The Carnal Mind!
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-8
The carnal mind is a mindset on fleshy desires, lusts, evil concupiscence, and every form of worldliness. It is a mindset on earthly desires alone. It is a mind that doesn’t seek the things of God or lacks the will to please God. Every unregenerate or unsaved soul possesses a reprobate mind that makes mind do silly things and makes you think you are in control.
A carnal mind is a reprobate in nature; it is not acceptable and often rejected by God. Such a mind is of no value and worth before God (Romans 1:28). You will find it difficult to obey the commandments of God if you have a carnal mind because such a mind is not subjected to the will of God. A carnal mind operates according to the world, and according to the prince of the power of the air that works in the children of disobedience.
You are not far from being a gentile or unbeliever if you still have a carnal mind as a believer; the gentiles are known to do things in the vanity of their mind. Because the carnal mind is full of wicked works, it is always in enmity with God Col 1:21. A carnal mind is terribly and spiritually sick and, if not quickly rescued, will continue to decay and can become reprobate. If you want to be saved, then your mind must seek the things of God.
We need to pray to God to deliver our minds from carnality so that we can be relevant in the kingdom of God. A carnal mind cannot be productive or fruitful in the kingdom of God because such a heart is not right before God. For us to be fruitful, we have to have a repentant heart that is pleasing before God. Just as no sweet water can come from a bitter source, so also, no good, acceptable life can come from an unrepentant carnal mind. Therefore, reject the self-willed destruction and accept God’s will and grace for you. John 3:6 says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
1. Father Lord, deliver my mind from worldliness and fleshy desires in the name of Jesus.
2. Father Lord, purify my mind with your blood and let my thoughts be aligned to your word in the name of Jesus.