Galatians 5:19-21 (The Message)
19 -21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.
In these verses the apostle writes about the acts of flesh, or those inward desires of man. These desires if left unchecked grow and build into many sins. Many of these sins lead to uncontrollable and insatiable pursuits, such as addictions and never finding peace because of the pursuit of desires. The apostle gives a warning these are not the ways of someone who is seeking a relationship with Christ.
In Mark 7:20-23 Jesus spoke about the nature of original sin: "That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." It’s amazing when people are faced with the sins in their life the first reaction is to blame the environment they are in. One might say something like, “if it weren’t for my wife I would not have had the affair.” Or they may blame their job and family to justify they stole for their family. But if someone were put in the ideal conditions, does it change the man? No because there are those with perfect wives who still cheat. There are those who are rich, yet they steal due to their own desires. And there are those who ignore God as gracious, loving and merciful as He is, because they seek their own idols. Given what is good and perfect man will mess it up because of the sin within his life. Only Christ can cleanse us from that sin and restore us back to a proper relationship with God. Are you letting Christ be a part of your life? Is Jesus guiding you along the path of life? Pray God will subdue the desires hidden in you that seek to satisfy fleshly sins. Ask for Christ to help you and guard you from those pursuits. Repent for the times you have allowed your flesh to take over and lead you on a path away from God.