Our flesh makes decisions and takes actions that are not acceptable to God.
Flesh – 4561 – (sarks) is generally negative, referring to make decisions (actions) according to self i.e. done apart from faith (independent from God’s inworking). Thus what is “of the flesh (carnal)” is by definition displeasing to the Lord- even things that seem “respectable!” (HELPS Word-studies)
Our flesh is – ISBE (biblestudytools.com) 6. Applied to Carnal Nature …Thus, the fleshly or carnal mind, i.e. a mind in subjection to carnal nature, is opposed to the Divine spirit,…
Flesh refers to our physical body and also refers to our soul (mind , will & emotions). That is, the mind which thinks not in godly eternal ways but in worldly temporary ways.
The Truth About Our Flesh
Romans 7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do.
The truth is, there is nothing good in our flesh or carnal mind. The carnal mind thinks and acts in ways that are hostile to God. The carnality of our flesh will desire things that are independent of God thereby leads to death… more