March 23 Am I Carnally Minded?
“Whereas there is among you jealousy and strife,
are ye not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:3
No natural man
knows anything about carnality. The flesh lusting against the Spirit that came
in at regeneration, and the Spirit lusting against the flesh, produces
carnality. “Walk in the Spirit,” says Paul, “and ye shall not fulfil the lusts
of the flesh”; and carnality will disappear.
contentious, easily troubled about trifles? “Oh, but no one who is a Christian
ever is!” Paul says they are, he connects these things with carnality. Is there
a truth in the Bible that instantly awakens petulance in you? That is a proof
that you are yet carnal. If sanctification is being worked out, there is no
trace of that spirit left.
If the Spirit of
God detects anything in you that is wrong, He does not ask you to put it right;
He asks you to accept the light, and He will put it right. A child of the light
confesses instantly and stands bared before God; a child of the darkness says –
“Oh, I can explain that away.” When once the light breaks and the conviction of
wrong comes, be a child of the light, and confess, and God will deal with what
is wrong; if you vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the
What is the proof
that carnality has gone? Never deceive yourself; when carnality is gone it is
the most real thing imaginable. God will see that you have any number of
opportunities to prove to yourself the marvel of His grace. The practical test
is the only proof. “Why,” you say, “if this had happened before, there would
have been the spirit of resentment!” You will never cease to be the most amazed
person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.