Fighting the Funk
Fighting the Funk
Tell about a time when you were really down/depressed/despondent or just sad & what caused it.
Friday: Mortality Shock, Rock & Worship (Hope)
Students ….fear, faith & Salvation…….validity of Bible, evolution, Gods involvement heb2:14
A C-Group is at its core a Caring Group, therefore, we need to admit to struggles and learn to support one-another in them.
Depression, Despair, Despondency, or just Down or in the Dumps.
What threatens your Peace of Mind?
What typically triggers this?
· Fear of future
· Recent loss….job, stuff, friend…..
· Chemical imbalance
Ps 73:21 My heart was grieved,
And I was vexed in my mind.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Verse 26 = Despondency – Body weariness, Emotional collapse
Ps 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.
Is Despondency/ Depression….. Sin? Sin= Depending on other than God
John 12:27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say?
Matt 26:38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
For us the D’s are sustained by Unbelief
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me……. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Solution to the D’s
Jesus in Gethsemane
Matt 26:36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
· v37 He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee…Trusted Friends brought alongside
· v38 He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death…. Open/Transparent
· v38b Stay here and watch with Me….. Asked for Help
· v39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me….. Prayed for Relief…not complaining, asking
· v39b nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will…. Rests in BELIEF in Gods sovereign wisdom
Paul Kept the BIG PICTURE
2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you…………….
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
“Faith knows, deep inside, that every gloomy cave is in fact a tunnel that leads us ever closer to our glorious & loving Father”.