AND I, BROTHERS, COULD NOT SPEAK TO YOU AS TO SPIRITUAL, BUT AS CARNAL, EVEN AS TO BABES IN CHRIST. I HAVE FED YOU WITH MILK, AND NOT WITH MEAT: FOR TILL NOW YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO BEAR IT, NEITHER YET NOW ARE YOU ABLE. FOR YOU ARE YET CARNAL: FOR WHEREAS THERE IS AMONG YOU ENVYING, AND STRIFE, AND DIVISIONS, ARE YOU NOT YET CARNAL, AND WALK AS MEN? I CORINTHIANS 3:1.
- BARRIERS TO THE ACTIVATION PROCESS … There are certain things that inhibit the activation of the Mind of Christ and the carnal mind is a chief enemy. Everything from repentance, the new birth, the new life, new name, new language, spiritual baptisms, holiness, restitution all the way up to eternal life has been misunderstood mishandled for centuries in the church because we try to process things that originate in the spirit with fleshly tools and carnal minds. To activate the Mind of Christ you have to be spiritually minded and this starts with milk from the word of God and the curriculum of the new believers class is crucial. Babies tend to put all things they get into their mouths and this could be dangerous as some try to eat solid food and choke while others ingest poisonous doctrines and go to sleep. Some enter the slumber mode because the new believers’ class is clever but carnal and this switches the convert unto the religious track. Speaking to the Corinthian church Paul commented that he was unable to speak to them as spiritual but carnal sense ruled people better described as babes in Christ. Like natural babies the spiritual infant can be detected by his crude use of communication because he is ruled by the natural senses.
Genuine spirituality only begins when the mind of Christ is activated and spiritual growth is measured by the maturation of the mind of Christ in a believer. The mind of Christ activated will set you apart, you will see differently, your speech will become different, your approach to challenges will change and you will be lifted to a new level, by the new life, powered by a new spirit equipped with a new technology to attain new heights. Be warned however that the use of alcohol numbs the natural mind and completely disengages it from the Mind of Christ while opening up the imbiber to negative spirits. You cannot mix milk with booze! Those that will not drink the milk of the word after the new birth cannot activate the mind of Christ and would have stunted spiritual growth. The lack of proper teaching, guidance and instruction is also a major problem because babies tend to put everything in their mouths and you can imagine what happens when babies attempt to eat solid food without a weaning process or crawl without a nurse to prevent them from eating toxic stuff.
Many others cannot activate the Mind of Christ because of the strength of their natural logical mind. This is an understandable problem because they can’t fathom the difference between an outer man and the hidden man of the heart, the spiritual man. Simon was the son of Jonah but Peter was a son of God. In the same way Saul was born in Tarsus but Apostle Paul was born from above! Two distinct personalities but the same person! As a believer your inner man and the old man are sponsored by two different spirits so Simon is weak when Peter is strong and Peter is weak when Simon is strong. One is from God’s spirit while the other one is of this world so the spirit wars against the flesh and the flesh against the spirit. Your natural mind will resist the activation of the Mind of Christ because they can never co-exist peacefully. To remain in a carnal state after attending church for decades is a death trap. Don’t settle for the life of a Simon or Saul when you can succeed and excel as a Peter or Paul. You carry greatness and success within you and to get it right you must activate the mind of Christ.