Oil For Your Lamp
Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor
Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin
This, and the next two messages will be important for your soul
Oil For Your Lamp - Message #8
Date - April 1, 2020
Putting Tools in Your Toolbox
Conditions in our world right now are the perfect storm for, “Despondency”.
In the experience of some ancient monks, “Despondency” is a darkening of the soul. In this state of mind, the soul is obsessing on two thoughts at the same time:
1.) Nothing is good right now (Anger at the present circumstances)
2.) Things in the past were better than now, and things in the future will be better (Desire for something to escape the present)
Look at those two things again. See how the mind is dominated by dark emotions, Anger and Desire? Anger and Desire have their place, but in this case, they are working against us. BTW, I capitalize them to “personify them”.
Stay with me.
In short, Despondency means “I hate now! My hope is dried up. I am stuck.”
Are you experiencing those emotions during this event? You are not alone!
In this state, the mind is turning round and round, spinning in a vicious circle. Think of the vice in your dad’s old workbench. It turns to the right, and tightens, it imprisons what is in it. This is the same for the soul and mind when it is entrapped in dark thoughts keeping us in, “Despondency”.
And now we can see the meaning of, “Vicious Circle”. The root word is, “Vice”. An ever tightening of the thoughts, a spinning circle we cannot escape from on our own.
In this state of mind, we become prisoners of our thoughts. We are vulnerable, fragile, and we can crack.
Standby, there is hope.
Despondency, the ancients would describe, is darker than depression and discouragement. It is a spiritual illness that we fall into, and a condition the enemy works hard to keep us entrapped in. Being alone and cooped up, away from human contact, with the news constantly disturbing our soul (through our sense input), this is the perfect recipe for Despondency.
We are starting to learn some of the enemy’s tactics. He has his own, “Art of War”.
Repentance, a Biblical word, means, “A metamorphosis of the mind”. That means, we change the way we think. Our thoughts are transformed, refocused, corrected. With God’s help, our mind begins to spin left (Toward freedom and restoration) and not right (Slavery to dark thoughts).
Let us go back to your dad’s workshop. He has something so tight in that vice it cannot budge. Now, turn the handle the other direction, lefty loosey. Whatever was trapped is now set free. And so, Christ has come to set us free, even from the prison of our Despondent thoughts.
Still with me? This is deep stuff. It can change us.
Let’s reverse this whole Despondency thing. Change one letter of that word. Swap the “D” for an, “R”.
Despond changes to Respond.
We respond to Christ, and we come alive!
If you are angry, point your anger at the enemy. He works hard at keeping you in Despondency.
Give God thanks for the blessings that we have overlooked here and now, they are right under our nose.
Give Him thanks for the past, but don’t wish for it back.
Give Him thanks for the struggle, through it He makes us stronger
Stay in today, plan for tomorrow, don’t waste today hoping for it.
Contentment is in that formula!
Here are a few slides that may describe the message best.
Prayer - In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Lord, we are so often victims of Despondency. We get trapped in our dark thoughts. It seems the Light goes out within us. We may be lonely. We may be overcome with fear. The unknown crashes over us like a huge wave. But wait Lord, You are God and we are not! You have us. Nothing can kill our soul. May Your Holy Spirit bring us calm. May we fan our faith into flame, that in the midst of trouble, we find our strength in You. Help us to man our stations, to do our duty, to serve with love and patience. Lift us and empower us to be a Light in the darkness of the times. You are the Christ, the Victorious One. We stand behind Your Mighty Shield. In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]
Humor for The Day - A church member said, “I needed supplies from a church cupboard that was secured with a lock and I didn't know the combination. Our clergyman offered to help. Placing his fingers on the dial, he raised his eyes heavenward for a few seconds. Then he spun the dial and opened the lock. Amazed , I stared at him open-mouthed. Eyes twinkling he said, ‘The combination is written on the ceiling.’”
Rest well, Pilgrims! May His angels dance in your midst!