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If You Want Peace, Prepare for War

K'dee Elsen

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K'dee Elsen

Clinical Psychologist, Co-Host of “The Brain People Podcast”

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  • November 15, 2019
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The general theme for this weekend is peace of mind but I wanted to title kind of my series the kind of this the speaking portion of it the forgotten war the mental health great controversy which you already might start thinking what in the world is she going to be talking about The 1st got in war the mental health great controversy tonight's talk is intitled if you want peace prepare for war so just want you to start thinking about that if you want peace prepare for war but before I jump into tonight's talk just a little bit more about myself. And thank you for reading my bio and that helps but you might be starting to think like who am I And how or why is this relevant to me so that's one of the questions I get often and a lot of times people say you know I'm not troubling with mental health this is not a political to me but mental health and what we're going to be covering is a political will to every single person present here today for one whether you've struggled with mental health in the past and perhaps you found healing this is a political will to you to make sure that you don't fall into that cycle again perhaps you are struggling and this is a political tool to you today or perhaps you will in the future or you have a friend a family of loved one that also struggles we're going to talk about mental health statistics and you recognize that it's so prevalent that it is relevant to us all and so we're really covering a lot of information and I would like you know the psychologists and. Dynamic and discussions so if at any point you just want to speak up or I'll ask you some questions I want you guys to being gauged in minutes because we know the things that we are engaged in we learn better instead of just someone up here talking. So again today's talk is intitled if you want peace prepare for war. So before we start I like to do a little activity where it's meant for fact so I'm going to read a couple of mental health statements and I want you all by show of hands whether you believe it's a fact thumbs up or if a myth thumbs down and cry someone to read a statement truth fact or met Ok and no cheating no looking to your neighbor this is what you believe to be true and don't think too much about it your 1st initial in State is their own ready. Ok so the 1st one is mental illness or mental health disorders are primarily due to genetics truth. Are right the next one the number one or the most effective treatment for mental illness is psychopharmacology So medications. For the question is the number one or most effective treatment for mental illness is medications and. Then the next one people with mental health problems always struggle they never fully recover the question is do people with mental health difficulties or mental illness never fully recover there's no cure. And. Not a lot of thumbs down in these questions 20 percent of Americans so proud one in 5 Americans suffer with a mental illness. Allen people are like oh I don't know Ok women struggle with mental illness more than men. So this one I always find funny because the men are like Yeah the women are like no. Ok the question is whether. Women struggle of mental illness more than men Ok most mental health problems are a result of a poor childhood. Ok so I'm getting a lot of home pay attention Ok so the question is whether or not mental health problems are a result of a poor childhood. So that was probably the most mixed I have seen so far Ok the next one most mental health problems they're most prevalent in older adulthood mental health problems in a later adulthood Ok suicide is the leading cause of death. Suicide is the leading cause of death. Pretty mixed you. Ok and then anyone who tries to kill himself or herself have a mental illness. Looks like the suicide ones are a little bit mixed so we're going to actually answer some of these throughout our presentation so I want you to pay attention because a lot of these things are mis sort of facts and the more we know about mental health the more we can help others as well as help ourselves so we're going to talk about mental health statistics so as one of the questions indicated yes it is true that one in 5 American adults live with a mental health disorder I'm not going to go down the road and start counting 15 Don't wary but that said that there's 20 percent of the American population that struggles with a mental illness so that's about $44000000.00 and that statistic was found in 2060 but if you look at the next bullet point there it says that 50 percent struggle with a mental illness across their lifetime so when they looked at just 2016 it was only 20 percent over the course of someone's lifetime 50 percent house of our country will struggle with a mental illness that's a lot right. So one in 25 of those individuals who shrug will also struggle with mental illness that is something that substantially interferes with their life what I mean by this is something people may have depression but they can be functional right they can go to work they can go to school but one in 25 have a significant condition where it interferes with