For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3
To have no confidence in the flesh is perhaps the greatest advice for me personally that I have found in Scripture. Paul went on to say that even though he has great reasons to have confidence in his flesh, it is still foolish. This is because the flesh will fail. Another, perhaps even more important, reason is that reliance on the flesh causes us to ignore the possibility of what God could do through us if we only let him.
God has blessed us with incredible talents, and we can achieve incredible things with these talents. However, we must rely on His grace, place our lives and talents in His hands, and give ourselves completely to Him, so that He can use us for His glory. Nothing should bring us more joy than accomplishments that give all glory to God.
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