Dear Be Free in Christ Brothers,
***THE DISCIPLINE EVERY BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN MUST LEARN IS HOW TO RECOGNIZE WHEN HE IS RESURRECTING AN OLD FALLEN PRACTICE, SO AS TO HAUL IT RESTFULLY BACK TO THE CROSS AGAIN.***
We in this group are crucifying anew, daily, the CHILDISH ways of thinking and feeling which our CARNAL NATURE would use to regain the throne of our life. For this reason, I think, Paul wrote, “I die every day” (1 Cor. 15-31). Brothers, we are created IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. God is free! WE have free will and a life of our own.
The same is true of whatever WE CREATE WITHIN OUR OWN NATURE. Our SELF has a life of its own. Our emotions have a life of their own. So too, our CARNAL MIND has a life of its own. Neither our feelings nor our thoughts WANT TO DIE OR LET GO OF THEIR CONTROL OF US!
Our carnal mind REFUSES to lie down and quit its rule over us just because we have invited the Holy Spirit to take charge of us. “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; Romans 8:7 [IT DOES NOT SUBMIT TO GOD’S LAW, INDEED IT CANNOT”]
Notice that this verse clearly says that our minds DO have a life of their own — a life involving will, desire and intention. The CARNAL MIND IS *HOSTILE* – it does not submit. And remember, this posting based on Romans 8 was addressed to born-again Christians!