Date: July 4, 1999

Series: Elijah -- An Instrument of God's Grace

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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The Cure for Depression
I Kings 19:1-21


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Jesus told his disciples the night before he was betrayed by Judas “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Troubles have a way of showing up in our lives in such a variety of ways that at times we can become overwhelmed because we have no control over them. Those troubles can effect our physical, emotional, and spiritual well being which in turn leads to a case of spiritual blindness. That blindness shuts off the light of the knowledge of our Lordís presence, love, and sovereign power over our lives. In our state of blindness we are easily lead by Satan to go down a path of depression and at times to the blind of suicide. Elijah, the great prophet of God, faced some of the same problems many of us face in times of trouble. But be encouraged, for our loving God promised to never forsake us. His eternal presence, love and power will be wonderfully illustrated as we see Him lead his prophet out of a pit of depression and back into abundant life.

1. Don't lose Sight of the Presence of God -- 1 Kings 19:1-8
Fear can cause Depression (19:1-3)

Physical exhaustion can cause Depression (19:4)

Self-pity can causes Depression (19:4-5)

The Presence and Provision of God can cure Depression (19:6-8)

2. Donít lose sight of the Love of God -- 1 Kings 19:9-14
Self-righteousness can cause Depression (19:9-11)

The Love of God can cure Depression (19:12-14)

3. Donít lose sight of the Sovereignty of God -- 1 Kings 19:15-21
A renewed faith in God can cure Depression (19:15-18)

A renewed hope for the future can cure Depression (19:19-21)


Questions to Consider
1. Do you believe at this moment you are suffering from some form of depression?
2. What do you think is the root cause of your present depression?
3. Do you believe that our Loving Lord could bring healing to your current depression?
4. What steps have you taken to address your current depression?
5. Would you like some help concerning your current depression? (Call Guy at 719-593-2433)


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