Thank you for your prayers. My prayer for you is that you are growing in the Lord consistently. I pray that through this ministry you are learning and are blessed by the Word.
(Isaiah 61:3) 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;
I hope that I am not scaring anyone into not reading the lessons on "Spiritual Warfare". It is very deep but it is something that you need to know. I hope that you have at least kept an open mind while reading. Most o the teaching is coming from the book I mentioned early in the week. I have used that book as a tool, I often have to know what spirit I am dealing with when I have issues of life.
Today, we are going to learn about the "Spirit of Heaviness". Along with the spirit of heaviness comes branches of, inner hurts-torn spirit, heaviness, depression, despair-dejection-hopelessness, broken heart, sorrow-grief, self-pity, insomnia, rejection, excessive mourning, and suicidal thoughts. We have already learned a little bit about the root problem, which is called the strongman (gatekeeper). The spirit of heaviness tries to take our joy of living by loading us down with heaviness. He attempts to move in when we are mourning and keeps us in an abnormal state of perpetual grief.
When dealing with the depression, be aggressive! Don't yield to those dark moods and depressions. Use the Word of God like the Sword. When the symptoms of depression start, just loose the Garment of Praise and the Oil of Joy to cover you from head to toe. Allow praises to flow from your thoughts and mouth. (Isaiah 59:19) When the enemy shall come in like a flood; the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
When dealing with self-pity, it sometimes sets in because circumstances or friendships have not worked out the way we had designed for them to work. Loneliness strikes us and we are tempted to retreat into a shell and give up. But remember, all of this is not God working in our life but the destroyer. Don't let him do it!! God has promised to be with you, working everything out for your good. (Isaiah 45:2) When thou passest through the waters,k I will be with thee; and through the rivers shall not overflow thee:
When dealing with past hurts and disappointment you have to trust in God. A broken relationship leaves one or both parties involved reeling from the after-effects of the hurts. Satan tries to kill the unity of friends, loved-ones and member of the Body of Christ. Your first response needs to be asking forgiveness of God. Secondly we must forgive the other person by an act of our will and constantly keep it committed to Christ. Binding the work of the enemy and walking out forgiveness is a continual process as God does His healing in our spirit by restoring the wholeness we need. It will often take duration of time before we stop hurting, but you can be assured that you are not holding anger, guilt, unforgiveness or any other thing that might open a door of access to the destroyer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for delivering me from the trap of the enemy. Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I bind you spirit of heaviness in my life. I loose the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, the Garment of Praise and the Oil of Joy. According to your Word . . . whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Lord, I stand on your Word today. Thank your for your goodness and mercy towards me, in Jesus name, Amen.