Kenneth S. Wuest, "When the flesh presses hard upon the believer with its evil behests, the Holy Spirit is there to oppose the flesh and give the believer victory over it, in order that the believer will not obey the flesh and thus sin…The choice lies with the saint…The will of the believer is absolutely free from the compelling power of the evil nature. If he obeys the latter, it is because he chooses to do so.
"desire of the flesh" v. 17
"deeds of the flesh" v. 19-21
These evil acts are active not passive.
When you learn to feed the Spirit and starve the flesh you will realize: