Several of you – really – asked for the quotes that were in the message. Well, I aim to please. They are great quotes.
The 1st is from Charles Spurgeon – the great 19th century preacher:
Fits of depression come over the most of us. Cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.
Spurgeon actually has numerous quotes on despondency. He was one who had great struggles with what Elijah dealt with.
This one is from the excellent book, Invitation To A Journey by Robert Mulholland. Bob (I call him Bob, since I’ve never met him) is a New Testament prof at Asbury (click here for info on him)
“The process of becoming conformed to the image of Christ takes place primarily at the point of our unlikeness to Christ’s image. God is present to us in the most destructive aspect of our cultural captivity. God’s involved with us in the most imprisoning bondage of our brokenness. God meets us in those places of our lives that are most alienated from God.”