Titus 3:4-5 "But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Are you trying to be good enough to somehow earn the favor of God? Are you trying to clean yourself up so that you can be good enough to be loved by God? Do you believe that if you just do more then somehow you will be more lovable?
Listen, stop it! The Holly Spirit is the only one who can clean us up and Jesus Christ himself was the only one who could atone (make legal payment) for our sin. We can neither save ourselves nor clean ourselves up. The key to both is Jesus Christ and our submission to Him and our abiding in Him.
The work that we need to do today doesn't have anything to do with control. The work that we have to do today is to chase after our Creator and Savior with all that we are and all that we have. That is when we truly have victory in the moments which make up the day.
Be encouraged! Because of Christ we have overcome!