Trying to release weight without the help of the Holy Spirit is like trying to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without even any water wings. If you are well-intentioned and at all fit for the task, you may achieve some amount of success to begin with. But more than likely, opposing forces will overtake you, and completing your journey will feel impossible.
God never meant for us to handle our challenges alone. That’s why He sent some help. Remember, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way” (Psalm 25:9).
Our assignment is to spend time in prayer and see the Holy Spirit. We need to ask Him to lead us and guide us. Sometimes we bring our plans to God and ask Him to bless them, but this is like putting the cart before the horse. Spend time in the word, and ask Him what His plans are -- then get busy. You’ll find that His plans for us are much better, bigger and more complete than we could ever have thought of on our own.
God told Abraham when to leave home (Genesis 12:1), and Jacob when to return home (Genesis 31:3). He even told Elijah where to find food in the middle of a famine (1 Kings 17:1-5). God still speaks to us today and when we become still enough and open up to God, we can hear his direction.
This way is so much easier than struggling and trying to be good.