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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Dr. Tony Evans:What depression, discouragement,
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  • despair oftenbring is distorted information.
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  • Elijah is by himself.
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  • Depression gets worse if there'snobody in your life to change
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  • your thinking.
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  • See, if you're feeling sorryfor yourself and you're talking
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  • to yourself, that's a badconversation for yourself.
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  • You're already feeling sorry,and there's nobody to talk
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  • to but you, about you,regarding you,
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  • to tell you whatyou ought to do.
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  • And you aren't in a placeto even hear you correctly,
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  • then your discussionwith yourself is helping
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  • yourself to becomeworse off about you.
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  • So, God then entersthe picture and tells him,
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  • "Elijah, tellme how you feel.
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  • Stop talking to yourself 'causewhen you talk to yourself,
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  • you were getting depressed,you were suicidal.
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  • Start talking to me, okay?
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  • Now, I'm going to show youthe wind and the rain
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  • and all that stuff.
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  • Now, y'all talk to mebecause you talking
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  • to you is killing you.
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  • Since I don't wantyou to kill you,
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  • stop talking you to you,and y'all talk to me."
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  • God has an angel for you,he's got a person for you,
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  • he has himself for you.
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  • He gave Elijah allthree of those to give
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  • him a supernaturalexperience to lift him
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  • out of his depression.
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  • And one of the reasonsthat the church exists is
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  • to have peopleavailable in your life
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  • when you are downwho can embrace you,
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  • minister to you, lift you up,and he can use you to do
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  • the same thingfor somebody else.
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  • Because when we are depressed,we need another perspective.
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  • That doesn't deny the realityof how we feel,
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  • but what it does isdoesn't let you live there.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: As we continuewith the study of the life
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  • of Elijah, we wantto look at now another
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  • kind of supernaturalmiracle he needed.
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  • This was not a miraclethat had to do with money
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  • and houses and land.
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  • This was a miracle thathad to do with his need
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  • to be lifted outof his depression.
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  • Depression isdiscouragement on steroids.
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  • It's discouragement that nowhas produced an ongoing level
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  • of gloom, an ongoinglevel of emotional pain.
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  • And when discouragementbecomes depression,
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  • depression unresolvedbecause despair.
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  • And when depressionbecomes despair,
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  • that ongoing discouragementthat has led to depression,
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  • which now resultsin despair, produces
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  • a sense of hopelessness.
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  • That's oursituation with Elijah.
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  • He's going to find themselveswhere many of us have often
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  • found ourselves,in a black hole.
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  • He's going to find himselflooking for a light at
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  • the end of the tunnel, onlyto discover it's the light
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  • of an oncoming train.
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  • Because his whole worldis going to be turned
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  • upside down in a day.
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  • When we come to chapter 19,we find out what led to this
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  • emergency shift in his emotions.
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  • You see, he had an expectationbecause when we finish
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  • chapter 18, he had toldAhab, "Cheer up, laugh, party.
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  • Eat and drink 'causeit's going to rain."
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  • And Ahab got in the chariotand made his way home.
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  • Elijah beat him homeby running.
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  • Ahab had a controlling wife.
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  • He had a woman who wastelling him what to do.
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  • He had a controlling wife,and this wife had taken over
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  • when it was Elijah'santicipation that Ahab
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  • was going to turn things around.
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  • Who he was married to, he wasmarried to a lady named Jezebel,
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  • and Jezebel wasrunning this show.
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  • Jezebel was calling this shot.
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  • And Jezebel wastelling him,
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  • "Elijah, you're a dead man."
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  • Jezebel is an evilthreat that comes your way.
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  • It is something or someonewho threatens your wellbeing,
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  • 'cause she threatened,
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  • "By tomorrow this time,you're going to be dead."
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  • So, any threat in your lifethat comes your way
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  • that produces discouragement,depression, despair,
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  • or even as we'regoing to see in a moment,
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  • a desire to die, is a Jezebelin your life.
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  • It's something or someonewho threatens the stability
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  • of your mental wellbeing.
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  • So, when a boss threatens youthat he's going to fire you
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  • and it's nota legitimate reason,
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  • he's become Jezebel.
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  • When there's a person whothreatens you or your stability,
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  • they are in fact beinga Jezebel in your life.
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  • They are operating asthe new lord over your emotions.
