Open Door Missions International
|Posted on March 12, 2018 at 7:55 PM|
Romans 8:6-7 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
Our fellowship is beginning a study by Andrew Wommack titled “Spirit, Soul & Body”. It has already impacted our perception of who we are IN Christ Jesus, and the relationship between the three entities determining our ultimate destiny.
The Lord gave me the word “carnality” to piggy-back our study. Understanding a Christian’s carnality reveals the amount of control our spirit-man has over our soul and body, or flesh. Carnality is characterized by the flesh or body, its passions and appetites; its sensuality and carnal pleasures, and is worldly and temporary.
Oswald Chambers states, “The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, WHICH BEGAN AT REBIRTH, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it.” THAT fact I did not know until this research revealed it! Paul was in fact speaking to Christians, but it didn’t occur to me that it was unique to them.
Billy Graham said, “Carnal Christians continually grieve the Holy Spirit by their temper, touchiness, irritability, prayer-lessness and/or love of self (the lower side of their being dominates).”
Question: What do we do about it?
Answer: The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
If you will read on in Galatians 5:16-26, Paul gives us examples of carnality, and then follows it up with fruit of the Spirit.
It is also interesting to note that the first mention of carnality in scripture is found in Genesis 3:6 when Eve was seduced by the serpent: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Eve saw the tree was good for food, it was pleasant to her eyes, and the desire to become wise was stirred up in her. The lust of our eyes, lust of our flesh, and the pride of life will get us every time!
Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 3 that their carnal minds were hindering their growth spiritually. He couldn’t teach them the deeper things of God he desired to because they were so immature. And so it is with us when we refuse to “Study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed; rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).
I believe in these last days, God needs His church to grow up! Things are getting serious in the world, and Jesus is coming soon! It is time to put away childish things, and seek the deep things of God. May we all repent for our complacency and march on!
1 Corinthians 1:30-31, 9:11; 2 Corinthians 1:12, 10:4; 1 Peter 2:11; Matthew 10:39