Summary: Discouragement and depression can be real enemies of progress. In this series we reason about the diagnosis of a problem and develop an attitude of correction. Just let me die here.
BEWARE OF THE WET BLANKET... OF DISCOURAGEMENT
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com This is part #2
I. I AM NOT HAPPY HERE?
A. HAYDEN PLANETARIUM ran several advertisement in different news paper.
The ad invited people to submit applications for those that would like to be the first
to journey to another planet.
Immediately there were 18,000 applications.
The applications were given to a panel of PSYCHOLOGIST to study.
The vast majority of the 18,000 applications replied THEY DESIRED TO START A NEW LIFE
ON ANOTHER PLANET BECAUSE THEY WERE SO DISCOURAGED WITH LIFE ON EARTH.
B. The man on his 5th marriage says: I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A GOOD WOMAN.
Later that year he was looking for #6.
C. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU WILL BE HAPPY THERE?
II. LIFE CAN THROW MANY WET BLANCKETS AT US... WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THIS
A. THERE IS A BATTLE --- THE BATTLE OF THE WET BLANKET... IT IS REAL BATTLE.
The fire at the campsite seemed to be out of control and several just stood and watched.
One man grabbed a blanket and ran to the river. He held the blanket by the corner and
threw it into the river's edge. He let the blanket soak up water, then he pulled the wet
blanket out of the water and ran up to the fire.
The WET BLANKET EASILY SMOTHERED THE FIRE...
B. WET BLANKET: grinch, kill joy, one that quenches or dampens pleasure/enthusiasm
A person who makes it difficulty for other people to enjoy themselves by
complaining and showing no respect or enthusiasm.
C. The wet blanket becomes a symbol of QUENCHING, DAMPENING ZEAL.
ELISHA, the preacher cries long and hard, because he sees what is coming ahead...
2 Kings 8:15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in
water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
III. THERE IS A WET BLANKET WE CALL THE JUNIPER TREE EXPERIENCE.
IN OUR DISCUSSION OF REAL WET BLANKETS, WE MUST CONSIDER WHAT TIREDNESS
CAN DO TO OUR ATTITUDES... AN IMPROPER DIET CAN HELP BRING ON DEPRESSION...
A. I have a friend that has been terribly upset because someone UNFRIENDED them on
FACEBOOK? Well, get over it and go on... How many people would un-friend Jesus?
B. THE OLD PREACHER HAD BEEN UNDER SO MUCH STRESS. The queen has told many
she hates the Preacher and she is going to DESTROY HIS MINISTRY and KILL HIM deader
than a DOOR NAIL...
1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a
juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take
away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
C. Remember the OLD PREACHER has been SO BUSY doing God's stuff that he has not
rested in sometime...
God knew his man was TIRED, and that discouragement was DRIVING HIS MESSAGE...
and HIS MINISTRY... GOD SENDS AN ANGEL WITH A PLAN...
LAY DOWN AND REST --- THINGS WILL LOOK DIFFERENT IN THE MORNING
D. Elijah's diet was lacking ---
Remember when they asked JESUS, WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO EAT?
HE REPLIED, I HAVE FOOD THAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND: THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER.