Let’s read Phil 4:6-7: 6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
We are commanded not to be anxious about anything–that means that the command is from the Lord and it really honestly means do not worry or stress about anything. It did not say “try your best not to be anxious”. It said “Do not be anxious.”.
He said this because we can choose our thoughts, choose our emotions. We might not know we can, but He knows we can. Remember: He is not a mean God. He would not tell us to do something we could not do. If He gives us the command, He gives us the ability to follow it.
Everything That Does Not Come From Faith Is Sin
“and whatsoever is not of faith is sin .”Romans 14:23b. Anxiety comes from a LACK of faith. So if it is from a lack of faith, then it is sin.
Our sin is our lack of control over our mind, as well as a lack of faith. The Lord expects us to have enough control over our bodies so that we do not steal, get drunk, have intercourse where we are not supposed to, etc. He expects us to have enough control over our hearts that we do not worship other gods, have emotional intimacy with another man who is not our husband, or with a woman who is not our wife, or hate others.
So if He set guidelines for our hearts and guidelines for our bodies, why not guidelines for our minds as well? Knowing that it is from the mind that so many sins originate, knowing that control of our imagination will also prevent our action of sins such as adultery, knowing that our controlling our minds means that He can work through our lives, and knowing that control of our minds will able us to learn Him better and to teach others better, it makes sense that He would require us to control our minds as well.
Why do I think that lack of mental control is a sin?
1)Because the Lord has said that if a man looks at a woman lustfully, that he has committed adultery (he is guilty because of his thoughts)
2)Because He spent so much time talking about how our mental control directly corresponds to our peace level.
3)Because He was so specific in our mental habits.
4)Because He told us how important it was to make every thought captive to Christ.
So if the Lord made that big of a deal of it, then it must be important.
But is it a sin? Well that depends on what you call sin. If you call sin going outside of the will of God, then it is a sin. We are thinking the way God told us not to think. He told us to do something, He told us we have the ability to do it, and so if we do not do what He told us then that is a sin.
You might be at the point where you are afraid to acknowledge that this is a sin. You do not want to believe that you are steeped in this sin. You do not want to say that every day you are living in sin, especially because you are trying so hard to live a perfect life! It is easy to say “This is a disease I have. I was born this way.”. It is a lot harder to say “I might have had the inclination towards this, like someone might be genetically disposed to heart disease, but I am causing it to affect me by my own actions.”. It wounds our pride, frightens us that we can think we were doing well to be “a good Christian” but be so far from the mark, have such a glaringly obvious sin in our lives. We are like the alcoholic who will not acknowledge the bottle we drink.
This is dangerous ground. We must confess sin to be forgiven of it. We cannot overcome it until we call it what it is–a sin. We are deluding ourselves, but the Lord is wise, knows our sins. We need to be bold in our confessions because there is only forgiveness, not punishment, awaiting for us when we are honest and repentant. We must not be like the Pharisee who says “At least I am not like this tax collector”. We must be the tax collector who cannot even look up but says “Lord, have mercy on me—a sinner!”. The man who acknowledged his sin went away fully forgiven. He was not punished for confessing. He was not plagued because he confessed. He was forgiven instantly.
The Pharisee, however, was not forgiven, because he refused to acknowledge the depths of his sin. He was not forgiven, because he did not repent.
So it is good for us to acknowledge that every time we step outside of the will of the Lord, that it is a sin. It costs us nothing (Jesus paid our dues in blood-red FULL), and we are forgiven.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience.
4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
4:13 And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do. ASV