3 Ways to Lift the Spirit of Heaviness

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You must lift weight off your spirit before you can release it off your body.

When I weighed 240 pounds, I felt like if I had the world’s weight on my shoulders.

It was like the mental weight I felt inside translated into physical weight on the outside.

The spirit of heaviness was on me!

If you struggle with the spirit of heaviness, then I have 3 tips to help lift it.

It helps to understand the underlying cause first. Then, you will understand why the methods to lift it work.

A psychiatrist once said that people who struggle with neurotic disorders, such as depression or anxiety, almost always have a habit of fault finding.

Either they focused on faults within themselves or faults with other people.

No matter what was good in their lives, they always focused on what was wrong and what was lacking.

When I used to suffer from depression years ago, I was like that.

But then I discovered God’s promise in Isaiah 61:3:

“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Did you catch that part about how the Lord gives us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness?

The following are 3 ways to put on the garment of praise every day:

1. Listen praise music and sing every day. Set aside time in your day to listen to your favorite upbeat praise songs.

Sing praises to the Lord as you perform routine tasks, like washing the dishes or sweeping the floor.

Since you have to do these things anyway, you might as well cultivate a merry heart while doing them!

2. Create a gratitude list. When I suffered from depression, I used this scripture as a prescription:

Psalm 119:164 – “Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments.’

 God led me to write down 7 things for which I wanted to praise Him each day for 31 days.

Toward the end of those days, my depression started leaving me.

It became a habit to start looking for things to be grateful for in my life.

Even in the midst of the most trying times, you can always find reasons to praise!

3. Write a ‘Thank You’ note to all the people on your gratitude list.  Buy some ‘Thank you’ notes, then write a brief note to person on your life about how much you appreciate them.

As you know, tomorrow is not promised to you.

Wouldn’t it be best to let the people you care about know how much they mean to you while they are still with you?

It doesn’t matter if they thank you in return. All you want to do is make sure they know you appreciate them.

If you end up with 10 people on your list and commit to writing 1 note per day, you’d have this done in 10 days.

But I’d suggest you do this sooner rather than later.

Cultivating a practice of praise and of “good finding” rather than fault finding each day will help to lift the spirit of heaviness right off of you.

And I believe it will help support your physical weight loss as well!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ Program

P.S. If you are tired of trying diet after diet, losing the weight, but gaining it all back then the Take Back Your Temple program is your solution. You grow stronger Spiritually and heal emotionally as you are losing weight.

Diets can give you information about how to eat but they can’t give you the wisdom nor power to destroy the mental strongholds that are holding you back.

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  • H.K. says:

    Very good. Thank you

  • SKP says:

    Starting today I am availing myself to the gift that God has placed on you to bless and help others. Thank you.

  • melanie chitwood says:

    So many times your words and Scripture are just what I need – like this one! Thank you!

  • Debbie says:

    Thanks!

  • Sherry m. says:

    Very rich and wise advice. Thank you for your ministry it touches so many lives for the good. Romans 10:8 and Deut. 30:14 says that the word is neigh us, even in our mouth. Speak the word of God and our Faith grows.

  • Debra says:

    How quickly we forget and take those reins back again! Great reminder, thank you…I like the prescription. Blessings on you .

  • Tiffany says:

    Awesome !!!

  • Kathy Keller says:

    Thank you for passing God’s Word on.
    I needed and still need it.

  • albirda says:

    Just feeling heavy in spirit and weight. Perfect timing for my situation. Thank you for knowledge and understanding on this problem. I will apply it today. God is please with your writing on this matter.

  • Hannah Kyle says:

    Hi there! Cool post! As I was reading my bible this morning in Samuel 16: 14 it said “Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.” And then further on in Samuel 16:23 says ” And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit WOULD GO AWAY.”
    How cool is that?! That is scripture to confirm scripture! David was certainly a praiser and that tormenting spirit obviously did not like the music!! I struggle with fear and occasionally spiritual heaviness so it’s super cool to have the answer nestled inside the scriptures!!! Thank You Jesus!! Praise the Lord!!!! Thanks for sharing this post and God bless!!

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