If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Isaiah chapter sixty-one. The book of Isaiah chapter sixty-one. And when you reach there, please stand for the reading
of the Word. Amen? In Isaiah sixty-one, verse one through
verse three, it says,
1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the
LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the
meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison
to them that are bound;
2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day
of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
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; that they might
be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,
that he might be glorified.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And dear Lord, as I decrease I ask that You would increase.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name.
The people of God said amen. You may be seated in the
house of God.
One of the things that I would like to pull out of this Word
tonight is speaking about heaviness. Heaviness. What does it
mean to have the spirit of heaviness? It means having great
weight. It means there is a burden by something important or
by something that is troubling, having little strength or
Now in this particular passage it’s talking about having a
burden about something that is troublesome. And when we
look at the body of Christ today, there is a spirit of heaviness
that tries to linger among the saints of God.
And instead of the joy of the Lord being our strength,
heaviness has taken away our strength from us. Our strength
has been seeped out of us. It has been siphoned from us. It
has been taken out of us. A spirit of depression has been
birthed out of this spirit of heaviness.
And when we look at the spirit of depression it’s like an
epidemic going across the body of Christ. And an epidemic is
something that effects a whole, wide spread amount of
And when you look into the body of Christ, you see on the
TV in the different camp meetings, there is... It seems as
though there are a lot of people that are rejoicing and that are
on fire. But that’s a minute part of the body of Christ.
If you look at the body of Christ as a whole, there’s a spirit of
depression that has tried to grip the whole body.
But tonight God is speaking to us. He’s telling us to put on
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
You see, there are a lot of spirits that come with the spirit of
heaviness. If you can’t sleep at night, it’s a lot of times
because the spirit of heaviness has come to attack you with
insomnia. Do you hear what I’m saying? Glory to God.
There are a lot of spirits that come with the spirit of
heaviness. Even the spirit (glory to God) of... What is the
spirit? Glory to God. It’s the spirit that will cause someone
to want to kill themselves. The suicide spirit. It even travels
with the spirit of heaviness.
The spirit of heaviness in the body of Christ has got to come
down. And in order for the spirit of heaviness to come down,
we as saints of God have got to be able to praise God when
things are going right and praise God when things are going
wrong. We’ve got to make praising God a lifestyle.
When I look at some faces tonight, I can tell that there really
isn’t any joy. Hello, somebody. Because the spirit of
heaviness tries to come and go.
You see, we can’t allow the spirit of heaviness to take away
your praise. You see, the spirit of praise is what’s going to
cause us to realize that we have the victory. It’s going to
cause us to understand that we have victory, and that we’re
walking in the victory that God has given unto us.
Heaviness in the body of Christ. You will know that there is
something wrong when you don’t want to read the Word like
you used to. You’ll know there’s something wrong when you
don’t want to get on your knees the way you used to.
You’ll know that’s something wrong. Because it’ll seem like
you’re walking in a fog all the time. And it will seem like
your mind has always something weighing on it. Do you hear
what I’m saying?
The spirit of heaviness does not have a name on it. The spirit
of heaviness will attack anybody, anywhere, at any time, if we
allow it (glory to God) to have a hold on us.
Saints, of God, lift up your hands right now where you are.
Today, tonight, this evening, you and I have got to make a
decision. I’m going to be happy whether it kills me. I’m
going to have joy whether it kills me. Oh, you don’t want to
talk to me. Come on. Clap your hands for Jesus tonight.
I can’t allow that spirit to have control over my life. Because
when you look at a lot of saints, they have heaviness on them
for years, not just for a little while.
You see, every now and then you’re going to have a time of
mourning. Hello, somebody. But after while that spirit of
mourning has got to go. Every now and then you’re going to
be heavy. Glory to God.
But I want to be heavy because I’m burdened for the Lord,
not burdened because the devil is placing a burden upon me.
I want to get to the point where the burden of the Lord is upon
me, that when I lay down and I cry and I weep, I’m wailing
for the body of Christ. I’m wailing for somebody to get saved
and delivered and set free. That’s what I’m looking for in the
form of heaviness.
They become so taken up with their process of living that they
neglect the basic spiritual exercises that are required of all
who wish to maintain their Christian experience.
You see, heaviness will stay if I don’t get into the Word of
God. And heaviness will stay if I don’t get on my knees.
