Only the desperate are needy ENOUGH to crave

reminders of His total sovereign reign over everyone and everything.  When I have EASY circumstances I am not so desperate to be reminded throughout my day, about the sovereignty of Jesus.  I don’t really need a SovereignShepherdJesus, when I have easy circumstances.  “I can handle this.”  Easy has NEVER done anything for my Jesus-dependency.

When desperate, I don’t have the luxury of feeling ALONE, up to DAVE.  That’s when I need something MORE than a good devotional life: I need MUCH-stronger medicine.  SovereignShepherdJesus reigns.  I’m not MY problem, but His.  And when I THANK Him for the harrrd in my life, I’m reminded that He’s in charge, not Dave.  That He’s executing His genius plan.  And that helps me be curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, whose flesh wishes he weren’t so desperately needy at times

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The yoke of INdependency

feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders — alone, adultlike, UP TO ME, heavy, pressure.  But Jesus offers me His radical yoke of DEpendency — light as a feather.  Not radical for a child, but radical for an adult.  Adults in this world are supposed to be INdependent, wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, confident-we-know-what’s-best.  DEpendency is for children, the weak, pathetic.

When I’m wearing Jesus’ yoke of DEpendency I am clueless-I-know-what’s-best, because I’m trusting that SovereignJesus knows best, and His genius plan is dependable.  Childlike, not adultlike.  Peaceful, not pressured.  Humble, not prideful.  Indifferent to being pitied for my cluelessness, not needing to be admired, envied, for my adultlike wisdom/understanding.  Curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Experiencing the other-worldly peace offered in the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus — so different from the right-side-up kingdom of this world, where we live under the Curse of INdependence.

So, how do you freshly get Jesus’ yoke?  The Spirit needs to freshly convict you, so you can freshly CONFESS your INdependence.  And every time you spot it throughout your day, that’s the Spirit convicting you.  CONFESS.  Don’t try harder to be Jesus-dependent.  CONFESS.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Jesus-dependency to Christians — especially DAVE, so we might actually have the other-worldly peace that all humans want, so the seculars around us might be interested, compelled

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Sooooo unnatural, for me to view

the world around me as Your world, Jesus, because it seems like OUR world — the world of us humans, where things are up to US, and in particular, the world of DAVE, where things are UP TO ME, to make good decisions, avoid regret, or worse — humiliation.  Constant pressure.  Except when Your Spirit freshly convicts me of the sin of unbelief in Your total sovereignty over everyone and everything, so I momentarily relax, and am curious/expectant to see what You do NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.  So thankful that in Heaven, relief won’t be momentary, but 24/7.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, needing gobsa fresh conviction throughout his day, so the seculars around him might actually want something he has, at times

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Jesus, I want to live in Your world,

where I’m a spectator — an enjoyer of everyone just as we are and everything just as it is, not a gladiator like I am in Dave’s world — with the pressure to be better, do better, believe better, achieve, make a difference, establish my own worthiness, feel superior to others.  When I’m living in Your world, I experience an other-worldly peace that is worth selling all to get.  I never live in Your world, except when Your Spirit freshly convicts me of the sin of INdependence/pride/worldliness/confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  Ahhh.  I look forward to Heaven when I’ll live in Your world 24/7, and never again live under The Curse where I care about my own worthiness, feel alone, feel pressure to excel, as though my life is UP TO DAVE.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians, especially DAVE, that we might actually have something seculars want

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When you are facing scary or overwhelming

circumstances, go to 2 Chronicles 20:1-24.  Read the passage.  I have the following sentences from this passage, underlined in my Bible.  “For we have no power to face this vast army attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  And later, “Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  And later, “Stand still and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.”

No matter how harrrrd and how impossible and how scary your circumstances SEEM, and no matter how dysfunctional you are, you are not YOUR problem, but you are HIS problem.  This passage is for YOU.  And me.

Helps me so much to say over and over, “Thank You, Daddy, thank You, Jesus, thank You, Holy Spirit,” reminding me of His totally-sovereign reign over everything in my life.  The Israelites under Jehoshaphat THANKed God in the face of scary.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Thank You for the bliss of

cluelessness-I-know-what’s-best, another way of describing dependency on You instead of me, that comes from fresh conviction of sin — especially the sin of INdependence.  Thank You that fresh conviction enables me to CONFESS and be freshly dead to my flesh and its confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, whose biggest need every day all day, is training in cluelessness, that the seculars around him might actually want something he has

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I work harrrd at being a wonderful person.

Why?  I want others to believe I’m wonderful and DAVE wants to believe it too.  But I’m coming to see that it’s not what I DO that reveals how wonderful or horrible I am, but rather what I THINK.  And nobody knows that but Dave.  And Jesus.  Truth is, I’m NOT a wonderful person.  Oh I’ve loved and served many, many people, who are convinced I’m wonderful, because I’m good at being credible, believable.  And while I DO care for others, deeply, and enjoy them, there’s a dark side to my loving/serving them well, that’s rooted in my wounds from childhood that made me feel rejected, worthless, and my subsequent, unconscious strategy to be wonderful to prove to myself and others, that I’m not worthless.

As I’m more aware of the real Dave’sFlesh, I dowannabe working so harrrd to be something I am not.  All my life, I’ve tried to be something I’m not, and becoming a Christian at age 24, just exacerbated the problem.  Since then, I’ve tried even harrrrder to be wonderful — a wonderful Christian.  The bar is higher, the pressures greater.  So it’s a relief to come out of the closet today about who my flesh really is.  I’d like to work less hard at being wonderful, but I’ve been at this for so long, that I’m not even sure where to begin, to change, or even HOW to be different than I am.  Maybe just being more aware of my dark side of why I serve others, will help.  I hope so.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, that Christians, including DAVE, might have integrity/authenticity with seculars, so we’re not stumbling blocks to them considering/embracing Jesus, and so Christians with unusual self-awareness might feel less lonely — have believing friends to whom they can relate

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Why do you need to be more self-aware?

Because you live in denial of how little you really believe in the sovereignty of Jesus.  How do I know that?  Because you suppress your feelings of fear, frustration, discouragement, boredom.  And that’s why you feel ALONE so much of the time: UP TO YOU.  Your biggest need, all day, every day, is to CONFESS your unbelief in the sovereignty of Jesus, so you can have fresh faith to believe, rest, trust, and experience the other-worldly peace for someone in your circumstances.  And if, after confessing, if you still struggle to believe, read Scripture on the sovereignty, providence, of God, or listen to sermons on the subject at sermonaudio.com.  You IMAGINE yourself a believer in the sovereignty of Jesus, but you are a functioning unbeliever, with no advantage over an atheist in the way you go through your day.  UP TO YOU.  In charge of your life and circumstances.  Without the benefit of Jesus.  Alone.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preaching to himself, that he might have something the seculars around him actually want

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