If I trust in behavior change, I'm not trusting in Jesus.
If I only come to God boldly when I have been a good boy, then I am not trusting in Christ Jesus' death.
If I think that my faithfulness or dedication to God has anything to do with God's love for me, I am not having faith in Jesus.
Why do we only come boldly to the throne of GRACE when we feel good about what we have done for God? I thought God resists the proud?
Why are we so focused on what we do for God? God has done it all in CHRIST JESUS. Why do I subconsciously feel the need to run from God if I'm on a "sinning streak" and feel my behavior isn't what it should be? Should I not rather run to God and come boldly to the throne of GRACE for help in time of need?
If I don't receive from God freely, then I have nothing from Him. If I think my obedience or spiritual disciplines has any effect in my salvation or sanctification, then I am not living by faith, rather I am living by law. The law nullifies faith in Jesus because the law is NOT of faith. So get out from under the old covenant and get in JESUS CHRIST.