“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, ESV).

I am so grateful that my walk with Jesus teaches me how to bring my desires under the Holy Spirit’s control.  I praise the Lord’s name daily as I let go of habits that kept me in bondage. 

“Have mercy on me as I struggle, Lord, but I want my giving up of things to be because I love you more.  Strengthen me, Lord, as I keep seeking you”!

I said this prayer again and again until I was free of a forty-five-year long smoking habit!