“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions” (Galatians 5:19-20)
By the way, the Greek word for sorcery is pharma, or, drugs. The modern culture dabbles a lot in drugs. But it is not just that. Those things which are physical and simulate feeling are what are at the core of the deeds of the flesh. Contrast this with the control of the mind and you see the battle. Who controls your soul? You? Sin? The Lord? You have been given a great gift in the offer of salvation. What will you do with it?
Lord, teach me to know the difference between right and wrong, more than just a head nod of agreement. Help me to live what is right and flee from what is wrong. Guide me in Your goodness to live into the life You have given me that I may now and always abide in the truth of Your love and practice life as it is meant to be lived. Help me learn self-control and how to overcome the deeds of the flesh.
Lord Jesus, You know the struggles of this age. You know the difficulty of abiding in true life. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of daily living such that I keep my balance and hold fast to righteous and godly living. Lord, let me not pursue what builds me up, but instead what reveals the truth of Your kingdom. Help me to always abide in You as You abide in me. Amen.