I am starting this teaching, “No Longer Living As Mere Men” with two scriptures to show you there are two ways of living on this earth and to show you the results of both ways of living.  I believe these scriptures can and will answer the question, why do bad things happen to good people?  Let’s allow these two scriptures answer that question for us, shall we?

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 HOWEVER, BRETHREN, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates],…3  For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. …are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?  AMP

Romans 8:6-7  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:… KJV

The Apostle Paul tells us in this first scripture in 1 Corinthians chapter 3 and verses 1 through 3 that he could not teach these Christians spiritual things because they were so predominated with this carnal nature, they were so unspiritual and meaning they were exhibiting the nature of the flesh or in other words they were under the control of ordinary impulses and behaving after a human standard and like mere unchanged men. These Christians were not spiritual.  They were thinking, acting, speaking and living like mere unchanged men of the carnal, lower nature.

To be carnally minded is walking as mere men, living out of the nature of a fallen man that is enmity with God and Romans 8 and verses 6 and 7 tells us plainly that to be carnally minded is death, it leads to death and calamity and destruction whether it be physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, etc.  Romans 8 tells us that the carnal mind is enmity against God.  The word “enmity” means “deep-rooted hatred, a feeling or condition of hostility, hatred, ill will, animosity, active hostility or opposition”.  This carnal mind is opposite of the mind of Christ and the Word of God and what the Spirit reveals to us. This carnal mind has its own mindset, ways of thinking and reasoning, its own way of doing things that are programmed by this world and trial and error.  Enmity against God, a good  example is Nimrod in the Old Testament who hated God and left the Blessing of Jehovah God that his great-grandfather Noah and his sons received when they came off of the Ark. Not only did Nimrod reject The Blessing of the Lord but he set up his own world kingdom completely opposite of the Kingdom of God operation and it is from Nimrod’s earthly kingdom that we see the forming of this Babylonian, Godless world system existing and operating in the earth today that is failing.

I believe I can answer the question of why bad things happen to good people, even Christians by these scriptures in 1 Corinthians 3 and Romans 8. A carnal lifestyle remember is unspiritual and just depends on carnal impulses, carnal reasoning and a carnal mindset educated by this world programming and it leads a person, even Christians down a path of destruction.  This is leaving all decisions of what to do every day and how to handle things every day up to reasoning and logic and the five senses that were never intended to guide us.  Adam fell to this level of carnal, unspiritual man when He sinned; but before that He was guided continually by his spirit man and the Word of God through His continual fellowship with God. This carnal way of life that progresses to calamity and destruction and death can only be stopped by a lifestyle that has as its truth and reality solely by what is revealed to the born again spirit man by the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

Paul said he could not speak to those Christians spiritual things for they were yet carnal.  What does that mean?  These Christians were born again from above and had the new man with the nature of God and yet they exhibited the nature of the old carnal man. Their identity was not in Christ.  I am sure if you had talked to them they would say some of the similar things that you hear come out of the mouths of Christians today. “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace.”  “I probably sin a little every day.”  Their whole identity was still in that old carnal man of the flesh instead of identity with Jesus and the new man in Christ.  Their identity was still of the man of the flesh and they were living by and under the control of ordinary, natural man impulses.

So how did this carnal nature predominate them?  A carnal man lives out of his soul which is his mind, will, emotions, intellect and imagination that are programmed by parents, teachers and other carnal minded people, programming of this world system, demonic influence and their only reality coming from the five physical senses. A carnal man relies on carnal impulses, is focused on, relies on, consumed with natural thinking, natural reasoning, possessing a mindset of this world that leaves out the God factor and spiritual things because they are foolish.  This is living as a mere unspiritual man and this is not the way we are to live as Christians.  Jesus told us that we are in this world but we are not of this world; meaning the unspiritual, the unborn again man has their way of thinking and reality and we who are born again from above with the God nature are living out of our spirit man that is in direct contact with the Spirit of God and we use the Word of God as our reference to how to live this life every day and be our true reality.  So if anything in life shows up that doesn’t agree with what the Spirit of God tells us through our spirit man and it doesn’t agree with the Word of God then it is carnal and it will lead us to destruction and calamity and even death.  So let’s look at this carnal man and carnal mind a little closer to get an even clearer picture of what it means to be spiritually minded so that we experience life and peace instead of destruction.

