Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Some of us work so hard, in our own strength, to do everything right in the sight of God. We make sure we pray as much as we can, be kind to everyone, don’t miss a church event, and we try not to make a mistake. The bad part about using self-effort is the minute we miss the mark, we’re discouraged and we have an overwhelming sense of guilt.

Using will power to please God is futile. The children of Israel attempted to use will power to keep the Law and they failed miserably. As born-again believers, God’s in us showing us what to do to please Him. It’s still our choice but, it’s not forced using our own strength. He’ll tell us when to apologize, when to help someone out, or if we should attend a church event. And if we miss the mark, God’s grace abounds (Rom. 5:20).

Let’s not use self-effort to force a holy life. Let God work in you to do what pleases Him.