Once again I am late with my post. I almost didn’t write one at all. My job has supplied me with work up to my neck, I am happily preparing for a wedding, Wednesday night study, Sunday morning message, Sunday night study, and now a journal to go along with a study we are doing.
I have but one thing to say,…it’s all worth it.
What a time we had yesterday. It started out good with great discussion in Sunday School, moving right on into the service. The thing the Lord laid on me to talk about yesterday was that there is an epidemic in our country and even in the Church across our country.
It is not an epidemic of Ebola. It is not an epidemic of AIDS. It is not an epidemic of Swine Flu or Bird Flu.
A few months ago I preached on spirits of depression and spirits of oppression and how to deal with them. But the Holy Spirit burdened me so this week about this, that it is holding many in the church back, it is the cause that many in these last days are lukewarm for the Lord, it is the cause that many have not led more people to the Lord, it is the reason many have not been more fruitful for the Lord, it is the reason that many do not have the joy they should have; folks, THIS is the epidemic.
In Isaiah 61, the prophet said that the coming Messiah would give us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Not the feeling of heaviness. Not the chemical imbalance in the brain that causes heaviness. Not the you need to take this pill and call me next week heaviness.
The spirit of heaviness
There has been such a teaching over the past 75 years against supernatural things in our churches, it has gotten to the point that people do not believe in the supernatural, they do not look for the supernatural, they do not recognize when the supernatural has come around.
Can I tell you our God Himself is supernatural!
Tell me if you have ever experienced this; everything is going along just fine, nothing really out-of-the-ordinary-bad has happened, you’re just going along and maybe something small happens that is not that great and all of a sudden – BAM. Something comes in like a dark, heavy cloud. You just feel anywhere from “BLAH” to “Good Lord just kill me now”. You pray, you fast, you make resolutions but nothing really helps.
That’s because most people are proceeding on the assumption it is a mental problem. It is not a mental problem. It is spiritual. It is a spirit of heaviness, as Isaiah called it, a spirit of depression or a spirit of oppression.
What do we do about it? We put on the WHOLE armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18). We BE filled with the Spirit. Speak to yourself in Psalms and Hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make melody in your heart to the Lord. Be thankful, be grateful for everything (Eph. 5:18-20).
WALK in the Spirit.
When you do, I wonder……what God has for you…just around the corner?