Waking up to the spirit of heaviness


Have you ever woke up to recognize the presence of heaviness? Even before you’ve started your day or had time to think about anything, it’s already operating. Today was one of those days. One of the first things I like to do in those situations is a self-check. I examine myself to see if there is any place where I have come into agreement with, or yielded to that spirit.  Isaiah 61 tells us that it is an evil spirit: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me 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.”

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Discernment and The gift of the discerning of spirits

So perhaps you’ve taken one of those spiritual gifts assessment and realized that you have the gift of the discerning of spirits and/or discernment. While this is an incredibly powerful tool, the gift of discernment can be a lot to manage on an emotional level. If you don’t understand this gifting, you may find it easy to falsely believe that you are emotionally unstable; fine one minute and then the next minute you are completely distracted by intense feelings…feelings like fear, despair, lust or weariness. When this happens, you may find yourself thinking, “I thought I had overcome _____ (fear, greed, lust, etc.), how could I possibly be dealing with it again?” Continue reading