The religious mind cannot please God, and that is why religious people cannot be disciples of Jesus Christ. The religious mind operates from indoctrination, from things that the person has learned,rather than from operating from the guidance of God. The difference between the carnal man, the normal man, and the child of God is that a child of God, the son of God is led by the Spirit of God. His actions and his reactions are determined by the Holy Spirit, not because he is being controlled, but because he follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The religious man operates along what he believes; he operates along those things that he believes are right, and he feels safe and justified when he does what he believes to be proper and right, but he has no relationship with Jesus. He is not led by the Spirit of God, and religious people reject the Holy Spirit. They reject Jesus. They are self-sufficient in themselves, they are separated from God. They are idolaters who serve themselves, their own beliefs, but they believe that they are right. They will quote you Bible scripture that they use to justify their behavior, their actions, but they are not in touch with Jesus. There are not led by the Holy Spirit. Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God. If we are not led by the Holy Spirit, then we cannot do the will of God, and that is what most religious people do not understand; because they are not born again. We have to be changed by the renewing of our mind. The carnal mind depends and trusts in himself, in that which he believes to be right, and proper, and justified, but the mind of the born-again child of God is focused on Christ, on Jesus. He gets his guidance from the Holy Spirit.
The born-again child of God asks his direction, his wisdom, and everything about his life, he asks from the Holy Spirit. He does not lean on his own understanding, but he trusts in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and tha is what the religious mind cannot understand, because theye are not born again; they have no relationship with God.
They do not know Jesus Christ and they do not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them. The reason for that is that they refuse to submit themselves to Jesus, they refuse to obey His words. They refuse to repent of sin, they refuse to repent of their carnal self sufficient attitude of their religion. They believe in their interpretation of the Bible. The Words of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit needs no interpretation; it only needs obedience, and that is what Jesus requires of us. He commands us to repent, turn away from sin, turn away from following after your own mind, and your own desires; set your mind on Jesus, stop sinning, be holy, obey His words the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and then be baptized in water, because He commanded it! And for those who obey Jesus Christ, He will make them new inside. He will give His Spirit in them. Those who are led by the Holy Spirit do not trust in their common sense, they do not trust in their own mind, they do not trust in the beaten paths; they trust in Jesus, because Jesus is God. He is supernatural, He is above all things, and He does things in His way.
If we do not deny ourselves, if we do not reject our religious mind and our self-centered attitude, our self-righteousness, our self-idolatry, and totally trust in Jesus, totally obey Him and do as He commanded, we will not experience the power of God we will not experience the kingdom of God. We have to reject our religious mind, reject everything that we have learned and that we believe to be true, right, and justified,and put our trust in Jesus, be taught by the Holy Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit. Do not jump to conclusions, do not trust in your own understanding, but fully trust in Jesus Christ. Be led by the Holy Spirit, pray always, and He will put l put the mind of Christ in you. When you pray, He will put the answer, the solution,the understanding, in your mind and you will be led by the Spirit of God, and you will be pleasing to God.
If we are not led by the Holy Spirit, we cannot be pleasing to God. We cannot be fruitful for the kingdom of God, and we will not be able to do the will of God. There is only one way to please Jesus, and that is to follow the guidance of His Holy Spirit,the Spirit of Truth, that the world cannot receive, because it does not trust Him, neither does it know Him.
Seek Jesus, obey Him, trust Him and ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and then be led by the Holy Spirit, to be pleasing to Jesus.
May Jesus bless you.