The reality is satan comes not to bother you, but to steal, kill, and destroy you. He is not interested in just trying to torment you, he wants to take you out. You are a threat to his rule, don’t let him have an inch. Satan wants you bound by a spirit of heaviness.
If you are struggling with this, and you feel that it was just confirmed in your heart that you know it’s you that the Lord had me write this for, then rejoice! For today the cycle breaks through the power of His word, His blood, and your testimony.
There is a war against you and it’s called the spirit of heaviness. We all at times have battled this spirit. I believe its a number one destruction tactic of the enemy. He uses negative media, crises, loneliness, self-pity, prolonged pain, prolonged burdens that aren’t surrendered to Jesus, among many other things to get this nasty leeching spirit into your life.
Often we can mistakenly think something is wrong with us, or that we are depressed or just burdened. However, the truth is that something got a foothold in our hearts through life circumstances that we didn’t deal with the JESUS way, so it becomes a stronghold that MUST be dealt with at the heart level.
Now, I’m not talking about a temporary trial or a refining hard assignment from heaven. I’m talking about continued heaviness and weariness. If you’re having more heavy-hearted days than happy, this word is for you RIGHT NOW. Deliverance is coming right now from Jesus. The most frustrating part of this can be not knowing how to get out of the cycle, but I have good news!
The good news is THE GOOD NEWS! God’s holy word. The bible says to put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness and He will make you a tree of righteousness. This is a key to the kingdom which is joy, peace, and right standing with God.
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 61:3 KJV
Victory over this heaviness can be found in His holy principles. The bible is a guide on how to tend the garden of your heart. Praise when you are heavy-hearted!
It’s time to break the cycle through arresting your negative thoughts and praising when they come to steal your joy. You will overcome when you TESTIFY of His goodness in the middle of heavy circumstances. This is because we have victory through the shed blood of Jesus.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11
Let us also understand that just because we know how doesn’t mean we will.
You have to make a decision right now to recognize the spirit of heaviness and define a response of praise. Warriors plan their attack, they don’t just react. Also, guard your heart against toxic influence according to the direction of the Lord in your own heart. If you continually battle negativity getting a foothold and burdening you with this spirit, ask Abba what gates to your soul you should shut. The eye gates, the ear gates. Who or what has access to the garden of your heart that shouldn’t?
Satan hates you and wants you distracted with heaviness, feeling suffocated so you can’t turn your eyes upon Jesus like He knows your heart truly deeply desires to do. Praise is your weapon. This is how we fight our battles. Praise as your testimony and the truth of the first work of Jesus and His shed blood.
You have the battle plan now, use it. If you struggle with identifying when a spirit of heaviness is trying to overtake you, ask the Lord for the grace to have eyes to see and ears to hear so that you can steward your heart well.
Written by: Thomas Griffin
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