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Summary: Part 2 of a message on dealing with depression, particularly of how God helped Elijah through his episode of depression

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TEXT: 1 Kings 19:1-9

INTRO: Depression - - - pushed down de/pressed

An area that is sunk below its surroundings

A hollow / a hole

When we push down hurts, pain, abuse, guilt...

...we are de/pressing

...it will show up

Push down - - - Hurt

Anger = becomes bitterness = Rage (explode)

Depression = anxiety = fear (implode)

Last week we answered the question...

..."Is depression a sin?"

The answer is "NO"

However, it can be the result of sin

Either directly or indirectly!

* It, like the other holes, is a fruit of a deeper root

* Depression is the indicator light

* That something is disturbing the balance of life

* Either

„« Body...chemically / hormonally [Sickness]

„« Soul...emotionally / Accidents / Purposes [Sin]

„« Spirit...unsaved / possessed [Satan]

* There are several types of depression

A. Clinical Depression

„« no medication

B. Severe Depression

„« the person struggling with this is in need of immediate support

C. Manic of Bi Polar Depression

„« Extreme mood swings

„« From excessive high / to despairing lows

D. Post Natal Depression

„« This is not the baby blues which occurs 23 days after birth

„« Post Natal can occur 2 weeks to 2 years after birth

E. Sad

„« This is actually an abbreviation:

Seasonal / Affective / Disorder

„« It goes from early fall to spring

„« Dank / Dreary / Cloudy

F. Blue

„« Situational

* No matter what of the 3 areas that depression is stemming from...

* ...it is always a condition that changes how we think and feel

* Depression can affect anyone

* Depression is not always diagnosed properly

* Because we try to use one tool on the wrong part [Body / Soul / Spirit]

* Medicine won't cure a devil!

* Nearly 2/3 of depressed people don't get proper treatment

* Sometimes depressed people are viewed as

„« Weak / lazy

* Depression is much misunderstood by the public, yet it affects many people of all ages. It is estimated that one in five people will suffer from depression at some point in their lives.

* Depression is an illness where the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, linked to the inability to concentrate, may make it hard for some people to carry out normal daily activities.

* Depression is an illness with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, which sometimes make it hard to recognize and understand.

* Personality may play a part in depression. Although anyone can become depressed under particular circumstances, some people seem to be more vulnerable than others. This may be because of things that have happened in childhood, such as abuse, or because of our individual make-up (including body chemistry).

* And...fighting depression can be an incredibly painful thing. In fact, recent studies of more than 11,000 individuals found depression to be more physically and socially disabling than arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, chronic back problems, hypertension, and illnesses. The only more disabling medical problem was advanced coronary heart disease.

I. THE STARTING OF ELIJAH'S DEPRESSION

1 His depression came after a time of intense ministry output

- More pastors resign on Monday than any day of the week


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