Winning in the Pit of Despair

Winning in the Pit of Despair

1 Chr. 11:22 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.

1 Chr. 11:23 Once, armed only with a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was 71⁄2 feet tall and who was armed with a spear as thick as a weaver’s beam. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. (NLT)

War in the Ukraine. Shock and Horrors. Far away

Depression - The war in your head. Closer to home

Why are we talking about this ? 2 reasons

1.God cares about your soul

Is 53:5. Chastisement needed to get peace

1 Pt 2 Shepherd and guardian of your soul

Ps 23 - Restores your soul

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NLT

Doesn’t apply -

Depression is epidemic proportions.

2. To be more aware for ourselves and for other people

Mild to extreme

Feelings of sadness, hopelessness

Angry outbursts,

Abnormal sleep and appetite

Anxiety,

Feelings of worthlessness or self-blame

Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

Ethan Crumbley wrote those words before prosecutors say he carried out the Nov. 30 shooting that killed four classmates and injured seven others. In the journal, which is now part of the official public record, the 15-year-old also blamed his parents for what he was about to do.

“I will cause the biggest school shooting in Michigan’s history. I will kill every …….. person I see, the journal says. I have fully mentally lost it after fighting my dark side. My parents won’t help me. The journal added…I have zero help with my mental problems and its causing me to shoot the school. My parents won’t listen to me.


His dad told him to snap out of it


3. To win and help others win in the Pit of Despair

Go back to Bible Story

The lion - depression

Can’t run. Into a pit

If Your head takes the thots of the lion, your head will be a prison to your heart.

Affected in the soul. Imprisoned.

Thoughts - fears, worry, hatred, offence, depression

My story

You can not reason with a tiger/lion when your head is in it’s mouth - Winston Churchill



If you aren’t free, your thoughts aren’t true

Look for truth in the Word.




“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to

destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against

the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV


What are those weapons - The Word. Prayer. Compassion

Tonight we are going to hear from a couple people who have won the battle with depression

Going to be so helpful.

Prayer “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”

1 Timothy 2:2 NLT

Extra Resources

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/depression

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007

https://au.images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrT4pSd7xdiZs8AtGkL5gt.;_ylu=Y29sbwNncTEEcG9zAzMEdnRpZANEMTAxNl8xBHNlYwNzYw--?p=lion+in+a+snowy+pit&fr=ipad#id=25&iurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2Fp7QtuA1qi_8%2Fhqdefault.jpg&action=click


“And Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day. And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew the man with his own spear.”

2 Samuel 23:20-21 AMP

Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness

Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters

Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports

Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much

Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort

Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain

Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame

Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

https://christiananswers.net/dictionary/lions.html

In ancient times, the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) ranged from Asia Minor and Greece to Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, and northwest India. Feared and respected, the animal often appeared in ancient Near Eastern art. Outstanding glazed-brick depictions of lions decorated ancient Babylon’s Processional Way.

Crusaders reportedly hunted lions in Palestine toward the end of the 12th century C.E. Lions seem to have become extinct in the area shortly after 1300. However, their presence was still reported in Mesopotamia and Syria until the 19th century and in Iran and Iraq as late as the first part of the 20th century