Matthew 5:2,3 "He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying. 'Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
MB in my references refers to the little book 'The Mount of Blessing'. In the Bible it is Matthew 5.
MB 7 "Jesus had presented the cup of blessing to those who felt that they were 'rich, and increased with goods' (Revelation 3:17), and had need of nothing, and they had turned with scorn from the gracious gift. He who feels whole, who thinks that he is reasonably good, and is contented with his condition, does not seek to become a partaker of the grace and righteousness of Christ. Pride feels no need, and so it closes the heart against Christ and the infinite blessings He came to give. There is no room for Jesus in the heart of such a person. Those who are rich and honorable in their own eyes do not ask in faith, and receive the blessing of God. They feel that they are full, therefore they go away empty. Those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves, or of themselves do any righteous action, are the ones who appreciate the help that Christ can bestow. They are the poor in spirit, whom He declares to be blessed."
I have tried to do righteous works on my own and it avails nothing. We just can't help ourselves when it
comes to saving ourselves with our own good works. It is Christ that works in us to do His works instead of us trying to do them. You can wear out pretty fast in your Christian experience trying and never succeeding. He wants us to depend on Him, it is His joy to dwell in His people by His Spirit. Grandma Joan