Part 4 – Depression
Pastor Glen Johnson
Welcome! Glad you’re here at face Center Church this morning! The best Church in the northwest, maybe the world! You say, “Well! You’re a little arrogant.” I’m just telling the truth, you just got to tell the truth. We just have some great people at face Center Church.
Hey! We’re doing this series called MOOD and I’m going to take you into a very serious subject today. We’ve been talking about anger and how anger, we talked about anger and how anger isn’t bad, it’s just when it’s out of control anger. God uses anger to change the world. Jesus fashioned a whip and he was an angry dude when he went in a fashion to whip and start whipping them people out of the synagogue that were turned it into a den of thieves. So, anger isn’t necessarily bad. And then, pastor Seth talked about joy and talked about ministry and about joy here and then he did it up Kelso and then I did greed up in Kelso and then here, last week.
Today, I want to talk to you a little bit about, and back up in just a second here, I want to talk to you about you know, there’s so many things in our life when we have emotional stuff that can get the best of us. We can have hidden heart attacks. Now, I talked to you about Pete Maravich last week, who had died at 40 years old, great basketball player died at 40 years old because he had a hidden heart problem, that nobody knew about. And so, what we’re doing as a church here for six weeks, this is our fourth week. We’re trying to get some of those hidden things that you might deal with your life either in a good way or bad way, that might be good but some of them might be bad. Today, I want to talk to about the subject of depression. I want to talk to you about the subject of depression and maybe, give you a little insight of how to overcome depression. I’m not a psychologist and I, you know all that kind of stuff and I realize that people deal with clinical depression and they take drugs for it and all that kind of stuff and you know, I’ll tell you what, I am for anything that helps people. So, we are for anything that helps people, that helps you praise the Lord but, I just want to give you maybe a perspective this morning of maybe how to deal with this and maybe even overcome some of this stuff in our lives.
Realize it’s not easy but much of America in the world is affected by some form of depression, in some ways. Let me just give you some statistics. 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults, aged 18 and older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in that past year. 16 million people the number represents about 6.7 percent of all adults. 350 million is the number of people globally, who were affected by some form of depression. 11 percent, is the percentage of adolescents who have a depressive disorder by the age of 18 years old and that’s too young for that stuff. Any age is too young for that stuff. The percentage, 70 percent is the percentage of which women are more likely than men, to experience depression in their lifetime. Wow! You ladies, you get attacked with some of this stuff. 16 million, the estimated number of US adults who had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. This makes up approximately 6.9 percent of the adults in the country. 14 percent, the percentage of women from 2013, go through a postpartum depression, study had that disorder for four to six weeks after giving birth. 30% the number of college students who reported feeling depressed and disrupted their ability to function in school. 30%! Listen to this, 80 billion dollars, listen to this, eighty billion dollars, is the estimated annual cost of depression in the United States to lost productivity in health care. 80 billion! Wow! What could we do with eighty billion dollars? 8 million, the number of ambulatory care visits from 2010, CDC report where major depressive disorder was the primary diagnosis. So, this 50% of the Americans have a major depression, that don’t seek to.. listen to this, 50% of Americans have a major depression, who don’t seek treatment for their mental illness. 50% of people! I think I’d be one of those that go through sometimes and bouts of depression. Say glad you got it all together. Yeah right! 10%, the estimate number of American adults, aged 65 and older have a diagnosable disorder, a depressive disorder.
So, I don’t want to get into all the technical stuff and I’m just, you know reading up some of this stuff. I just want to help people today that’s our goal. Symptoms of depression, depressed mood, most of the day, feeling sad, empty, hopeless on the verge of tears, loss of interest in pleasure in activities you once enjoyed, weight loss, I wish that was my problem, weight loss, when not on a diet, experiencing weight gain; so, it can go either way! I don’t know about you but, when I get down I just like my Oreo cookies. Anybody relate to that? I don’t drink or party, so I got to eat, you know! Ice cream is my downfall. You ever get up in the morning, you just say, you know what, I’m going to just eat well today! And by the end of day, you’ve had a full bowl of ice cream and not just ice cream but, Hershey’s chocolate on top of it too. Am I the only one? It drowns my sorrows really well.
