James 2:14 (AMP) 14 What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]?
We are not saved by works, but we should want the right things. When we have the right kind of faith it will produce good works.
We have the privilege to share our wants and needs to God. After we share our wants and needs we have the privilege to ask God what he wants from us. Once He shows us what He wants we need to develop in the area to carry out His will by studying the word and striving to do what is right. We have what it takes to do right things; we just need to cooperate with God to be consistent about it.
Sometimes our pride keeps us from cooperating with God because we think we can figure out how to live right without His help. Living a holy life is not a list of rules and regulations; it’s living in accordance of the will of God and doing it because you love God, not to get God to love you. God gives us grace to allow for the mistakes He knows we will make. Grace isn’t an excuse to live a sloppy life, it is the reason not to.