Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE:”Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).
READ: Romans 8:5-8
A possible cause of spiritual dryness in the lives of some people is their refusal to obey God completely. If you cannot see a difference between the Word of God and the words of men, you are not different from King Saul. Anytime there is some iota of disobedience in your attempt at obedience, your overall state is regarded by God as disobedience. If you want Heaven to accept your efforts as acts of righteousness, ensure they satisfy Heaven’s requirement a hundred percent.
In addition, carnality is another cause of spiritual dryness. “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” (Rom. 8:5). A carnal Christian is mostly concerned with things that will gratify the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He is not truly interested in the things of the spirit. The carnal mind is never far from sin. A carnal Christian enjoys anything that will feed his ego. He enjoys doing good for others to see and praise him. A carnal Christian loves the world and its worldly system- fashion, ways of life and attitude contrary to 1John 2:15-17. She sees nothing wrong with exposing her body to create lust in the hearts of men, and compel them to do her bidding. The carnal fellow does not see anything wrong in cheating in the examination hall as long as success is achieved. To the carnal mind, the end justifies the means, contrary to the Word of God. Are you carnal? Moreover, according to 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, a carnal Christian is one who has refused to grow. Carnal Christians are satisfied with being just members of the church; they refuse to take steps to become workers. A carnal Christian is a perpetual spiritual babe. If you cannot accept the doctrine of restitution, you are yet carnal. If you cannot forgive those who wronged you, you are carnal. Those believers who engage in envy, strife and divisions are carnal, their positions notwithstanding. If your church is polarized along any unwholesome lines, it is because of carnality. A carnal fellow is in opposition to God and therefore courting death. If you have been carnal, your spirit cannot hear from God, hence, spiritual famine will set in. Break away from every act of carnality today! It shall be well with you.
Pray: Father, destroy every trace of carnality in my life today.
Deliver all the leaders of churches from the clutches of carnality.
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