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  • And the reason whythey can operate as lord
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  • over your emotions isbecause their threat gets
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  • into your head.
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  • And when their threatgets into your thought,
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  • your thoughtaffects your feelings.
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  • You see, we are madeup of three parts:
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  • We're made up of body,our physical being.
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  • We're made up of soul,psychology is soul,
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  • the study of soul, so we'remade up of a personhood.
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  • And then we'remade up spiritually.
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  • What you haveto understand is
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  • all three of these areinterconnected and interrelated.
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  • So, as you'll see in a moment,if you feel bad physically,
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  • it affects how you're goingto think psychologically,
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  • which may affect also howyou function spiritually.
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  • Or if you're down spiritually,that may affect your ability
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  • to function physicallyor your ability to be able
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  • to reason psychologically.
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  • Or if you're offpsychologically,
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  • it can make you want to goto bed physically and make you
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  • not want to dealwith something spiritually.
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  • 'Cause all threeare interconnected
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  • and all three affectthe other two.
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  • So, it is understandinghow these three connect
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  • with each other,and all three are in this story,
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  • that you will understandhow to deal with that
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  • which controls the mind.
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  • Now, let's understand, sinceemotions are part of the soul,
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  • how the soul relatesto the thought so that
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  • you can understand howto find God's work in
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  • that which discouragesyou emotionally.
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  • If your mind is wrong, youremotions are going to be wrong.
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  • If your mind is right, youremotions are going to be right.
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  • That's why a change in your mindwill always change how you feel.
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  • He is now living under a threat.
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  • Jezebel the evilone has threatened
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  • his wellbeing and his life.
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  • And he's trying to figure outnow how is he going
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  • to face this.
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  • And this is overnight, his wholelife is changed because somebody
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  • has gotten into his head.
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  • So, what he does is he goeson another day's journey.
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  • The man had run 15 miles.
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  • Now, he's going to go ona whole 'nother day's journey.
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  • He sits under the juniper tree,
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  • verse 4, and he requestsfor himself that he might die.
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  • "It is enough now, oh Lord.
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  • Take my life, for I am notbetter than my fathers."
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  • He wants to die 24 hours
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  • after the biggestmiracle he's seen.
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  • This is a fastslippery slope.
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  • Okay, watch this now, Elijahis not a carnal Christian.
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  • Elijah is notan unspiritual person.
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  • He's been calleda man of God.
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  • We just saw the handof the Lord was on him.
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  • So, guess what?
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  • It's possible for spiritualpeople to get depressed.
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  • So, you can be spiritualand be down.
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  • You can be spiritualand be emotionally
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  • struggling through something.
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  • So, don't automatically feelthat your discouragement
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  • is due to your carnality.
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  • Now, if you are carnaland if you are spiritual,
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  • then it could verywell be related to that.
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  • But it's not automaticallyrelated to that specifically
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  • in the life of someonewho is pursuing God.
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  • So, he's ready to give up, he'sready to throw in the towel.
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  • And when he's readyto throw in the towel,
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  • he lays down 'cause he'sso tired under a juniper tree,
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  • which is only a tree big enoughfor one person to lay under it.
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  • And there was an angeltouching him and said,
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  • "Arise, eat," verse 5.
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  • "He looked up, and behold, thereat his hand a bread cake baked
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  • on hot stones, a jar of water,so that he ate and drank
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  • and lay down again."
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  • When did the angel show up?
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  • The angel only showed upafter Elijah had had an honest
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  • conversation with God.
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  • You see, he told God,"I want to die."
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  • He told God, "I'm notgood as my fathers."
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  • He told God,"I have nothing left."
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  • He told God, "I'm done."
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  • And God sent an angel.
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  • But he still wantsthe real thing
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  • because he knows whatyou're going through.
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  • The Scripture says heknows we're of flesh.
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  • So, Elijah comes and hebares his soul to God.
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  • 'Cause look, when you'reready to die,
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  • there ain't no time to be cute.
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  • When you're so low, youwant to throw in the towel,
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  • that's not the timeto play church.
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  • That's not the time to justgo through religious activity.
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  • He gets raw with God.
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  • Second thing I want youto notice is how God
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  • addressed him.
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  • The first need headdressed was his physical need.
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  • Because one of the causesof discouragement,
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  • depression, and despairis physical.