their daily life the depression they're sleeping all day they're having difficulty waking up. They lose their job because they can't continue to maintain that type of lifestyle so one in 25 then there are other statistics there you can just see the natural breakdown that invariably is one of the most prevalent as well as depression as in the last bullet point touches on the fact that a lot of individuals who have mental illness often have a co-morbid substance use condition as well and that makes a lot of sense a lot of individuals trying to cope with their mental illness by using substances and. So the next one you can see here yes women do have higher prevalence rates than men so you can see there and then you notice that also I think this was a majority people said that it was not more prevalent in older adulthood you know it is there that it's most prevalent in younger ages so especially this age group of the cademy suit it's very prevalent and then it's also highest among multicultural groups and minorities. So I want to include these statistics about both physical abuse and sexual abuse because a lot of times we don't want to talk about these things and they're happening so we have to talk about it so physical abuse some statistics on physical abuse 5300000 incidents of domestic violence and relief for women and 3 point. $2000000.00 for men so yes the mist of violence happens to men as well it's often just talked about with women but men as well this it to say it always gets me 60 percent of marriages domestic violence happens in a marriage 60 percent of marriages so it's more than half the you notice that it says that it's the most underreported crime so it's not reported and you wonder if this is to stick is higher than 60 percent every 9 seconds a woman is physically abused right how many 9 seconds do we have even in just this presentation with the single greatest cause of injury to women 90 percent of women who are battered report that their children were present so one of the things that continues the cycle of violence often is when children are present and they're viewing domestic violence that that also perpetuate the cycle of abuse. Sexual abuse this one's heavy for a lot of us but it is the sad reality of the world that we live in one in 3 girls and one in 6 boys are abused before the age of 181 in 3 girls and one in 6 and again this is another one of those that are most unreported crimes so only one to 10 percent are actually reported. And you think about why is that right the shame that often comes along with that the if the child says something the parents don't believe them or perhaps the child says something or doesn't say something because it's a family member so if you look down there it says that 34 percent are typically from family members and 60 percent from acquaintances I think this is a lot more known recently that perpetrators are often those that know the victim and not sure you notice that's only 7 percent are strangers so it happens in the context of the patients that I see typically it's by aunts uncles siblings cousins those who are close to us. One in 5 so I included this one because of the Academy students that we have here one in 5 youth received a sexual pro-choice or solicitation over the Internet in the past year I'm not here to bash the Internet I'm not here to bash social media but there are dangers and one of those dangers is this type of solicitation or sexual. I know patients who let's say they had a good upbringing a good childhood and then something happened on the Internet they were taken to a page where there was progress and then they became addicted and then from then on their life change internat can be used for good can be used even for God's glory but they're all sold dangerous so be careful women who experience sexual abuse as a child are 2 to 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted later in life we'll talk about this in a later presentation about often when you're sexually abused you create beliefs that I'm dirty I'm lovable I'm worthless and that those beliefs then draw you towards unhealthy relationships because that's what you believe you deserve I just saw a patient last week so I'm working in a medical center which often you don't think about psychologist being medical centers but they realize the tie between physical health and mental health are so it's such a big kind of intersection that they're having more psychologists and medical fields and so I'm there I'm half time in politics care half time in primary care so I got consulted to go into a room with for an individual who had a very high anxiety so this was inpatient setting and she was constantly calling the nurses Hines I need my medications I need my medications and she just got her medications and they're like what's going on just like this anxiety they gave her exactly medication and still this high anxiety and I met with her and found out she had this long history. Of trauma multiple. Molestation by family members then later raped leader for divorce his substance use history a very very sad upbringing as well as later on in her life and she had these bullies she said you know I'm dirty she's like I went in all these relationships because I'm dirty I don't deserve anything better and she's like God can't forgive me and I said I forgive you for it she said for the things that were done to me and you start thinking like but those things were done to you you were a victim