PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

7/10/19

I mentioned two weeks ago that depression and discouragement can be caused by a number of experiences. Among methods of treatment, one area should never be over looked or diminished and that is: do you view yourself as God sees you? The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17. This is a picture of God’s delight with you, not a grumpy vindictive God waiting to punish. God wants to encourage and help you move forward in his grace and love. This perspective will lead to hope, joy and freedom from depression and discouragement. When down in the dumps look for verses that speak of God’s love and faithfulness and dwell on them. Otherwise negative thinking simply leads to depression or its continuance. Much of our discouragement comes from our thought life: What do you tell yourself? Is it true? Paul says: Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 3:8 When you dwell on and repeat negative thoughts it only takes on more toxic thoughts and you feel worse. When you begin to dump on yourself, or others do, stop and take note of your thinking and ask is it negative and am I telling myself the truth according to God’s perspective? It wouldn’t hurt to do this each hour; think about how much negative thoughts you entertained, and check your mood.

Science has shown that when you are depressed there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. “It is the thoughts that trigger the emotions which dump an over load of stress chemicals into the brain. There is a chemical consequence in the brain for every single thought we think.”

This depression can be short-circuited temporarily by replacing negative thoughts with thoughts that are either neutral or nonsense. These thoughts don’t trigger an emotional imbalance. Instead they create activity in the thinking part of the brain whereas depressive thoughts activate the feeling part of the brain. When caught in negative thoughts stop yourself and repeat about ten times neutral or nonsense words. For example, “blue cat” or you could repeat; “Yes, praise God,” or even pray for yourself or someone else. Over time this will help you focus on how God sees you. (Based on the writings of: Dr. H. Norman Wright)                    Next week I want to share with you a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:

 Sunday 14, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Words of Praise Colossians 1:1-20