The "Carnal Mind" vs. the "Spiritual Mind"

“Carnal Mind” vs. “Spiritual Mind”

The inherent dysfunction of the mind is that it is carnal and wholly given to sinful appetites, desires and pursuits of man’s fallen nature.  The inherent power of the Holy Spirit is that He can transform the “carnal mind” of man into a “spiritual mind” by “renewing” it.  The Bible has much to tell us about this topic.

“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, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:5-8)

In this passage of scripture we see how the carnal mind is constantly at war with the spiritual mind and what the Holy Spirit desires to produce in the life of a disciple of Jesus.  The apostle Paul put it this way…

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:19-25)

This Sunday in my sermons series, “Renewing Your Mind” we are going to learn about the supremacy of Christ to renew the mind of man through love, forgiveness and spiritual empowerment. We will discover not only the inherent dysfunction of the carnal mind, but the glorious power of God to cleanse the mind and renew it through His eternal Word. It is clear, however, that no one has ever yet experienced a “renewed mind” without first “buying into” the “how to”.  We will “look into” the “how to” on Sunday.  See you there!

God Bless You!

Pastor Randy