Get a Grip: How to live in emotional freedom
Part 2 – Living Through the Battle of the Blues
(1 Kings 19:1- 20)
February 18, 2018
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor
1 Kings 19:1-5 Now Ahab (the king) told Jezebel (his wife) everything Elijah (God’s prophet) had done and how he had killed all her prophets of Baal with the sword. 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.’ 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 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.’ 5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’
1. HOW DEPRESSION HAPPENS.
A. In a moment of weakness, Elijah forgot all about God’s power and promises and focused only on the threats against his life. (1 Kings 19:3a)
1. Emotions out of control can shut down all common sense and all reason and make us forget how powerful our God is.
2. When we face a threat, there is a temptation to let our emotions control our lives instead of being willing to see God in the middle of our moment.
B. At his most vulnerable moment, Elijah separated himself from his supportive relationship. (1 Kings 19:3-4)
1. 1 Kings 19:3-4 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 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.’
2. Elijah left his friend and helper and went on alone.
C. Elijah was making decisions when he was physically and emotionally exhausted. (1 Kings 19:4)
1 Kings 19:4 While he himself (alone) 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’
D. Weakened, Elijah gives in to self-pity. (1 Kings 19:4,10)
1. 1 Kings 19:4, 10 ‘I have had enough, LORD,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ 10 He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’
2. In the middle of a pity party, remember this, don’t believe any conclusions you come up with and don’t do anything you feel like doing.
2. HOW TO GET OUT OF THE DEPRESSION YOU ARE FEELING.
A. Regroup physically. (1 Kings 19:4)
1 Kings 19:5 Then Elijah laid down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’
B. Let yourself start hearing God again. (1 Kings 19:9-13)
1. 1 Kings 19:9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’
2. God shows Elijah two keys things:
a. God was still in charge.
b. God usually speaks most powerfully in our lives through a still small voice instead of dramatic events.
3. 1 Kings 19:11-12 The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a small still voice.
C. Let yourself begin seeing God-directed positive goals again. (1 Kings 19:15-17)
1. 1 Kings 19:15-16 The LORD said to Elijah, ‘Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.’
2. The sooner we can get back to doing the will of God again, knowing we matter, the faster the depression will be gone.
3. 1 King 19:18 Yet I reserve 7,000 in Israel all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.
Action Steps for this week …
I will be careful to not do the things that led Elijah into depression.
I will recognize the value of taking care of myself physically in times of depression.
I will recognize the strength of listening to the still small voice of God.
I will key in on the goals God wants me to accomplish this week and be faithful to Him.