When I obsess over purchasing

decisions, or any decisions, or any situation, I NEVER have sovereignty-awareness, so I am NEVER curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, so I have NOT the benefit of Jesus in this life — I feel ALONE and in CHARGE.  My life is UP TO DAVE.  Just like any atheist.  

I never experience relief from this oppression until the Spirit freshly opens my eyes to see my unbelief in the sovereignty of Jesus over every detail of my life.  Ahhh.  Tis so sweet when Jesus is freshly Lord of my life, instead of my human-wisdom.  

Why do I obsess over some purchasing decisions?  I dowanna have ANY regrets, wanna feel worthy.  Pride, not humility.  The humble are not afraid to fail, make mistakes.  The humble LEARN from their mistakes, and thrive.  The proud live under inordinate stress, and are sometimes paralyzed by fear of failure.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, never humble unless the Spirit freshly convicts him of his unbelief, and it doesn’t last long, because of his human-wisdom and the human-wisdom of others — especially experts

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When you face rugged, brutal circumstances,

you don’t have the luxury of a healthy devotional life — you need extraordinary devotional life.  If the total sovereignty of Jesus is not central to your devotional life, to your experience as you go through your day, you will be angry, or living in denial, or hopelessly depressed — the least challenges will feel overwhelming.  Sovereignty-awareness won’t change your circumstances, but you will see the PURPOSE for your suffering — for Jesus to grow you yet-more dependent on Him, and less dependent on your human-wisdom, and the human-wisdom of others. 

Suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/Jesus-dependency.  And there is nothing in this life that compares with Jesus-dependency.  Jesus uses suffering to disillusion us about trusting our human-wisdom, and this gift is precious beyond words.  By far our biggest need as believers, is to be yet-more disillusioned about human-wisdom.  Costly, but a BARGAIN.

Only Jesus makes sense of suffering.  Only extreme sufferers need Jesus to get through the day.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, voice of experience speaking

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A go-fer receives enlightenment

about the Boss’ plan, on a need-to-know timetable.  The human-wisdom of a go-fer HATES trusting the Boss, wants to know what’s ahead, and HATES being a go-fer.  The happiest go-fers follow the Boss, are content with not knowing, because they realize they aren’t paid to think, but just follow directions from the Boss on a need-to-know basis.  The happiest go-fers are the humble ones, thankful to have a job, be lovingly-cared-for by the Boss.  The happiest go-fers are content for all glory/credit to go to the Boss, no need for any of their own.

The unhappiest go-fers wannabe boss of their own lives, captain of their souls, master of their fate.  Willful, entitled, agendafied, self-absorbed.  And unfruitful with seculars.

So what can we go-fers do when we realize we HATE not knowing, HATE being lowly go-fers?  CONFESS our pride, our unbelief in the genius plan of the Boss.  Ahhh.  Nicest, kindest thing the Boss ever does for us go-fers is to freshly open our eyes to see the problem.   

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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My biggest need is not a plan,

but a Savior.  I don’t have a one-year plan, or a five-year plan.  JESUS is my plan.  Being curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, is DAVE’S biggest need.  All my life I’ve had plans, and what good have they done me?  They made me a control-freak perfectionist, obsessing over the execution of my plans.  What a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad way to live.  Ruined my body with unnecessary stress.  

I have resigned as the CEO of my life and ministry, and asked Jesus to take charge, direct me.  I do so much better when HE is the Boss, and Dave is the go-fer.  Go fer this, and go fer that.  Go-fers are not paid to THINK, but to follow directions.  Go-fers are not INdependent, but DEpendent.  When a go-fer runs up against a problem, he whips out his cell phone and calls the Boss.  Go-fers do NOTHing on their own.

So what happens when I forget who’s the Boss, and take charge of my life?  I lose the peace that surpasses human-understanding — I lose the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.  Including His POWER.  And His humility.  So I lose with seculars.  When the Spirit opens my eyes afresh to see my INdependence, I CONFESS.  Ahhh, back to being GoFerDave.  The starting place for fresh faith, fresh dependency, is fresh conviction of sin.

Problem with being a go-fer, is that I get no credit for anything.  No glory.  All the glory goes to the Boss.  I give up my worthiness to experience a joy and a peace that have NOTHING to do with my circumstances.  BARGAIN.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, being Your dependent, Jesus.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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All angry Christians

are self-righteous/prideful.  All Christians trying to fix/change other humans, unless asked, are self-righteous/prideful, leaning on their own understanding, wise in their own eyes.  Human-wisdom-reliant.  Includes government-forced morality on others.  The conscience is reached by love and humility, but forced-morality is resented and resisted.  The biggest problem with democracy is that the majority attempts to force its morality on the rest.  Bitter divisiveness, like we have today, with both sides fighting for a majority.  Democracy only works with humble humans. 

