2 Timothy 3:1-5 this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away
In these days (the last days) we should be taking what is said in these scriptures seriously and examine our lives and let the truth do, what is supposed to do which is to set us free.
The scriptures speak of a people who have a form of godliness so when looking at them we must say that its talking to church people only Christians can have a form of godliness. Some who doesnt believe cant have a form of godliness because they are simply ungodly, so it can only be a believer who can have a form of godliness.
So what does form of godliness look like? Well as I have stated it is a Christian but a Christian who is a lovers of their own selves, a Christian who has not taken up his cross, a Christian that not denied himself. It is a Christian that has started off in the Spirit but is in the flesh.
How can I say that well we look at the fruit covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. These fruits are the fruits of the flesh which Paul warned us about in Gal 5:19-21.
The fruit in your life is not something we do; it is something we are. The fruit show us whats on the inside it is what we are and there lies the subtlety and power.
Self-sins dwell deep within us and are a part of our nature (the flesh) and the manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are tolerated in the leadership of the church and we end up with self-promotion in the guise of Christ promotion.
You would think that with the instruction of the doctrines of man's depravity and the necessity for justification through the righteousness of Christ alone would deliver us from the power of the self (flesh); but, it does not work out that way. Self can live un-rebuked in the leadership of the church.
So how do we deal with the Flesh, we must present our bodies a living sacrifice, and invite the cross to its deadly work in us, insist on the work to be done and it will. The cross is rough, and it is deadly, but it is effective, it does not keep its victim hanging there forever. Blessings