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  • If you're hungry, James saysyou don't need just a prayer
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  • meeting, you need somebodyto make you a ham sandwich
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  • when you're hungry because thereis a physical reality going on.
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  • So, it is quite legitimateto examine whether there
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  • are physical causesto your emotional struggles
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  • and to have thosephysical causes addressed.
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  • Now, God addressedit supernaturally
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  • 'cause he sent an angel.
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  • But let me tellyou about angels.
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  • Hebrews chapter 1, verse 14 saysthat every believer has been
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  • assigned an angel.
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  • Every Christian has an angel.
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  • So, God has an angeland he knows your name.
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  • Now, the problemwith angels is they're invisible
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  • because they're spirit beings,and they're supernatural
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  • in nature becausethey're heavenly beings.
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  • And so, the job of an angelis your personal post office
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  • carrier whose job it isto deliver whatever
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  • God wants delivered to you.
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  • That's what your angel's job is,and every believer has one.
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  • But notice the angel doesn'tcome until the communication
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  • takes place betweenElijah and his God.
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  • So, God needs honestcommunication because he says
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  • Elijah is of like nature.
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  • So, he deals with the realityof exhaustion physically,
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  • emotionally, spiritually.
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  • And so does everybody else.
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  • But that's also the opportunitythat the devil looks
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  • for to take advantage of.
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  • Even in the case of Jesus,and Jesus didn't have
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  • a spiritual problem.
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  • But after he had fasted 40 daysand 40 nights in the wilderness,
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  • it says, "The devilcame to tempt him."
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  • Why?
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  • He was tired and he washungry and he was weak.
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  • So, being tired, hungry,and weak gave the devil
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  • the opportunity he had to tryto get to the most spiritual
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  • person who's ever lived.
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  • So, you know if the devilis going to attack Jesus,
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  • who couldn't sin and didn't sin,and he already knows
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  • our propensity to sin,that you are perfect bait
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  • for him to enter yourthought in order to get
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  • to the caboose of your emotions,in order to send you
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  • a downer in your life.
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  • But you've got an angelwith your name on it,
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  • whose job it is to deliverthe supernatural to you.
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  • So, the angel of the Lord comesin in verse 7 a second time.
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  • He's touchedwith an--by an angel.
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  • "Arise, eat, because yourjourney is too great for you."
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  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:12:47.559 --> 00:12:50.128
  • So, he lets him restbefore he lets him continue.
  • 00:12:50.161 --> 00:12:52.764
  • "So he arose,and ate, and drank,
  • 00:12:52.797 --> 00:12:54.632
  • and went in the strengthof the food 40 days
  • 00:12:54.666 --> 00:12:57.836
  • and 40 nights to Horeb,the mountain of God."
  • 00:12:57.869 --> 00:13:01.406
  • When you are depressed, manytimes the last place you
  • 00:13:01.439 --> 00:13:07.679
  • want to go isto the mountain of God.
  • 00:13:07.712 --> 00:13:10.448
  • The mountain of Godmeans to go in God's presence.
  • 00:13:10.481 --> 00:13:13.051
  • That's the lastplace you want to go.
  • 00:13:13.084 --> 00:13:14.919
  • But that's the first placeGod wants you to run to.
  • 00:13:14.953 --> 00:13:18.523
  • He wants you to runto his presence
  • 00:13:18.556 --> 00:13:20.658
  • and bring yourdepression with you.
  • 00:13:20.692 --> 00:13:22.827
  • Bring your discouragementwith you.
  • 00:13:22.861 --> 00:13:24.629
  • He'll give you enoughto get to the mountain,
  • 00:13:24.662 --> 00:13:27.899
  • to get to his presence.
  • 00:13:27.932 --> 00:13:29.367
  • So, he calls himinto his presence,
  • 00:13:29.400 --> 00:13:31.102
  • then it gets really interesting.
  • 00:13:31.135 --> 00:13:33.071
  • Now, there are a numberof issues going on here.
  • 00:13:33.104 --> 00:13:37.575
  • He asked him--then he cameto a cave, lodged there."
  • 00:13:37.609 --> 00:13:42.647
  • Verse 9: "And behold,the Word of the Lord
  • 00:13:42.680 --> 00:13:44.983
  • came to him and said,
  • 00:13:45.016 --> 00:13:46.317
  • 'What are you doing here,Elijah?'"
