If you are assailed with the emotional weight of worry, His word has the answer. You simply plant the seed of Matthew 6:25 which has to do with your thoughts. It says, “…do not worry about your life…” In other words, when worry slips into your mind, don’t give it another thought.
Why? Verses 26-30 explained that we have a heavenly Father Who will totally care for us. Verse 33 is His directive for us to follow. It says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Hebrews 12:1 says that we are in a race. Our progressive sanctification race is one step at a time. It is not a competitive race. There is no sprinting to the finish line at the end to beat out any other racer. We will all cross the finish line when we take our last breath. Jude verse 24 defined that line. It says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”
Hebrews 12:1 is a warning for us about carrying emotional weights. It says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Several years ago the Lord gave me a vivid illustration of my feet being entangled. I was coming back toward the house from my garden. I had reached the end of the grass and had lifted one foot towards the sidewalk that led to the back porch steps. Instantly I was entangled by a very long skinny snake.
For the record, I don’t do snakes! I was high stepping it, and it was desperately trying to disentangle itself. After I recovered, I thought of Hebrews 12:1 in a new light. Emotional weights entangle our steps. They ensnare us. We get stopped in the very tracks that the Lord had already laid out for us to walk on.
Here is a verse I want you to consider. The context was about Israel under God’s judgment. Isaiah 10:25 says, “For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.”
I want you to apply verse 27 to your emotional weights when you cast them down before the Lord. It says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”
The anointing oil speaks to us of the Holy Spirit. He does the work. When we acknowledge our emotional weight as sin, confess it (that is the intent to lay it aside), then He will take it away. It has nothing to do with us, except we have to be the ones to kneel our heart.