and yet she believed that it was something that she did right the impact of sexual abuse one of 1.3 women are forcibly raped each minute in the u.s. $1.00 women so that 70 in our a $1800.00 per day and $683000.00 per year so these are not I hope you guys don't take these are not numbers these are not numbers on a slide these are real life experiences it's happening all around us this is happening to people even in this very room if we look at this it to 6 we know that people here have struggled with these things or are currently struggling with these things and it's important to keep this in mind. So the next one is about suicide you're like caving in wow you're really bring in the heavy topics and I wanted to start off with that evening but again this is what's real so you notice here that one of the questions was that suicide is one of the top leading causes of death so you can see there's different causes of death there unintentional injury homicide you know accidents or heart disease etc and they're in the bottom you see of across age groups it is the top 10 leading cause of death but I want you to notice something. And the $15.00 to $24.00 of the 20. $5.00 to $34.00 and then the $10.00 to $14.00 so the youngest age groups it's no longer the temp leading cause of death it is the 2nd leading cause of death so it's only 2nd to unintentional injury which is a very large category so among these age groups suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death twice as many suicides than there are homicides and the rates of suicide continue to increase you notice in media. That there's been a lot of a lot of publicity about mental health you can see about suicide people are like what is going on with suicide the one on the bottom I remember I was in a Mexican restaurant in California very typical and. The cashier was like did you hear what's going on in Sydney I'm like why she shows me the video and I couldn't believe that this man just starts stabbing people on the street I don't know how many of you have heard how many of you heard of it but this man just starts stabbing people and that's not all right we see so many. News about shootings in California there were a lot of different shootings I was working in assembler to do mental health clinic when down the street was the major shooting at the inland regional center and all these shootings really drawing the attention to mental health and people are thinking are these mental are these shootings related to mental health. This next slide I don't know how many who here can guess what the who these people are can anyone does anyone know. You might recognize the most popular you might recognize in the top right in the top left so all of these individuals are pastors who were attentive and completed suicide. So the top right and the top left are individuals who the top right he probably got the most publicity because he was not only a pastor and a young pastor but he was also a mental health advocate so he was constantly talking about mental health he talked about his own struggles and this year he completed suicide and so this slide is not comprehensive by any metre but it's a picture of different individuals as church leaders in different denominations who have completed suicide and this is to bring light to the fact that Christians also struggle with mental illness as well and not just Christians but even leaders. And you notice lots of smiles we talked about this morning you know how do you recognize if somebody suicidal or depress and often we say in the mental health world that they're smiling we're very good at covering up our brokenness and you notice here you would never guess right you see these beautiful families you would never gas that they have lost a loved one to suicide and so this begs the question what in the world is happening right. This begs the question why the apparent increase in mental health prevalence rates so this is where I want to hear some ideas of what you guys think why the increase in mental health Providence rates yes. Social media Ok. Anyone else. No right or wrong yes. Bullying and peer pressure definitely anyone else. Yes. Technology and what it causes the disconnect in separating ourselves definitely yes. Unhealthy lifestyle will talk a little about that. Anyone else. In the back yes. Guilt and discontentment guilt is a heavy emotion. Here yes music. So you guys are all the oh yes another one go ahead. I always am. I k It's Ok Ok. Yes. Lack of family strain connection definitely So you guys are all touching on very important factors and you kind of touched on some of these already so I don't know how many of you are familiar with Dr Neil never really he's an internal medicine physician who's dedicated his life to mental health both in the on the clinical side of having a depression recovery program as well as the research side and him and his team did some research and they composed this list of different responders or causes and some of you guys already touched on it but what you'll notice that what it says here is on the bottom it says For you can't just how one is you're guaranteed to have a mental illness you typically have 4 or more and that puts you at a higher risk. Just a disclaimer as they go through these 2 not start self diagnosing and say oh my gosh I have that and my gosh I have got to crave this is not a self assessment. But just to bring awareness of what are the contributors we're trying to