1. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know of its existence.
It will do anything to gain the element of surprise. Utterly perverse and depraved, it slithers about in secrecy. This gives it room to do all of its dastardly planning while leaving you in the dark, unprepared and unaware.
2. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know of its persistence.
It’s always at work, seeking to entice your desires, and bending your affections inward. But it wants you to ignore this and skip along on your merry way. Your resistance is a nuisance, and it well tempt you daily to relax and give it full reign over your heart. Drift into a lackadaisical state, and you’re right where your flesh wants you. “Sit back,” it whispers, “everything will be fine.”
3. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know that it hates you, God, and anything that stirs your affections for him.
In its very nature, your flesh is at enmity with God. It hates him, and desires above all to dishonor him and send you chasing after idols. But, it’s in your flesh’s best interest to keep this truth to itself. To inform you of its desires would be suicidal. As long as you see it as an unlikable roommate, its plans remain hidden. The last thing it wants is for you to see it as an enemy against the glory of God and your enjoyment of him.
4. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know the folly of trying to make peace with it.
As Paul writes,
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Gal. 5:17; see also Rom. 7:21-23)
One of the best presents you could give to your flesh is ignorance to this truth. It wants you to give up the war and write up a peace treaty, oblivious to the reality that you’re setting yourself up for a stab in the back. As a child of God, your flesh will never leave you alone until the day you die. But everyday it will work to keep you from remembering that.
5. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know that it will hit you in the valleys and on the mountain tops of your spiritual walk.
Your flesh has a knack for finding opportunities to attack you. When you’re down it will torture you, dragging you into the depths of despair. But it takes advantage of your “spiritual highs” as well. It will plant seeds of pride, arrogance, and legalism right when you think nothing could go wrong. If you thirst for God, it will do anything to get you to start looking down on others instead of walking alongside them. But, again, for you to know this would ruin your flesh’s fun.
6. Your flesh doesn’t want you to know that it can be mortified.
Your flesh is a formidable foe, but it has a not so hidden secret: it’s mortally wounded. Christ has conquered it on the cross and set you free from the chains it once bound you in. But that’s the last thing your flesh wants you to remember. It wants you to cower in its presence, drained of all hope. You have been given everything you need in Christ to mortify your flesh, and that only makes it angrier.