Looking unto Jesus and not at our strength. Our strength is good only to glorify ourselves; to glorify God one must have the strength of God.
It is not the arm of the flesh failing that endangers us the most. It is the flesh trained, focused and deployed in success that threatens the child of God and the Church of Christ. When the Church can give sociological, anthropological, psychological or technological explanations for its growth and success it has not identified its strength but its true weakness. I am reminded of the story, whether true or not, of a bishop visiting the Vatican in the middle ages. The Pope showed him the wealth amassed in that place and said, “Behold. We can no longer say to the lame man, ‘silver and gold have I none.’” This was an allusion to the story of Peter healing the lame man in the temple in Acts 3:6. “Yes.” Was the response, “But neither do we now have the power to say, ‘but such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.’”
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Corinthians 12:9,10
Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the Lord.
Can We Pray? They flock to the latest method for success. They write it all down and recount the measures of the powerful. They mimic and model the means of the mighty. But how the mighty are fallen! There is no help in the hills of human power. I looked to the Hills. Did I find help there? No my help comes from You, the Maker of the heavens and the earth. I don’t want an explanation for any victory in my life that does not start and end and have in between a tribute to your gracious power. Lord Jesus make me utterly dependent upon you not only in word but in deed. Teach me to scoff at every illusion of self sufficiency. I want to know the reality of Christ as my Savior and my sufficiency in all things. In Jesus Name… Amen