2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." -Jesus
"It is certain that man must utterly despair of his own ability before he is prepared to receive the grace of Christ." -Martin Luther
"So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of the self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must rid of this selfishness. We must, or it will kill us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God's help.
This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn't work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are his children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom." -Alcoholics Anonymous the Big Book