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3 Ways to Lift the Spirit of Heaviness


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 Christian weight loss as well!

Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey to losing 85 pounds. But I discovered that you can win the Spiritual and mental battle that can make you inconsistent and lose motivation on your weight loss journey.

I developed the Take Back Your Temple program to show you how you can win the battle too.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Pam says:

    Thank you Kimberly, for being used of God to share this deliverance. These words are exactly what this heavy heart needed!

  • Wanda Cusseaux says:

    This is music to my ears!!!
    Thank God for you, it’s like this was meant for me, at this tryig time in my life.
    Pray for me I struggle each
    to stay positive.

  • caron says:

    thank you

  • Karen says:

    Great suggestions! Very promising! God is good! Thank you, Kim, for your faith and sharing the wisdom you have gleaned through your journey with the Lord!

  • Nikki says:

    Amen. I appreciate this wisdom. I will apply it especially the praise list! God is so good all the time!

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