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     Man is a 3 part being. He lives in a body (physical). He has a soul, which is his mind, will , emotions, & his intellect. & he is a spirit, which is t inner man or as Peter puts it "T hidden man of t heart."

     I. EPH 3:16

              A. God's desire is for us to be strengthened w/ might.

                        1. That word "Might" comes from t Greek word "Dunamis" specially, miraculous power ability, abundance, might(-ily, -y,), (power, strength, mighty (wonderful) work.

                        2. T only way for us to be strengthened w/ this power is by His Spirit.

                                  a. It's God's desire to strengthen our spirit w/ His Spirit.

     II. What are some of t causes of Heaviness in t human spirit, or for our spirit to be Weakened?

              A. JOB 3:25

                        1.Fear is 1 of those things that will bring that heaviness.

                                  a. (2TIM 1:7) Says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

                        2. When we're in fear, we're wavering w/ t promises of God.

                                  a. (JAMES 1:6-7) Says, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

                                  b. If we are wavering w/ t promises of God then we're not going to receive His Peace, His Joy, or any of His promises & we'll fell that heaviness.

              B. Look w/ me over to PRO 18:14

                        1. What are some things that will cause a wounded spirit?

                                  a. Rejection. Weather it's really happening or they just think that they are rejected. Either way it will still bring that heaviness in t heart.

                        2. Strife is another area that will wound someone's spirit.  T Bible calls it sin.

                        3. Hurt feelings can cause someone to fell wounded. & so on.

              C.In (MATT 4:4) it says, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

                        1. If we're not being properly fed spiritual, there's a heaviness that goes w/ it; a weakness.

              D. Unforgiveness is another area.

                        1. (MARK 11:25-26) Says, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

                                  a. Unforgiveness is going to hinder you from getting into t presence of God.

                                  b. When you're not getting in t presence of God you're going to sense that heaviness.

              E. PRO 12:25

                        1. If we look at this V from a different angel, it's telling us that "Bitter Words" (t opposite of good words) will cause someone to be sadden.

                                  a. Criticism  (Like 2 edged sword) (EPH 4:15) Says "Speaking t truth in love." When you do tell someone t truth about them selves, tell it to them in LOVE.

     III. Well, what's t cure for heaviness in t inner man?

              A. According to this V in (PRO 12:25) instead of bitter words give a "Good Word." (Good words are uplifting).

              B. I think t most important is to go to Jesus; To get in His presence.

                        1. PSA 147:2-3

                                  a. That's referring to Jesus.

                        2. (LUKE 4:18) Says, "The Spirit of the Lord {is} upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."

                                  a. Jesus heals t brokenhearted, binds up there wounds & builds up there inner man.

                                  b. If you feel cast down you need to go to Jesus who will build you back up & heal your broken heart.

              C. Another cure (heaviness - inner man) is to cast all your cares upon Him.

                        1. PHIL 4:6

                        2. (1PET 5:7) Says, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."                 

                                  a. According to these 2 Vs, When you're feeling that heaviness, go to t Lord in prayer, letting your request be known to him, & then leaving those heavy weights there w/ Him.

              D. Then, of course, Praise is one of t best cures for heaviness.

                        1. Turn to ISAIAH 61:3

                                  a. T NIV translation says, "A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."

                                  b. Many today are in despair, but God will give us t Garment of Praise, but we have to enter into it.

                                           i. As we do t heaviness & despair will leave.

     IV. PRO 4:23

              A. T word "Keep" in t 1st past of this V means "To Guard"

                        1. In other words He's saying "To Guard your heart with all diligence."

                        2. Guard your self from falling into that spirit of heaviness. But how?

              B. Look at 1THES 5:8

                        1. In this V he tells us to put on t breastplate of Faith.

                        2. We are to walk by faith. Faith in God & all of His promises.

                                  a. There's 4 references in t KJV that says, "T Just shall live by Faith." (HAB 2:4; ROM 1:7; GAL 3:11; & HEB 10:38)

                                  b. (2COR 5:7) Says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

                                           i. We need to walk by faith in order to Guard our spirit.

              C. In this same V (1THES 5:8) it tells us to put on t breastplate of Love.

                        1. In (GAL 5:6) it says, "Faith which worketh by love."

                        2. Jesus said, "If you love me you will keep my commandments."

                        3. In order for us to guard & protect our hearts, Walking in love is a necessity.

              D. T Word of God is essential for our spiritual well being.

                        1. ACTS 20:32

                                  a. T Word of God is food for your spirit. W/out food you're going to get weak.

                                  b. God's Word will build you up.

                        2. But t 2nd half to that is "Be a doer of t Word."

                                  a. (JAMES 1:22) Says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

                                  b. MATT 10:8

                                           i. What have you received?

                                           ii. One thing is for sure is that you have received eternal life & t Word of God.

                                           iii. Share t word of Life that you've received. That's a big part of being doers of t word.

              E. Another part of being built up spiritual so that we will not fall into that spirit of heaviness is by praying in t spirit.

                        1. (JUDE 20) Says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."

                        2. As we're in t Word of God, being a doer of t Word & praying in t Spirit we'll be "Putting on t breastplate of righteousness," & we'll begin to get t revelation of t power that is in us thru t H.S.

                                  a. You are something very special.

                                  b. (1COR 15:57) Says, "But thanks {be} to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

                                  c. (2COR 2:14) Says, "Now thanks {be} unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ

                        3. When things seen to be getting rough, remember that as we are pressing into t things of God, we will always have t Victory.

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