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The Garment of Praise

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  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; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

The answer against a “spirit of heaviness” is to put on the ”garment of praise.”

Satan hates praise:

Praise exalts Jesus no matter what the circumstances may look like. It engages our trust in God and activates our faith like nothing else can do. You see, praise introduces light and supernatural life into our circumstances. It is the ultimate release of spiritual freedom. Just listen to the following verses and let something click inside.

(2 Cor 3:17) “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

(Gal 5:1) ” Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

(Jn 8:36) ” Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Praise is Agreement with God!

Praising the Lord and agreement with the truth of God’s Word, renews the mind and lifts the spirit of heaviness off your shoulders. Notice the Prophet Isaiah says that your life is designed to reflect your calling as “trees of righteousness”. Its your destiny to become the “planting of the Lord”. As you praise Him daily, you will release the stature of Christ within you… “that He may be glorified”, seen and celebrated as your Deliverer! Nothing so clearly displays the power of God like our freedom in the spirit.

The Effect of a Spirit of Heaviness:

It darkens our countenance. Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us and dims our vision, robs our hope and crushes our sense of purpose. There are testimonies I’ve heard from people who say “when this spirit comes it even makes the room feel darker”. It brings a heavy and oppressive atmosphere that restricts and quenches our perception. It may come like a cloud hanging over you or your location, but the most difficult part to deal with is that it causes isolation. The devil’s goal is to remove you from the atmosphere of love and approval. Think about it, if Satan can get you isolated, then he can break your spirit and remove your source of inspiration and hope.

Recognize it:

This is the first step. You are a Child of God! This is not God’s will for you!  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Don’t believe the lies… Praise God instead! Accept no criticism and carry no extra baggage. You must learn the art of selective hearing, so that you choose the things you ignore and the things that come from the Throne of Heaven. We destroy arguments and pull down strongholds, so that every thought is made captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). That means I am actively discerning where my thoughts are coming from and believe me… I can rule over them with praise!

Put on the Garment of Praise!

This literally means to be “wrapped up in praise”. God has given it to be worn and provide insulation. So put it on like a jacket every single day. Take a few moments each morning and every time there is a battle raging, to put it on like armor on a soldier. You will watch your enemy run for cover with his tail between his legs… like a whipped puppy. That’s right, praise is your most effective tool in magnifying God and shrinking the influence of the devil. Get loud, get aggressive and set your heart on spiritual freedom!

It is the anointing that breaks the yoke! (Isa 10:27)

From Our Knees

“God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” (Jms. 4:6)

He gives us more grace dependent upon out posture. That is why Scripture tells us that the cure for evil desires is humility. Pride makes us self centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites for far more that we need! Its the devil’s domain and we must resist it. We can be released from our self centered desires by humbling ourselves before God, realizing that all we need is His approval!

When the Holy Spirit fills us, we see that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer.

Humble Yourself:

Humbling ourselves opens the doors of spiritual opportunity. God will exalt us in due season (1 Pet. 5:6). It means we are recognizing that our worth comes from God alone. Let me repeat that once more and perhaps you should say it out loud and boldly to yourself… MY WORTH COMES FROM GOD ALONE! We do not deserve His favor, but He reaches out to us in love and gives us worth and dignity, in spite of our human shortcomings.

We sometimes feel bold as a lion, wise as a scholar or courageous as a soldier, but as Children of God; we can best see His face from our knees.

When God Says “Go!”

What do you say when God says, “No!”?

The selfish person looks at the situation and figures out how they can still get it done. The cautious person sees it as an excuse to do nothing. The controlling person manipulates others to do what they have been given no approval for. The critical person finds fault with God’s logic and complains the whole time. The negative person promotes a bad attitude and discourages others from even considering the risk. The pleasure-seeking person will only be interested if they get something out of it. They all get what they want, but at what cost… and will it satisfy?

The Deception of Getting What We Want:

In the end what we sow will produce it’s fruit, it’s reward and it’s harvest. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Gal. 6:7-8). 

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Therefore Go…” (Mt. 28:18-19)

When everything is aligned according to the will of God, Jesus says,”GO!”.
That’s when miracles happen, a hopeless alcoholic is set free, a doubter begins to see the error of their ways and a broken dream suddenly becomes a reality. It’s when prayers get answered… and it happens more than you think!

When Jesus said, “GO!”… it was because of authority.

When Jesus says, “Go!” it is because of knowledge and awareness of all that pertains to every sphere of reality. We see through a glass darkly, but His view is eternal and complete. The warning is clear… don’t be deceived into thinking you can mock God or go around the authority of Jesus. You might get what you want, but it will be a harvest of corruption and it may even lead others into darkness. 

Remember these 4 Principles of Prayer:
1. God’s answers require patience.
2. God’s timing is perfect.
3. God’s heart is moved by faith, not need alone.
4. God’s delays are not God’s denials.

Sometimes God says, “No!”. Sometimes He says, “Grow!”  But there are other times… When God says; “Go!”

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