answer that question of why the increase in mental health problems rates will mental illness so you see the 1st ones genetics so that was one of the questions is not purely genetic So for instance if your father has it or if you have a long history of family history of mental illness does not mean that you are guaranteed to have a mental illness but it does put you at a risk right that's one of risk factor another one is developmental what that means is childhood experiences this can include physical abuse sexual abuse this could include your parents going through a divorce a parent's incarcerated This could include any adverse childhood experience Kaiser Permanente a huge health organization did. A study where they looked at their patients physical physical health and how their childhood experiences impacted their physical health and they found a link between childhood experiences and poorer physical health outcomes so to give you an example this example when I heard it really stood out to me there was a woman who was you know visiting doctors wanting to significantly overweight wanting to lose weight and she she you know she would lose weight with the help of the physicians gave it back lose weight gain it back lose weight gain it back and then like what is going on later they found out that she was sexually abused as a child and her defense mechanism was to gain weight in a way that she would make herself so ugly that no one would want to molest her and so what happens as a child can significantly impact also your physical health and so childhood is one also factor that was another question is not guaranteed if you have a poor childhood but it is another risk factor lifestyle so it had mentioned lifestyle this is one that is often not talked about when it comes to mental health even in my own studies with psychology it's barely mention but lifestyle has a powerful impact on mental health they've done studies where even nutritional alone can reduce anxiety or depression symptoms by 50 percent that's huge by lifestyle alone and lifestyle includes also sleep so you see the circulating rhythm the portents of light and sleep addictions often we think oh you know that doesn't apply to me because I don't use drugs or don't use alcohol but addictions can include per na graffiti gambling shopping over eating work right anything that you use to kind of numb your pain or to kind of cope with your mental health condition so addictions nutrition we talked about toxins social are complicated grief meaning lost of a loved one so again doesn't mean that if you lose a loved one you are going to develop a mental illness just means that if you don't process if you don't grieve and let's say you have other risk factors you are at a higher risk. You notice their medical condition so often when I since I work in a primary care clinic somebody might present with depressive symptoms but you have to rule out for certain medical conditions like thyroid condition vitamin b. vitamin d. deficiencies etc because they often mimic certain symptoms and then the frontal lobe I love study about the frontal lobe and we'll talk about this a little later but does anyone know what the frontal lobe does. Decisions great. So they make house makes decisions does anyone know what else it does. This term is right and wrong so moral judgment so I want you to think about the role of the frontal lobe in regards to mental health which again we'll talk about a little bit but if I could summarize all of these into one and if I could answer the question of what's going on why the increase I would summarize it with this the great controversy so the great controversy we're going to cover what it is quickly who's involved where does it take place kind of like the who what when where how questions but the great controversy is I have references there but I'll just quickly go through some tax Revelation 12 helps us understand that there was a war in heaven and this war was between God and Satan and this war Satan gets kicked out of heaven then gets transferred to the earth and so with so far we have the main characters of whom so far. God and Satan right but then he was transferred to earth and we see in Genesis chapter 3 that coming to Earth then who's introduced as another main character. Adam and Eve human beings so now in this war we have Satan versus God and we have. And between and we're going to talk about why is that relevant to mental health. So we see that the war continues to this day Paul talks about this war a lot you notice him 1st and 2nd Timothy he refers to us as soldiers they're engaging in warfare and one of my favorite absolute favorite verse is a fusion 612 it says For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood what that means is we don't wrestle against human beings what I like to think about this in the context of mental health when we think about oh it's lifestyle Oh it's you know all these kind of factors yes it is those things but we have to recognize that there's a bigger war at hand so it's as we do not wrestle against flesh and blood against principalities against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this age spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places I like this verse because when I'm going through a difficult time I just I'm like God I know that I'm not wrestling vents flesh and blood right now I'm there's a spiritual bigger war and can't. So you got I want you guys to think about