And heaviness will stay when I don’t have a real relationship
with Him. But when my relationship with Him is real, He’s
the only thing that makes me happy. Oh, you don’t want to
talk to me. I’m talking about a real happiness. And I’m
talking about a real joy.
If you have been heavy for too long, it will try to take away
your Christian experience. It will suck you out of the body of
Christ, like you’re going into a vacuum. And you won’t be
able to find your way out. Do you hear what I’m saying?
You’ll search around and you’ll look. And you’ll think you’ll
find it one way. But then that don’t work. You try to find it
another way, and that won’t work. You try to find it another
way and that won’t work. And you find yourself at heaven’s
The heaviness, if it stays on you too long it will take you out
of the things of God. It’ll take your witness from you. It’ll
take your testimony from you. You’ll be like a grape when it
starts to dry up, a prune when it starts to dry up. It’ll start to
get all ugly and twisted in the face. You don’t want to talk to
Have you ever seen a beautiful date or a beautiful grape, and
how it looks juicy at first? But when it starts to dry up it gets
all crinkled up and wrinkled up. And that’s what’ll happen to
us if we continue to allow the spirit of heaviness to grip our
You see, I’ve got to be renewed in my mind every single day.
If I don’t read ten chapters, I need to read five. If I can’t read
five, at least read one. Every single day I need to get
something from the Word of God, something that no matter
what situation or circumstance comes my way, I can retain
You see, you know... You know, I watch people. And I see
how bubbly they are for a little while, when it seems like it’s
about to take off, and it’s about to go the way they want it to
go. But when it seems like it’s going to a standstill, they
begin to get at a standstill. They don’t want to take a step no
And all the things that they were doing, instead of doing it
with joy, they become a routine. They become a ritual. They
don’t mean anything any more.
The spirit of heaviness will try to take your God out of you, if
you allow it. Somebody needs to hear this tonight. Because
you been going through and going through and going through.
And every time it seems like you’re going to have a speckle
of joy, the devil try to come and take that away too.
I refuse to let the devil have what he didn’t give me. He
didn’t give me joy. He didn’t give me peace. He didn’t give
me happiness. All he’s given me is evil and torment. And I
don’t want that. He can have that back.
But I’m going to keep my joy. I’m going to keep my
happiness. I’m going to keep my peace. I don’t care if I
don’t have a dime in my pocket. You don’t want to talk to
me. I don’t care if my car break down. You don’t want to
talk to me. But I’m going to keep my joy in God. I’m going
to keep it. I’m going to retain it.
This Anointing that I have on my life, it’s worth more than a
million dollars in the bank. It’s worth more than the most
fanciest car I can go out and purchase. The Anointing.
But if I allow the spirit of heaviness to rest on me, it’s going
to tamper with my Anointing. And when I try to lay hands on
somebody, it won’t be effective. When I try to speak into
somebody’s life, it won’t be effective.
Heaviness in the body has got to come down. You may not
be where you want to be right now. But one of these days
you going to make it. If God said you were going to be in a
place, then before Jesus come back, every promise that He
promised has got to come to pass.
We’ve got to get to that place, when the spirit of heaviness
tries to come upon me, I’ll lay on my face. I’ll get before
Him. And I’ll say, “Lord, this is what the deal is. And this is
what’s causing my heaviness. Now Lord, lift this up off of
me. Because I’ve got things to do for You. And I can’t do
them feeling like this.
Even though I don’t go by my feelings... Don’t you know
your feelings can affect how you operate in the things of
God? I rather come lay hands on you when I’m full of joy. If
you are going to get something imparted, I’d rather for it to
come along with a spirit of joy than a spirit of heaviness.
Sometimes folks get laid hands on. And it’s not that the folks
are not anointed that are laying hands on them. But they
going through things. And they allow those things to
And then instead of just imparting the anointing, they’re
imparting that grief that’s on the inside of them. Oh, my God.
Talking about an impartation. That’s why the Bible says we
got to have clean hands and a pure heart.
See, this word tonight is simple, but we need to hear it.
Because on Friday night we all happy, bouncing, jumping.
We... Oh, my God. We swinging and skipping along and
carrying along. Hallelujah. But what about the next day?
We can’t even get up out the bed. Lord, help me, Jesus.