All humble Christians are enabled by Jesus to enjoy/love everyone just as we are, today, and everything just as it is, today, no matter how wrong, stupid, unjust, unfair.  All humble Christians see Jesus behind everyone and everything, all according to His genius plan.  All humble Christians are THANKful for everyone just as we are, today, and everything just as it is today, no matter how wrong, stupid, unjust, unfair, all according to Jesus’ genius plan.  All humble Christians are transparent/honest when hurt by others, not stuffing, but not demanding others change.  All humble Christians are unusually-self-aware and unusually-self-accepting, therefore quick to see and confess their sin/idolatry, are not defensive at all when criticized or ridiculed.  All humble Christians experience happiness — joy and peace that has nothing to do with their circumstances.  All humble Christians are seed sown on fertile soil that reproduce a hundredfold.  All self-righteous/prideful Christians are seed sown on thorny soil, choked by the cares of this world, and do not reproduce.

I’m not saying, do nothing.  I’m saying Jesus isn’t Lord — our human-wisdom IS.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian

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I care about the WRONG things

when I’m human-wisdom-reliant, and it’s like being in prison, being in bondage, being addicted — a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad way to go through my day.  Wrong things like my performance, reputation, worthiness — even things like my emotional health and spiritual health.  When I DON’T care about those lesser things, it’s ALWAYS because the Spirit has freshly opened my eyes to see the stupidity of my human-wisdom-reliance, which has NEVER delivered happiness to me.

Happiness is caring about ONE thing — that my name is written in Heaven, which means I have the imputed worthiness of Jesus, needing NONE of my own, which means HE is Lord of my life, not my human-wisdom, so I’m eager to fix my eyes and thoughts on Him to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.  My human-wisdom gets zero credit for any Jesus-dependent happiness I experience.  Work of His Spirit.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not good at practicing what he preaches, so he keeps preaching to himself

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When I’m encouraged

by encouraging circumstances, I’m depending on my flesh — human-wisdom-dependency, not Jesus-dependency.  Same for discouraging circumstances.  How do I KNOW what’s best or worst for me, and those I love?  My human-wisdom tells me.

Scripture, however, commands me to NOT lean on my own understanding, NOT be wise in my own eyes, but rather fix my eyes and thoughts on Jesus, to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Jesus knows what’s best or worst.  My human-wisdom does NOT know, nor does the human-wisdom of others — especially experts. 

Only Jesus-dependency delivers happiness — joy and peace that are NOT circumstance-dependent.  Human-wisdom-dependency delivers bondage, addiction, misery, unless my circumstances momentarily go the way my human-wisdom deems best.  No wonder the Church has so little influence on our society today.  We Christians are way-more human-wisdom-dependent than Jesus-dependent.  So we operate with human-power, not Jesus-power.

So whadda I do when I suddenly realize I’m human-wisdom-reliant — feeling the challenges of my day are UP TO ME?  CONFESS my unbelief in His sovereign reign over every detail of my life.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships 

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We Christians are the most-competitive humans,

in my experience.  Wait, Dave, I’m not competitive.  Really?  Not all competitives are sports fans.  Competitive means judging others and their creations — thumbs up, down, or just okay.  Competitives who are unusually self-aware secretly ENJOY seeing others fail, mess up like we do, or worse than us — especially opponents, enemies.  So we feel superior by comparison.  Or inferior.  It feels good when we spot weaknesses in others, because it makes us feel better about ourselves.  Pride, not humility.  A turnoff to discerning seculars around us who smell our pride.

Okay, Dave, so why do you think Christians are worse than other humans?  Because even in grace-centered churches, we all wannabe good Christians — good examples, not [shudder] bad examples.  So our personal performance is a big deal to us, when actually, it oughtabe no big deal.  Our personal performance is filthy rags.  Only Jesus’ performance counts for anything.  Except my human-wisdom/flesh, doesn’t agree, and wants me to avoid failure, deliver success.  Causes me to be defensive, hate criticism.  Pride, not humility.  

So what’s the opposite of being competitive?  Being an observer/enjoyer of everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, all according to Jesus’ genius plan.  Contented.  Observing — not performing, proving, judging, competing.  Curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in us, others, circumstances.  And when we fail?  CONFESS, instead of trying harder to enjoy everyone and everything.  CONFESSion under-rated, striving OVERrated in the Church today.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, great example of a bad example, but baby-steppin at times in a healthier direction, because of the convicting work of Jesus’ Spirit — no credit to DAVE

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