The Carnal Mind Must Go

Written Wednesday March 5, 2008 – Posted March 11, 2008 Tuesday

The Carnal Mind Must Go

6For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. – Romans 8:6,7

When each of us arise each day let us ask ourselves, “Where does my mind go; to my desires and inclinations or to my purpose as directed by God?” The answer to that question will tell whether you are spiritually minded or carnally minded. One leads us to death; one day, one moment, one missed opportunity at a time. The other leads us to life; one day, one moment, one ceased opportunity at a time. Once bring peace and the other strife and confusion. One is in submission to God and the other only answers to self. Guess what though; we get to chose which type of mind we will have, either, carnal or spiritual. Not sure what a carnal mind is exactly? Let us examine the carnal mind.

From the Greek Language a look at the definition of carnal and mind:

As always, note my underlining and bold print.


4561. savrx sarx, sarx; prob. from the base of 4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extens.) the body (as opposed to the soul [or spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by impl.) human nature (with its frailties [phys. or mor.] and passions), or (spec.) a human being (as such):— carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]).

4563. sarovw saroáoµ, sar-oá´-o; from a der. of saivrw sairoµ (to brush off; akin to 4951); mean. a broom; to sweep:— sweep.


5427. frovnhma phroáneµma, fron´-ay-mah; from 5426; (mental) inclination or purpose: —(be, + be carnally, + be spiritually) mind (-ed).

5426. fronevw phroáneáoµ, fron-eh´-o; from 5424; to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by impl. to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intens. to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience):— set the affection on, (be) care (-ful), (be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind (-ed), regard, savour, think.

You may have heard someone say he or she has been walking in the flesh or serving the flesh. This is to say that they are serving their own desires and passions, along with living in a worldly manner. The focus of their mental inclination[s] and/or purpose is self. This person’s single focus is self, self, self; to interest oneself in one form or another. They are keeping pace with the worlds ideas of ‘important, meaningful, and fun.’ Often, these people are very unhappy since they are serving self instead of God. They are serving their body instead of their spirit. There is the tendency for a carnally minded person to give into their sinful human nature with all its frailties and sinful passion. They have lost both their physical discipline and moral compass. They have set the affection of their heart on the world and self instead of on their Savior, Jesus. When a more spiritually minded person attempts to remind them of the things and ways of God they tend to brush off the person’s input, just as they daily brush off their responsibility to follow God, His Way, and His Will. This ought not be so. We are called to live for Christ, not self!

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:1,2

God tells us, through Paul, in His Word that we are to be a living sacrifice for God. We are to be holy and acceptable to God. Then He labels this as a reasonable act of service. Note it does not say an extraordinary or outstanding act of service; it says it is a reasonable act of service. Yet, today if we see a Christian truly living out their faith with purpose, holiness, honor, and consistency we think them extraordinary. How sad this is as a statement of what we as Followers of Christ have come to represent. We must change how we think.

God’s desire is that we become entirely new in our thinking by transforming our minds through the study and dedication of His Word. Through knowing His Word better, we know Him better. Through knowing Him better we are better able to determine on a daily bases what would be acceptable to Him, good in His eyes and His Perfect Will for us, as a whole Body and as individuals.

Commit to be spiritually minded, not carnally minded. Commit to study and follow God’s Word. Within both are life, hope, joy and a future!


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