Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty… in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.–That you may know what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead–I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.–“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
John 15:5;I Chr. 29:11,12;Eph.1:19,20;Phil.4:13;Rom.7:18;1Co 1:31
In our ‘can-do’ society where competent independence is a goal to be prized and the hallmark of maturity, it’s valuable to notice that the upside-down ideals of God’s Kingdom have more to do with our dependence on His greatness than on any inherent personal competence.