KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:6 KJV “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
We are still studying our topic on a walk with Jesus through the gospels. In our current study we are considering the supernatural life called eternal life or ZOE. We learnt that this eternal life has very high potentials, for it is the same life that God the Father has, as well as the Son.
According to John 1:4-5 this life is our light or our solution, that cheaply destroys Satan’s power or darkness. We also learnt that carnality is the only power that renders eternal life ineffective, and as a result makes the child of God, to become so ordinary and therefore suffers like other men, or mere men. (1st Corinthians 3:3)
From the above expose, we see that carnality is the greatest enemy of the Christian.
(Satan can have no victory over the child of God, until he or she becomes carnal).
The bible teaches that, the Christian who embraces carnality is death. The power of eternal life is rendered totally ineffective because of Carnality. The answer to carnality is spirituality. Spirituality is not about looking into the heavens but simply to be scriptural. Remember that we said carnality is simply living outside the word of God.
The highest form of carnality is to be unbelieving.
Unbelief is a rejection of the word or scriptures. It is a refusal to be committed to the demands of the scriptures. Carnality also shows its head in many lustful appetites.
When any man pursues these wrong appetites, he or she deactivates the power and strength of eternal life in him.
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH CARNALITY THEN?
1. Take some moments to think about the great effect of carnality. Consider the amazing benefits of the ZOE life, and how useless it is for the flesh to deprive you of these glorious benefits of the divine nature.
(Constructive thinking answers negative unproductive actions)
2. To deal with carnality, one must be given to the word. Let the word of God dwell in you richly. Col 3:16
3. Decide to believe the word in all cases and also, to do as it says.
4. Do not allow any carnal or fleshly suggestion that opposes the word to prevail in you. Refuse any such suggestion with the scriptures. You may also say no, and add the scripture that speaks concerning that thing.
Say continually to yourself that you would not allow the flesh to deprive you of the glorious power of eternal life which is the light of men, and cheaply overcomes Satan’s power.
Never confess you are a man who is weak towards the flesh, no, never. What you say, will dominate you.
Say that you are of the Spirit, and in the Spirit, and so have overcome every carnal way. This confession will surely put you over always.
I am in the Spirit, and a partaker of the divine nature. I have escaped the corruption that is sin, sicknesses and Satan’s power, (corruption is caused by carnality). I give no place to carnality, no, never, for I will never exchange my authority in the Spirit for carnality, that will make me subjected to Satan. With eternal life in me, I am forever superior to Satan and all his devices
1st Corinthians 3:3 KJV” For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
Ephesians 4:22 KJV “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”