A humble believer doesn’t get

weary of confessing.  Only the proud believer.  The humble believer is focused on Jesus’ performance — the proud believer, on his own performance.  I don’t know any humble believers.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Why do you have harrrrd today?

You are being retrained in Jesus-dependency, and you NEED the harrrd, because easy has never done anything for your Jesus-dependency.  Why do others have easIER than you?  Domatter.  Quit focusing on them, and focus on YOUR need, due to your off-the-charts confidence-you-know-what’s-best.  This INdependence in you is being slowly rooted out, and being replaced by a dependency on Jesus — where you embrace like never before, your cluelessness-you-know-what’s-best.  Jesus is causing you to be more-and-more disillusioned with your flesh’s interpretation of reality.  Your flesh has you convinced that it knows what’ll make you happy, or happIER.  You need more disillusionment, and that’s why you have harrrd.  All your friends and family would vote for much easIER for you, but we dunno anymore than our flesh knows, and your flesh knows, about how to make you happIER.  Jesus knows.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preachin to himself again, cuz he forgets

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Thank You, Jesus, that I dunno how

to live in Your world, but am an expert at living in Dave’s world, where everything is run by us humans, especially DAVE.  Thank You, that if I’m not rescued from myself — rescued from this prison, that I’ll go through my day feeling that my life is up to ME.  Thank You that all my knowledge from 76 years of living on Planet Earth, does not enable me to live in Your world as a Jesus-dependent, that I need Your Spirit freshly convicting me of the sin of INdependence.  PRISON BREAK.  Thank You that I’m such a great example of a bad example of a Jesus-dependent.  Thank You that grace is for INdependents whose INdependence has been revealed to them by Your Spirit, so they can CONFESS and be momentarily DEpendent, sane, at peace.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, needy as ever for the Spirit’s fresh work, so the seculars around him might be drawn to the Jesus in him

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When Jesus thwarts our plans

it’s a BLESSing.  Huh?  And when He gives us what we want, it’s a CURSE.  Huh?  YES.  The same Curse that humans have experienced since The Fall.  When we get what we WANT, our flesh is stroked in confidence-we-know-what’s-best, so we pray for more of what we WANT, and work really harrrd to get what we WANT, and we become hopeless control-addicts, living in denial of our addiction.  Saltless.  Fruitless.  Seed cast on thorny soil that does not reproduce.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, neediest of all Christians in having his eyes opened during his day to see his INdependent/confident-he-knows-best ways, so he might experience the bliss of Jesus-dependency, so he might overflow with Jesus’ love and humility, so the seculars around him might actually want something he has

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Being efficient seems so noble,

so admirable, such a good thing.  But.  It’s a heavvvy load having an efficiency idol.  Being a perfectionist about efficiency is just the WORST.  Obsessing as much over minutia as I do really-big deals, is worse than being in prison.  It’s a Curse imagining that I know what’ll make me happy.  Those unbothered by such idolatry might snicker, but each Christian has a biggest idol — some of us have more than one biggest idol, and idols suck the LIFE out of us, robbing us of the joy and peace that’s ours in Jesus.  Jesus is not ENOUGH for idolators.  We want something MORE.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, Chief Obsessor, living under a heavvvy load, EXCEPT when freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness, so he’s momentarily experiencing the bliss of Jesus-dependency

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Your circumstances today

have been carefully crafted by Jesus, for your good and His glory.  When you believe this, you will be curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances.  If you struggle to believe this, struggle to THANK Him for everything just as it is, including the harrrrd, CONFESS your unbelief in His sovereign reign over every detail of your life, and your INdependence/pride/confidence-you-know-what’s-thankable.  Ahhhh.  A taste of Heaven.  Not your problem, not your life to live — He’s living His life through you.

— 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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It feels WRONG

to be so dependent on You, Jesus, that I dunno yet where to eat lunch today, what to wear, when to do the things on my to-do list for today, which to do first.  DEpendency feels WRONG to my flesh, and to the world around me.  DEpendency is to be AVOIDED at all costs.  INdependency requires that I be confident-I-know-what’s-best, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding.  Feels RIGHT to my flesh.  Feels WRONG to be clueless-I-know-what’s-best.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, needing to be rescued from himself, by Jesus’ Spirit, so he might be returned — at least momentarily, to the bliss of DEpendency

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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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