Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 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.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Today, some will say that they have a ‘personal relationship’ with God, and even though God desires that type of ‘oneness’ with the heart of the believer, many are actually ‘after’ a physical relationship with God, and what they really mean to say is that they have an personal, and ‘exclusive’ relationship with Him, where God is going to pave the way of success for them, and whatever they chose to do in life, God is going to see that things work out for them, as long as they stay faithful as they feel they see fit. But this is not what the “spiritually minded” saint ought to be “after,” they ought to be after “the things of the Spirit.”
Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
God designed that Words have an effect on the man, whereas His word is designed to have a positive “godly” effect upon the heart, and mind of the believer; and as such we become a “living epistle” ourselves. But we can face opposition against our getting the godly instruction the way our Father has designed actually from ourselves, and what our hearts go “after,” and if we are ‘sidetracked,’ we can fall victim to the words of man’s wisdom, and words, and will be a product of their ways, their will, and our own pursuits.
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Satan knows that the man’s heart and mind responds to what it “sees,” what it “hears,” and he develops a desire for what he sees, and hears, and eventually, he has a “love” for what he sees, and hears. Satan knew this from the beginning when he got to Adam and Eve before the Father was able to educate them in the doctrine of “good and evil.” We today, have our Father’s word already written to us 2000 years ago, meaning this ought to be the first education that we ought to adhere unto. But we turn to, and allow this world, and the men of this world to give us our instruction in godliness, and what is “good,” and what is “evil,” the natural man does not see the “foolish things” of the world as actually “foolish,” and the “weak” things of this earth as actually “weak,” but it is viewed in the sight of man as actually “wise,” and “mighty” in his sight.
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
But the natural response of the natural man is to long after, and ‘lust’ after what he is use to seeing, and hearing, he has developed a love for what he has ‘signed off’ unto, and what he has said will pleasant unto his soul for enlightenment, enjoyment, stimulation, and pursuits and gains. Man has a desire to put his wisdom, ways, and life-style on display to other men, where he can; and will have men to glory in him, and give him “vain” worship. And whether man believes that he is preforming a vain worship unto another man or not, this is the case, this is all part of “the pride of life,” that is in the man, where this type of lifestyle is attractive unto the man, because it gives him a sense of “power,” and wisdom for men to follow after.
1Jn 2:15 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.
1Jn 2:16 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.
The “lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is the ‘engine’ that drives the soul of the carnal man who has been living according to the course of this world, and he has built up a ‘life-style’ that caters to what thrills, and stirs his heart, and he also finds things that will stimulate his flesh, and the things of God are foolishness unto him, he cannot comprehend any value at all in true godliness, it works against all that the carnal mind comes up with, and what the flesh desires. True godliness teaches that the son will suffer persecution, and that his hope, and blessings, are not of an earthly nature at all, but that his “hope” ought to be “after” what is “Spiritual,” and what is actually “good” in the sight of God, not in the eyes of men today.
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Finally, it is the word of men, and ways of this world that is also designed to cripple, and destroy the functional life of the saint who desires to live godly, if he is not careful he will fall victim to a gospel that sounds good to the ears, looks good to the eyes, and stirs the soul of the man, and teaches him to desire to be after the “pride of life,” and all that comes with this so called great achievement, but this is Satan’s false godliness, where man displays what Satan displayed when he was “lifted up in pride,” man becomes conformed ‘after the image’ of Satan in pride, beauty, and corrupt by the wisdom of this world, instead of desiring to be “conformed to the image of His Son,” and “after” His Word.