The Spirit of Depression (Heaviness)
Priscilla Van Sutphin
Isaiah 60:1 AMPC Arise [from the depression
& prostration in which circumstances have kept
you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with
the glory of the Lord), for your light has come,
& the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
In despair, David cried out to the Lord saying, "How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul & have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?" (Psalm 13:1-2)”
“Jeremiah cried out in prayer after he was beaten by a priest of Israel for boldly declaring the word of the Lord: "Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be blessed! … Why did I come out from the womb to see toil & sorrow, & spend my days in shame? (Jeremiah 20:14, 18) “
“In despair over the coming judgment Jeremiah said, "My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me" (8:18).
Feeling depressed sometimes signals sorrow over something. & sorrow, deep grief, & yes—depression over wickedness, sin, suffering, & death—is often fitting. We are human.”
“Solomon wrote, "It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, & the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad" (Ecclesiastes 7:2-3).”
Call out to God, who "is our refuge & strength, a very present help in trouble" Psalm 64:1.
“In Psalm 42 David said, My tears have been my food day & night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?"
Then he remembered, saying, These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng & lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts & songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you ”
Then he preached to himself, saying, Why are you cast down, O my soul, & why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation & my God.”
Depression can also come from years of stuffing down anger at ourselves for making mistakes, or not being good enough in the eyes of our parents, or other important people in our lives. One could say depression is anger directed inward, instead of outward.
It brings with it self pity & isolation & distrust. Distrust because something happened to us that violated normal standards of behavior, like REJECTION, cruelty, perfectionism, cold love, abuse or neglect. It can also be a generational spirit.
“What is the opposite of self pity? Murmuring & complaining & blaming others? No, it is Gratitude…
We all have been tempted when things get difficult to start complaining, & moaning & blaming God for not taking us out of the situation we are in. We need to repent of blaming God, hold on to the guarantee of the Finished Work, & resist the devil. They will most definitely flee from us. We need to take every thought captive.”
“Paul in Acts 16, was thrown in prison for delivering a girl from a spirit of divination. If he had been like most of us today, he would have been asking, “How could this have happened to us? Get us out of here! We must have messed up somewhere. God must be mad at us!” What were they doing? Singing, Praising & Rejoicing.”
“*The bible is clear, that the spirit of heaviness is connected to depression, & depression is a spirit, & the root cause of depression is sometimes a dysfunctional connection with God, through a misunderstand of His word.”
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; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
“Mental turmoil – confusion, agitation, disquiet, is usually caused by emotional buildup (things never let go of) & it usually brings fear. Fear does not come from God.”
2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power & of love & a sound mind.”
“To defeat this oppression, we need to be grateful to Jesus Christ that we are saved. Rejoice! Thank Him for your health, Thank Him, Thank Him & Thank Him again & again. Focus on all the good things in your life, “All good things come from above”, James 1:17.
The more we Thank Him the less we will be in self pity or murmuring, & we must kill all self pity, if we want to escape oppression, because self pity attracts other spirits to lead you into a downward spiral emotionally, but in ALL things, give thanks.”
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thess. 5:18.
“As Christians we sometimes have a very tough time doing this, but this is the biblical way of getting free from depression, & getting the dark clouds to roll away & the the sun shine on our lives again. So put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness-Isaiah 61.”
James 1:7 . Hope from the word of God, provides a confident expectation of good things, and to always be thankful Phil 4:6.
“Our hearts can be down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us, it robs our hope. It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling. It tries to steal our faith. Depression tries to overcome us like a dark, heavy cloud. When is hanging over us, it may come over us at once, like a dark cloud. It can causes us to isolate, & it tries to steal our love, joy, & peace, & wants to make us feel alone, & it tries to steal our relationship with God. However, in all things related to depression, it is putting on the garment of praise that can bring us out of depression.”
I’m going to share another source of depression which is Jezebelic, witchcraft, divination or sorcery attacks coming from the words or incantations & curses of others oppressed by these spirits. That’s why it often just comes on you like a dark cloud suddenly over-shadowing you. In which case you MUST WORSHIP also because worship destroys witchcraft. Even if all you can do is offer a SACRIFICE of PRAISE, meaning you don’t feel like it, but you do it anyway because God is Worthy of all praise. And HE will fight for you!
Psalm 141:2 ESV Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, & the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Psalm 107:21-22 ESV Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
Psalm 51:17 ESV The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken & contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Colossians 3:16 ESV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching & admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Pris: The enemy HATES us praising God. The enemy hates us being happy or joyful, peaceful or feeling loved. The JOY of the Lord is our STRENGTH the word says.
So why do I emphasize this so much? Well when I came to the Lord I was DID/MPD because of having been abused as a child, with a very mixed up childhood. The abuse was from OTO freemasons, which my grandfather & stepfather participated with. So not being healed yet, I had a lot of depression. Before being Christian, I would put on Bob Dylan music & cry, & get over the feelings. My ex husband now, at the time also had grown up in an abusive family.