Also note, decreases and increases in appetite, difficulty sleeping or being overtired, difficulty sleeping, Okay! Restlessness or feeling slowed down, fatigue or loss of energy, feeling worthless or guilty, that’s a big one feeling worthless or guilty a lack of concentration or difficulty with decision making even thoughts of suicide.
Well! I’ve good news for you. The Bible has your answer. The Bible has your answer for every form of depression. The Bible has your answer! Circumstances of life can sometimes, take us into bouts of depression. You know, and I try to put, you know with the responsibility to have as the pastor of the church here and we have two campuses and a thousand people and budgets and different things. And somebody asked me, one time he said, you know this is why I think I don’t know how you think this way, I think this way. They said, “Man! You’ve accomplished a lot!” and I think to myself and this is my reality, I think, I’m about 1/100th of where I think I should be. I think sometimes, have I helped anybody? And I say that because I think we all go through situations like that. It’s like there’s a spirit that will never allow us to measure up and will always put us down, no matter how successful we get, no matter how good we are. And you know, sometimes you moms, you know your kids wind up doing something stupid, when they’re 13 years old and you go up, “You’re such a terrible mom!” and I always think, “welcome to 13” you know. It’s like I used to say this, it’s like, I specifically said this to Joel, all the time but probably indicated this, you know it’s like Joel would say or a kid would say, you know “Don’t you trust me?” and I say, “Joel, I trust you!” implicitly, it’s 17 I don’t trust!
So, sometimes I think about some of the issues that I go through and I just my personal life and I think and I get this thing, where you just feel like oh gosh if I accomplished anything in my life. And then, I always have to put it in perspective and I think about, you know my legs aren’t getting blown off in Iraq. I’m not a soldier on the frontlines. I’m not losing my son and different things like that and so, I have to put things in perspective. But, the Bible does have the answer and we’ll talk about that in just a little bit. But, I wanted to get this real to you today. I wanted to get down to the nitty gritty, not somebody else’s experience. I wanted to get somebody from face center Church, that if you think you have a right to be depressed and I’m not trying to criticize you, you know, but if you think that sometimes you had a bad day, listen to Ashley’s story.
Ashley: I was asked to give my testimony on depression. Three years ago, I was in a very dangerous spot. I was hiding from news cameras, I was changing my phone number to get away from media, I was meeting with lawyers and doctors and detectives because I had found myself in a scenario, where my husband my best friend had murdered my son, my six-week-old son.
News: For three days, her baby was on life support after police say, her husband threw the infant across the room and waited hours to call 911. The six-week old boy was tiny born, just three pounds 14 ounces. And police say the newborns father, David Redman confessed to throwing his son, in a split-second of rage because the boy was fussy. Last week, Vancouver police say, David Redmond the boy’s father, was with ever at home while Kathy was at the gym. Court documents show Redmond confessed that he became enraged because the baby was quote “acting fussy”, he then threw the newborn across the room and the tiny boy’s head hit a changing table.
Ashley: There were so many reasons to be sad and so many reasons to be depressed. So, that’s my story of what happened three years ago and what’s happening now, is I am loving and enjoying life. And yeah! It’s hard at times. It’s hard a lot of times but it’s not impossible and it’s not it’s not a daily struggle to wake up and things like that. It comes and goes and when it’s here and it’s hard. That’s what the word is for, that’s what the Holy Spirit is for, that’s what your friends and family or for and I surround myself with people who are like-minded and who encourage me and I stand on the word and make sure that I’m plugged in to church and getting what I need. To be able to fight it and to stand up against it because I don’t want to be a vegetable and I don’t want to let the devil win. This isn’t his victory, it’s not his story this is Everett’s story, it’s my story and it’s God’s story and it’s one of victory and hope. And so, yeah that’s our story. Loving life!
