I Samuel 16:13 “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” – Spirit
I Samuel 16:14; I Samuel 17:11 “But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.” Then when Goliath taunted the armies of Israel, it was said that “…Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine and were dismayed and greatly afraid.” – carnal
Eliab said to David, “I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” – carnal
David said to his eldest brother, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause? – Spirit
I Samuel 33 Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” – carnal.
I Samuel 36-37 David testified, “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” – Spirit
I Corinthians 3:1-8 The Corinthians were deceived in boasting about whose teaching they followed: some followed Paul, others Peter or Apollos or John the Baptist. – carnal
I Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – Spirit
To be carnal is to be filled with and act out envy, strife, and malice which causes divisions among the brethren, misconstrues God’s truth, anesthetizes vibrant ministries, and bores into the foundation of faith in Christ. In my everyday affairs, am I of the Spirit or am I carnal? Like the pairing of Scriptures above, I see myself going back and forth between the two.
My human nature crowds out the Spirit, especially when I am either feeling the power and satisfaction of victory or wasting away in my self-pity when all is going wrong in my little world. – carnal
Such is my confession. Yet, thankfully, my God does not allow me to be overcome by my human frailties. His Holy Spirit is ever present within me, correcting, guiding, and forgiving me right back into His grace. Like David, I am encouraged by God’s protection and His care for me. Thus, I can always lift my voice and hands to Lord God and say:
Psalm 9:1-2 “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
Thank You, God, for Your Holy Spirit who speaks truth, who comforts, convicts, and heals us. You love us enough to dwell within us. Plain and simple. And I am so grateful to be Yours. Holy is Your name! – Spirit