But as I continued to press in to read the bible daily, & worship which I loved, as even in catholic school as a kid (2nd-8th grade), I loved worshiping God with the hymns. Some of the scrambling lifted. But it took a LONG time to overcome all this, especially in churches that did not understand or know how to help. And actually I didn’t even know except by a revelation from the Lord when I was married to my husband.
There was a day early on in my walk where I woke up feeling depressed. So I went into the living room while the kids were at school, & I sat on the floor near the speakers near the tape player. And I had learned the verse, “Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. So I put on one of my favorite songs by Steve Camp.
The plastic jacket to the tape was on the speaker close but not near my person. As I began to sing, suddenly that small jacket to the tape flew off the speaker!! So THEN I KNEW it was a demon tormenting me. And I continued singing after laughing at it’s frustration. This is why I’m not keen on labeling everything as from “chemical imbalance”. Although that IS also a reason for some depressions.
Years ago I read the story in the front of a book on herbs about a young man who grew up on a farm, & when older he moved into the city. Well he kept eating at restaurants & prepared foods from the store, & he got more & more depressed. I can’t remember who suggested he go back to eating like he used to on the farm, but it worked!! He came out of the depression!
So you can see there are many reasons, & another big one is drugs being produced today in great numbers for ADHD etc. along with drug addiction & many other things, can affect your brain causing imbalances. Heavy metals in your foods can cause imbalance, sensitivities & heaviness from the sorcery.
Freemasons I was told once, & no I cannot corroborate this, but alledgedly dip their hand into a container of mercury to pull out their ring for the 33rd level. Mercury is the most poisonous metal & evaporates readily. But these at that level are already sorcerers. Demons can protect such from harm to them, for the purpose of deception.
Yvonne Kitchen from Australia might have been the one who said this but can’t remember. When she speaks at conferances, she’ll say NO MORE MERCURY POISONING!! Mercury also being a god they worship among many others. Thus we come to another reason for depression related to demons, which is free masonry in the family line. If anyone in your family has participated in this even just to the first 3 levels, it means he has caused a curse on his own family to serve Satan for the rest of their lives. You must seek help in the church to get free, preferably with someone with experience.
Below is an excellent video to help you understand & take action by Ken Fish.
Psalm 50:23 ESV The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
Amplified Classic says: 23 He who brings an offering of praise & thanksgiving honors & glorifies Me; & he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.
Ephesians 5:19 AMPC Speak out to one another in psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [& instruments] & making melody with all your heart to the Lord,
1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMPC Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful & give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer & Mediator of that will].
1 Peter 2:9 AMPC But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds & display the virtues & perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Hebrews 13:15-16 AMPC Through Him, therefore, let us constantly & at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge & confess & glorify His name.
16 Do not forget or neglect to do kindness & good, to be generous & distribute & contribute to the needy [of the church as embodiment & proof of fellowship], for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Some More Scriptures re Depression:
Psalm 119: 28 AMPC My life dissolves & weeps itself away for heaviness; raise me up & strengthen me according to [the promises of] Your word.
Psalm 69:20 AMPC Insults & reproach have broken my heart; I am full of heaviness & I am distressingly sick. I looked for pity, but there was none, & for comforters, but I found none.
Proverbs 14:13 AMPC Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, & the end of mirth is heaviness & grief.
Psalm 143:7-8 AMPC Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave). Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean & in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.
Ezra 9:5 AMPC At the evening sacrifice I arose from my depression, &, having rent my undergarment & my mantle, I fell on my knees & spread out my hands to the Lord my God,
Job 29:24 AMPC I smiled on them when they had no confidence, & their depression did not cast down the light of my countenance.
Ecclesiastes 12:2 AMPC Before the sun & the light & the moon & the stars are darkened [sight is impaired], & the clouds [of depression] return after the rain [of tears];
I lift up to you anyone struggling with the spirit of heaviness, & I pray YOU will surround them with songs of deliverance! Let them hear your voice behind them as Your word says, directing them & helping them to know You love them immensely.
I pray You would ROUT the spirit of heaviness from their lives, & all others associated with it. I rebuke all self-pity, self hatred, self-loathing, self condemnation & guilt in the name & blood of Jesus.
I rebuke all witchcraft, divination, sorcery or jezebel spirits trying to torment them & keeping them bound. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to speak to them. Open their ears from oppression of any deaf & dumb spirits trying to keep them from understanding or bound in isolation, condemning them. I bind all unbelief, doubt & skepticism that God will not come through for them.
Grant them the GRACE to WORSHIP YOU IN A SPIRIT OF TRUTH & HOLINESS, & demonstrate Your MIGHTY POWER to them. POUR OUT YOUR LOVE that casts down all fear, & routs the enemy from their lives Abba. In the name & by the blood of JESUS.