True happiness comes from being in the Holy Ghost. In His
Presence is the fulness of joy. In His Presence. Why you
love church so much? Because I love to be in His Presence. I
eat, sleep, think church. It’s always on my mind. Jesus is
always on my mind, in some way, shape, form, or fashion.
Even when the devil try to put a bad thought in my head, I got
to go... Jesus be going... Oh, there goes a song in my heart or
in my mind somewhere. It can’t stay. Can’t stay.
Heaviness has got to get up under our feet. Don’t worry
about that thing that you went through yesterday. Jesus
already taken care of it. He’s already taken care of it.
You remember Saul in the book of First Samuel? The Bible
said that there was an evil spirit that came an attacked him.
Didn’t it? And I can imagine it was some type of heaviness.
But every time David would play, it would cause his spirit to
get full all over again.
See, you got to watch yourself. Because if the heaviness is
always on you until, you know, the, you know, you start
hearing the music and you start hearing that... If you heavy
all the time, you better wonder if the Spirit of God done left
you. Oh, my God. I feel Jesus when I said that. You better
wonder if He wrote “Ichabod” on the door.
If you can’t feel Him all by yourself, if you need somebody
else... Oh, Jesus. I don’t need nobody else with me to feel
Him. I can feel Him when I’m all by myself. I can feel Him
when I’m all by myself. I can talk to Him when I’m all by
myself. Because I know He’s there. I don’t need somebody
else anointing to be with me to feel Him. I can feel Him all
by myself. Because I’ve got a relationship with Him.
When you have a relationship with Him, you can’t stay
depressed. Because He’s your Beloved, and you’re His
beloved. And He’s going to make sure that somehow
happiness leaps inside of you.
And I’m not talking about in the form of something material.
I’m talking about a supernatural experience with Him. He
might just show you a vision. He might just give you a word.
My God. He going to do something to bring that joy back up
Have you been heavy for too long? If you been heavy for too
long, check your relationship. I don’t care what you been
going through, if you been heavy for too long, check your
relationship out with God. Because even now as I’m
speaking I feel His Presence in the room.
But even if I’m at the house by myself and I start to praise
Him or worship Him, I can feel His Presence in the room.
It’s a relationship. It’s time to get rid of that spirit of
heaviness. It’s time to bind it. It’s time to loose the spirit of
comfort and joy into your life. And not based on your
situation or on your circumstance. Not based on that. Not
based on that. But based on the joy of the Lord, which is your
strength, real joy.
You know, I heard an evangelist on the radio yesterday. And
he said, “Contrary to what a lot of people think, God will tell
you no. And even when you sow...”
A lot of times, you know, we sow things. And we expect a
harvest right then and there. But God is saying, “No. Not
right now, because you ain’t ready for it.” He’ll say, “No.
Because if I give it to you, it’s going to do more bad than
See, that’s knowing God and having a relationship with Him.
That don’t mean that I don’t sow. Because the Bible says that
I can cast my bread upon the water. Because I don’t know
when it’s going bring forth my harvest, in Ecclesiastes. But it
will. But it might not do it at the time.
Saints of God, no matter what you are going through tonight,
I want you to give it to Jesus. I didn’t get up here whooping,
hollering, and carrying on tonight, and all of that kind of stuff.
Because I want you to hear this.
See, a lot of us think we going to go to the next level. But we
haven’t mastered the level where we are. How’s He going to
take me higher? Oh, I’m about to go to the next level. I’m
about to oh, be on another plateau. And then I’m all sunken
in. Can’t do it. And He won’t do it. I need joy right there.
Because if I don’t have joy here, I definitely ain’t going to
have joy there.
“But pastor, you don’t understand. They just took my car.”
Say, “Thank You, Lord, anyway.”
“They talking about foreclosing on my mortgage.”
“Thank You, Jesus.”
“My boss said the next time I’m late they going to fire me.”
“Hallelujah. Thank You, Lord.”
See, the garment of praise is something that you wear. And
when you get a revelation of it, you don’t take it off for
nothing and nobody. Don’t let nobody pull the life out of
you. Don’t let nobody pull the joy out of you, the happiness
out of you.
What makes you happy should be the things of Almighty
God. That makes me happy. Oh, yeah. That makes me
happy. That give me so much joy. When I got saved I was
like that. I’m like that now. And I’ll be like that until the day
I can’t let heaviness grip me and take a hold of me. Because
if I do, I’ll die. I’ll die. And I’m not getting ready to die.
