verse 29: To this end I labor, struggling with all (H)is energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Paul would have no power on his own. If he had not been given the command and the power by Jesus, he would have died a very different man. His life would have been easier, there is little doubt. But it was God’s power, working through Paul, that fueled him and made his work for Christ possible.
We are told we have the same power. The Holy Spirit lives within me! With that spirit I have God working through me. I can’t fail, as long as I am listening and following God. I can only pray to Him to lead me, and give me the wisdom to know what I should do.
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness; make thy way plain before my face. Amen (Psalm 5:8)