Self-reliance is relying on one’s own abilities to
accomplish one’s ambitions.
Self-reliance calls for accountability only to oneself, not to God. It
submits only to the authority of self-ambition and rebukes any
correction offered by Christ.
Rather than worshiping the one true God, we begin
worshiping our own interpretations, thoughts, and ideas.
James 3:16 “For where jealousy and selfish ambition [Self-reliance ]
exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” As James says,
“every vile practice” is the eventual result of selfish ambition or
Q) As you look back over the first 30 years in your life, what was your greatest accomplishment?
As I looked back, I could see where my self-reliant defiance against
the authority of Christ in my life had ruined so many opportunities of my
I saw the character flaws and bad habits others saw in me and was pretty displeased,
and quite frankly embarrassed by my past.
Even today as I strive to be a great
Christian man, my confidence is in Christ the one who saved
me continues to guide me, mold me, and yes, protect me.
I am saved by grace, amazing!
Q) How are you and God getting along now?