there's a bigger war taking place that we're caught in the middle and how does mental health play a factor in this John 1010 perfectly outlined this great controversy between Satan and Jesus saying that the thief is one that comes to steal to kill to destroy but Jesus comes to give life abundant and today we're going to focus on the 1st character of the war so remember what the title was if you want peace prepare for war so we're going to look at the adversary exceed 10 so what we know about Satan is says that he's a murderer that he is a liar that he is the father of all lies so when I give mental health presentations and we talk a lot about the impacts of thoughts on our mood thoughts on our mental health we often say very negative things to ourselves out of the ones like a quote that says don't say negative things here self because you're always listening don't talk badly about yourself because you're always listening we recognize that those negative thoughts come from the father of all us so Satan is the father of all life it also sense that he sin from the beginning and that he's an adversary so in the Bible when you study the role of Saint 10 back in the day names were given more as descriptions of character than it was given actually just like hey I like the name you know Bob I'm going to name my kid Bob you know back then it was a descriptor of character and so for Satan back when in the Old Testament it was not written with a capital s. it was a lower case so on and it was to describe who he was that's why his name change from Lucifer to say 10 because his function whoi was change and so saved 10 he had several names he has say 10 about dawn he has the devil Those are all names to describe his what he does and so he. An accuser so Zachariah 3 talks about how he accuses us before the Lord Joshua in that case but as a representative of us he accuses us you know he takes before God He takes before you and says You see this sin you see this struggle you're broken you're ugly you're dirty fill in the blank so Satan accuses us another way one of his descriptors is destroy or angel of death and so this all Koos us into into this idea that Satan in this war is the root of all suffering and is the root cause of all sin so if he is the root of all suffering and all sin where does mental illness come from. Satan and I'm not saying that if you have mental illness that you're Dean in pizzazz or that you're attacked by the devil because of something you did what I'm saying is all sin all suffering comes from Satan. So how is this relevant to mental health the mental health great controversy when we think about Satan we often think that he attacks us spiritually right oh I messed up by Cindy again that Satan he tempted me all or even maybe he attacks me with my physical health also and so has cancer Oh he's played by the devil or he's attacking me financially right we have all these things ideas that Satan attacks us in our physical health our spiritual health but then we don't think that he attacks are from our mental health right we just think it's like oh it's the way of life we're done just going with depression but if we know that Satan the root of all sin and suffering then we know that also he's behind this mental health problem so let me go through again these causes so genetics we know that with the genetics have been messed up over time as a root as a cause of as a consequence of sin. Lifestyle as well one I want to touch on is again I said I come back to the frontal lobe so someone had mentioned that decision making but also that it's important for moral judgment so what are some things that impact the frontal lobe Does anyone know. Alcohol right so if you think about alcohol do people typically make great decisions while they're intoxicated No not at all right it's because alcohol starts turning off the frontal lobe What are other things that impact the frontal lobe. Yet. Drugs. I heard music over here we're out. Anything else yes. Television So that's what we often don't think about but television the way it flickers the way the the waves that we get starts turning off our frontal lobe in a way that's not hypnotic. So t.v. music all Kohol drugs caffeine as well sugar. And other things and so you think about oh you know it's it's nothing it's just caffeine or it's nothing it's just a little bit of alcohol but you don't realize the impact if you think about all these causes if you don't take care of your mental health through these different avenues you're having these cards stacked against you and you say Oh it's nothing I'm just watching a little bit of t.v. and it's fine and I'm not bashing t.v. what I'm saying is that often these things are adding up to point where you're like why my struggling with depression and there's multiple things that are causing it but again it's not just about these things impacting our frontal lobe the question is why does the devil attack in these specific ways why the. Why are mental health so I want to talk about the implications of poor mental health if so if you think about in a war what is the best strategy to win a war is it to go and kill off every single individual soldier. That would take a very long time so whoever said yes you're not going to win that war what would be a better Shraddha gene. Mindgames you try to find the heart right you try to find the thing that if I attack this and this crumbles everything else will crumble so often in war it might