Monday, November 18, 2019 12:23 PM

Uprooted - Part III

Monday, November 18, 2019 12:23 PM
Monday, November 18, 2019 12:23 PM

Uprooted – Part 3
Depression
Pastor Creg Darby
November 17, 2019

 

Main Idea – Many of us are not good at casting our problems and worries to Jesus.  Instead, we cover them up.  Anxiety and depression will happen if you “bottle up” your wounds and act like they aren’t there.  Jesus has already overcome what has overcome you.

 

Uproot and cast away the bad things

  • When it comes to life’s hurts and problems, you are only capable of handling them on a superficial level. Even then - if you don’t deal with them - you will eventually collapse under their weight.
  • Only God is capable of healing things in your soul, below the surface of your consciousness. The Bible tells the story of how Jesus destroyed a plant that was not producing good fruit.  He did so by killing the problem at its roots.  Mark 11: 20 – Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. (NKJV)
  • God’s healing will penetrate deep into your heart, and will transform you at the root level of your soul. Psalm 55: 22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (NKJV)
  • In the midst of personal tragedy that would destroy many of us, Horatio Spafford was able to express peace in his soul because he had cast the tragedy to God.

It is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

 

Life is a Jenga game

  • Life happens. Bad things regularly happen to each of us.  Like a game of Jenga, those bad events can leave holes, or wounds, in our souls.
  • The problem is not that something bad happened, but that you may be covering up the wound and not dealing with it.
  • In Jenga, the “problems” get stacked on top of the body until the whole thing collapses because the holes were not filled up. In your life, anxiety and depression will result when you let things pile up in your soul.
  • The Bible tells you to humble yourself, admit there is a problem, and then cast the worry and hurt to Jesus. Jesus has already overcome that hurt, but you have to give it to Him for it to be uprooted from your soul. 1 Peter 5: 6-7 – Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)

 

Face the pain and then take action

  • It’s not easy to face pain you may have been covering up. Nevertheless, pain must be faced in order to uproot it and cast it away.  Things do not heal on their own when left unattended.
  • The Old Testament tells a story of how David – even though he was tired and worn out – took action to recover what had been stolen from him. With God’s direction, he took action, and recovered everything.  1 Samuel 30: 18-19 – So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.  And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.  (NKJV)

 

Don’t hold yourself up as perfection personified

  • Many of us are unhappy because we are continually comparing ourselves to others. The only thing that will result from constant comparison is our self-evaluation will not be good, and negative feelings will take residence in our souls.
  • Bible heroes experienced the same thing. For example, right after his greatest victory supplied by God, Elijah became depressed and fearful.   1 Kings 19: 3-7 (NLT) – Elijah was afraid and fled for his life.  He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there.  Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day.  He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said.  “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”  Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree.  But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!”  He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water!  So he ate and drank and lay down again.  Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”
  • Notice the angel didn’t allow Elijah to lie around. After Elijah became renourished, the angel made him get up and move on.
  • When you rely on God to carry your burdens, and then move forward, no weapon formed against you will be successful. Isaiah 54: 17 – “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. (NKJV)
  • Not only will weapons against you be unsuccessful, but God will rebuild your life from the ruins of what was previously destroyed. Isaiah 61: 1-4 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. (NKJV)

 

 

The pathway to healing

  1. Reveal it – express the problem or hurt. Don’t cover it up any longer.     Proverbs 24: 6 – For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. (NKJV)
  2. Confess it – share the issue with another trusted believer who will respect your privacy, and who will then join you in bringing it to God. James 5: 16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)
  3. Release it – cast it to Jesus. Let Him carry the burden because He has already paid the price for it.  Replace that space in your soul with the good things of the Spirit and God’s creation.  Philippians 4: 6-8 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. (NKJV)

 

Praise what God rebuilds in your life

  • From the ashes of your pain, God will fully restore your life. Jeremiah 33: 10-11 – Thus says the Lord: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place – of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast” – in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever” – and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.  For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord.
  • You serve a marvelous God. As He rebuilds and restores your life, marvel at how the old has been uprooted and cast away, and everything has been made new.   2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)

  

Reflective Questions for Uprooted – Part 3                         

  1. The United States is a great country, built with a spirit of independence and personal resourcefulness. However - based on what was taught in this lesson - how might an over-reliance on self-sufficiency be unhealthy for our spiritual well-being?
  2. Pastor Creg identified a study that blamed social media as one culprit for unhappiness in modern society because it encourages false images of perfection.  What do the Bible verses in this sermon give us as the antidote of perfectionism?
  3. The Bible verses in this lesson emphasize the process of sharing our hurts and problems with other trusted believers. Why is it important to not keep our deep-rooted problems to ourselves?

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