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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)

Great Joy

Like a child

Jump and Shout

The Christian faith is the religion of JOY… great joy!

Christ came to take away our sins, to remove our curse, to break our chains, to open our prison-house and to cancel our debt. Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? In a word… God!

 He gives us “the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isa 61:3). 

  Every element of joy- deep, ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying and contageous - it is found in the revelation of Christ.

 ”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again—Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

 To the Christian, who is living near the Throne of Grace, there are sources of joy unknown to all others. He can even “rejoice in tribulation,” and “be glad in the Lord,” when pain and suffering cause distress.

 There is sufficient grace in Christ. The intimate follower of Christ knows where he can go for comfort and hope. He knows who has promised to give ”the fullness of joy” even in the midst of trials.  They remind themselves of the Savior’s invitation, “Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn 16:24). The one great source of the Christian’s joy is Christ… to see Him as He really is, releases all the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

 This Truth trumpets as a call of invitation and is the resource for confidence and bold discoveries. Discoveries like strength coming out of weakness or hope bursting forth from trials. The Christian has found their Heavenly Father to be the Restorer of all things and Christ to be ”the Friend who laid down His life because of great love” (Jn 15:13). Afterall and through it all: ”love never fails” (1 Cor 13:8).

Hear the Prophet’s exhortation even in the midst of tough times. 

  • Prophet Habakkuk: “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” (Hab 3:17-18)
  • Prophet Zephaniah: “Sing, oh daughter of Zion. Shout oh Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, oh daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgements, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel is in your midst. You shall see disaster no more.” (Zeph 3:14-15)

 Christian joy can only be realized when God reigns in the heart. Great joy rises above the struggles of the day and emphasizes the Goodness of God in the midst of all circumstances. God never wastes an experience… even when He cannot take the blame, He can release His glory and turn the heart toward life. From prison to victory; where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is hope. Great joy is supernatural and transforms us!

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