Depression

 

Introduction (1 Kings 19:4-5)

 

A common human emotion that bring a sense of helplessness is too common in circles both inside and out the Church. During the coarse of life it is inedible you will experience these circumstance. You can be saved and living right when depression attaches. As believers we to are humbled by this weakness in our faith and service to God.

 

 

1.      Victim of Righteousness       (1 Kings 19:4-5)

        Elijah was one of the most powerful prophets in the old testament, only Enoch and he we taken up.

        At this point in time God thru Elijah had destroyed all the false prophets of Ahab and Jezebel, 450 men.

1.      Elijah was a Man of God that was no stranger to controversy and fought the battles of God

         During this period of time Jezebel had hunted and put to death the followers of God.

2.      Elijah was also sought to be put to death, in his mind he felt that all were against him.

         Battles always will take a toll, expound life is a battle saint and sinner alike

         War fatigue builds in all individuals, this was no different to The Man of God

3.      There's a falseness that saints face, just because your doing God's will does not give you a free pass to living in victory, Job ( Job 1:8-12 )

4.      (1 Kings 17)  Elijah at Cherith feed by Ravens and later at Zarepatha feed by a widow women.

    a. God's provision in drought not a three coarse meal but met the need to survive

    b. Very important to understand, God meets need for survival, we look at excess, expound.

5.      Look at the big picture, you alive and serving God, everything is OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

2.      Spirit of  Depression (1 Kings 19:4)

      It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
   I.      He had just won a tremendous victory 450 false prophets dead, sustained by miracles, WOW

 ii.      Yet Elijah is depressed, he cries to God to kill him, what's going on?????????????

iii.      This is not an uncommon reaction, we saints do the same, we win the physical at the cost of the psychological.

        ( Eph. 6:12) - We many times forget that the warfare although fought physically is spiritual.

        There is another attach Elijah lost and that was that of the mind, he believed God failed him.

        The Mighty Man of God, cried enough, to a women after killing 450 men, why? 

        Many times we lose the war of the spirit, we are well versed in the carnal but miss God in the supernatural.

        We fail to see God salvation ( Matt 8:24-27) & ( Matt 26:31-35) Disciples fall short spiritually

   i.    Depression or failure is a spiritual battle fought in the mind, faith or unbelief.

        Christian you can win many battles be sustained by God's miracles and lose your mind, very possible

 1. Judas - (Luke 22"3-4) - Judas lost his battle and aloud Satan to destroy him ( Acts 1:17-19)

 

3.      Jesus is Still The Answer

        (1 Kings 19:5-15) Our God is not anger but understanding and continues to fed the faithless, Thank God

        Elijah is touched by Angels and fed supernatural, God is still working in his life

    a. This is important saint, you need to understand that God is still working in your life

    b. Had Judas understood this he to would have been forgiven Peter denied Jesus three time in one night

    c. You will fail God from time to time, be of good cheer your not surprising God with this

    d. It is important that you understand this and allow the angels to touch you and God continue to feed you

        Interesting to see Elijah is fed bread and sent on a journey ounce again, not too much blessing

        God sustains his saints but commands them to continue in the battle, not necessarily rejoice forever

        We must understand that we are servants of God, to work in the kingdom, this will deliver you from depression

        (John 17:1-20) Here is what God has promised his word to us as saints

        Depression will only be defeated by understanding that God is in control, Good, Bad or death he is Lord

o       If you believe this then you are an overcomer because you understand the mind of God

o       Let God do the work, it is finished, thank you Jesus

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1 Kings 19:4-5
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
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Job 1:8-12
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
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1 Kings 17:1-24
17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.
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1 Kings 19:4-5
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Eph 6:12
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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Matt 8:24-27
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
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Matt 26:31-35
31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
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Luke 22:3-4
3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
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Acts 1:17-19
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
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1 Kings 19:5-15
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
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John 17:1-20
17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
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1 Kings 19:1-8

Elijah's flight from Jezebel


One would have expected, after such a public and sensible manifestation of the glory of God and such a clear

decision of the controversy depending between him and Baal, to the honour of Elijah, the confusion of Baal's

prophets, and the universal satisfaction of the people-after they had seen both fire and water come from heaven

at the prayer of Elijah, and both in mercy to them, the one as it signified the acceptance of their offering, the other

as it refreshed their inheritance, which was weary - that now they would all, as one man, return to the worship of

the God of Israel and take Elijah for their guide and oracle, that he would thenceforward be prime-minister of

state, and his directions would be as laws both to king and kingdom. But it is quite otherwise; he is neglected

whom God honoured; no respect is paid to him, nor care taken of him, nor any use made of him, but, on the

contrary, the land of Israel, to which he had been, and might have been, so great a blessing, is now made too

hot for him.