Pastor: Wow! So, let’s put life in perspective a little bit, you know. Ashley, was one of our staff members here at the time and now, but she had to move out of Vancouver and she’s at our Kelso campus now. Moved out of Vancouver, just because of the press hounding her and different things and now, she’s you know, on staff at our Kelso campus up there and we’re so proud of her. And I actually we just had her, I just said to Tom, I said, “Hey! Would ash tell her story?” and she edited that herself and put that together. She put that together and did it herself and so.
I remember the day, when we were in the hospital and you know, the last minutes of the young boy’s life and Ashley’s singing, you know Christmas songs because he knew he’d never have Christmas and just one of the saddest days of our lives. Around here, we’ve experienced different sad days and I think that’s when you have a choice, you have a choice like Ashley had a choice. She could either go off the deep end and I think all of us and I put that as an extreme example because you can’t think of a worse thing that could possibly happen to somebody, when they lose their husband and their child to death in the same day, in the same day, which you know seemingly everything was like really great before that. And then, in one second they lose everything. I can’t think of a more negative, horrible situation than that. And I didn’t say that to make you feel bad, if you’re going through depression because sometimes but because sometimes, our brain just does weird things to us but I think sometimes, it helps us put things in perspective of how really life is and how good, we have life sometimes.
You know Jesus said or he quoted this from Isaiah 61, and I’ll read both of them to you. Luke chapter 4 and then he quotes and I’ll read Luke chapter 4 first then Isaiah 61. “He said the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, became Liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He’s quoting from Isaiah 61 and Isaiah he’s just quotes part of Isaiah 61 and then, so I’ll quote just a little bit more of it here he says, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he’s anointing..” this is Isaiah 61:1, “the Lord is upon me because he’s anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor he sent me to heal the brokenhearted to proclaim Liberty to the captives the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn..” how many? “all who mourn, to counsel those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for Ashes the oil of joy for mourning to the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that we might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he may be glorified.”
Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted binds up their wounds. He counts the number of stars and he calls them by name indicating this.”
I love this scripture. The emphasis here is, he’s basically saying that he can count the stars and he names every star, you know you’re the little star registry, where you name a star after, you know yourself or whatever, somebody that starts too late. Jesus is already, the Lord has already named that star and the reason, why indicating that he’s so vast and so big that he knows you by name, he knows your ins and outs, he knows your likes, your dislikes, he knows your tears in the evening time, he knows your tears in the morning, he sees the prayers that you prayed for that child; that’s back sliding away from God. He sees those things and the emphasis there is, he sees those things. We serve a great God. He’s an amazing God but all of us really, the cure to getting out of depression is really putting on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness and somehow, we’ve got to get to that place, where we put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. We slip into depression really by probably four ways, we wear ourselves out, just burn the candle on both ends. Here’s a good one, we shut people out, we don’t want people, you know proverbs 18:1 says, it’s not on my notes but proverbs 18:1 says, “He who isolates itself, rages against all wise judgment”. When you isolate yourself, we have a tendency when things go bad in our life, we want to get away from people and the opposite is generally, your answer generally is the opposite of what you feel to do is generally the answer and that’s get around people.
We have a tendency to focus on the negative when things get bad and we can get that place to a place where we just walk off into the negative and stay there for a long time. Then we just forget of God and to be godly.
You know, I recently know a lady and she’s a pastor’s wife and she will go into bouts of depression and she will actually stay in a bedroom and she’ll stay in a bedroom for a year at a time. And just come out to use the restroom and eat, different things. Now, she’s really doing well now but, some… and this is a pastor’s wife, where she’d go through bouts of depression and different things.
And I think the bottom line is, it boils down to one statement depression really boils down to one statement, that one statement is simply, we just don’t seem like we’re good enough and we don’t measure up. When depression hits us it just like we weren’t successful enough, you weren’t a good enough mother, you weren’t in a good enough father, you didn’t accomplish this in your life, you lost your job, you feel like a failure and I think it really comes down to the phrase if you will is, “I just don’t, I’m just not good enough.” “I’m just not good enough for my family, my friends, my church, my work, my relationships” or this one is, “I don’t fit into that group.” I was looking around our youth group the other day and I loved our youth group. And Jordan, Shelby and the gang, do such a good job and I’m just so proud of Jordan Shelby and what they’re doing in our youth. It’s amazing that kids, are amazing kids. Most of the cool kids in our youth group though, I mean the coolest, most cool kids in our youth group are probably not the cool kids at their high school but they are rock stars in the kingdom of God. And I love them. I love some of them where I think you know you probably don’t fit into the cool at the high school or whatever but they realize who they are in Christ and they realized that. See, I was the cool guy in high school, I was the cool guy that was miserable behind the scenes. I wish somebody would have reached out to me and asked me to come to a youth group; probably wouldn’t have gone but at least I would have respect for you that you asked me.
