SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

ELIJAH DEFEATS DEPRESSION

by Fenton Moorhead


Elijah Defeats Depression
Fenton Moorhead
1 Kings 19: 1-16


DEPRESSION: THE COMMON COLD OF TODAY

ELIJAH HAD AN ENEMY... JEZEBEL.

AFTER A GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FALSE PROPHETS OF BAAL

JEZEBEL THREATENED TO KILL ELIJAH.

ELIJAH'S RESPONSE.......

1KI 19:1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and
how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.

1KI 19:2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ''May the
gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time
tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.''

1KI 19:3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came
to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

1KI 19:4 while he himself went a day's journey into the desert.
He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he
might die. ''I have had enough, LORD,'' he said. ''Take my life; I
am no better than my ancestors.''

ELIJAH'S DEPRESSION:

1. HE FOCUSED ON HIS FEELINGS!

1KI 19:4 ...and prayed that he might die. ''I have had enough,
LORD,'' he said. ''Take my life; I am no better than my
ancestors.''
HE FELT LIKE HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON. HE WOULD RATHER DIE.

WHAT ABOUT THE FACTS? REALITY WAS A GREAT VICTORY! YET BECAUSE
HE WAS EXHAUSTED HE RAN IN FEAR AND FELT LIKE A FAILURE! HE
BELIEVED HE WAS INCAPABLE OF RUNNING!

FAULTY THINKING...WHEN YOU INTERPRET LIFE NEGATIVELY YOU BEGIN
TO FEEL BAD. YOUR BAD FEELINGS FEED YOUR BAD THINKING AND IT
BECOMES A CYCLE OUT OF YOUR CONTROL.

YOU CAN FAIL IN A AREA OF YOUR LIFE WITHOUT BEING A FAILURE AS A
PERSON!

THE TRUTH SETS US FREE! NOT FEELINGS. WHEN WE FEEL THAT GOD IS
FAR AWAY WE THINK PROBLEMS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO SOLVE!
2. HE COMPARED HIMSELF TO OTHERS.

1KI 19:4 ''I have had enough, LORD,'' he said. ''Take my life; I
am no better than my ancestors.''

I'M A FAILURE! I'M JUST AS BAD AS ALL THE REST WHO HAVE FAILED
BEFORE ME!

WHEN WE COMPARE OURSELVES

1)...OUR WEAKNESSES AGAINST ...

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