Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:3
Read: 1 Corinthians 3:1-5
To sustain the release of divine revelations, you must walk in the spirit. It is what you have that you will give out. You cannot be living in covetousness, lies and disobedience and expect to receive life transforming revelations from the Spirit. Anyone who desires to enter into supernatural encounters with the Holy Spirit must first purge himself or herself of carnality (2 Timothy 2:21). Are you still carnal? If you are living with “little white lies”, you are carnal. If you envy others or you are jealous of their progress, you are carnal. If you encourage or participate in creating camps in church on tribal or social status lines, you are carnal. If you hold a grudge against your fellow brother or sister but fail to settle with the fellow, you are carnal. Are you still keeping malice with your offender or seek to revenge the fellow instead of forgiving him or her? You are carnal. If you gratify your flesh in things that stir up unhealthy emotions in your heart, you are carnal.
A carnal Christian is one who after being saved has refused to mortify the deeds of the flesh. Carnality is very rife among Christians today because we think we can eat our cake and have it. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. If you try this, be rest assured that God does not accept such service. If you are causing divisions or you are insubordinate to higher authorities, particularly in church, you are carnal. If you find it difficult to humble yourself under your pastor because he is not financially or materially blessed as you, it is because you are carnal. It is carnality that makes you engage spiritual assignments with the arm of flesh. Are you yet carnal? If your purpose for engaging in a particular assignment is to show off your knowledge, or to be noticed, you are carnal. Carnality destroys your relationship with God and finally leads you to hell. Repent today of every carnal act!
Father, let every speck of carnality in my life die today.
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