The Spirit of Infirmity, p. 2

There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Acts 5:16 KJV

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Acts 10:38

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 

And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.

But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”

And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

Luke 13:10-13 NKJV

Spirit of heaviness. . . . 

Crushing weight of sadness, loss of joy & peace, that wounds your spirit and enslaves your mind, emotions and body.


The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts.

Proverbs 20:27

How did Jesus deal with the spirit of heaviness?

And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:37-39 ESV

And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luke 22:44 ESV

Open doors that lead to demonic spirits of infirmity and heaviness. . . . .

1. Unnatural Sorrows

  • ++Disabling sorrow or grief that produces constant sadness, remorse, guilt, depression or dysfunction.

2. Wounded Spirit

  • ++A wounded spirit seeks to _oppress_ those that have been hurt, damaged or crushed in their spirit.

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Proverbs 15:13

A mans spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?Proverbs 18:14

False “fix” for a wounded spirit. . . . . . .

If I fix what’s broken or make it _”good enough”_ to work, I’ll be healed.

Truth. . . . .

Self-healing by restoring my _self-image_ will only produce a trust in the “repair of flesh wounds.” 

Reshaping my old nature will sooner or later _fail_.

How should we deal with unnatural sorrow and a wounded spirit that leads to infirmity?

1. Deliverance and healing comes whenever the power of that wound or brokenness no longer _rules_ over us.

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Proverbs 25:28

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32

2. The Lord heals by _leaving_ the broken parts in place thus, teaching us to trust His righteousness to be seen in that place of brokenness.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the live fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

3. Give God a chance to allow our wound to become a _scar_.

Scriptural prayer to bind infirmity, sorrow, heaviness, and wounded spirit.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. for when I am weak, then I am strong.

II Corinthians 12:9-10