be like a communication system if I break this then it'll you know mess up the whole the whole strategy and that's the way we have to think about mental health when you tap the mind you attack everything and I'm not saying that because I'm a psychologist you talk the minute you talk everything for example physical health people often think like 3rd they're not relate. There's your mune system if you have a poor mental health your mutes time goes down you're higher rates of coronary heart disease lung diseases diabetes you know that diabetes could be caused by depression they used to think oh it's but there's a relationship there's a causal relationship now between depression and diabetes obesity respiratory problems and the list goes on. I put up here premature death 10 individuals with severe mental illness who live 10 to 25 years unless they die 10 to 25 years earlier than people who don't. Mental health poor mental health even when we talked about him being the angel of death also leads to physical death. Right you still are starting to get the idea of the impact of mental health social health and we sort of talk about this right if you have a poor mental health how does that impact your social life. With depression one of the number one things that I see with depression is when the people start feeling those depressive symptoms they start isolating number one thing and it's so interesting the way that the devil works because he knows that the very thing that you need is people and yet you get tempted to isolate I don't want to like the fit he keeps me out whole oh you know I'm already disconnected in and old Nobody knows what I'm going through nobody understands nobody nobody cares these negative thought these lives from the devil as well but social media although it's been beautiful and it can be used by God and beautiful ways has led to an increase in disconnect I think I find it fascinating that I could be hanging out with him and texting d. d. and I'm texting him and I'm never enjoying the person that I'm actually with you think that you're connecting you're not connecting at all. If this appearance that I have more connection but then you feel this and genius it also when you impact when you have poor mental health it can also impact the quality of your relationships right you see these 2 individuals with broken lives kind of coming together and often coming together causing havoc in their own relationship and in their family disconnection poor mental health also leads to poor spiritual health so we just talked about the frontal lobe right but if you think about the frontal lobe when the boom the Bible talks about your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit I think about the frontal lobe as the whole we place the most holy place so this is like the holy place in your frontal lobe as the most holy place because that is the place that you connect with God the most so it makes sense why the frontal lobe is attacked the most out of any other part and in the brain out of any other organ but specifically the frontal lobe. So you are you guys are understanding that poor mental health impacts every aspect of your life every aspect and often we just accept it as if I have depression having variety it's nothing because it's so common but we don't realize the implications of poor mental health. And so it we are over the course of this weekend we're going to look at we just looked at the adversary the devil and his role but we're also going to talk about the role of Jesus what role does Jesus play it feels overwhelming to know the sit to 6 feels overwhelming to know that we have. An adversary so many who's against us constantly always looking for ways to attack us but we have also someone else fighting for us Jesus who will talk about tomorrow and then to close we're going to talk about our role in all of this but throughout this weekend when you think about the causes that I talked about I want you guys personally to start thinking about what are things that I can change. Jesus can do as much as you allow him to do but also what are things that are in your control that you can change perhaps you're saying you know I'm addicted social media you know very few which soon studies where you're on social media in your cooking like look how many likes you have in your job you mean goes up the ward the reward maybe you're thinking you know I've been addicted to social media and I'm not investing in healthy relationships in person relationships Lord that's something that I need to change or God like I've been having a very unhealthy lifestyle eating things that I should be eating I'm doing things I need to change that like maybe you're not shoveling with your mental health but don't you want a better mental health an optimal mental health but one thing before we close that I want to cover. Is this idea and I started covering it earlier today is about support and vulnerability. Talking about disconnect in isolation with mental illness comes a lot of disconnect and isolation and a lot of shame and guilt if I say that I'm struggling with depression how might my friend feel if I say that I you know struggling with shame and guilt like can I have made that to people will they actually be open and nurturing to me because it often comes and says no one really cares. If I could ask how many people here have like believe that no one really cares I can't reach out and no one will understand my story so