You have got to be kidding me! I can’t be as holy as God is, that is impossible!
That is the second step, recognize and acknowledge that we don’t have what it takes to be holy, not even a little bit holy. We know this, we have experienced it over and over again as we fail in our attempts to be good. As many times as we have attempted to overcome anger, lust, greed, laziness, and come up short we still think that we can contribute something to the process of conquering sin, there is something in us that wants to carry part of the load, even if is just 10%.
This journey is a partnership with God, but our part is not in supplying the strength to overcome the sin that is in us, that is 100% God’s part, our part is first of all to admit that we are powerless, we have zero ability to pull ourselves up and be good.
John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Notice the word “nothing.” That means zero, not 10%, nothing.
What we often ask for is “help,” that is I will do my part and what I can’t do God will then supply. With God it is all or nothing, He gives all of the strength or none of the strength. When we admit that we are completely powerless to change or fix anything then He will.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
When I become weak then I will be made strong. But the problem is that when God makes me strong I succeed and then I think I am pretty tough and then it is back to square one.
Getting this principle figured out is easy to say and hard to do.