So, I think sometimes, I look around our youth and I’m just so proud of our youth and I could mention some names of people; Abigail Miller turned 18, just a few days ago and I’m just so proud, now that girl is a rock stars, where’s Abigail at? Where’s she? She teaching? See, she’s teaching at 18 years old. She’s already teaching, she’s one of my rock star favorites. I’m not sure she’s cool at school, but she’s one of my she’s the coolest kid in church as far as I’m concerned. Would you agree Theresa? She’s cool man!
Somehow though if you’re going to overcome depression, you got to refocus! You got to start different, you got to start thinking the way God thinks. I’ll throw a picture up and I want you to, I want you to see how our brains work. Throw this picture up really quick.
Not that picture. Alright! You see this picture? How many of you see a pink shoe out there? Raise your hand! Stand up, if you see a pink shoe, raise your hand.
Now, look around you, look at all the people not standing. Alright! Sit down. How many of you see a gray shoe with teal? Stand up if you see a gray shoe. Alright! How many teal people we got out here? You see the teal? I’m a teal person so therefore, that is the correct way. My wife and I have had an argument about this. And I know now, I got to, I lost you, I got to get you back. In my household, Theresa sees that shoe as a pink shoe and I would bet every dollar I’m worth, I would bet everything that I’m worth that is a grey shoe with teal!
How many of you agree with the teal? If we’d agree with that, how many of you think it’s pink? You guys are the dumbest people I’ve ever seen in my life! If you can’t see teal, that is a grey shoe with teal on it! It’s not pink and white. Okay!
Now, you’re going to remember this forever. But look at this and I say this sincerely, I say this with all the truth I can muster up. My brain will not allow me to see that, I cannot see anything but a gray shoe with teal shoelaces, a teal stripe and a teal sole. I cannot see it. I’ve tried to see it, I’ve tried to squint my eyes, I’ve tried to do everything but my brain sees that as a gray shoe. Now, my wife who is always right, I got myself out of that one. She sees that as a pink shoe. I wonder, since our brains can. I was told, Andrew told me today, that is actually if you look at the original shoe, it’s actually a pink shoe and they put some kind of filter on it. I don’t believe that. I don’t think it’s true but my point is just simply this; I wonder when we’re going through bouts of depression, is if we’re buying into a lie that’s not true and our brains, are our trickiness to see something that’s not there. You can take that thing off. That’s going to drive me nuts! Take it off, I’m done. You can take that grey shoe with the teal on it off.
But, I wonder if it really comes down to a simple refocusing of our life, to get rid of depression in our life. See, let’s turn our Bibles to Judges chapter 6, because I want you to see a transformation here in Judges chapter 6, that happened. There was literally in one second of a time, there was a refocusing of a mind, of a thought, of a heart. Same physical features, same family, same past didn’t change his experience of his past, didn’t change really anything about his situation, other than he began to see something that he didn’t see before. Judges chapter 6 it says, verse 11 says, “Now, the angel of the Lord came to set in the tipper of the tree, which was at Ophrah..” not Oprah, you get a car you get a car! “..which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites.”
I’ve told you the story, the winepress is a thing about this high and they put grapes in it people step all over and he’s hiding down in there, hiding from the Midianites.
“The angel Lord appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you mighty man of Valor” and Gideon said to him, “Oh my lord, if the Lord is with us then why is all this happened to us?”