  • 00:13:46.351 --> 00:13:50.288
  • Now, God doesn't haveto ask, "Why are you here?"
  • 00:13:50.321 --> 00:13:52.323
  • 'cause he doesn't know.
  • 00:13:52.357 --> 00:13:54.192
  • 'Cause he knows whyyou're here, he knows
  • 00:13:54.225 --> 00:13:55.860
  • that you've been frustrated.
  • 00:13:55.894 --> 00:13:57.462
  • In fact, he just fed you.
  • 00:13:57.495 --> 00:13:59.464
  • But he asked him,"Why are you here?"
  • 00:13:59.497 --> 00:14:01.566
  • The reason God asked him,"Why are you here?"
  • 00:14:01.599 --> 00:14:05.169
  • is not for God to getinformation.
  • 00:14:05.203 --> 00:14:06.771
  • The reason he asked,"Why are you here?"
  • 00:14:06.804 --> 00:14:09.874
  • is for him to fullyexpress what he's dealing with.
  • 00:14:09.908 --> 00:14:14.879
  • "So, what are youdealing with, Elijah?"
  • 00:14:14.913 --> 00:14:18.650
  • And here's what Elijah says.
  • 00:14:18.683 --> 00:14:20.852
  • Elijah says, "I have beenvery zealous for the Lord,
  • 00:14:20.885 --> 00:14:24.689
  • for the God of hosts,for the sons of Israel
  • 00:14:24.722 --> 00:14:27.191
  • have forsaken your covenant,torn down your altars,
  • 00:14:27.225 --> 00:14:30.328
  • killed your prophetswith the sword,
  • 00:14:30.361 --> 00:14:32.030
  • and I alone am left and theyseek my life to take it away."
  • 00:14:32.063 --> 00:14:38.002
  • Okay, so let's discusswhy he's here.
  • 00:14:38.036 --> 00:14:42.407
  • "Why are you in this situation?
  • 00:14:42.440 --> 00:14:44.042
  • Why are you so depressed?"
  • 00:14:44.075 --> 00:14:45.677
  • "Okay, you asked me, God,I'm going to tell you.
  • 00:14:45.710 --> 00:14:48.579
  • I committed myself to you.
  • 00:14:48.613 --> 00:14:51.182
  • I dedicated myself to you.
  • 00:14:51.215 --> 00:14:53.318
  • All them otherpeople are unspiritual.
  • 00:14:53.351 --> 00:14:55.086
  • They didn't keep your covenants,they were worshipping
  • 00:14:55.119 --> 00:14:56.421
  • those idols,and I'm all here by myself."
  • 00:14:56.454 --> 00:15:04.462
  • He has adopteda victim's mentality.
  • 00:15:04.495 --> 00:15:08.533
  • A victim's mentality isa mindset that you adopt
  • 00:15:08.566 --> 00:15:13.838
  • because of negativecircumstances that says
  • 00:15:13.871 --> 00:15:19.610
  • I'm where I ambecause everybody else
  • 00:15:19.644 --> 00:15:24.716
  • is where they are.
  • 00:15:24.749 --> 00:15:27.051
  • I'm here by myself 'causenone of them are agreeing
  • 00:15:27.085 --> 00:15:29.988
  • with you, and that's put meout here by myself,
  • 00:15:30.021 --> 00:15:33.624
  • and you got meout here by myself.
  • 00:15:33.658 --> 00:15:35.560
  • That's a victim's mentality.
  • 00:15:35.593 --> 00:15:37.095
  • Now, you can be a victim,but you are to never adopt
  • 00:15:37.128 --> 00:15:40.465
  • a victim's mentality,where everybody else
  • 00:15:40.498 --> 00:15:43.901
  • is responsiblefor where you are.
  • 00:15:43.935 --> 00:15:46.571
  • A victim's mentalityis because of them, I'm here.
  • 00:15:46.604 --> 00:15:50.441
  • And as long as you havethat kind of mentality,
  • 00:15:50.475 --> 00:15:53.544
  • you'll always be there.
  • 00:15:53.578 --> 00:15:55.213
  • You may be a victim, but youare to never adopt the victim's
  • 00:15:55.246 --> 00:15:59.083
  • mentality because then thatallows you to put off being
  • 00:15:59.117 --> 00:16:04.155
  • responsible to makethe change you should make
  • 00:16:04.188 --> 00:16:07.191
  • because they're not makingthe change they should make.