1. Ahab incensed Jezebel against him. That queen-consort, it seems, was in effect queen-regent, as she was

afterwards when she was queen-dowager, an imperious woman that managed king and kingdom and did what

she would. Ahab's conscience would not let him persecute Elijah (some remains he had in him of the blood and

spirit of an Israelite, which tied his hands), but he told Jezebel all that Elijah had done (v. 1), not ton convince,

but to exasperate her. It is not said he told her what God had done, but what Elijah had done, as if he, by some

spell or charm, had brought fire from heaven, and the hand of the Lord had not been in it. Especially he

represented to her, as that which would make her outrageous against him, that he had slain the prophets; the

prophets of Baal he calls the prophets, as if none but they were worthy of the name. His heart was set upon

them, and he aggravated the slaying of them as Elijah's crime, without taking notice that it was a just reprisal

upon Jezebel for killing God's prophets, 1 Kings 18:4. Those who, when they cannot for shame or fear do

mischief themselves, yet stir up others to do it, will have it laid to their charge as if they had themselves done it.

2. Jezebel sent him a threatening message (v. 2), that she had vowed and sworn to be the death of him within

twenty-four hours. Something prevents her from doing it just now, but she resolves it shall not be long undone.

Note, Carnal hearts are hardened and enraged against God by that which should convince and conquer them

and bring them into subjection to him. She swears by her gods, and, raging like one distracted, curseth herself

if she slay not him, without any proviso of a divine permission. Cruelty and confidence often meet in persecutors.

 I will pursue, I will overtake, Ex 15:9. But how came she to send him word of her design, and so to give him

an opportunity of making his escape? Did she think him so daring that he would not flee, or herself so formidable

that she could prevent him? Or was there a special providence in it, that she should be thus infatuated by her

own fury? I am apt to think that though she desired nothing more than his blood, yet, at this time, she durst not

meddle with him for fear of the people, all counting him a prophet, a great prophet, and therefore sent this

message to him merely to frighten him and get him out of the way. for the present, that he might not carry on

what he had begun. The backing of her threats with an oath and imprecation does not at all prove that she really

intended to slay him, but only that she intended to make him believe so. The gods she swore by could do her

no harm.

3. Elijah, hereupon, in a great fright, fled for his life, it is likely by night, and came to Beer-sheba, v. 3. Shall we

praise him for this? We praise him not. Where was the courage with which he had lately confronted Ahab and

all the prophets of Baal? Nay, which kept him by his sacrifice when the fire of God fell upon it? He that stood

undaunted in the midst of the terrors both of heaven and earth trembles at the impotent menaces of a proud

passionate woman. Lord, what is man! Great faith is not always alike strong. He could not but know that he

might be very serviceable to Israel at this juncture, and had all the reason in the world to depend upon God's

protection while he was doing God's work; yet he fled. In his former danger God had bidden him hide himself

(1 Kings 17:3), therefore he supposed he might do so now.

4. From Beer-sheba he went forward into the wilderness, that vast howling wilderness in which the Israelites

wandered. Beer-sheba was so far distant from Jezreel, and within the dominion of so good a king as Jehoshaphat,

 that he could not but be safe there; yet, as if his fears haunted him even when he was out of the reach of danger,

he could not rest there, but went a day's journey into the desert. Yet perhaps he retired thither not so much for

his safety as that he might be wholly retired from the world, in order to a more free and intimate communion with

God. He left his servant at Beer-sheba that he might be private in the wilderness, as Abraham left his servants at

the bottom of the hill when he went up into the mount to worship God, and as Christ in the garden was withdrawn

 from his disciples, or perhaps it was because he would not expose his servant, who was young and tender, to

 the hardships of the wilderness, which would have been putting new wine into old bottles. We ought thus to

consider the frame of those who are under our charge, for God considers ours
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright

(c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
 

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Causes of Depression

Depression has no single cause; often, it results from a combination of things. You may have no idea why depression has struck you.

Whatever its cause, depression is not just a state of mind. It is related to physical changes in the brain, and connected to an imbalance of a type of chemical that carries signals in your brain and nerves. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters.

Some of the more common factors involved in depression are:

Depression-Related Mood Disorders

Major depressive disorder, commonly referred to as "depression," can severely disrupt your life, affecting your appetite, sleep, work, and relationships.

The symptoms that help a doctor identify depression include:

If you are experiencing any or several of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about whether you are suffering from depression.

If you are in an immediate serious crisis please contact your doctor or go to your local hospital or emergency room.

Dysthymia is another mood disorder. People who have it may feel mildly depressed on most days over a period of at least two years. They have many symptoms resembling major depression, but with less severity.

Symptoms of depression may surface with other mood disorders. They include seasonal major depression (also known as seasonal affective disorder), postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder has symptoms that are seen with any major depressive episode. It is the recurrence of the symptoms during certain seasons that is the hallmark of this type of depression.

Postpartum Depression is a type of depression that can occur in women who have recently given birth. It typically occurs in the first few months after delivery, but can happen within the first year after giving birth. The symptoms are those seen with any major depressive episode. Often, postpartum depression interferes with the mother's ability to bond with her newborn. It is very important to seek help if you are experiencing postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is different from the "Baby Blues", which tend to occur the first few days after delivery and resolve spontaneously.

Bipolar disorder, another mood disorder, is different than major depressive disorder and has different treatments. For more information go to bipolar.com.

Who Gets Depression?

Although depression can make you feel alone, 16% of Americans will have it during their lifetime. While depression can affect anyone, its effect may vary depending on your age and gender.

It can cause or lead to...

It prevents you from enjoying and living your life to the fullest

It prevents you from...

You miss out on the sun, the moon, the stars, the sky, the universe, and cats & dogs

You miss out on...

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Untreated Depression !!