The carnal man with a carnal mind is sickness minded, disease minded and their only real reality is what can be seen and heard and felt and tasted and touched; like pain in the body or the physical symptoms of sickness or disease or the doctor’s diagnosis or the lab report and problems that are unfixable.  In other words the carnal mind is allowing the body and circumstances talk to them and tell them what is real and reality.  This is dangerous because the devil tempts us only in this natural carnal world or what is common to man and so the devil uses the body and the mind as his playground to convince us of what is reality.  And the devil uses the body and the mind to convince even Christians that they are but mere men and that they are subject to all sickness and disease and pain or physical symptoms and have to rely on the doctor’s or professional’s diagnosis and with these carnal facts being our only reality then it will lead to death, calamity and destruction! The remedy for this is to come up to the reality of the new man of the spirit in Christ with the God nature of spiritual and get our whole new identity and information from our spirit man that is led by the Spirit of God and renew our mind with the Word of God and start using our spirit man for our direction and information. Our spirit man guides us into all truth that leads to life and peace. We need to depend on our spirit man and never live another day as a mere man.

We need to rid ourselves of this carnal mindset that is at enmity against God and His Word and forces us to live as mere men without God. There are many areas where the Church remains carnal thinkers and I am just sharing with you two very important areas of health and prosperity where the enemy comes in and steals, kills and destroys.

To be carnally minded is a mind focused on fixed income, debt, never enough, “all I need is more money”, poor class or middle class or rich class, provision minded, working for all provisions, another day and another dollar, job minded, salary minded, money minded, etc.  How many people have been destroyed by this kind of carnal thinking?  Working for provision is one of the worst lies the enemy has used to kill, steal and destroy people’s lives.  Again this is carnal thinking that leads to destruction. Christians have been programmed to work for this Godless world system for all their provision and the devil has used this working for a living to create a lot of stress and worry that create physical problems that lead to death.  Remember what I said earlier, that the carnal mind is enmity against God, in total opposition to God and it is so with this working for everything, working for our provision.  So Christians have to see by the Word of God and the guidance of the Spirit that God never intended for any man to bear the weight of their own provision and that the only work Christians will  do is their Kingdom assignment while developing the gifts God has placed in them and this comes with promotion and provision.  God can assign us a low paying job because He needs us there for Kingdom business and He will make sure all of our needs are met beyond this job. Example of God’s provision without the toiling would be the children of Israel being fed and taken care by Jehovah God for all those 40 years and they never worked a day for their provision. Another example are the multitudes of people Jesus fed more than one time and who never worked or paid for their provision.  Peter is another example when his fishing business experienced the net breaking, boat sinking load of fish he didn’t have to toil to get as he listened and obeyed the words of Jesus to let down the net.

This idea of fixed income and working for a living are enmity against God, in total opposition with God and His Word and His will for us.  We need to unfix that fixed income in our minds and we can do that by the Spirit of God revealing this truth to us and mediating the Word of God that tells us plainly The Blessing of the Lord, it truly makes us rich and He adds no sorrow with it and neither does toiling increase it.  It’s the Word that gives us our true identity in Christ so that we leave that carnal man of the flesh programmed by this world.  We have to unfix that fixed income in our mind.  Why?  To be provision minded leads to death!  And being provision minded destroys all creativity that would create passive and residual income.  When we are provision minded then the job and paycheck and Social Security and all government assistance become gods to us unknowingly.  This is true because when we can’t wait to see our next paycheck or government assistance then it has become your source and supply and not God.  He can get us whatever we need with or without the money, the paychecks and Social Security checks and government assistance if we only get the reality of Kingdom provision.  Kingdom identity and Kingdom assignment whatever age comes with provision.  Jesus told us that in Matthew 6,

Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32  For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 33  But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. AMP

The way out of being carnal minded that is hooked to this toiling for our provision, being provision minded is with our new identity with the new spirit man in Christ and being daily led by our spirit man by the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

Are you seeing how the Church has become carnal, unspiritual and as mere, unchanged men in just these two areas I have shared with you? And these two areas have led many of the Church to destruction, calamity and death.  How many have died because of this carnal living programmed by this world system and this natural realm being their only reality and behaving after a human standard and like mere unchanged men?  Too many!  We should give the Spirit of God opportunity to reveal to us just how unspiritual and carnal we have become so that we can escape this carnal way of life that is in direct opposition to the Lord and avoid the destruction that comes with carnal living.

And never forget these two scripture and you will no longer live as mere carnal men and women but of the spirit:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. KJV

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. KJV

To be God minded, spiritually minded is life and peace.  Have some life and peace living in the spirit!