Boy! You could ask that question with everything you’ve gone through in your life. If the Lord is with us, then why did this, how did I lose my job? Why did Ashley’s baby die? Why? If the Lord is with us, why did all this happen? It’s always interesting to me when they ask all these questions. The Lord never answers their question directly but always answers it was something else. So, why did all this, you know so, why did all this happen to us? “And Gideon said, “Oh Lord, if you were with us then why this is happened to us? Where are all the miracles that our fathers told us about? Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? And now, the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us to the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in with might of yours.” So, Gideon asks all these questions, where are the miracles? What’s all this happened to us? And the Lord turned to him and said go with this might of yours and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites and have I not sent you.”
Let me ask you this question, “whose might?” He said this might of yours. So, the might or the power of his life was already present with him, all that time but he was deceived in the scene, a pink shoe all that time.
“Go with the might of yours and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So, he said to him, “Oh Lord! How shall I save Israel. Indeed, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I’ve the least in my father’s house.” And the lord said to him, “Surely, I’ll be with you and you shall defeat the Midianites, as one man.”
He called him a mighty man of Valor and his circumstances changed in one incident. His circumstances changed in one moment of time, his circumstances changed because he reprogrammed or rethought something that was there all the time, it was actually there, the whole complete time; that he was dealing with stuff, it was there. His power, his might, everything that he needed to become this great warrior, this great man of God, this guy that went out and literally defeated the armies that were against him. The Midianites and he defeated him with 300 men, I mean they had thousands of people and he became this great general and this great warrior for the kingdom of God. But my point is just simply, the power of God was there the whole time. The strength in his life was there the whole time and I submit to you that maybe depression has overcome you and you really are a mighty man or woman of Valor, that God has something amazing for you, the God has something fantastic for you. But, you have to change the process of thinking differently to overcome this.
Now, I think I had to do this the most. I had to literally get hold of some scriptures and scriptures that changed my life. I had to meditate and feed upon these scriptures to change my life because I came from, you know I mean I was raised cool, I mean I was raised in a middle-class home and my dad was an alcoholic and I kind of grew up without a father figure in my life; other than some coach figures and things like that. And I didn’t think much of myself and so, consequently all through high school I was drunk all the time and I was doing crazy stuff all the time and I didn’t really think the best of myself. And then, when Jesus came into my life. It didn’t change in an instant, he came into my life and I got saved and it was wonderful but then, I found myself in the Bible. I began to see who I really was and began to see that I was not that pink shoe, I was really the teal and gray shoe. But, where did I find it, scriptures like this Ephesians chapter 1 and then we’ll read into the second chapter. And I had to think about this I if I’ve quoted this scripture in Ephesians chapter one I’ve quoted if I’ve quoted it once, I’m guessing I’ve quoted it, I’m going to guess 10,000 times, I’ve quoted this scripture. These scriptures right here, in Ephesians chapter one, I’ve quoted them, I’m going to guess 10,000 times, at least 10,000 times.
Paul was praying this prayer and he says, “Therefore are also after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ love for all the saints do not cease to give thanks for you making mention of you in my prayers, that the god of the Lord Jesus Christ the father of glory would give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation the knowledge of him, that the eyes of your understanding would be enlightened.”
So, in other words you need to see something, that you couldn’t see before. We need to enlighten you on something, that you couldn’t see before because apparently, it’s part of your life is in darkness. When we go through depression, things like that part of our life stays in darkness and God wants to enlighten us. And what do we want to enlighten us, to ..”that you may know the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the Saints.” I love that part of the scripture because what he says there is he wants you to know and understand and he wants to you to be enlightened to know paraphrase “that God got rich when he got you”.
I don’t know about you but when I got the revelation of that, just because I thought I was kind of no good, I thought I was unworthy, I didn’t think I was that cool. I might have acted cool but I didn’t think I was that cool. And then, when I found out that, God, when he inherited me, he got rich. His life was enriched. God’s life was enriched when he got me and when he got you. And he said that about me, before I was really worth loving at all. The exceeding and he says, “the eyes of you understanding that you may know what is the hope of his calling the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the Saints what’s the exceeding greatness of his power towards Ostra to believe according the working of his mighty power which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” notice this “and he seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places far above all..” get this now “..Jesus is far above all principality. Jesus is far above all power. Jesus is far above might and dominion and that name is above every name. Not only in this wage but also that was just come and put all things under his feet Jesus and gave him to be the head over the church which is the body the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
In other words, man! We got the King of Kings and the Lord of lords. He got rich when he got us. He placed Jesus over all the greatest power in the universe. Jesus is seated at the greatest seat of authority that there ever was, ever existed or ever will be. Jesus is the man! Would you agree with that?
