Today’s Message

OVERVIEW

On the surface, you may appear happy, healthy, well-adjusted and “normal”. But you know there is a deeper story going on inside you. In the layers beneath what you let other people see, you have unsettled feelings of what seems like darkness. You wonder if your hurt and anxiety has left you depressed. You are not alone. There is hope. God wants to meet you there.

Part 1 – Removing the Stigma of Depression

OCTOBER 25, 2020

If you are suffering from depression, you are not alone

Symptoms of Depression:

1. Receiving bad news
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.” -1 Kings 19:2

2. Fear:
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life….” – 1 Kings 19:3

3. Suicidal thoughts:
“(Elijah) prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, LORD,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’” – 1 Kings 19:4

4. Extreme lethargy:
Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. – 1 Kings 19:5

5. Feeling rejected:
“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 now they are trying to kill me too.” – 1 Kings 19:10

How God responds to the Depressed:

1. God sends help
The angel of the LORD came back a second time… -1 Kings 19:7

2. God gives a touch
All at once an angel touched him… -1 Kings 19:5

3. God meets you where you are
…he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him – 1 Kings 19:8–9

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