The Spirit of Heaviness: Put On The Garment of Praise
How did Jesus deal with the spirit of heaviness?
And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:37-39 KJV
And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:44 KJV
Heaviness or Burden?
* demonic spirit
* crushing & oppressive
* keeps you from prayer
* Holy Spirit
* Restoring & liberating
* Keeps you IN prayer
Open doors that lead to a stronghold of heaviness.
1. Unnatural sorrow
++*Disabling sorrow that produces constant sadness, remorse, guilt, depression and dysfunction.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
I Samuel 1:15 KJV
2. Wounded spirit
++13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13 KJV
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a wounded spirit who can bear?
Proverbs 18:14 KJV
++A healing spirit will come if I fix what’s broken or make it “good enough” to work.
Self-healing by restoring my self-image will only produce a trust in the “repair of flesh wounds” and not relief from a wounded spirit.
Here’s my observation…..
1.) Deliverance and healing from a wounded spirit comes when the power that wound or brokenness had, no longer rules
2.) The Lord heals by leaving the broken part in place and teaches me to trust His righteousness to be seen in that very place of brokenness.
3.) And that’s when a wound becomes a scar!
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV
“Beauty for ashes”
“Oil of joy for mourning”
“The garment of praise” for “spirit of heaviness”