Well, it doesn’t stop there because these goes on in chapter 2 and he says this. Now Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. The highest place of authority in the earth. It’s the most amazing place that Jesus has seated that he’s earned it by his blood by because of the blood of Jesus he’s earned this right hand of God the Father and every devil in Hell submitting to him, when he speaks, when he operates when he speaks. I mean, the guy is cool and then he says this, and you verse 2 chapter 2 verse 1, “You, he made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins which you once walked according to the course of this world according the Prince of the power of the air, the spirit now works in the sons of disobedience, and also you’re conducted yourselves in the lusts of the flesh and the fulfilling desires of the flesh and of the mind and you were not are but you were by chill by nature the children of Wrath just as others but God who is rich in mercy because of his great love which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses made us alive together with Christ, by grace you’ve been saved, you’re raised up together and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” That same place, I’ll tell you, that same place that Jesus is in, you’re seated with him. Man! it’s hard to get depressed, when you really understand that.
I had to get out of my depression. I had to get out of some of that stuff and I had to get out of some of that stuff and just realize that and you know what, I love about Jesus and love about these scriptures, is he did this for me and you and he did it before I earned anything. I haven’t earned anything but he did it before I was a pastor. He did it before I was ever affected one life. He did it when I was across the street going to church afraid to lift my hands. 40 years ago, when I lived across the street going to church almost 40 years ago and I was afraid to lift my hands and I was you know, had a wad full of chew and every other word I said was an F word and I smoked Marlboro cigarettes and chased off girls and I did. And I came into church and Jesus seated me at that time. Not at the time I am now but he seated me then the highest place of authority there was. So, I found out Glen was a bad dude, I mean he is, Glen is cool and what is cool about that, is so are you. And I had to meditate on these things and think about it and feed upon them and meditate on them because it wasn’t reality to my brain. He said scriptures like in Corinthians 5:17, I’m almost done, “therefore as anyone is in Christ, anyone meaning that crazy Glen, is in Christ, he’s a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. And then the last scripture I’m going to read, this just flips my brain out, it says for second Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he made him, who knew no sin to be sin for us. That we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus or Christ in him.”
My first-year students when I was teaching the other day, I said, “How many sinners we got out there?” and half the class raised their hand. By the end of the class not one person raised their hand because you’re no longer a sinner, you’ve been saved by grace and you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Now, do we blow it thin once in a while, sure! But, when you meditate upon who you are like Gideon in one fell swoop changed his life and became a great warrior, when you get the revelation of who you are, it’s tough depression is very tough. It’s hard to get depressed. Hard to get down to myself, when I realized outside of my works and outside of everything I’ve ever done, God loved me in spite of me and seated me at the right hand of the Father. And no matter where you’re at this morning, no matter what you’ve done haven’t done, should have done, don’t measure up, I don’t feel good enough, I don’t feel worthy enough, all those kind of things; Jesus would look at you and say, “you are worthy” “you’re good enough” “I died on the cross to bring you up and I’ve seated you right next to me”. In other words, “son or daughter, you bad!
In one second of your time now, how long that take me to meditate on that, feed that on almost 40 years, till I got it. No, because I’m still getting it. Because the depths of it are so amazing that I got to feed upon it all the time, I’ve got a I’ve got to meditate on it all the time. I’ve got to keep it going in my life and meditate and feed on it because it’s so amazing, the place that God has in this world.
If you walked in here feeling bad about yourself, you’re a little bit depressed, you realize that information that you’re getting is wrong information and your brain is deceived, just like the pink people. Your brain is deceived to believe in something that’s not there because God says I know the thoughts that I think towards you.
Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace to give you a future and a hope.”
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