This list is NOT exhaustive, so you may encounter a stronghold or symptoms that aren’t listed.
You can recognize that a stronghold exists when any of the symptoms produced by that spirit are HABITUALLY PRESENT.
HEAV’INESS, n. hev’iness. Weight; ponderousness; gravity; the quality of being heavy; as the heaviness of a body.
1. Sadness; sorrow; dejection of mind; depression of spirits.
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop. Prov.12.
Ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season ye are in heaviness, through manifold temptations. 1 Pet.1.
2. Sluggishness; torpidness; dullness of spirit; languidness; languor; lassitude.
What means this heaviness that hangs upon me?
3. Weight; burden; oppression; as, the heaviness of taxes.
4. That which it requires great strength to move or overcome; that which creates labor and difficulty; as the heaviness of a draught.
5. Thickness; moistness; deepness; as the heaviness of ground or soil.
6. Thickness; moistness; as of air.
Isaiah 61:3To 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; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
THE EFFECT OF A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS
- It darkens our countenance: Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us..
- It dims our vision, robs our hope. The room may actually look darker.
- It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling. It quenches our faith.
- It may come over many at once , like a plague. It can be like a cloud, hanging over a place.
- It causes us to isolate, it steals our love, makes us feel alone.
The major source for the stronghold of heaviness to
be prolonged, unresolved, bitterness. The longer you remain bitter, the heavier
your heart becomes.
The spirit of heaviness can grow to almost intolerable oppression if you
don’t rid yourself of the root of bitterness. Heaviness will drive you into emotional
and physical ISOLATION. And, isolated people are easier for Satan to deceive.
Satan has his best recruits in Christians who are plagued by a stronghold of
Heaviness. They’ve SHUT OUT the loving voice of the Holy Spirit and lack the
love and joy He would produce in them.
Things are getting tough out there, and this is something I’ve had to do even knowing the things, being discussed on this blog and elsewhere…Whenever you may feel downcast, overwhelmed, and Satan is trying to burden you, or your own personal world is in chaos, step back and take time to pray to God for comfort but also praise Him in your turmoil. This is an important part of spiritual warfare, to step back and praise God, even in the worse of trouble. When one is very sick, facing extreme problems or even feeling overwhelmed by the evil of this world, nothing will bring more happiness then taking time to praise God. When even in the most severe crises, it is imperative that Christians do this, especially as things worsen in this world. One’s trust in the Lord will also be built up by doing this, and your relationship with Him will grow. Love this phrase, “THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS….”
Phillippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
A strong reminder in the Bible is when Paul and Silas even praised God from a prison cell! Reading this, I realized they weren’t just throw into a concrete room on some straw, they had even their feet locked up in stocks! It’s amazing to see what happened when they lifted up there praises.
Acts 16:16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Turn your sorrow into praise! We serve an awesome Lord!