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The Spirit of heaviness  


Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

Foretelling the coming of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah really hits home with these words of promise: “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 61:3 –King James translation).

There is a comparison being made here between a funeral and a wedding celebration. A funeral is where the Hebrews would have put ashes upon their heads in mourning, and some would have beat their breasts and wailed, while wearing sackcloth. Yet at a wedding, they wore beautiful garments, literally, garments of praise.

The point being that whatever you were feeling in your spirit and soul, whatever your mood was, would be reflected in what you wore. That is still the case today; Jesus taught on this—that Christianity is meant to be a wedding celebration and not a funeral dirge. I believe that what Isaiah is speaking to us today, is a revelation, an important key to get delivered from the spirit of heaviness.

What is the spirit of heaviness? First off, we’re not talking about a weight loss program like Weight-Watchers; the spirit of heaviness is spiritual. It is like a drudgery that comes over you, something generally unexplainable, not necessarily reflecting the circumstances that are around you. Some have described it as a numbness of the soul, more like darkness. The NIV translates it as spirit of despair. If you’ve ever been in desperation you can understand this.

Young’s Literal Translation says a spirit of weakness, which covers a whole lot of things, like how we can be weak in mind, weak in our emotions, weak in our actions, and even weak in our body.

If the real you, your human spirit that God breathed into you, if that is damaged, it will affect your whole being. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22 KJV). If there is something wrong with your spirit, it can even affect your body. What Isaiah is talking about is this human condition of the heart that is devastating, that makes us weak, that makes us frail, that makes us despair, that makes us want to give up on life, taking all the color out of life, burning life to the ashes.

Isaiah gives us the solution: the garment of praise. How do you get it? Like every provision of God, you’ve got to go and get it. It is free, given by grace, you don’t have to buy it or earn it, but you do have to come and get it by faith. Jesus has bought it with His own blood, and God, by grace, is handing it to us. But we, in the midst of our despair, have got to come up to the throne of grace and say “I need that garment, Lord!” There is something for us to do; we’ve got to wrap ourselves up in praise, “I had a coffee with a friend,” “somebody blessed me,” or “I had a nice walk today.” Thank you Lord, thank you!

Isaiah said he will give you beauty for ashes. We all know what ashes are; it’s what is left after all the fuel (joy) is burned out. God knew we would be burnt by life’s experiences. But he also knew he could replace that burnt out mess with something beautiful. Rather than anointing our head with ashes, he wants to anoint our head with the oil of joy.

Bill Gaither wrote the song that says: “Something beautiful something good; All my confusion He understood; All I had to offer him was brokenness and strife; But he made something beautiful of my life.”

This may seem simple, actually it is, but it’s profound. You are wrapping yourself up in the garment of praise and thus, overcoming the spirit of heaviness. If you wait until you feel like praising, you’re not going to break through. You take your God-given will and say, “I will praise God.”  There is power in praise, medicine for a merry heart, take it many times a day.

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Post travels to Dominican Republic for wedding


The Post traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in June, with Amy Johnson and Grant Gould, of Cedar Springs, for a destination wedding! Grant and Amy became Mr. and Mrs. Grant Gould on June 20, 2017 on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. They stopped to take a photo on the beach with the Post during their wedding reception, where they celebrated with 40 of their close family members and friends. The Post they are holding in the photo had their engagement inside.
While in the Dominican Republic, the couple went out on the ocean in a boat and went snorkeling, swam with sharks, swam with stingrays, and got kissed by a sea lion on the cheek! “Punta Cana was absolutely beautiful,” said Amy.
Congratulations to the happy couple, and thank you for letting us be a part of it!
Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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COOLEY – POWELL


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Julie Ann Cooley and John Paul Powell are happy to announce their engagement. A June 17, 2017 wedding is planned.

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METZGER – PRAHL


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Best wishes go out to Andrea Metzger and Jacob Prahl with their upcoming wedding on October 1st at the Candlestone Golf & Resort in Belding, Michigan. Parents of the bride are Tim Metzger and Tammy Metzger. Parents of the groom are Charlie and Wendy Prahl.

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The Post travels to California


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The Cedar Springs Post traveled to California with the Thornton family, where they celebrated the marriage of Tommy Thornton (2004 Cedar Springs grad) to Inge Hergenrather. The couple resides in San Clemente, California, where Tommy is an Orange County Sheriff Deputy and USMC Reservist, and Inge is an events manager.

Joining in the fun were Tommy’s parents, Tom and Sara; brothers Austin (2007 CSHS grad), and Judson (2010 CSHS grad); nephew Carson; and Cedar Springs High School friends Brandon Bauer and Mike Bigney (both 2004 grads).

The couple was married in the same church as Tom and Sara—South Shores Church, Laguna Niguel, California.

Thanks so much for taking us with you, and best of luck to the happy couple!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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FINCH – REEDER


C-ENG-FinchEugene Jr. and Lori Finch of Cedar Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Jean to Michael James Reeder II. Michael is the son of Rita and Michael Berndt of Grant, Michigan and Michael Reeder and Deb Campbell of Greenville, Michigan.

Miss Finch is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and is employed at the United States Postal Service. Mr. Reeder is a 2011 graduate of Sparta High School and is employed at Wynalda Packaging in the Information Technology department.

A September 2015 wedding is planned.

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Wong-Durst


Brooke Durst and Jeremy Wong were married on the bride’s birthday, March 11, 2012, at the Collegedale Community Church in Collegedale, Tennessee. The couple met at Southern  Adventist University where they both graduated with a BA in Religion. They currently reside in Kettering, Ohio where they are active in ministry.  Parents of the bride and groom are Doug and Cheri Durst of Rock Spring, Georgia (formerly of Cedar Springs) and Alan and Lian Wong of Sellersburg, Indiana, respectively. Attendants included  Heather Henning, sister of the bride and Michael Paskewicz, cousin of the Bride along with many other friends. Arryanna Rodrigues-Torres was a most lovely flower girl! The bride wore an ivory satin gown and red shoes to honor the Chinese tradition symbolizing joy and happiness. The groom was presented with a cowboy hat as he was welcomed into the Durst family. The wedding was live streamed and can be viewed at brookeandjeremy.info.

 

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Walker – Moody


Vows of marriage were spoken on September 10, 2011 at Beth Haven Baptist Church in Sheridan by Erika Ann Moody and Marc David Walker. Parents of the bride are Richard and Ruth Moody, of Escanaba. The groom’s parents are Dennis and Sue Walker of Cedar Springs. Maid of Honor was Janelle Goodreau. Braidemaids were Becky Sarauer, Kim Parks, Holly Walker and Denise Ruwersma. Flower girl was Madilyn Ruwersma. Best man was Paul Ruwersma. Groomsmen were Jeremy Austin, Jeff Vandenburg, Michael Moody and Kevin Walker. Ringbearer was Levi Ruwersma. Ushers were Tom Green and Mike Hodgkiss.

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