The cross reduces the outward man to death. It splits open the human shell. The cross must break all that belongs to our outward man – our opinions, our ways, our cleverness, our self-love, our all. Clearly, this is the Lord’s way. As soon as our outward man is broken, our spirit can easily come forth.

Source: The Release of the Spirit

Dependence is our default state, and self-sufficiency the aberration