different no one will understand and the thing is. It's more comfortable to be isolated but isolation leads to poor mental health and so you wonder why the Bible constantly and we talked about $62.00 earlier but why it constantly talks about the need for community as not just the how finding fellowship I love Ecclesiastes is for one to 12 this is just a summary but it says the 2 are better than one why because if one falls down the other one is there to pick them up if I fall with my mental health if I am depressed or anxious or I'm struggling I'm just going through a temporary relief or a loss. Is that easier to do it alone or with the help of others if i'm care if I need to carry a 50 pound weight. And I'm carrying an old man it is having depression is having size having you know these things are heavy but if I ask you know this young man here was it don't you yes. I'm telling you all can you come and help me carry this 50 and you know with his muscles he comes and he starts helping me. Is that can be heavier for me or lighter for me. And it's interesting because we apply that to physical but not to mental right if I'm carrying a burden it's heavy. To share it with somebody the same way includes Yes he says if I fall if I'm with somebody they could pick me up because this is it's telling you the idea that you can't do it alone some of you may be thinking that you're super strong you can't do it alone. You can't number see any bubbles here tonight you can't mental health you cannot deal with it on your own and so you need to have the help of someone and I love the last worsen ecclesiastics because it says a 3 fold chord is not easily broken yourself friends family and God. And then 1st us loons 511 also has incurred one another build one another up and then I love Hebrews 1024 and 25 because it says to stir up one another to love and good works not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some but encouraging one another and I like this works because the way he if he words it he says is not neglecting to meet together it's almost as if he is soon as that will neglect it so he's saying make sure that you don't he's not saying they come together he's saying do not neglect why because you need to stir up one another encourage one another you cannot do this on your own and so really what we want to foster throughout this weekend is not just knowledge head knowledge was one thing but you need to apply it and you need to know that anything that you learn you cannot do a lot of as an academy you have to rely on each other as friends if someone's here tonight that fuels alone you know we have people here that are willing to get you connected we want you to know that you're not alone not just with the help of God but God's people we are in the fold to be support for one another and so at the end I want to close with a miracle that's found in in multiple gospels but I like the one and Mark Mark tends to emphasize a lot so if you want to turn there with me if you have a hive you have your Bibles if you don't that's Ok I will review it anyways I can read it from here. As you turn to there it's marked Chapter 2 verses one to 12. I'm going to show you a series of pictures of this miracle and I want to ask you what do you notice as a pattern in all these pictures Ok so you got to pay close attention. So this is the 1st couple pictures these are all pay. I just googled the paralytic men and they're all pictures of the same miracle but I'm going to show you a couple and I want you guys we don't see anything yet but at the end I'm going to ask what you notice is the pattern in all these pictures. So take a look at the 1st in the 2nd one. So not yet. Just take a bit. Ok what do you know it is in the pattern of all of these pictures. All right Amy guesses. What do you notice as a pattern yes. The people are helping him down. Yeah we see some ropes right. So I think maybe some of our interpretations are based off of what we know of the miracle yes. Ok maybe a sad face the expression on the guy's face Ok. Anyone else yes. Yes She's always looking at the paralytic. It's kind of a trick question. So if you notice in all these pictures so many said the friends are helping but I want to show that in all these pictures do you see any of the friends. Know Right keep that in mind we're going to read it and then I'm going to get back to that's Ok So Mark Chapter 2 verses one to 12. Let's see here. So it says and again he being Jesus entered component after some days and it was heard that he was in the house immediately many gather together so that there was no longer room to receive them not even near the door so imagine there's this house it is packed not even room near the door and verse 2 and he preached the word to them verse 3 then they came to him bringing a pair of paralytic who was carried by how many men for men so did this paralytic come walking to Jesus No became carried by 4 men and when they could not come near him because of the crowd they uncovered the roof where he was and when they had broken through they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic son your sins are forgiven you but some of the scribes were sitting there in reasoning in their hearts why does this man speak blasphemies like this who can forgive sins but God alone and immediately when Jews perceived in his spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves he said to them Why do you reason about these things in your hearts