The Flesh: Public Enemy Number One by Rick Ferguson

Genesis 36:1-8
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

We have three very formidable enemies in this
life; these enemies can and will destroy any life or
liberty of the Spirit. They are the devil,
the world, and the flesh.

These three make up the unholy trinity that is out to
debilitate, demoralize, degrade and destroy every
human being.

The devil is a powerful, ferocious, real enemy.

I Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil,
like a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may

This world (that is this anti-God, anti-Christ,
anti-morals, anti-Christian world system) in which we
live is a vicious enemy.

Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind. . . "

I John 2:15 "Love not the world. neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him."

But I want you to know that neither the devil
nor the world would have any control, affect or
influence on you if it were not for their most
powerful, personal ally--THE FLESH!

Your number one foe today is not the devil or
this crazy anti-Christ world system; it is your own
sinful, self-protective, lustful FLESH. THE FLESH IS

In our study of the book of Genesis we read of
twin brothers named Jacob and Esau. Jacob became a
Christian and example of the life of faith; but Esau
never got saved (even though he had Christian
parents). Esau stands forever as a picture and
portrait of a life in the flesh.

Genesis 36 is the last chapter in the Bible that
is devoted to this man who lived his entire life a
victim of his own flesh.

TEXT--Genesis 36:1-8

Everyone of us in this building is controlled by
one of two forces: Either he Spirit of God or
the desires of our own flesh.

When I speak of the flesh and when the Bible
refers to the flesh, what does it mean? The flesh, in

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