How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Faith begins praise for victory before the fight has reached its worst.
- Stress Takes Place In The Mind.
Enlighten literally means restore the sparkle in my eye, the sign of vitality
The first reason I will survive my Stress is because of MERCY.
I Kings 19:9-10
And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
- Depression Takes Place in the Emotions.
Depression is usually a sign of depletion.
Self centeredness is when you see how it affects you before you see how it affects others.
That feeling of nothing is what you are describing as “ALONENESS”.
Depressed people get very sensitive
Three things that helped Elijah’s depression.
First of all God helped him identify his real problem
Aloneness is the not the absence of people but the absence of direction.
The second thing that helped him was the tone of voice God used to speak to him
- Most People Overestimate the Results and Underestimate the Process.
So many people have no clue as to it what it takes to go through something and accomplish something of value.
The last thing God did to help Elijah was to give him a new friend
III. Oppression Takes Place in the Will
First you are enticed.
Secondly you then conceive the desire.
But remember this, BEFORE THAT THOUGHT BECOMES SIN,
YOU HAVE A CHOICE!
You realize that your spirit is covered by the blood and they can’t get to your salvation, but be sure they will attack your mind
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU,
Because he trusts in You.