LIVE IN THE SPIRIT AND NOT THE FLESH

FLESHLY MIND AND CARNALLY MINDED

 

We continue to look at the mind-sets caused by evil spirits. In this post, the fleshing mind or carnally minded. The fleshly mind or carnally minded is caused by the spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:11), physical or mental weakness. The fleshly mind is described in Romans 8:5-7:

 

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after 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, neither indeed can be.”

A NON-SUBMISSIVE MIND

 

The mind – phronema (fron’-ay-mah) – means mind-set or aspiration. Carnally – sarx (sarx) – means fragile, the weaker elements in human nature. It is often used to describe the unregenerate state. It always refers to the externals of life. It is a mind not controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is a non-submissive mind.

 

NOT BEING CARNAL

 

Contrasted with spiritual qualities described in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, which says:

 

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

 

THE STORY OF DEMAS

 

We find a good example of the fleshly/carnal mind in the Biblical character, Demas. There seems to be an indication that he was not fully trusted when he first hooked up with Paul (Philippians 2:20). The Scripture identifies Demas as the young man who forsook Paul when he and Epaphras were in jail in Rome (2 Timothy 4:10).

 

MESMERIZED BY PAUL

 

Before he met Paul, he was probably an agreeable young man, with no known vices. He was fascinated by the apparent glamour of Paul’s ministry. The thought of travel and crowds and attention intrigued Demas. Becoming a disciple, he was mesmerized, and became enamoured by the enthusiasm of sacrifice. He wanted to live and die with Paul, have a throne, a crown, and be hailed as a martyred saint.

 

MESMERIZED BY ROME

 

However, when Demas came to the great capitol of the then-known world, Rome, with Paul and Epaphras, it was a different story. He was not in jail, but Paul and Epaphras were. He saw the contrast between the magnificent hall of Caesar, the homes of the rich and famous, and the glitter of the city that could be called a first-century Las Vegas. Such a setting cast its spell over Demas, and he yielded to its appeal. The darkness of the prison where his friends languished seemed pointless compared to the bright lights of Rome. Thus, Paul had to write:

 

“Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present world.”

 

Demas was a man of wavering impulse.

 

POTENTIAL ADDICTIONS

 

The fleshly, carnal mind would be particularly vulnerable to addictions like over- spending, problems with money and credit cards.

 

DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION

 

This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.

 

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