Some have starved their body almost to death to cure the corruption of the heart; but the devil and the flesh will never be starved to death. I remember reading of one who stripped himself naked and flogged himself; but it was to no purpose. So, “out he ran naked, and fled to the Rock.” And I tell you what, there never will be, there never can be, a particle of creature work or merit in sanctification. Nothing will do but the finished work of Christ. The hope must go of any betterness in self before we have and manifestive hope in Christ.
When the LORD is pleased to bring manifestive sanctification into your conscience, you will know something of being drawn by the cords of a Man, and with the bands of Love. When your vows fail, when your promises fail and all seems to fail, then you will know something of being sanctified in Christ Jesus and that there is no holiness but in and from Him.