"Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh" (1 Peter 3:15)
With the desire to please men so deeply implanted within us how can we uproot it and shift our life-drive from pleasing men to pleasing God?
Well, no one can do it alone, nor can he do it with the help of others, nor by education nor by training nor by any other method known under the sun. What is required is a reversal of nature (that it is a fallen nature does not make it any the less powerful) and this reversal must be a supernatural act.
That act the Spirit performs through the power of the gospel when it is received in living faith. Then He displaces the old with the new. Then He invades the life as sunlight invades a landscape and drives out the old motives as light drives away darkness from the sky.
We ought never to confound the things we do with what God does. We get ready for Him. We place ourselves in position, and the fire descends. We sanctify ourselves that He might sanctify us. It is God's work!
~A. W. Tozer~