What weighs your heart down?

Today, there are many whose hearts are weighed down with anxiety and fear. First, let me say, that if you are struggling with continuous anxiety or depression, seek medical attention. Often times there is a physical aspect to our mental health that needs to be addressed. However, for most of us, the cause of our anxiety is simply our unrestrained thoughts. It’s the “what ifs” that take us down rabbit holes in our minds… “What if this happens, what if that happens?” Proverbs 12:25 states, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.” So, let me ask you, “What weighs your heart down? What causes you anxiety and fear?”

Help is a call away

Years ago, my husband was part of a law enforcement swat team in a large metropolitan city. During that time, I often saw him walk out the door in full tactical gear, not knowing what he was about to face. Many times, my “what if” thinking would cause me severe anxiety as I imagined the worst-case scenario. It wasn’t until I told myself to stop the rabbit hole thinking and then cried out to God for peace that I found a calmness of mind and emotions.

We are in a battle

Our battle is not fought in the physical realm of world events, whether it be over the safety of a loved one or the ever-changing economic and political conditions. However, we are in a battle – a spiritual realm battle fought out on the battlefield of our mind and emotions. Second Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

Take your thoughts captive

As Christians, we are to take captive every thought that comes into our mind that is contrary to God’s Word, His promises, and His character. We are not to live in constant anxiety and fear like an unbeliever, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). This power, love, and sound mind come from the Holy Spirit that lives within the heart of every believer of Jesus Christ, and because of this, we are able to overcome fear with hope (Colossians 1:27). Let me share with you my definition of Hope: Hope is confident expectations based on God’s character and His Word.

Hope is spelled J E S U S

So, the next time your thoughts want to take you down a rabbit hole of anxiety and worry, just remember that our hope is based on the person and promises of God. Life is hard, our struggles are real, but so is our hope. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation (trouble, affliction, distressed). But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).