32.150
  • And the next verse says, "And Satan took him to the wilderness
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:35.250
  • and tempted him for forty days."
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  • After a major mountaintop experience, we need to be ready
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:43.250
  • to face the valley.
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:45.190
  • We were not created to live on the mountain all the time.
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  • We weren't created to live in the valley all the time.
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  • Life has rhythm to it.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • Everybody got that? The expectations.
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:55.160
  • Now, let's talk about the elimination of depression.
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:18:00.030
  • And I'm just gonna give you some thoughts
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:01.240
  • that I think might be helpful.
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:04.040
  • Please understand, and let's look up here for just a moment.
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:08.050
  • If you have severe depression, if you suffer depression that is
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:13.020
  • debilitating, that means you can't work or you have days
  • 00:18:13.030 --> 00:18:16.110
  • when you can't function, do not, whatever you do,
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:20.290
  • do not go and get some help.
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  • But I am telling you some things you can do to help when these
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:28.170
  • moments come, but I am not trying to stand in the place
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:32.110
  • of a of a doctor.
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  • I'm not a doctor.
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  • And I would hate for you to leave here and think
  • 00:18:35.110 --> 00:18:38.060
  • that this is all there is.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:39.160
  • No, if you have severe depression, you need to
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:41.190
  • find medical help, and don't be ashamed to do it.
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:44.170
  • Remember all of these great people who have suffered
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:47.160
  • with the same thing you suffer with.
  • 00:18:47.170 --> 00:18:49.130
  • But having said all of that, here's some things
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:52.240
  • that I'd like to suggest.
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  • Number one, reveal your depression.
  • 00:18:54.050 --> 00:18:56.190
  • Based on the story of Job, I want to suggest that you reveal
  • 00:18:56.200 --> 00:18:59.280
  • honestly your depression to the people that you trust.
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:04.180
  • The thing about Job was this, he didn't hide his feelings.
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:08.000
  • Listen to these words from Job 7:11, "Therefore I will not
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:11.270
  • restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
  • 00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:16.140
  • I will complain in the bitterness of my soul."
  • 00:19:16.150 --> 00:19:19.060
  • Job said, "I'm not gonna keep this to myself.
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  • Here's what's going on in my life."
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  • Find somebody you trust and let it all out.
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  • Be honest about what you're feeling.
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  • You say, "Well, I'm--" Get over it.
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  • Find somebody you trust and tell them what's going on
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  • in your life.
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  • Even in the doing of that, you will feel better.
  • 00:19:34.190 --> 00:19:37.060
  • Number two, resist your depression.
  • 00:19:37.070 --> 00:19:41.090
  • Depression is something to be feared, something to fight.
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  • Please listen to me today.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:48.040
  • Depression is not anything to mess with.
  • 00:19:48.050 --> 00:19:51.070
  • Don't let its foot in the door.
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:53.100
  • Don't let anything happen that would cause it to get worse if
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:56.210
  • there's something you can do to cause it to get better.
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:19:59.080
  • Fight it.
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  • Don't coddle it, treat it as an enemy.
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:05.070
  • Number three, research your depression.
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:09.170
  • I read this from a doctor by the name of Dan Phillips he said,
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:13.180
  • "You should probably see a good doctor.
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:16.010
  • I mean, I don't mean for happy pills.
  • 00:20:16.020 --> 00:20:18.000
  • I do not mean for psychological treatment.
  • 00:20:18.010 --> 00:20:20.020
  • I mean to eliminate the possibility of physical causes."
  • 00:20:20.030 --> 00:20:23.090
  • And we've talked about that already.
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:25.110
  • There might be something going on in your life
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:27.010
  • that you don't know about.
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:28.110
  • Before you do anything else, if you suffer from this,
  • 00:20:28.120 --> 00:20:30.150
  • go see a doctor and get a physical.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.180
  • Tell him what's going on in your life and say, "I just want to
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:34.180
  • make sure there's not anything systemic going on that's causing
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:38.210
  • this to happen."
  • 00:20:38.220 --> 00:20:40.010
  • Number four, replace your depression.
  • 00:20:40.020 --> 00:20:42.120
  • Lean into God, don't lean away from him.
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  • Let me tell you something that I've discovered.
  • 00:20:45.080 --> 00:20:46.240
  • When you go through any kind of trouble in life, listen up,
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:49.280
  • you have to do things that are counterintuitive.
  • 00:20:49.290 --> 00:20:52.220
  • By that I mean, if you only do what you feel like doing when
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:55.170
  • you don't feel good, you will always do the wrong thing.
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:59.160
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:00.280
  • Well, when I am down, I don't feel like reading the Bible.
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:03.220
  • Do it anyway.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.230
  • Say to yourself, "Self, I don't feel like reading the Bible,
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:11.210
  • but I'm gonna read it anyway.
  • 00:21:11.220 --> 00:21:13.010
  • And if you read it quietly in a little corner of your house,
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:15.250
  • go out in the garage and read it out loud.
  • 00:21:15.260 --> 00:21:18.130
  • Take action that will bring you toward God, not push him away.
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:22.270
  • Here's the deal, when depression comes, like any problem in life,
  • 00:21:22.280 --> 00:21:26.130
  • here is God and here are you.
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:29.190
  • If you let depression get in between you and God,
  • 00:21:29.200 --> 00:21:32.130
  • it will push you away.
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.070
  • But if you put the depression out here, it will push you
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:37.110
  • toward God and then you will have a much better chance
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:40.210
  • to survive it. It all depends on where it is.
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:43.130
  • Job cried out to God, but he never cursed God.
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:47.040
  • The Bible says that when he got all done with his depression,
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:49.130
  • he did not sin, the Bible says that.
