STRONGHOLDS OF THE CARNAL MIND
ROM 8. 5-8
5 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.
6 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: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
carnally minded (AMP) "sense and reason apart from the Holy Spiritâ?
enmity hostile, oppositional, hardened attitudes
ROM 7. 18-21
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
law in this case, a principle based on experience such as gravity
1 THESS 5. 23-24
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
ROM 12. 2
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
conformed Phillips; "pressed into a moldâ?
renewing ana complete reversal
kainosis something totally new
COL 3. 10
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
renewed Gr. ana complete reversal
kainoo something totally new
knowledge complete, intimate, experiential
image of him integrity, character, motive, attitude;
fruit of the Spirit, not of the flesh
EPH 4. 22-24
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
renewed Gr. ana complete reversal
neoo fresh, cleansed, regenerated
put off, put on OUR responsibilities
righteousness "he who is righteous, does righteousnessâ?
MATT 16. 21-23
21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
offense Gr. skandalon; literally a baited trap
things of man opposed to the things of the Kingdom
"set your affection (focus, desire) on things aboveâ?
JOHN 8. 44
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
of your father the devil - inherited his ways of thinking, his inclination to sin
WHY ARE WE BOUND?
ROM 8. 14
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
led not just guided but ruled, governed; controlled and directed by Godâ??s will,
for Godâ??s purposes, in Godâ??s timing, in Godâ??s ways, and for Godâ??s glory
TRUTH: We are frequently influenced negatively because we are still largely self-
governed, not Spirit-led. Our mind, will and emotions govern instead of serving. GET YOUR SOUL (mind, will, emotions) OFF THE THRONE!!
GAL 5. 22-24
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
GAL 5. 19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
witchcraft fleshly variety; using soul power (mind, will, emotions) to
dominate, control, manipulate, or intimidate others
GAL 5. 16-17
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth (strives) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
GAL 6. 7-8
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
corruption that which is shriveled, withered, wasting away; fig. that which
relates to the process of death
BEHAVIORS FROM THE CARNAL MIND
1 COR 3. 3-4
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
desiring other peoples positions envying
argumentative, contentious strife
damages covenant relationships divisions
seeks advantage over others competitive
focuses on self interests not Kingdom first
uses deceit, half truths deception is inherent
practices self exaltation seeks preeminence
uses religious coverings camouflage ( fig leaves)
self-justifying twists scripture for its advantage
claims to be "helping Godâ? interferes to exercise control
destructive towards others "king of the hillâ? syndrome
derogatory towards others judgmental, critical, faultfinding
makes alliances for power uses people for personal gain
retaliates against disagreement very needful of approval
MATT 12. 34-37
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
TRUTH: If you want to know what you are really like, wait until something goes
wrong and listen to what you have to say about it!!
JAMES 3. 13-16
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation (expression of the Life within)his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
earthly not heavenly; Adamic (fleshly), not Christlike (spiritual)
sensual having to do with non-spiritual perceptions
devilish subject to demonic invasion and influence
confusion the evidence of the presence of more than one will
TESTIMONY: Feeling oppressive, repressive, opposing pressure from another
person; The Spirit prays within me, "I will fellowship all of this personâ??s righteousness, but none of his unrighteousness.â?
EPH 5. 8
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
1 JOHN 2. 15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
GAL 5. 13-14
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
KINGDOM OF GOD righteousness peace joy
kingdom of satan competition strife despair
DEMONIC ALLIANCES THAT INHABIT CARNALITY
yoked spirits - The spiritual principle of multiplication of power through cooperation is revealed in "one of you will chase a thousand and two of you will put ten thousand to flight.â? Satan knows and utilizes this principle by yoking (or joining cooperatively two of his evil spirits together.
Using the sword of the Spirit, cut asunder the evil union between the two; bind, make captive, spoil, and drive them out. Declare that they are dispossessed and replace them with their righteous opposites.
HEB 4. 12
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
discerner discriminating and passing judgment on thoughts and feelings
2 COR 10. 3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
TRUTH: God wants and expects us to take this scripture and to use it
literally, persistently, and with authority to cleanse ourselves from thoughts that are contrary to the will of God for our lives.
1 COR 5. 7-8
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
2 TIM 2. 19-21
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
purge himself to cleanse out, to cleanse thoroughly
EPH 4. 29-32
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
corrupt rotten, poor quality, unfit for use, putrid, defiling speech
SPECIFIC STRONGHOLDS AND DEMONIC ACTIVITIES
NOTE: The parenthetical insert under the stronghold identifies that expression of the Kingdom of God which is to be the spiritual replacement for the works of the flesh.
INSECURE -----------------yoked to ------------- DEMEANING
POLITICAL --------------yoked to-------------------- AMBITIOUS
Compromising Status seeking
Man-pleasing Depressing others
Grasping for power Envy
Sacrificing others Competitive
Currying public opinion Uses authority unrighteously
DECEITFUL -------------- yoked to ----------------- DESTRUCTIVE
MINISTRY: Pray to destroy each stronghold, to dispossess each primary demonic
spirit, and to expel every associated demon and to replace them with the "rightâ? spirit (attitude, expression).