This is what keeps us from truly surrendering to God and the thing that leads us to death and separation from Him. We need to understand that nothing on earth is worth anything compared to God and the love He showed by sending His Son. We need to keep our hearts full of wisdom from God and open His word and learn to live by the Spirit.
Verse 19 says, “We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”
We need to remember this when we think about ourselves. When we open our hearts and fill them with what God shows us we can know that the Spirit will show us what is right. When we live in the world and for our own desires, the evil one will fill us with lies and make us think it is ok to do what the world wants. We must have the heart to put God first and do our best to realize where our strength comes from and turn to Him to guide us always. Devote your life to the Lord and live like Jesus Christ and let the peace that comes with that consume you. Amen