The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace ~ Romans 8:6
Carnality is a mindset that is separated from God which leads to death, not necessarily physical death. A carnal mind is not necessarily a sinful mind even though all sin is carnal. A person with a carnal mind is governed entirely by the senses and is directed only by what he/she can see, hear, touch and smell. When we have spiritual minds, it means we are being led by the spirit or the word of God. This releases the flow of life of God within us. When our thoughts are dominated by the word, we are spiritually minded.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal ~ 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
The Greek translation of ‘seen’ is to discern mentally; to understand; to set the mind thoughts on a thing; to consider. A carnal person focuses on things that are visible and have no use for anything spiritual. They can only believe what they are able to see and they base their lives on what they are able to understand. This means that they are very analytical and they lack faith. Faith is to be certain of the things you cannot see.
A carnal person doesn’t put into consideration God’s perfect will for their lives and are very easily distracted. They are very unstable, never sure of what they want and are easily carried away by any wind. They don’t trust in God and no matter how much God may reveal Himself to them, they end up doubting. A carnal person cannot receive anything from God. People who dwell on carnality are in constant battle with the flesh since their hearts, though saved, their minds are not renewed. Therefore they keep warring with the flesh and earthly desires since they lack spiritual maturity. This kind of person is still in captivity and is conformed to the standards of the world.
Only a total surrender to God can lead to total transformation. We must realise that even though we are called to greatness and God has great plans for each one of us, we will never achieve anything unless our individual minds are renewed with the word, which is His thoughts and ideas about things. This is the only way we can gain stability in every area of our lives and it will help us to understand the will of God for our lives. It’s through hearing and hearing the word of God that faith comes. We ought to be firm and steady in everything we do. We must know what we want and focus our minds on unseen things, for the just shall live by faith not facts.