It's Evident Evidence

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Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. — Galatians 5:19-21

This list is pretty long and descriptive. As Paul says, it's "evident." And he is right. When we act on natural desires, we get the outputs of these wild desires. Therefore they become evident, or we "see" them. But conversely, they also give us away because they become the "evidence" of what we think and believe about this life.

But Paul's list is not exhaustive. I would imagine that as he wrote to these churches, he recalled the works of the flesh that were prevalent in their communities. Therefore he listed these sins. And this made me wonder. It made me wonder if Paul was writing to me, what works of the flesh might he address. Maybe my anxiety, control, embellishment, selfishness, covetousness, unreceptiveness, anger, jealousy, entitlement, and the like.

You see, fellas, we each struggle with the works of the flesh. I have mine, and you have yours. The question is do you know them, and how you show them. Today take a moment to inventory yours. If you're brave, list them below. Knowing them is half the battle because they are evident, and they are evidence against you.

ASK THIS: What works of the flesh are evident in your life?

DO THIS: List them in the comments and leave them there as a sacrifice to the Lord.

PRAY THIS: God, I give you all my evident works of the flesh. Take the desire for these things away from me. Hold them not against me. I pray this in Jesus's name — Amen.

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It's Evident Evidence

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56 thoughts on “It’s Evident Evidence

  1. Randall says:

    Pornography is a big issue with me and my wife puts up with me in this so much and I have broken her trust over and over and over so many times.

  2. Keith says:

    the lust of Pornography, even though I have a amazing wife i break her trust in me. i also take for granted the Grace of salvation that Jesus has given me..

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    lust for women that are not my wife, and the desire to reward my flesh pursuing the images/videos of the same lust

  4. David Josker says:

    Lust, self importance, procrastination, passive aggressiveness, conceit, anger, control, lack of patience, foul language and the list goes on.
    God, I give you all my evident works of the flesh. Take the desire for these things away from me. Hold them not against me. I pray this in Jesus’s name — Amen.

  5. Quis Coulter says:

    God I sacrifice the Works of My flesh that keep Me from being a true and faithful servant to You Father God! : Selfishness, Laziness, Anger, Sexual immorality, impatience, FEAR, Worry, Lustre, Disobedience, doubt.

  6. Dan M says:

    My anxiety and selfishness as well as my coveting ALL hinder my ability to be the man God calls me to be.

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  7. Joe says:

    I struggle with or have struggled with impurity, idolatry, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, envy. I do not struggle all the time but they do raise there ugly head if we are pressured.

    • Scott says:

      Lust, sensuality, greed to name a few things I battle with. But when I keep instep with the Spirit these are not so evident.

  8. RS says:

    Lust, moody, insecurity, jealous. The struggle is real. Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice for our brokenness. We love you.

  9. Chris Caliguire says:

    This was my go to section when I decided to start obeying a few years ago. I had been guilty of all of them. They became my new ten commandments. I started checking boxes to declare my own righteousness, yet at the same time I was learning to pray against them. Weird combo. I’m slowly learning (and I hope evolving) that I DONT desire these things because Jesus is way way more important than grieving the Spirit. Yet I still approach them legalisticly because especially lust creeps back in constantly. I get so scared of “as I’ve warned you b4, you will NOT ENTER” Day 1 of lust challenge was a success. I kept busy so didn’t have couch time 😊

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  10. Cory Doden says:

    Lust, self importance, procrastination, passive aggressiveness, conceit, selfishness and a dash of arrogance for a partial list.

    • MB says:

      Wow lots of comments today, good to see I’m not alone in my brokenness. Lust, covetousness, bitterness, insecurity, anxiety, fear, loving the praise of man, ungratefulness, selfishness. God thank you for the hope of growth and change by your Spirit to grow in purity, thankfulness, contentment, confidence, hopefulness, joy, selflessness.

