Summary: How do we handle depression, discouragement?
God’s moving to Corinth!
Pastor Allan Kircher
As he arrived in the City of Corinth, he was weary.
And I don't suppose there's anybody at our service that doesn't get to that place.
I don't suppose there's any Christian who could say, "I've never been discouraged," or "I've never been disheartened."
We've all been there, and maybe we've all been weary in well doing.
I suppose all of us at some time or another get depressed, or want to give up and quit.
In the heat of a moment we’ll say, I’ll just leave this job, this church, or this family,
And they’ll miss me…they’ll wish they had treated me different!
Often we have some of these feelings:
• “There’s no use/harder I try, worse things get
• No one listens/just spinning wheels
• Keep trying/get people involved/church/nothing happens
• Daily stresses and problems are all vanity
• Ever find happiness? daily grind”
(Life is just mundane, repetitive, like Chinese water torture!)
The devil, according to legend, once advertised his tools for sale at public auction.
When prospective buyers assembled/one oddly shaped tool, which was labeled “Not for sale.”
• Asked to explain why this was, the devil answered, “I can spare my other tools, but I cannot spare this one.
• It is the most useful implement that I have.
• It is called Discouragement, and with it I can work my way into hearts otherwise inaccessible.
• When I get this tool into a man’s heart, the way is open to plant anything there I may desire.”
If there is one thing that is constant/we all are subject to discouragement.
• There is no shortage of discouragements to hinder the work of God.
• The Bible is full of men of God who at times became discouraged.
• And you and I get discouraged from time to time
Moses: The Greatest leader, handpicked by God!
Had God’s power on his life, but in Numbers 11:15 he said to God, “If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”
Joshua: Greatest General, handpicked by God to lead Israel into the Promised Land…
But in Joshua 7:7, he said, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan (so this is what we get for serving God, he said, after a great defeat!)
He felt like quitting! He got over it, thankfully!
Elijah: Greatest prophet of OT
• willing to challenge the idolatry of his day
• called fire down from heaven
• Won a faceoff w/ prophets of Baal,
• But in I Kings 19:4 after it was all over, he requested for himself that he might die, and said, it is enough now, O Lord, take away my life!
Job: We talk about his patience and faith, and he was truly a great man…
He had a great beginning and a great ending
but in-between, when he lost everything, he wished he had not been born
Became suicidal, extremely depressed for a period of time!
Job 3:3 he said, let the day perish in which I was born!
He wanted God to kill him, and was spiritually depressed and not even happy for the all the souls that just got saved in Nineveh!
Paul: In Acts 18 we find Paul in his 2nd missionary journey, arriving from Athens to Corinth experiencing a low time in his life (of depression)
Now, when we saw him in Athens last time, in chapter 17
We saw him in the intellectual city.
in a city that is the university type city.
A city of culture. A city of information, of learning, of astuteness.
Had a sense of failure (not much success in Athens/called a “babbler” (bird brain)
And he's gone from Athens to Corinth.
And if Athens is the city of learning, Corinth is sin city.
At best, we could probably name it that.
It was the most debouched/debased city in that world of that day.
The reputation of Corinth from a moral standpoint was so bad at the time the Apostle Paul visited it that if a woman was conspicuously immoral, they said of her, “She is a Corinthian.”
If a man was unusually vile or wicked, they said, “He Corinthianizes.”
That in itself is enough to show what a wicked, ungodly city Corinth was. If you were from Corinth, you were drunk and immoral.
Paul arrived there, he was really discouraged.
He was at the point where he was weary.
I mean let's face it:
You get chased halfway around the world and hated by everybody, and hassled by everybody, and frustrated.