For a minute there, I thought you had gone to the dark side.Ya'll are a bunch of reprobates and lovers of sinning!
Just kidding.........we will have the flesh with us until we leave this earth suit. We don't "pretty up the flesh". The flesh will always be here with us and in that flesh is the law of sin.
This is why we can see a seemingly mature Christian like a pastor for over 30 years all of a sudden do something that he hasn't done for decades. He failed to walk by the spirit and thus gave in to the deceitfulness of the sin that is in his flesh.
We don't stop doing the works of the flesh to walk by the spirit. That's religion and backwards and that will never work. We can by our own will-power stop some things for awhile but they can creep back in.
We walk by the spirit and thus not fulfill the lusts of the flesh to do "it's" desires.
Galatians 5:16 (NASB)
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Romans 13:14 (NASB)
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
The truth is - we can be going to church every day that the doors are open, be pastoring a church, be reading the scriptures every day and still be in a "backslidden" place because we are not really walking by the spirit.
There is "good-looking" flesh and "bad-looking" flesh depending on our religious beliefs but in the end - it is all flesh.
Let's endeavor to learn how to walk by the spirit and put on Christ that is in us in our new creation.