  • 00:16:07.225 --> 00:16:10.762
  • He was just victoriouswith these people.
  • 00:16:10.795 --> 00:16:13.331
  • He was just victorious with themmaking a renewed commitment.
  • 00:16:13.364 --> 00:16:16.934
  • But because he waspsychologically damaged,
  • 00:16:16.968 --> 00:16:19.337
  • he developeda victim's mentality.
  • 00:16:19.370 --> 00:16:22.240
  • Now, please don'tmisunderstand me.
  • 00:16:22.273 --> 00:16:24.275
  • You may be a victim,it may be unfair,
  • 00:16:24.308 --> 00:16:28.079
  • it may not be right,it may not--it may be evil.
  • 00:16:28.112 --> 00:16:30.982
  • So, you may be a victim,but that's different
  • 00:16:31.015 --> 00:16:34.519
  • than adoptingthe mindset of a victim.
  • 00:16:34.552 --> 00:16:38.056
  • And too many of ussocially and economically,
  • 00:16:38.089 --> 00:16:40.725
  • and in this case spiritually,
  • 00:16:40.758 --> 00:16:42.994
  • have becomevictims of the devil.
  • 00:16:43.027 --> 00:16:45.329
  • "If it wasn't for the devil,I wouldn't be here."
  • 00:16:45.363 --> 00:16:48.399
  • Well, guess what?He ain't changing.
  • 00:16:48.433 --> 00:16:51.836
  • Okay?
  • 00:16:51.869 --> 00:16:53.171
  • "If it wasn't for them sinners,I wouldn't be stuck here."
  • 00:16:53.204 --> 00:16:55.406
  • They're not changing.
  • 00:16:55.440 --> 00:16:58.209
  • "If it wasn'tfor this situation,
  • 00:16:58.242 --> 00:16:59.944
  • I wouldn't be here."
  • 00:16:59.977 --> 00:17:01.579
  • Okay, that may be true,but they may never change,
  • 00:17:01.612 --> 00:17:03.848
  • so what are you going to do?
  • 00:17:03.881 --> 00:17:08.586
  • So come, tell mewhy you're here,
  • 00:17:08.619 --> 00:17:10.688
  • but don't expect me to just patyou on the back and feel sorry
  • 00:17:10.721 --> 00:17:14.225
  • for you because the thingthat brought you here
  • 00:17:14.258 --> 00:17:16.828
  • may never change.
  • 00:17:16.861 --> 00:17:20.031
  • And many of us blockthe supernatural
  • 00:17:20.064 --> 00:17:22.433
  • because we become comfortableas victims.
  • 00:17:22.467 --> 00:17:27.271
  • Many of us have gottenstuck in our station in life.
  • 00:17:27.305 --> 00:17:32.577
  • This is a racial issue,it's a social issue,
  • 00:17:32.610 --> 00:17:34.979
  • it's a class issue.
  • 00:17:35.012 --> 00:17:36.314
  • And in this case,most importantly,
  • 00:17:36.347 --> 00:17:38.249
  • it's a spiritual issue.
  • 00:17:38.282 --> 00:17:39.951
  • Elijah was wrong.
  • 00:17:39.984 --> 00:17:41.519
  • He says, "I'm a victimand I'm all by myself."
  • 00:17:41.552 --> 00:17:44.622
  • Hmm, okay.
  • 00:17:44.655 --> 00:17:47.291
  • So God says,
  • 00:17:47.325 --> 00:17:51.462
  • "'Go forth and stand onthe mountain before the Lord.'
  • 00:17:51.496 --> 00:17:55.399
  • And behold,the Lord passed by.
  • 00:17:55.433 --> 00:17:56.968
  • It was a great wind rendingthe mountain and breaking
  • 00:17:57.001 --> 00:18:01.205
  • it into pieces, the rocksbefore the Lord,
  • 00:18:01.239 --> 00:18:03.241
  • but the Lord wasnot in the wind.
  • 00:18:03.274 --> 00:18:04.942
  • There was an earthquake,but the Lord was not
  • 00:18:04.976 --> 00:18:06.511
  • in the earthquake."
  • 00:18:06.544 --> 00:18:07.879
  • Verse 12, he said,"There was a fire,
  • 00:18:07.912 --> 00:18:10.214
  • but the Lord wasnot in the fire.