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    • Trent says:

      Father fill Bill with your spirit that he may exhibit your grace to others. That he may put his anger aside. That your love would overflow and spread to others through him. Grant him patience in dealing with others as well as himself. Amen

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    • Trent says:

      You recognize and confess. In so doing I believe you ask for help. I can only believe that the next step is recieving His strength in your fight. I pray that God give you weapons to fight, brothers to fight along side you, and VICTORY IN YOUR BATTLE! Fought in the name of Jesus and for His glory. Amen and amen.

  11. Trent says:

    Anger, lust, and if I really examine the root cause of my unhappines….I believe I struggle with a lack of faith or unbelief. Create in me a clean heart, oh God, renew a right spirit within me. May I follow your will and direction and do all things without murmuring or disputing. Fill me with your spirit that your light may chase away the darkness of my flesh.

  12. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    Since re-locating from NY to TN, I have struggled with envy because my decision to move required the laying down of 20 years of ministry and rewarding discipleship. Because of my father wound of insecurity, i.e., not measuring up, I struggle to know my place in my new community. May I remain faithful to Christ and His call upon my life and be satisfied to be found in, and loved by Him alone.

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    • Trent says:

      Amen. Sounds to me like you know the ins and outs of it. Trust what He tells you and not those misdirected or misinterpreted “feelings”. They can easily deceive. You got this.

      • Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

        Thanks Trent. As you know, knowing and doing should be inseparable as clarified in James 1:22. Sometimes there’s too broad a gap in my mind between knowing and doing. 🙏💪

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        • Trent says:

          So true. Thanks for the scripture. I have not put that verse to work in the struggle to “do and not just know” but I shall now!

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  13. James M. says:

    The works of the flesh that I’m most aware of are sexual lust, which I have prayed to be released from for over 10 years, and jealousy. I am aware that at times, I find myself envying what others have been able to accomplish, yet I get a check in my spirit when this happens, so I know God is in my heart, helping me along the path.

    • Trent says:

      Amen. 1 foot in front of the other and keep your eyes on Him. Sing and shout as you focus your attention and I pray those temptations will scarcely be noticed over your joy and praises!

      • James M. says:

        Amen, Trent. Daily bible reading from Genesis through to maps is a habit I enjoy, plus these devotionals and others. Having friends and a spouse who love the Lord helps hold me accountable.

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    • Trent says:

      Perhaps let go of the guilt and grab up the sword of the spirit and the rest of His Armour and fight those evil attacks. Never give up. Never give in. Keep fighting!

    • Trent says:

      So many, if not all, of us do. But I believe it is a decision that has to be made again and again to turn from our flesh and choose Him. You have just done so this morning. Do it again tomorrow. Or even again later today if need be. I pray it only gets easier for you as you make your righteous decision over and over again.

    • Trent says:

      Me too. Me too. Strength in numbers. Perhaps find a brother to help hold you accountable and you him. I am often surprised by what it does for me despite it being something that does not come natural or easy for me. I pray our Lord gives you the weapons to mount a proper defense against your temptations. Father guard Lee’s heart against these attacks and give him the strength and tools to fight them off each time they arise.

    • Trent says:

      You are already ahead in the battle. You recognize, confess, and pray for help in overcoming your flesh. Keep fighting. Victory is surely yours, but do not let down your guard as the battle continues. Fight on!

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  14. Taylor says:

    Lord I pray that you take the desires of Lust and porn, also the desire for a higher status symbol and the need to compare to others! Lord I pray to live in the moment! Lord I leave these at your feet and pray for your healing through me! Thank you for your grace and mercy over me as I continue to work to become a better person!

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    • James M. says:

      Only through the power of The Holy Spirit will these “thorns of the flesh” be removed. But God in His infinite mercy and grace will sustain us, and help us in the fight we both fight daily.

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    • Trent says:

      Father bless Taylor for his honesty and willingness to share. I thank you for the victory you have given him. I pray you continue to give him strength to fight off the temptations of sin and I pray those of us who relate to his struggles learn from and are encouraged by his victory.

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