I agree. Great post.
I hope my contribution doesn't seem to complicate your message.
The thing I would add on the matter of faith, is that for myself, I always had a lot of trouble believing [i]everything[/i] God was saying to me; it didn't just hinge on one point as in your experience. And my will wasn't much use to me either. It seemed to will all sorts of things except righteousness. So, I asked for God to GIVE me 'faith', so that I could [u]begin[/u] to believe. [b]He did[/b], praise His Name!
Then, knowing it was [i]God's[/i] faith that was working in me, opened up a whole new world, because it didn't matter if I struggled to believe, I just cast myself onto [i]His[/i] faith in His word - knowing it had produced the whole of creation - and nothing seemed impossible ..... [b]if[/b] [i]He[/i] was asking me to lay hold on Him or His word for something specific.
I have to stress here, I depend on the Holy Spirit to bring to my heart and mind, word from God, [i]before[/i] I launch into [i]depending[/i] on it.
There is a verse in Mark which was a great help to me after I heard it expounded:
[b]Mark 11:22[/b] And Jesus answering said unto them, [b]'Have faith in God.'[/b]
This (I learned) can be read 'Have the faith of God', or, 'Hold the faithfulness of God'. These greatly increased my dependence on His faith.
So, with regard to victory over sin, I also look [u]to Him[/u] to give me [i]an angle[/i] on [b]how to pray[/b] over a problem area. Sometimes I ask Him to break the power of it (I only pray that once - not again and again.... because He has already broken the power of every bondage possible, through His death), to bring that universal victory into my private experience.
Other times, if I sense my own unwillingness to deal with something, I ask Him to get me in a corner, because I know that when I've tried everything else, there will be only one way out - and that is through Him. Amen. Bless Him, He knows my heart wants to be right. But this only works if there is complete honesty on my side. I have to admit defeat, perhaps, several times, as I work through the alternatives.
Now, this may sound like I'm messing around, but, it is a valid way of dealing with one's own heart [u]before God[/u], which He graciously allows; because otherwise, sin can be like a blob of mercury, slipping into another area of one's life, or dipping out of sight, only to re-appear, still unconquered. God knows I'm serious, if I let Him systematically dismantle my resistance. And the truth is, He is not only gracious, He is gentle and any pain is either unavoidable, or, my own fault..... it's not because God is [i]trying[/i] to punish me for the sin.... (He's already punished Jesus); really, He's unearthing it to be dealt with for ever.