I thought you were long gone
Thought you were destroyed
Thought you died years ago
When I first came to know the Lord
But giving into you
Made you stronger
Giving you attention
Made you hold on longer
Always seeking your own satisfaction
While pretending to be my friend
Yet every road you’ve chosen for me
Has led to bitter ends
So once again I denounce you
Your wicked ways and selfishness
I’ll nourish my Spirit to overcome
This battle with my own flesh.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.