Think of yourself in terms of a big bubble.

And in that bubble is all your carnal self/ thoughts...pride, selfishness, anger, your rights, injustice, unforgiveness, sexual immorality, envy, money, vanity, greed, drunkenness, aggression, impatience etc....

And no matter how hard you try, you never change...it is who you are, it'swhat comes naturally.

What if you started filling that bubble up with GOD...worship, prayer, meditating on His word, writing letters to Him, listening to worship music, going to church, calling out to Him minute by minute, crying out to Him, getting mad at Him, falling in love with Him, etc...

If you were to overflow that bubble with God so much, that there would be no room for you, might that invoke change?

Until then, do not expect any change, "trying harder" is merely an act of futility!

What if God's way is the easier way...

but all the while we have thought the opposite?