  • 00:21:49.140 --> 00:21:52.210
  • In his crying out to God for answers and for help,
  • 00:21:52.220 --> 00:21:55.120
  • he sinned not.
  • 00:21:55.130 --> 00:21:57.130
  • So, make sure that what's going on in your life drives you
  • 00:21:59.060 --> 00:22:02.150
  • toward your God and not away from him.
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:05.120
  • I need to tell you, most of the people that I know who've gone
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:08.110
  • through tough times, whether it's cancer, or some other kind
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:11.030
  • of sickness or family trouble, when they get that principle
  • 00:22:11.040 --> 00:22:14.100
  • right, they come out of it much stronger in their faith than
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:18.140
  • when they went into it.
  • 00:22:18.150 --> 00:22:21.040
  • And then let's talk a little bit about the effect that depression
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:24.230
  • had on Job.
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:27.000
  • Even before his testing was over, Job expressed this
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:30.100
  • thought, and this is a great verse for you to remember
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:33.080
  • Job 23:10.
  • 00:22:33.090 --> 00:22:34.240
  • Here's what it says, "But God knows the way that I take;
  • 00:22:34.250 --> 00:22:40.100
  • And when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold."
  • 00:22:40.110 --> 00:22:46.110
  • And after it was over, he expressed gratitude
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:50.210
  • for what had happened in his life.
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:52.130
  • In Job 42 he said, "God, before this thing, I had heard of You
  • 00:22:52.140 --> 00:22:55.250
  • by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.
  • 00:22:55.260 --> 00:22:59.220
  • Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."
  • 00:22:59.230 --> 00:23:03.130
  • Job lived in triumph in his faith.
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:05.260
  • In Job 13 he says, "Though he slay me, yet I will trust him."
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:09.230
  • That's what I mean.
  • 00:23:09.240 --> 00:23:11.030
  • That's counterintuitive when you're going through trouble,
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:13.170
  • but that's what you say in your heart,
  • 00:23:13.180 --> 00:23:15.110
  • that's what you mean in your spirit.
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:16.210
  • "Lord, I don't know what's going on.
  • 00:23:16.220 --> 00:23:18.010
  • I don't have any explanation for this.
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:19.170
  • But Lord, if you slay me, I'm still gonna trust you."
  • 00:23:19.180 --> 00:23:23.020
  • That's what Job said.
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:25.180
  • There's life after depression.
  • 00:23:25.190 --> 00:23:27.290
  • There's victory after the test.
  • 00:23:28.000 --> 00:23:29.290
  • And yes, there's joy after the despair.
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:33.050
  • The first time you go through a downtime in your life, wow,
  • 00:23:33.060 --> 00:23:37.000
  • it's, "How in the world am I ever gonna deal with--
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:40.070
  • this is awful."
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:42.020
  • And then somehow God helps you through it and you get through
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:44.220
  • the first one.
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:46.080
  • And the next time it comes you realize, "You know, this is
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:50.040
  • really hard, and this is emotional, but I've been through
  • 00:23:50.050 --> 00:23:54.270
  • this once before, and I know that God was with me.
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:57.120
  • And you know what else? I know how it turns out."
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  • You've heard me laugh at Donna because she reads the last
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:02.110
  • chapter of her books before she finishes reading the book, but
  • 00:24:02.120 --> 00:24:05.210
  • I'm beginning to realize she's more right about that than I am.
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:09.130
  • When you read the last chapter, you don't get traumatized by
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  • the events that happen leading up to it because
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  • while it looks like it's gonna end here, you know it's not.
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  • It's not gonna end here.
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  • And when it ends, it's a good ending.
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  • Let me just ask you something today, class.
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  • Don't you know that this life is not our final place?
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  • And that we're going through some things right now,
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  • one of these days, we're gonna get to the ending,
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  • but we already know what it is.
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  • So, when we already know what it is,
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  • let's give ourselves a little space.
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  • Let's step back and say, "Lord, I forgot about this stuff we
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  • have to go through down here, but I'm so encouraged 'cause I
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  • know we're gonna make it through to the end and we're gonna
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  • do so with our hands lifted up high.
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  • And the little down dark night of a soul that I have is just
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  • a part of the ultimate movie and the movie ends well."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: Living in today's world can be perilous.
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  • Worry, anxiety, and fear seem to be a part of daily life.
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  • From who or what are we really safe?
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  • Ever feel that way?
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  • Satan wants to hold you captive to your fears.
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  • However, God has not given us the spirit of fear,
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  • but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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  • That's why "New York Times" bestselling-author
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  • David Jeremiah
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  • is challenging you to face down your fears with faith.
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  • Available now, order, "What Are You Afraid Of?
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  • Facing Down Your Fears With Faith" from Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Also available, Dr Jeremiah's ultimate study collection,
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  • the "Overcoming Fear" set
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  • based on his teaching series.
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  • To find out more information or to order,
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  • contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last Word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Life in this world can seem pretty overwhelming.
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  • When you feel like you're at the end of your road, remember,
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  • the end of your road may be leading you to God.
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  • He will be with you right where you are to lovingly remind you
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  • that he's in control, and he will show you that there's hope
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  • even after hopelessness.
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  • There's no greater comfort than knowing that you're loved by
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  • the very God of the universe, and I pray that you've made
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  • the decision to experience that love by placing your
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  • faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • To help you strengthen that belief, I'd love to send you two
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  • free resources, a booklet called "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and our monthly devotional magazine "Turning Points."
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  • These gifts are yours at no charge if you'll take a moment
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible says that you must place your trust
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  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • If you will believe in him, he will give you eternal life
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  • as your gift.
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  • The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
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  • through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Death: The fear of Dying"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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