No More Heaviness

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 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.
— Isaiah 61:2-3 NKJV

There is a difference between having a burden and carrying heaviness. To have a burden is to carry and care about a cause, such as carrying a burden for orphan children or widows, engaging actively in doing anything one can to help alleviate their suffering. To carry heaviness, however, is to be weighed down by what one is going through. This is an additional weight that one carries that should not be there. Such heaviness can make a 20-year-old look like a 50-year-old. Heaviness is a pressure that drains one’s energy. Verse 3 above (NKJV) describes it as a spirit of heaviness.

God created man with a spirit. Man today functions either by the Spirit of the Lord or by his own spirit. When he does not possess the Father, he opens himself up to other “spirits” that place a wedge between himself and the Father. Spirit is difficult to describe; it is like the emanating part of one’s being that expresses the Father. When heaviness blankets our lives, we start to showcase disbelief in the things of the Father. We lose hope and begin to feel sorry for ourselves. That’s when a victim mindset kicks in.

People everywhere encounter suffering and hardship; none of us are immune. One of the worst-case scenarios is when a parent loses his/her child to death. Anyone who has suffered that sorrow intimately understands heaviness. Married couples divorce and heaviness sets in. After all, no one enters marriage with the expectation that it will fail. They expect it to last “forever,” and when it doesn’t, the stark reality of that becomes a breeding ground for heaviness. Every day people everywhere face life crises of all kinds that open the door for heaviness to creep in subtly and abide in their hearts. Heaviness causes blindness and deafness with regard to seeing or hearing the Father. It takes away perspective and replaces it with doubt! This is a reality we can see all around us.

However, the Father never turns a deaf ear to us, and He sees everything! He feels our pain and understands the heart’s desire for relief and peace. The Father has a standard called “SON”: one who exhibits the Father. Jesus Christ the SON has set the precedent for all mankind to walk in the power and authority of the Father. The secret weapon for breaking through heaviness is praise. It’s taking a step back and expressing gratitude for how our Father loves and cares for us. While we naturally react emotionally based on the things we are going through, our emotions cannot define the Father. His standard is far beyond our emotions! He is our strength whenever we are down, in despair, discouraged, and feel like our world has been shattered. The starting point for deliverance from the spirit of heaviness is believing—knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that our Father is for us. As we break through, others can too because they are encouraged by the glory of the Father they see in our lives!