July 31, 2016 – Praise on Purpose

Preached by Cortney Kluver (00:47)

Elijah, the mighty prophet of God, experienced a great triumph over the enemies of God.  When word of the victory reached the evil queen Jezebel, she immediately threatened to kill Elijah.  The surprise in the story is Elijah’s response.  Instead of standing in confidence in the faith of God, the faithfulness God just displayed in a awe inspiring way, Elijah gives up and turns to fear.  He fears the threats of the dangerous queen and runs away.  Even when God appears to Elijah and promises faithful protection, Elijah determines to be depressed.  It took some forty days and more miraculous manifestations of God before Elijah determined to be faithful.

Real stuff happens in our lives that encourage depression.  There is a time to grieve and a time to mourn, but the way out is the time to rejoice.  Feeling happy is not the cure to depression.  Self will and determination is not the cure.  As Elijah learned, depression is real, God cares for us and gives us patience during our depression, and the way out is trusting God’s faithfulness.  Cry out to God in your pity and tell him how you feel and why you feel it, but listen to his “still small voice” and enter into his joy.  Depression is big, but not bigger than Jesus.  Depression is mighty, but not mightier than Jesus.  Praise is the weapon of our battle.  Praise God as the King to be praised.

 

Scripture References: 1 Kings 19:1-18

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