What are the works of man separated from God? Where does so-called “free-will” (a term not in Scripture) always takes man:
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen 6:5).
Man became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened…God gave them up to uncleanness … vile passions … they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, and God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedenss; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful (Rom 1:21, 24, 26, 28-31)
There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Rom 3:10-18).
The works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Gal 5:19-21)
Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God (Job 37:14).
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23).
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: He forgives all your iniquities, heals all your diseases, redeems your life from destruction, crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfied your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:2-5).
If man, by the exercise of his own free-will, can choose the things of God, we have every reason to boast in our strength and ability; but if we are hopelessly and helplessly bound in sin and dead in our trespasses and sins, how fully dependent we are upon God alone.