From the Pastor's Desk: - Week of November 20, 2017
Theme: Praise Neutralizers (Part 3)
Greetings to you in the Name of Jesus Christ and welcome to Week 3 of our series on Praise Neutralizers. This week, I will like us to examine yet another neutralizer of Praise. It is called THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS.
In the first part of this series, (in the first week), that sorrow hinders Praise but behind sorrow is the Spirit of Heaviness.
Isaiah 61:3 ”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; . . .” KJV
The scripture above explains how the Holy Spirit carries out an exchange in the lives of believers in that, by his anointing, in place of the spirit of heaviness, He clothes the believer with a garment of praise.
I have no doubt in my heart that this deadly spirit is responsible for depression and many other negative attitudes. It also hinders the flow of praise from whoever it indwells.
The life of David, a man of after God’s own heart, who wrote many of the Psalms is worthy of emulation. The Bible reveals that David consciously fought the spirit of heaviness by maintaining a lifestyle of Praise unto God. (Psalm 42:5,11; Psalm 43:5). Rather than being discouraged and disheartened, he chose to hope in God.
As we progress in this month of Praise, I’ll like to remind you that Praise pleases God and He delights in hearing it from His children. Make Praise your lifestyle and give no room for the spirit of heaviness whose mission is to choke your Praise.
God BLESS you.
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