which is easier to say to the paralytic your sins are forgiven you or to say All Rise take up your bed and walk. But there you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins he said to the paralytic I say to you rise take up your bed and go your way to your house and immediately heroes took up the bed when out in the presence of them all so that they were all amazed and glorified God saying we never saw anything like this so I'm going to have you guys turn your attention back to verse 5 it says When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic son your sins are forgiven you know who's who is there. The friend this is when Jesus saw the Friends faith so let me ask you Was this because of the paralytics faith. It says Because of the Friends faith they he was healed what I found interesting is that we when I googled this this Miracle and looking for pictures all of them as you see. Focused on Jesus and the paralytic man all of them right the center focus is Jesus on the paralytic man you see the ropes you see maybe some of the hands but you don't see the friends at all and it's interesting because we're missing the big picture the main message of this Miracle is because of their faith that he was healed so here we see them and that's what gives this description that they went it was for they're like Ok sorry it's full We're going to take you back to your house you know what did they do instead. They carried him to the top you can see there broke the roof like this is persistence because it isn't like oh jesus is busy today let's go home we'll try tomorrow or let's kind of come earlier next time and make sure we get inside the house no they came they were persistent and I don't know how much he weighed but they carried him up right we have to make this kind of imagine this as if it was they carried him up they broke the roof lowered him down. This Miracle was put in the Bible because of their faith the paralytic man could not get to Jesus on his own. And I wanted to include this because we're just talking about the portions of social support there are people here today that might be like that paralytic bam you can't come to Jesus on your own maybe or 2 to process maybe 2 ages mean you have these lives that Satan has told you that you're not good enough you're going to struggle all your life there's no cure We'll whatever your experiences fill in the plague you might be that paralytic man tonight I can't get to Jesus on my own. But there are people that are friends that are wanting to take you to Jesus was that the paralytics faith is the faith. Of the friends and so whether you're the paralytic you're tonight or maybe you're saying you know God has blessed me right now I am strong mentally praise the lord maybe you are needed by God to be those friends they you need to be the ones that take your friend suggests but you have to be the ones of Willie right so to say like oh you know my friends are fine Do they know that you're a type of person that you they can come to you when they're struggling they you would be the the friends that wouldn't just say Ok sorry Jesus is busy or you would be the type of friend that will carry and do anything possible to get your friends to Jesus so without I'm going to how while going to have us close in prayer but in the light of vulnerability and in light of social support and encouraging one another what I'm going to have you guys do is break into 3 s and with within these 3 if I can have maybe 2 volunteers just quickly to demonstrate this anyone. I don't bite Come on Ok I think you're so if you could just come up this way so we're 3 right and so what we're going to do is if you mind standing here in the middle. We're going to hold hands. Right and we're going to pray for the person in the middle and at the you're going to switch crowd. And then you're going to pray are going to hold hands and you're going to pray for me and you're going to switch until everyone has been prayed for. Thank you but this is not to say Dear Heavenly Father may you bless this person Amen this is to start opening of we're starting the mental health weekend to open up to being vulnerable with each other I know it's going to serve feeling uncomfortable but I want you to remember that people here we need each other you cannot do it alone. So if you can break into 3 that this time is going to be no time limit per say but keep in mind that if to really open each other up to be able to pray over specific needs especially specific mental health needs. So let beats I'm going to start I'm going to have a word of prayer and then I'll have you guys break into the 3 It's Ok so let's bar heads for a word of prayer. Ok let's pray there are only Father God in heaven. Florida I know that when I talk about mental health my my heart is always broken to know that there's such a brokenness in this world and Lord I'm not I don't pretend that this brokenness doesn't exist and within these walls and so Lord I pray that at this time as we have talked about vulnerability as we've talked about the importance of these friends taking the paralytic man to your feet oh God that this time of sacred prayer maybe utilize to also bring each other to the feet of Jesus so lord me your spirit be here to start hewing us Lord to start this healing process today and throughout the rest of this week and more so may you be here Lord stretching as challenging us to. 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