Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
We have chosen God, and in doing so we have cast off the chains of the flesh which kept us in bondage to death. We are still confined to these mortal bodies, but our destiny has changed from death to life. Our new self begins to take shape as our minds are renewed after the image of our creator. The reshaping begins on the inside and will end when we given our new bodies on the outside.
This takes place by our efforts in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our efforts alone will change nothing. The Spirit must lead, guide, and direct us. If we do nothing, then nothing will change.
When we seek the Lord, He will be found. We will find He is with us.