Our carnal (worldly, fleshy) mind is enmity (actively opposed to or hostile) against God. Our natural minds wage war against the things of God. Ever felt that? 🙋🏻♀️ I have.
Romans 8:5-8 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please (accommodate one’s self to the interests of) God.”
For people of faith in Jesus Christ, there is always this wrestle between the flesh and the Spirit. To choose to trust God in the midst of life’s uncertainty, lack of understanding, confusion, hurts, brokenness, unanswered questions is a choice. It’s goes against our natural tendencies to want to understand and make sense of everything.
But God loves to meet us in the wrestle. The more I walk with Him, the more I realize it’s the wrestle, the hard times, the uncertainty that He uses the most to teach us about Him. That goes against natural thoughts of how we “think” this faith thing should work. The Bible talks about the refining fire being purposeful and to rejoice in trials. Why? Because it is in those times were able to see what we truly believe and how off base that can be from the Word of God. Proverbs 2 talks about seeking wisdom, crying out for discernment; it’s through the challenging times we are able to glean the most IF (big if) we choose to lean into God with our carnal mind and allow Him to make our paths/ thoughts straight.
So whatever you’re going through, the questions, doubts, fears, hurts you have don’t run from them. Capture them and bring them to God. Allow Him to address each one. He’s big enough to handle your questions and feelings, He’s kind enough to receive them in whatever way they come out (for me sometimes it’s ugly) and He’s more than willing to reason these things with you. Allow Him to speak to your situation and find the peace that comes after He does.
Then rinse and repeat. It’s an ongoing, lifelong process of growing our faith.