For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit(Romans 8:5 ESV) Paul describes a classic feature that distinguishes carnal(fleshly) Christians from those who are spiritual. He says those who live
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions (Galatians 5:19–20 ESV) Paul gives us an extensive, yet not an exhaustive list of the works of the flesh in the famous passage above in Gal. 5:19-21. It is an awesome list
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:3 KJV) Paul says though we walk or live in the flesh, we do not wage our war after the flesh. He makes a difference between walking in the flesh and warring after the flesh. It is the same
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19 KJV) One word characterizes the Christian life and that word is “Spirit”. Christianity is a Spirit-life. It starts with the Spirit coming into our hearts and continues with the Spirit leading, controlling, and expressing Himself in and through us. Jude makes a
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV) What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “carnal Christian”? Many will think of a sinful Christian, especially the sin of sexual immorality. A familiar
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2 KJV) The Lord gives us a straight and direct commandment to “be not conformed to this world”. What does this mean?
And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him (Judges 16:20 ESV) The story of Samson recorded above is a staggering truth for us