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Overcoming the Carnal Mind’s Influence in the Church

Last week, we suggested that the most important thing every disciple of Jesus Christ needs to know is the identity of their number one enemy. I lamented not knowing sooner in my life that my carnal mind has been an active and aggressive ally of Satan and the world since my childhood. Not knowing for […]

Spiritual processes and the carnal mind

Is anything in life accomplished in an instant? From learning to speak, to winning a girl’s heart, to career advancement, all development is a progression of incremental steps – each one building on the previous. One might ask, “What if the last step was wrong or injurious?” In that case the next step is toward […]

Overcoming our Carnal Mind – Postscript

We will close out this series with a renewed consideration of God’s purpose for it; namely, our sanctification. As we know, sanctification is the process whereby we are set apart and cleansed from the world – separated unto the Lord and for His use (2Timothy 2:21). Few realize how vehemently our carnal minds fight against […]

Overcoming the Carnal Mind – The Disciplines (Part 4)

The Work of the Faith Discussing faith and works together has become a difficult, anxiety-inducing exercise for most of the Body of Christ. This is not so much due to an identifiable point of disagreement as to the subconscious suspicion that what the other believes may be different and/or challenging to something we have been […]

Overcoming the Carnal Mind – The Disciplines (Part 3)

Obedience to the Faith Through Him [Jesus] we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ… Romans 1:5-6 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, […]

Overcoming our Carnal Mind – The Disciplines (Part 2)

The Hearing of Faith In this, the seventh installment of our series, we offer four spiritual disciplines for the hearing of faith. Let’s begin by acknowledging that God is working in us to will and do to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). His work is that of a loving Father (Hebrews 12:5-11), bringing us up […]

Overcoming our Carnal Mind – The Disciplines of Faith

This is the sixth article in our series on overcoming the carnal mind. I appreciate and applaud those of you that have come this far. I pray that you have been encouraged, edified and equipped – not only for yourself, but for those in your spheres of influence. If these articles are blessing you, then […]

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 […]