Our Carnality

That is, mine and yours.

Matthew 15:8: This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Carnal individuals serve mainly themselves. They want to chart their own course. They can be charming but they do not obey God or serve Him. They pay Him lip-service but much of their lives do not match up with what they say. They do not serve others. They disobey a multitude of Biblical commands. They do not study the Bible regularly. They are not committed to it. They do not apply it to their lives. They do not pray regularly. They do not seek God*s guidance regularly. They do not attend church regularly. They do not emulate good Christian examples. They do not seek fellowship with God or with Christians. They foolishly reject the reproof and correction of the Word of God, the Spirit of God and His people. It is very difficult to see any difference between carnal believers and carnal unbelievers.

I am deeply troubled by the many symptoms of carnality in my life and how often I have them. Being troubled about our own personal carnality should give Christians a desire to be right with God. Being right with Him should increase our desire to always be MORE right with Him more of the time. Disobeying Him is the most foolish thing we do and getting right with Him is the wisest.

Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

The word carnal is used of both unbelievers and believers in the New Testament. The Greek words describing both come from the same root word and are frighteningly similar.

Carnal used of believers: Pertaining to flesh, fleshly, bodily, temporal, by implication animal or unregenerate.

Carnal used of unbelievers: Flesh, the body (as opposed to the soul or spirit), the symbol of what is external, (by implication) human nature with its frailties and passions or carnally-minded or fleshly-minded.

Interestingly, the Greek word about believers includes the definition unregenerate. There seem to be parts of some believers* lives that they stubbornly do not permit God to regenerate (change). I need to pray this prayer of David uncomfortably often. The reality is that we cannot pray it too often.

Psalms 51:7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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