We don’t hear too much of carnality these days. When was the last time you heard a sermon on carnality? The word “carnality” relates to being mindful of material things only as opposed to spiritual things. It also refers to the physical, and especially sexual, appetites, or worldly, earthly and temporal things. A carnal person is one who is without spiritual interest, one who is governed by his own desires, one who is without restraint or discipline, one who is careless about his outward appearance, one who wastes, and one who is reckless.
Matthew 26:41 teaches that the flesh is weak. John 6:63 teaches that the flesh profits nothing. Romans 13:14 teaches that the carnal nature just wants everything that pleases its own nature. Galatians 5:17 tells us that the flesh (carnal nature) wars against the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-24 lists the works of the carnal nature. Please note that this includes adultery; fornication; uncleanness; filthy minds and conditions; lasciviousness; things that stir up lust, such as pornography; wanting and grasping things that can hurt you; idolatry; the worship of things, people, places, or ministries; witchcraft and delving into the spirit world; rebellion; hatred; lack of love, mercy, and compassion; hatred for government or other ethnic groups; variance; always disagreeing with everyone; emulation; trying to equal and surpass others; rivalry; feelings of envy and jealousy; wrath; hostility in spirit; anger that causes strife; sedition; sowing discord; finding fault; heresies; opinions that divide; petty beliefs that cause insurrections; envy; coveting; wanting what another person has; murder; wanting to kill and to hurt; wanting someone dead; drunkenness; loss of reason and control; revelings and riotous fun that injures others when it gets out of hand.
Romans 8:6-7 reads, “If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will” (NLT).
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reads, “We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds” (NLT).
Pastor George Belobaba
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