Eclipse


When something comes between you and the “sun.” And your world goes dark.
We are facing the dangerous giant of grief and depression.

God has given us a story that takes us right to the heart of this battle. And the plan to leave behind the pit we’ve fallen into too often.

Elijah the Mighty I Kings 18:36-39
I Kings 18:41-42; 44-45 - Faith that expects a miracle
James 5:16b-18 - Ordinary guy, extraordinary prayer
Elijah the Miserable I Kings 19:1-3
The dark secret about suicidal thoughts

THE MISTAKES THAT TAKE US TO THE PIT



We dwell on the sad stuff. I Kings 19:4b; 10; 14

We go from being all about God to being all about “me.”

We withdraw to Lonely Island. I Peter 5:8
When you isolate yourself, Satan has you right where
he can “devour” you.

We settle into self-pity.
He was “Your servant.” Now he’s “the victim.”

We allow the avalanche.
Goodbye faith, hello doubt. Goodbye courage, hello fear. Goodbye joy, hello darkness. Goodbye calling, hello retreat.

The Mega-Mistake That Sends You to the Danger Zone

Ungrieved grief

Thankfully, Jesus showed us how . . . John 11:35; Matt. 26:36-38

God’s Wakeup Call for Elijah . . . and for us!
“What are you doing HERE?” I Kings 19;9b; 13b

GOD’S BATTLE PLAN FOR OVERCOMING THE GIANT OF DESPAIR


It requires not doing what you feel like doing and doing instead what you don’t feel like doing.

Get back to the things that make you strong. 19:5, 7
Things I can’t afford to neglect when I’m struggling . . .



Hebrews 10:23-25

Get it out into the open. I Kings 19:10
Grieve your loss! Vent it to God.
Psalm 61:2, 3; Psalm 142:2, 3a

Get moving! I Kings 19:8
No more “wallowing!”

Get where God can speak to you. I Kings 19:11

Get past event-faith. I Kings 19:11b-13
OEW is not your destination!

Get back on the road that got you here. I Kings 19:15

Get back in the game! I Kings 19:15-18
He still has important work for you to do.

II Timothy 2:1, 3 . . . Hebrews 12:1, 2
Jesus didn’t quit on you when it got hard. Don’t quit on Him.

The pit is not ever meant to be the place you stay. Because . . .

Psalm 40:1-3