13 I can do all things through him who strengtheneth me.
We are all God’s workmanship; and anything that we can do is by His grace and mercy. He is the actual victor and works through us as His instruments or tools. It is similar to how God used the Ark of the Covenant in the old days as well as the Prophets. The Ark of the Covenant was not God, but was a place where God dwelled amongst the Israelites.
When we take our eyes off of God and place them on the tools that he uses, we miss it and walk in error. The children of Israel had lost a battle to the Philistines at which time the Ark of the Covenant was under Philistine control. The children of Israel went to battle to get the Ark back. They were so interested in the Ark, all the while forgetting the God of the Ark. They forgot that it is God who strengthens us; and it is through Him that we do all things (v13). They got the Ark back, started celebrating, let their guards down, and the Philistines came on the attack. They did not only take back the Ark, they killed the priest and his sons (I Sam 4:1-11).
The children of Israel lost the victory because they forgot to seek the face of the God who used the Ark and made it relevant. Are you interested in God or are you only interested in the Pastors and Priests? They are not God. Do not take your focus off of God and place it on the men and women whom He uses. They are only His tools.
God bless you.