Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Are you operating through your flesh, or through the Spirit of the Lord? Are you trying to please God or man? Are you trying to change things about yourself that only God can change? Hopefully after you finish reading this, you will be more open and willing to allow God to do what He is capable of doing.
I was reading this book which made a reference of the arm of the flesh vs the arm of the Lord. It said that the arm of the flesh was based on the covenant of works, and the arm of the Lord was based on the covenant of grace; which takes us back to the above questions.
When we operate in or through our flesh, after a period of time, we will become physically as well as mentally exhausted. We will literally wear ourselves out trying to operate in the natural. Once we have reached our human level of capacity, we get stressed, tired, frustrated, anxious, overwhelmed, etc. Granted we each have our own levels of tolerance, but eventally the results are the same. BUT GOD! He doesn't have a limit!! He has the capacity to do the impossible. He has the ability to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (See Ephesians 4:20).When we operate under God's covenant of grace, we can rest in the assurance that He will do for us what we can't do for ourselves.
We are face with a decision to make: Are we going to try to build ourselves, our ministry or our reputation through works of the flesh, or will we allow God to do it?
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provisions for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts therof. Romans 13:14