Stress and anxiety – primary heavy weights

By Dave Henning / May 28, 2019

“If you imagine a weightlifter straining to lift a barbell loaded with heavy weights, you might imagine stress on one side of the bar and anxiety on the other.  Those are the primary weights that are so heavy — but unbelief is the bar they’re attached to.”- Kyle Idleman

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”- Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 7 of Don’t Give Up as he asserts that everyother sin is rooted in unbelief.  Therefore, Pastor Idleman defines unbelief as an uncertainty in what God has said and a skepticism about what we do not see.  In addition, Kyle offers several contrasts between faith and unbelief:

  1. Faith shows confidence in God’s trustworthiness; unbelief doubts God’s intentions and integrity.
  2. Faith believes God weeps with us; unbelief views God as ambivalent, with no concern about our hurts.
  3. Faith believes God numbers every hair on our heads; unbelief decides God has not interest in knowing us.

Furthermore, when our guilt turns to shame, our sin defines our identity.  As a result, when we start to define ourselves by our sin, that sin feels like a permanently attached weight.  Hence, a weight that will always imprison us.

Consequently, Kyle closes the chapter with these words of hope:

“Once there were terrible word to describe who you were: cheater, dropout, fired employee, inattentive parent, squanderer of ambitions.  Those words are empty in  your case now; void, N/A.  You are now a new creation in Christ. . . .  Next time you feel caught in the web, realize you don’t need to be there.  Jesus, the great untangler, came to set you free.  Don’t give up.”

Today’s question: In your life, how do stress and anxiety function as the primary heavy weights on the bar of unbelief?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “When the future’s a fuzzy blob”

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