When I’m not a happy camper,

I’m ALWAYS focused on the waves of my circumstances, instead of Jesus.  The secondary things in my life have become primary, and the PrimaryThing has become secondary.  Whyzat?  Human-wisdom-reliance — my human-wisdom and the human-wisdom of others, especially experts.  I’ve been snookered into believing a lie — that my life is UP TO DAVE, so I gotta fix myself.  And others too.  

When my eyes and thoughts are on Jesus — so the biggest deal in my life is my name being written in Heaven, I’m an observer, not a performer.  A spectator, not a gladiator.  Peaceful, not stressed.  Enjoying everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is — all according to the genius plan of Jesus, curious to see how He directs me next. 

There He is — behind him, and her, and everyone and everything.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a happy camper, except when freshly convicted of his unbelief in the sovereign reign of Jesus

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The problem with self-awareness,

is that the more you have of it, the less you’re able to handle the pressures of daily life, by yourself, without Jesus.  So you’re better off living in denial of what’s going on inside, if you want to live like most Christians live — as INdependents, weight of the world on your shoulders, UP TO YOU.  

The unusually self-aware are unable to survive without a lot of sovereignty-awareness as they go through their day.  The sovereignty of Jesus is way more than a biblical concept to the unusually self-aware — sovereignty-awareness is absolutely necessary to navigate the daily pressures of life with any measure of joy and peace.

The more self-aware you are, the more sensitive you are to your thoughts, feelings, reactions.  BUT.  This also makes you  more sensitive to those around you — especially those with whom you live and work closely.  Makes you a better lover of others, more humble, less self-absorbed, more others-absorbed, more fruitful with seculars, and others turned off to Christianity. 

How does more self-awareness produce more humility?  You’re more AWARE of your sin — of what a great example of a bad example you are, so you confess a lot more and judge a lot less.  More undone, more contrite.  

Growth in self-awareness is a work of Jesus’ Spirit, opening your eyes more and more to the Jesus-neediness you never saw so clearly, previously.  Jesus is a much-bigger deal to the unusually self-aware.  The unusually self-aware are not BETTER than other Christians, but our human-wisdom wants us to BELIEVE we are.  Only Jesus gets any credit for the growth of self-awareness in a Christian.

Is there anything one can do to nurture growth in self-awareness?  Yes, when all alone in your car, turn off the radio and pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, reactions.  Over time, you’ll become depressed at what’s inside of you, unless you have both Gospel-awareness and sovereignty-awareness.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian, but completely forgiven and completely enjoyed by the CreatorSustainer of the Universe, because of the imputed worthiness of Jesus

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Nothing you desire compares with

Jesus-dependency — the Lordship of Jesus in the details of your daily life, as contrasted with human-wisdom-dependency, where you are wise in your own eyes, leaning on your own understanding, circumstance-dependent for your joy and peace, uncurious and unexpectant about what Jesus does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances.  When you are human-wisdom-dependent as a Christian, you are to be pitied above all humans — for you have not the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.  And worse — you are seed cast on thorny soil that is choked by the cares of this world and does not reproduce.

“Wisdom (Jesus-dependency) is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.” Prov 8:11

So, Dave, how do I get Jesus-dependency/wisdom?  Whenever you are freshly convicted by the Spirit, of your human-wisdom-reliance, CONFESS your unbelief, your evil, your wickedness.  Ahhh.  Conviction of sin that leads to CONFESSion, is the starting place for fresh faith.  Ahhh.  Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.  But it doesn’t last long in MY experience, because of MY human-wisdom, and the human-wisdom of others — especially experts.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, freshly convicted by the Spirit using the message of Proverbs

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Why do I wannabe a model Christian?

Humble, contented, at peace, with contagious love?  Because Jesus and His imputed worthiness are UNsatisfying to me — to my human-wisdom, which is responsible for the dark side of my motivation for holiness.  It seems so noble to wannabe a model Christian.  One of the good guys.  A winner, not a [shudder] loser.  That’s my human-wisdom-reliance wanting some worthiness of my own.  Pride, not humility.

A humble Christian is not bummed by failure, by others’ disrespect, contempt.  A humble Christian is never defensive, fearful, frustrated, discouraged, or bored.  Contented with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, needing no other worthiness.  And the faith of a humble Christian is contagious to surrounding seculars.  Humble Christians reproduce.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian, and grateful that Jesus came for failures/sinners, that Dave qualifies for grace

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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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