Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Operating in the flesh means doing anything outside the will of God. The will of God is the Word of God. Operating in the flesh includes, having a bad attitude, being emotionally unstable, sex outside of marriage, being intoxicated, and more.

Nothing good happens when we operate in the flesh. We can’t honor God operating in the flesh and it doesn’t benefit us in the end. It may feel good for the time being, but it’s not beneficial.

If we continue to operate in the flesh, our hearts become callus to the Word of God. We see no benefit in complying with God’s Word because we don’t have immediate gratification. Eventually, we’ll experience the consequences of operating in the flesh which could be sickness and disease, poverty, unnecessary difficulties, and an early death.

Let God show you the areas where you’re operating in the flesh and let Him guide you into overcoming those areas.