I’ve just begun to live.
So tonight, this evening, if you’ve been heavy about one thing
after the next, there’s a root to that problem. There’s some
type of root. You need to find out what the root is, the root of
why you can’t be happy. There’s a root there.
And it’s not because of anybody. There’s a root that needs to
be plucked up. There’s a root there. There’s a root. Get to
the root of the problem. And stop always trying to deal with
the surface, the surface.
Decide tonight that you’re going to be happy. Right where
you are, in the midst of the fire say, “While I’m going to be
just as happy.” He said, “I’ll be with you through the flood,
through the fire.” He said, “I’ll be with you.” So as long as
He’s with me, I’m happy. But if He should ever leave, I’ll
If I need you around me in order to feel His Presence, then
I’m dead. Saints of God, don’t let it happen to you. Don’t be
like sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Get real joy. Get
real joy, real joy.
When I met my wife... Before I met her, right when I got
saved, I had an apartment, and I had a car. I had no furniture
in the apartment. Oh. Hello, somebody. But every time
somebody saw me I was just a jumping. I was just so happy.
It’s true. I didn’t have nothing in there.
And it wasn’t that I didn’t have the money to buy it. I could
have bought it. But I wasn’t interested in all of that stuff. As
long as I had a ride to the church... I’m telling you the truth.
As long as I could get through the door, I was alright.
And when she came and she saw my apartment, she said,
“You don’t have no furniture in here. I’m going to give you
some furniture to put in your bedroom.”
I said, “Alright.” I wasn’t concerned.
“Pastor, you crazy?” No. I’m crazy for Jesus. Crazy for
And that’s why if the Lord gives me a Mercedes or whatever,
I’ll be happy with it. But I’m happy with what I got already.
Do you hear what I’m saying? I’m happy right where I am.
Even though I know the increase is coming even the more,
I’m happy where I am.
Because if I can’t be happy now, then when He bless me with
that, after while when the years go by, I ain’t going to be
happy with that no more. And that same heaviness is going to
come right back. You need to talk to me tonight. Because
I’m telling you the truth. I’m telling you the truth. I’m telling
you the truth. I’m giving you a little wisdom.
Be happy with that Studebaker out there. Say, “Lord, I’m
glad to have it. It’ll get me to and fro. Lord, I like to have
something else. But until You bless me with something else,
I’m going to be content with this right here.”
That’s the way you got to live your life.
“Oh, you just don’t want better.” It ain’t that. It’s not that.
I’m satisfied in Jesus. And I already know what He’s
promised. He’s promised a mansion. He’s promised all of
these different things.
But that’s not what my eyes are set on. That’s why I know
that I can be a prophet to the nations. Because my eyes is not
set upon the riches. It’s not set on that. It’s not. He knows
my heart. He knows my heart. He knows my... And He
knows yours. He knows your heart.
Saints, don’t be heavy any more for what you don’t have. If
you got to call every day to get a ride to church, you call
them. Bug them. Say, “Pastor said bug them.” Tell them.
“Pastor said call. Pastor said I should call you.” See, I know
I can get you all laughing up in here. “Pastor said.” You say
pastor anyway, all the time. So you might as well say pastor
said that too.
But heaviness on a child of God will destroy a child of God.
If you see your brother or your sister heavy, you need to ask
them, “Is everything alright, brother? Everything alright?”
I know what their response is going to be. Say, “Oh, yeah.
I’m blessed. Oh, yeah.”
But you need to see right through it. You need to see through
it. Say, “Okay. God bless you.” Immediately you need to
get in your car, wherever you at. Just start binding the devil.
“I bind you, Satan. Loose, my brother, my sister. And let
them go in the Name of Jesus.” That’s the way we got to be.
I know sometimes people look at me and they say,
“Something bothering pastor.” Don’t just say something
bothering pastor, but pray for pastor. And pull down them
strongholds. Pull them down. Just don’t tell me you see it.
Pull it down. Pull it down. I’m pulling it down for you.
Even when you don’t tell me, I’m pulling it down for you.
The spirit of heaviness. Don’t allow it to grip you any longer.
Command it to loose you and to let you go.
Come on. Give God a handclap of praise.