INTRODUCTION: A carnal man is someone who has surrendered his life to Christ, but still lives like a man in the natural state (that is) his body and mind is still under the control of his flesh, senses and other factors other than the spirit of God, it refers to a man who has not surrendered totally to the Lordship of Christ. Rom. 6: 16 says “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
A canal man chooses to allow the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and pride of life to tempt him. This man has refused to grow spiritually and in his worst state can lose his salvation. 2 Tim. 3:2-7 says “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The word “Canal man” can also can be used to refer to a man who has not learn to yield and be controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is a way of life where your soul and body are helplessly subjected to the appetite, lust and desires of the sinful nature without minding the consequence.
READING TEXT: Romans 6:1-18.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Cor. 3:3
Characteristics Of A Carnal Man
- A man who put every other thing above God.
- A man who is still being ruled by his senses. 1 John 2: 16
- His mind and body is trained in unrighteousness. 2 Pet. 2:13-16
- A man who worship anything other than God. 1 John. 2:15.
- Lack of self-control i.e uncontrolled appetites and desire.
- Lack of understanding of spiritual things. 1 Cor. 3:1-4.
- Consistent disobedience to God’s word. Romans 8:6-7
- Has little or no interest in the things of God. 2 Timothy 3:2-7
- Does not take part in soul winning.
- Has no personal relationship with God.
NOTE: God wants us to grow spiritually for us to be blessings to the church and the people of God; not to be a burden as a result of abnormally immaturity. Ephesians 4:14.
Instead of consistent disobedience to God let us work in the spirit. By walking in the spirit we will be able to crucify the flesh and be able to produce fruits of the spirit. Gal. 5:22-23.
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