The Flesh is a Mess

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”—Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)
Do you have that one frustrating friend you know you just can’t depend on? Literally, he/she has proven their lack of dependence and inconsistency time after time. Yet, you’re so attached to this particular friend that you just continue to place your confidence in them, hoping one day they might come through for you.
Well, that about sums up our volatile relationship with ourselves—our unreliable flesh. Oh yes, you know the feeling. One moment, you are on a spiritual high after spending time in prayer and the Word. The Holy Spirit is the guiding force of your life! Then, in the next moment you have a fleshed out wicked thought. All of a sudden the Holy Spirit seems to be only a faint whisper, warning you from a distance. Am I the only one that can relate to this?
The reality is that nothing good can come out of us placing our confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3)! There are many instances in the Bible that illustrate the cataclysmic results of ignoring the Spirit and yielding to the flesh. 
Take the story of Sampson for instance. Sampson was a man who’d taken a vow to be set apart for God. As a result, Sampson was indeed used by God in powerful ways—literally powerful! Sampson had supernatural strength that only the Spirit of God could manifest. Sampson ultimately went on to accomplish great things for the Lord. Unfortunately, as a result of Sampson’s confidence in theses great exploits, he would become a casualty of his own flesh. 
Against warning from his parents, Sampson took a Philistine wife because he said, “She pleases me well” (Judges 14:3 NKJV). Biblical history has made it clear that the Philistines had a venomous relationship with God’s people. Sampson would later yield to his flesh again as he took Delilah to be his wife. Friends, Sampson’s urge to follow his flesh created a weakness within him that held no resistance to the deceptive enticement of Delilah. The story would have it that Delilah betrayed Sampson by leveraging his inability to control his flesh-filled desires. And the results? Sampson would eventually die a miserable death. 
Gang, the only flesh we should place our confidence in is the flesh that was ripped, torn, shredded, pierced, and bruised for our sins. That’s the flesh of Jesus. Anything else can lead to failure or death.  
Dig: Read Galatians 5:19–21, Ephesians 2:3, Romans 7:5, and 13:14 to examine the dangers of placing confidence in our flesh.
Discover: Ask the Lord to reveal to you if you have areas in your life where you’ve been mastered by your flesh.
Display: Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and help you walk in the Spirit so others may look on and glean from your disciplined and fruitful actions.  

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Darren Bennett