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Overcoming Our Carnal Mind – The Faith and Mind Connection

In previous articles, we have: Made the case for attaching enemy status to our carnal minds; Provided five ways for exposing the carnal mind’s deceptive practices; Recognized our responsibility in taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; Introduced the process of faith as God’s design for overcoming our carnal mind’s influence; and, Promised […]

Overcoming Our Carnal Mind – Phase Two (or is it Three?)

Last week’s article was primarily written to encourage you in identifying and exposing the ways our carnal mind attempts to deceive us (Phase One). In doing so, I may have also inadvertently communicated Phase Two of the strategy. You may recall two suggestions: Invite and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth. […]

Overcoming Our Carnal Mind – Phase One

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 At the end of last week’s […]

Is the carnal mind our greatest enemy?

The carnal mind has one primary objective (maintain control) and one primary method for achieving it (deception). One of its greatest and necessary deceptions is its passivity, even to the point of apparent non-existence. The carnal mind works diligently to remain undetected. Satan and the world use our carnal mind to inhibit our relationship with […]

The carnal mind’s resistance of the truth

There is, I believe, a process the mind must go through to fully comprehend the Word of God. At some point in our lives – perhaps what we call the age of accountability – every student of God’s Word becomes responsible for navigating this process. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom […]

Persevere in Phase One – the Truth will Make you Free

Last week I shared with you that the first phase of overcoming our carnal mind is identifying and exposing its deceptive ways. I listed five exercises to test the deception that has found its way into your life. Of course, these exercises are only effective as we invite and allow God to participate in each […]

Is that really what you want to be asking for?

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14 If we are not careful, our carnal mind will play tricks on us through this passage. It will – ever so subtly and most often subconsciously – encourage us that this promise is for anything we want – as long as we […]

Navigating God’s Call to More – The Plan is to Follow

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6 One of the tricks our mind tries to play on us is the interpretation of Scripture to meet its preferences, and […]

Control is not all that it is cracked up to be

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 My first foreign mission trip was the longest and most intense experience of the Lord’s presence that I have ever enjoyed. It was frustrating to get back to the “normal” […]

These Sayings of Mine – Overcome Evil with Good

There are passages in the Sermon on the Mount that are impossible to understand with the carnal mind. The fact that our minds are in the process of renewal leaves us in a vulnerable position. Perhaps this is God’s intent: To help us experience the humility that precipitates our taking on the mind of Christ. […]