Each of us have basic physical and psychological needs. Our psychological needs include a need to feel worthwhile, a need to feel significant, a need to feel secure, and a need for acceptance or love. Attempts to meet these needs are the basis of much of what motivates us in life and are the basis of our selfishness which underlies our sin nature. These are the needs of the self. When we attempt to meet these needs by our own efforts we are meeting our needs through the flesh. The Greek word sarx, translated as the flesh, can also refer to our physical body, our human nature with its cravings, or the sensuous animal nature of man which is prone to sin. The Bible warns us that in our flesh dwells no good thing. (Rom 7:18) Although it is impossible to reform the desires of the flesh, it is possible to control them by meeting these needs through faith and dying to the self and the flesh through the Spirit. It is God’s purpose to deliver us from this self-centeredness through faith that He can be trusted to meet all of our needs.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
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