Every man is as close to God as he wants to be; he is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wills to be....
Yet we must distinguish wanting from wishing. By "want" I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God's conditions to obtain. That Incredible Christian, 64.
I certainly do not want to imply that if we merely "try harder" to be holy, we will succeed. The fact is that, if we do try harder, the more likely we are to fail. The paradox of following Jesus is that apart from the Spirit of God giving us a new heart and enabling us to be holy, we can do nothing. "Grace empowered holiness," its; a complete oxymoron in some ways, but that's the kingdom of God...its coming and it is at hand.
Daily, and moment by moment, we make a choice of who we are going to submit to. Which master do we serve? Ourselves? Money? The wishes and whims of others? May God help us to serve Jesus Christ with everything that we have.