Elijah triumphs over the prophets of Baal when he calls down fire from heaven and prays for Israel's drought to end. After this victory, the prophet becomes discouraged and depressed, but God meets him in this lonely journey. When we suffer from discouragement, God can refresh, refocus and reassign us as well.
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-13, Psalm 139:1-3, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Philippians 3:13-14
Job knows how to handle suffering -- he mourns it and grieves it. Despair and depression are normal human experiences after times of loss and are not contradictory to our faith. Disappointment, disillusionment and discouragement are God-created emotions. Even the godly can be depressed. Processing pain in a healthy way can deepen our spiritual growth and prepare us to shepherd...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Job 3:1-26, Matthew 5:4, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 139
How does the psalmist respond to discouragement? He asks God why. He affirms God's sovereign love. He sings. He preaches to his own soul. He remembers past experiences. He thirsts for God. He sees the face of God (as we do now in the face of Christ). By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org . Used by permission.
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: Psalm 42
Elijah's crash after fighting the prophets of Baal is natural. Disappointment comes from difficult people, physical and emotional exhaustion, isolation, unrealistic goals and after an adrenaline rush. So how do we get out of the slump? Here are some ways to get back on track.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: 1 Kings 18 - 19
Wellness tools such as diet, exercise, cognitive therapy and rest are recommended for mood disorder patients. Discerning behavioral and chemical issues is emphasized. Resources are recommended.
Speaker: Roger Barrier, Thomas Griffin
Topic: Emotional Health