  • 00:18:10.248 --> 00:18:12.583
  • But after the fire,the sound of a gentle blowing.
  • 00:18:12.617 --> 00:18:15.753
  • When Elijah heard it, hewrapped his face in the mantle,
  • 00:18:15.786 --> 00:18:19.357
  • and went out and stood inthe entrance of the cave,
  • 00:18:19.390 --> 00:18:22.293
  • and behold, a voicecame to him and said,
  • 00:18:22.326 --> 00:18:24.128
  • 'What are you doing here,Elijah?'"
  • 00:18:24.162 --> 00:18:27.431
  • He said in verse 14,he says it again,
  • 00:18:27.465 --> 00:18:29.667
  • "I'm very jealous for the Lord,
  • 00:18:29.700 --> 00:18:31.402
  • but the peoplehave forsaken you.
  • 00:18:31.435 --> 00:18:32.770
  • I alone am left.
  • 00:18:32.803 --> 00:18:34.372
  • They seek to take my life."
  • 00:18:34.405 --> 00:18:39.644
  • So, guess what God does?
  • 00:18:39.677 --> 00:18:43.581
  • You find at the end of verse 3,
  • 00:18:43.614 --> 00:18:46.184
  • it says he lefthis servant behind.
  • 00:18:46.217 --> 00:18:48.686
  • So, Elijah is by himselfbecause depression gets worse
  • 00:18:48.719 --> 00:18:55.893
  • if there's nobody in your lifeto change your thinking.
  • 00:18:55.927 --> 00:19:01.032
  • See, if you're feeling sorryfor yourself and you're talking
  • 00:19:01.065 --> 00:19:04.502
  • to yourself, that's a badconversation for yourself.
  • 00:19:04.535 --> 00:19:08.940
  • You're already feeling sorry,and there's nobody to talk
  • 00:19:08.973 --> 00:19:11.342
  • to but you, about you,regarding you,
  • 00:19:11.375 --> 00:19:14.078
  • to tell you whatyou ought to do.
  • 00:19:14.111 --> 00:19:17.515
  • And you aren't in a placeto even hear you correctly.
  • 00:19:17.548 --> 00:19:21.552
  • And what you are telling you isonly related to how you feel.
  • 00:19:21.586 --> 00:19:26.424
  • Then your discussionwith yourself is helping
  • 00:19:26.457 --> 00:19:29.393
  • yourself to becomeworse off about you.
  • 00:19:29.427 --> 00:19:32.763
  • So, God then entersthe picture and tells him,
  • 00:19:32.797 --> 00:19:35.566
  • "Elijah, tellme how you feel.
  • 00:19:35.600 --> 00:19:38.769
  • Stop talking to yourself'cause when you talk
  • 00:19:38.803 --> 00:19:40.738
  • to yourself, you were gettingdepressed, you were suicidal.
  • 00:19:40.771 --> 00:19:43.107
  • Start talking to me, okay?
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:45.009
  • Now, I'm going to showyou the wind and the rain
  • 00:19:45.042 --> 00:19:46.377
  • and all that stuff.
  • 00:19:46.410 --> 00:19:47.712
  • Now, talk to me again.
  • 00:19:47.745 --> 00:19:49.046
  • No, no Elijah, don't talkto yourself 'cause you
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.615
  • and you aren't gettingtogether with you real good."
  • 00:19:50.648 --> 00:19:53.918
  • God has to clarify, verse 18:
  • 00:19:53.951 --> 00:19:57.154
  • "Yet I will leave7.000 in Israel,
  • 00:19:57.188 --> 00:19:59.890
  • all the knees thathave not bowed to Baal
  • 00:19:59.924 --> 00:20:03.027
  • and every mouth thathas not kissed him."
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:06.297
  • Now, what's his complaint?
  • 00:20:06.330 --> 00:20:07.665
  • "I'm the only one."
  • 00:20:07.698 --> 00:20:09.667
  • God says, "Shhh, there's7.000 folk like you out there.
  • 00:20:09.700 --> 00:20:17.208
  • It's just you areso psychologically bent
  • 00:20:17.241 --> 00:20:19.910
  • right now,all you see is you.
