We Are Able Yet Dependent
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise… 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.


               One of the surest ways to destroy the flow of the blessing of God on our lives is to become proud. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6. He resists proud men, women, boys, and girls.  He resists proud husbands, proud wives, proud, employers, and proud employees. He resists proud politicians, proud businessman, and proud preachers. He gives grace (heaven’s, help, strength, and enabling power) to the humble.


The Apostle Paul definitely knew who he was in Christ and made bold statements about what he could do like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:13.” He also understood the balance of that and his dependency upon the Lord revealed in statements like, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God 2 Corinthians 4:5.” All the positive truths of who we are in Christ should not make us arrogantly independent but rather humbly dependent. All of the positive affirmations of faith we make about what we can do in Christ presupposes that we realize that without Him we can do nothing. Jesus Himself realized His dependency on His Father (John 5:19, 30).


I know some believers who in making their professions of who they are in Christ will not say anything whatsoever that sounds like they are acknowledging their humanity and recognizing who they are in the natural.  I’ve heard them quote 1 Corinthians 15: 10 which says who they are by the grace of God, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Yes and amen to that but did you ever notice what he said before that in (v.9)?  He said, “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God 1 Corinthians 15:9.” He acknowledged who he was in Christ but he also recognized who he was in himself, or in the natural. He realized he had all the treasures of God but that he was still in an earthen vessel that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:7). Truths about our abilities in Christ should not make us arrogant and independent but humble and more dependent.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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