Flesh. It’s more than then skin you’re in. It’s more than the stuff you superficially wash everyday. It’s more that your tone or color. It’s more than your youthfully smooth, or maturely weathered texture. Your flesh is much deeper than that. “The flesh” is the spiritual concept of the intrinsic human desire and self-will of every man.
God designed man to be the creation to choose Him, by giving you and I the will to make our own decisions. Theologians call it being a free moral agent. We each have the ability to choose our own way apart from God. However, God also created us to have open relationship with Him. Mankind was in tune with God and His will, in the beginning. There was no law, no sacrifice, nor rituals that gave us access to the presence of God. He just simply revealed His glory and man responded accordingly.
However, once mankind chose a path separated from God, we exposed ourselves to this concept of the flesh. Living and operating outside of God’s perfect will, automatically aligns us to the shortsightedness of our own; and THIS is the flesh.
Physical appetites are insatiable, meaning you’re never ultimately satisfied. While you have legitimate physical needs as a human being, such as air, food, and water, getting anyone of these doesn’t eliminate your hunger or thirst forever. Eventually, you will need to eat again. Sooner than later, you will need to drink again, because your body digests them; depending on these things to survive. However, man is more than a physical being. You and I also have emotional and spiritual needs, desires, and appetites, that can’t always be met physically. Food and drink are able to be processed and digested by the body; but trying to process emotional and spritually needs through your body (or the flesh) is impossible and ultimately frustrating. Spending all your time pleasing something that can never be satisfied, can only lead to the blues. You soon discover, when your pursuit is pleasing the flesh, that everything is vanity (Read Ecclesiastes 1:1-11).
In John 4, Jesus is leaving Judea on His way to Galilee, when decides that he needs to go through Samaria. He and his disciples stop at the water well, outside the city, around noon, and being around lunch time they were hungry. So Jesus sends the men on to find food while He waited there at the well, when a woman shows up. Jesus asked if she would give Him something to drink. The lady, thinking it strange asked Jesus why was He asking her for this, and in Jesus’ response, we gain a lot of insight about our flesh.
He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water (John 4:10, New American Standard).“ And He goes on to explain in verse 13 and 14, “Everyone who drinks of this (physical) water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the (spiritual) water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
This passage further revealed that this woman was trying to satisfy all her needs by physical means, ultimatley leaving her on the emotional and spiritual hampster wheel. But once she met Jesus, all that changed, and even her entire town was changed because of it. So my encouragement to you is if your flesh is giving you the blues, connect yourself to the once who can ultimately satify your every need.
(Read this passage in its entirity, John 4:1-45)
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“The Blues’” was written by D’Wayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley Produced and performed by Tony! Toni! Toné! Released 1990.