  • 00:20:19.944 --> 00:20:22.880
  • I got 7.000 people you don'teven know about who have
  • 00:20:22.913 --> 00:20:26.083
  • the same faith, same commitment,same loyalty that you have,
  • 00:20:26.117 --> 00:20:31.322
  • so you are wantingto die off of misinformation.
  • 00:20:31.355 --> 00:20:36.227
  • You don't havethe right information."
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:38.162
  • And so, what did God's presencein his counseling session do?
  • 00:20:38.195 --> 00:20:42.700
  • Give him new data.
  • 00:20:42.733 --> 00:20:44.602
  • And then God closes by doingone other thing for him.
  • 00:20:44.635 --> 00:20:48.906
  • And it's a very important thing.
  • 00:20:48.939 --> 00:20:54.345
  • In verses 19 through 21,he runs into a man named Elisha.
  • 00:20:54.378 --> 00:21:04.322
  • The end of verse 19 says,
  • 00:21:04.755 --> 00:21:07.325
  • "And Elisha passed over to himand threw his mantle on him.
  • 00:21:07.358 --> 00:21:11.662
  • He left the oxen and ranafter Elijah," Elisha does,
  • 00:21:11.696 --> 00:21:14.865
  • "and, 'Please, let me kissmy father and my mother,
  • 00:21:14.899 --> 00:21:19.003
  • then I will follow you.'
  • 00:21:19.036 --> 00:21:20.471
  • And he said to him,
  • 00:21:20.504 --> 00:21:21.806
  • 'Go back again,for what have I done to you.'
  • 00:21:21.839 --> 00:21:24.075
  • So he returned from followinghim, took the pair of oxen,
  • 00:21:24.108 --> 00:21:27.345
  • sacrificed them, boiled theirflesh with the implements
  • 00:21:27.378 --> 00:21:31.315
  • of oxen, and gave itto the people, and they ate.
  • 00:21:31.349 --> 00:21:34.352
  • Then he arose and followedElijah and ministered to him."
  • 00:21:34.385 --> 00:21:40.358
  • 'Cause sometime whenyou're discouraged,
  • 00:21:40.391 --> 00:21:43.427
  • you need somebodywith flesh and blood.
  • 00:21:43.461 --> 00:21:45.730
  • Sometimes, talking to God,he's a Spirit out there,
  • 00:21:45.763 --> 00:21:47.798
  • he's real, but he'sa Spirit out there,
  • 00:21:47.832 --> 00:21:49.367
  • so guess what God did?
  • 00:21:49.400 --> 00:21:50.835
  • God gave him a friend.
  • 00:21:50.868 --> 00:21:53.104
  • God said, "Look, I'm goingto bring somebody in
  • 00:21:53.137 --> 00:21:55.473
  • your life who is goingto minister to you.
  • 00:21:55.506 --> 00:21:59.577
  • 'Cause right now, yourministry has been depleted,
  • 00:21:59.610 --> 00:22:03.914
  • and your get upand go is not there,
  • 00:22:03.948 --> 00:22:06.150
  • so guess what?
  • 00:22:06.183 --> 00:22:07.485
  • Now that I have been counselingwith you and you brought me
  • 00:22:07.518 --> 00:22:10.388
  • into the equationof your victim's mentality,
  • 00:22:10.421 --> 00:22:13.257
  • I got somebody I have alreadyset up to bring into your life
  • 00:22:13.290 --> 00:22:16.794
  • to minister, to encourage,to lift you up,
  • 00:22:16.827 --> 00:22:20.197
  • and to bring you outof your depression."
  • 00:22:20.231 --> 00:22:23.200
  • God has an angel for you,he's got a person for you,
  • 00:22:23.234 --> 00:22:25.870
  • he has himself for you.
  • 00:22:25.903 --> 00:22:27.638
  • He gave Elijah all threeof those to give him
  • 00:22:27.671 --> 00:22:30.741
  • a supernaturalexperience to lift him
  • 00:22:30.775 --> 00:22:33.244
  • out of his depression.
  • 00:22:33.277 --> 00:22:35.279
  • And one of the reasonsthat the church exists
  • 00:22:35.312 --> 00:22:38.048
  • is to have peopleavailable in your life
  • 00:22:38.082 --> 00:22:40.718
  • when you are downwho can embrace you,
  • 00:22:40.751 --> 00:22:43.888
  • minister to you, lift you up,and he can use you to do
  • 00:22:43.921 --> 00:22:47.825
  • the same thingfor somebody else.
