How many times have you prayed similarly? That was my sincere prayer this morning. I know that I am powerless and without strength to do it on my own.
But as I was praying this, words came back to me (not audibly) "Mold yourself".
Before you start rolling your eyes to the back of your head muttering to yourself "I knew it! He preaches works salvation!" or "He is starting a cult", just continue to read.
I am probably one of the largest and loudest preachers on the necessity of 100% reliance on God and His Holy Spirit for guidance, strength, and ability to do all that He has called us to do in our ministries, and empowerment for all that He has instructed us to do and live through the bible, so the corner of my eyebrow went up as well.
Our spirits are not molded by our own power, but it is in the process of us striving and agonizing to become Christ-like, that His Spirit shapes us. This striving is not based on a works salvation, but it is what He empowers us to do. We are told to not be conformed to the world, but be conformed to Christ:
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Christ puts an own-ness on us! The Adversary tells you that there's nothing you can do to become Christ-like, so your lack of spiritual growth is never your fault. Maybe it's simply that you, like the O.T people of God, love to sin and love to live out their days in open rebellion.
It's all of Him, but there are things that we must do, such as renewing our minds in the word, abiding in Him (John 15:4-6), actively pursuing Christ (Luke 13:24)
Luke 13:24: STRIVE TO ENTER IN AT THE NARROW GATE: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Strive: (From Strong's Concordance):
agōnizomai- verb- where we get our english word agonize
to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or generally (to endeavor to accomplish something): - fight, labor fervently, strive.
Clearly this denotes a physical exertion and not a supernatural one.
Seeking and doing are different things. Now that He has led you to Himself, now what?? Is that's it? No!
The Lord has opened your eyes that you can see Him (Christ) as God and savior, NOW you must receive His way of salvation. That is, to be in active and diligent pursuit of living according to His ways and standards.