Emotional Health – 1- Intro

 

Lets start by taking a look at this story found in 1 Kings 19:1-4 Elijah had just finished with an amazing high point on Mount Carmel.

•        His life was threatened by the queen

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life

•        He isolated himself

•        He asked God to take his life

•        Elijah was emotionally drained.

1. The problem

In many situations we are not emotionally healthy enough to deal with life’s challenges.

•        We find our emotional strength sometimes in the wrong places.

•        Success

•        Relationships

•        Affirmation

•        Quietness (Only avoidance)

We place greater value on life’s externals than the internal making of who we are. What is it that God looks at?  1 Samuel 16:7 “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

•        WE WILL NEVER GROW UP INTO MATURITY IF WE AVOID LOOKING AT THE HEART AND OUR EMOTIONS.

•        Jesus felt the emotional stresses of life.

•        He was able to separate Himself from the expectations of the crowds, his family and his disciples.

•        He was able to live out His God given purpose regardless of the circumstances and other people’s agendas.

•        Emotions Jesus experienced

•        Shed Tears (Luke 19:41)

•        Filled with joy (Luke 10:21)

•        Grieved (Mark 14:34)

•        Angry (Mark 3:5)

•        Sadness came over Him (Matt. 26:37)

•        He felt sorrow (Luke 7:13)

•        He showed astonishment and wonder (Mark 6:6; Luke 7:9)

•        He felt distress (Mark 3:5; Luke 12:50)

Many Christians are trained in Bible Study, Worship, and Christian actions, but they are not trained in how to look beneath the surface.

2. We need to be balanced spiritually

•        What I mean by this is that I think it is impossible for us to be spiritually mature if we are emotionally immature.

•        I don’t think that we can separate our emotional health from our spiritual health.

•        Timothy

•        Timidity/ fear (2 Tim. 1:7)

•        Ashamed of the Gospel and of apostle Paul (2 Tim. 1:8)

•        Paul encourages him to be strong (2 Tim. 2:1)

•        Don’t give in to temptation (2 Tim. 2:22)

•        Continue and don’t quit (2 Tim. 3:14).

•        We don’t have the internal maturity to handle the obstacles of life well.

•        Work hard all day and come home with no energy left for your family.

•        Get criticized and emotionally incapable of not taking it personally and getting defensive.

3. The Cure

•        1 Kings 19:5-9

•        Elijah fell asleep from exhaustion

•        An angel woke him up and gave him food

•        He fell asleep again (If an angel appeared to me I don’t think I would be sleeping)

•        Angel woke him up and fed him again.

•        He was directed to go on a journey to Northern Israel.

•        He encountered the presence and voice of God

•        Soon God gave him help in recruiting Elisha

•        Rest

•        God’s presence

•        Listening to His voice

 

 

June 5 2011

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