  • 00:22:47.858 --> 00:22:50.027
  • Because when we are depressed,we need another perspective.
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:57.301
  • That doesn't denythe reality of how we feel,
  • 00:22:57.334 --> 00:23:01.205
  • but what it does is doesn'tlive--let you live there.
  • 00:23:01.238 --> 00:23:04.341
  • Some of us are beingdestroyed by Satan.
  • 00:23:04.375 --> 00:23:06.410
  • You need somebodywho can whisper about
  • 00:23:06.444 --> 00:23:07.845
  • the power of Godin your life.
  • 00:23:07.878 --> 00:23:10.247
  • Somebody is beingintimidated by Jezebel,
  • 00:23:10.281 --> 00:23:12.750
  • and you need to knowfrom somebody who can
  • 00:23:12.783 --> 00:23:15.085
  • see outside of you that greateris he that is in you
  • 00:23:15.119 --> 00:23:18.189
  • than Jezebel whois threatening you.
  • 00:23:18.222 --> 00:23:21.058
  • You need to be lifted outof your discouragement
  • 00:23:21.091 --> 00:23:24.595
  • through honesty with God,through taking care of yourself
  • 00:23:24.628 --> 00:23:27.965
  • physically in order to getthe rest you need or the help
  • 00:23:27.998 --> 00:23:30.801
  • you need, and to have somebodyin your life who loves you
  • 00:23:30.835 --> 00:23:33.737
  • enough and God enoughto hook the two together.
  • 00:23:33.771 --> 00:23:37.374
  • When that takes place,you may still get discouraged,
  • 00:23:37.408 --> 00:23:41.579
  • but God will lift you out of itbecause even godly people
  • 00:23:41.612 --> 00:23:45.216
  • have to strugglewith discouragement.
  • 00:23:45.249 --> 00:23:48.252
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:23:48.519 --> 00:23:58.496
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:23:58.529 --> 00:24:00.798
  • Tony: There's a lot in ourworld that can produce fear,
  • 00:24:00.831 --> 00:24:04.301
  • that unhealthy emotion wherecircumstances control
  • 00:24:04.335 --> 00:24:10.174
  • what we think and how we react.
  • 00:24:10.207 --> 00:24:13.344
  • Some of God's choicest servantslike Elijah got afraid
  • 00:24:13.377 --> 00:24:17.248
  • because they werebeing threatened,
  • 00:24:17.281 --> 00:24:20.985
  • their wellbeing is threatened.
  • 00:24:21.018 --> 00:24:23.087
  • Sometimes, our physicalwellbeing is threatened,
  • 00:24:23.120 --> 00:24:25.456
  • our circumstances,our economics.
  • 00:24:25.489 --> 00:24:27.358
  • Our mental rationingand reasoning can all create
  • 00:24:27.391 --> 00:24:33.464
  • the sense of dread inour circumstances.
  • 00:24:33.497 --> 00:24:37.801
  • It's during thistime that you need,
  • 00:24:37.835 --> 00:24:40.804
  • I need, we need to takeour fear to God,
  • 00:24:40.838 --> 00:24:44.575
  • since he doesn't giveus the spirit of fear,
  • 00:24:44.608 --> 00:24:46.911
  • and ask him to providesomething or someone
  • 00:24:46.944 --> 00:24:50.314
  • to change the trajectoryof our emotions.
  • 00:24:50.347 --> 00:24:54.718
  • God has a million waysof intervening in our fears
  • 00:24:54.752 --> 00:24:58.622
  • to give us an encouraging word.
  • 00:24:58.656 --> 00:25:00.925
  • Perhaps it's a sermonthat you hear,
  • 00:25:00.958 --> 00:25:03.227
  • a song that is sung.
  • 00:25:03.260 --> 00:25:06.564
  • I know during some of my darkdays at the loss of my wife,
  • 00:25:06.597 --> 00:25:12.136
  • I got some songs sentto me that encouraged me
  • 00:25:12.169 --> 00:25:16.974
  • in the insecurityof the moment.
  • 00:25:17.007 --> 00:25:20.210
  • God has a millionways of doing it,
  • 00:25:20.244 --> 00:25:22.513
  • just invite him to do itso that fear does not dominate.
  • 00:25:22.546 --> 00:25:26.917
  • Now, you can'talways control fear coming,
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