Self-awareness commended in Proverbs 14:8.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways [pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, reactions as they go through their day],

“but the folly of fools is deception.” [self-deception about our independence/pride/confidence-we-know-what’s-best, not to mention others-deception, by being less than transparent, or worse].

We independents are fools.  The wise, however, are dependent, childlike, clueless-about-what’s-best, ASKing Jesus and THANKing Jesus, about evathang, curious and expectant to see what SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in the dependent, others, circumstances.

—ShepherdDave, who only sees the problem when he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of independence/pride, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/Jesus-contentment/Jesus-humility, clueless-he-knows-what’s-best, curious/expectant to see what his SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, so the seculars around him might experience the love of Jesus

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What’s better than somebodiness/success?

Not needing somebodiness/success.  What’s better than being respected, admired, envied?  Having a healthy-indifference to anyone’s respect, admiration, envy of me.

How does one obtain a healthy-indifference to the somebodiness his flesh CRAVES?  Jesus provides this to those who are aware of the problem and want help — who want to be rescued from the prison of approval addiction — not just others’ approval, but my own approval of me.

Self-awareness without self-acceptance is a miserable existence.  Most live in denial of their misery.  I’ve not been very-self-aware or very-self-accepting all my life, until recent years.  A free ebook, that I didn’t write, has been used of Jesus to grow me much-more-self-aware and much-more-self-accepting.  Much-more healthy-indifference.  If you’d like a copy of the book, and my notes about how Jesus has used it in my life, lemme know.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Success is very dangerous,

including ministry success, parenting success, because it’s addictive.  Success ain’ta bad thing, but it’s very dangerous.  It strokes us in wanting more.  And more.  Never satisfied.  Bottomless pit of need in the ambitious, hard-worker.  And homemaker.  And the worst part, is the unrelenting pressure 24/7.  Self-imposed pressure.  Unrecognized pressure.  It’s such a part of one’s life, it’s invisible.  Circumstance-dependent for joy and peace.  A picture of addiction to one’s own worthiness.  Terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad way to live.  Addiction prison.

–ShepherdDave, chief addict, except when he’s been freshly convicted of being unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/Jesus-contentment/Jesus-humility, to the seculars around him might experience the love of Jesus

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The worst evangelist,

is the chief encourager – positive thinker.  “You can do this, my secular friend.”  The next best is the chief expert — overwhelming with Scripture.  The next best is the chief accuser – helping others see the sin to which they are blind.  But the best – the one most likely to be used of the Spirit to transform lives, is the chief confessor.  The chief remover of logs from his own eye.

The chief confessor has a healthy indifference as to what seculars do with Jesus, and this is extremely important.  No one likes a pushy salesman or his message — the best ones, have a healthy indifference as to whether you buy or not.  Over time, the chief confessor creates a safe environment in relationship with a secular friend, where the defensive secular has the freedom to look inside to see how much worse he is than imagined, where it’s safe to maybe join the chief confessor as a struggler at following God, see his bigtime need for Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he is overwhelmed with Him, amazed by His unconditional grace/love.

So how does a believer become a chief confessor?  Only by the work of the Spirit, freshly convicting of sin, especially the sin of independence/confidence-I-know-what’s-best-and-what’s-thankable/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness, so the believer oozes with other-worldly humility and other-worldly love, thanking Jesus about everything just as it is.

–ShepherdDave, who is never the chief confessor, unless he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of independence/pride, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, liberated about what others think about him, and what he thinks about himself, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility/cluelessness-he-knows-what’s-best, so the seculars around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus

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Powerful story.

Ten-minute video.  Compelling, convicting-and-therefore-faith-building, about the benefit of suffering.  I loved it.  Caused me to order her book, and I rarely buy books these days.  My ADD.  I don’t even like long articles.  Book hasn’t been delivered yet.

http://www.desiringgod.org/vaneetha#modal-195039459

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Jesus has been deprogramming me

from the worldly brainwashing I’ve been receiving all my life — outside the Church, and INside, that humans know what’s best, that I’m supposed to be wise in my own eyes, lean on my own understanding, be confident-I-know-what’s-best.  And He’s been using my car.  Driving all alone, as I pay attention to my thoughts, feelings, reactions, I’m seeing this confidence in me in every situation.  Impossible to be impatient, hurried, without being confident-I-know-what’s-best.  Impossible to be competitive, wannabe superior.  Impossible to judge others.  The root of all my idolatry/sin, is confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  Jesus and His imputed worthiness are unsatisfying to a worldly/independent/confident-he-knows-what’s-best.  Half the solution is recognizing the problem.  Unconfessed sin is like being an addict and not even knowing it.

—MorePatientThanEverDave, feeling loved on by Jesus

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My flesh wants PAINLESS sanctification!

My flesh (ShepherdDave) is suffering-avoidant, and really wants to be more Jesus-dependent/faith-filled but wants pain-free growth.  What ShepherdDave doesn’t understand, is that suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency/humility/contentment.  ShepherdDave doesn’t wanna hear about suffering.  He wants EASY.  None of this harrrd stuff.  No adversity.  Wants everything going his way.

Why does ShepherdDave want to be more faith-filled, fruitful with the lost, Jesus-dependent, holy, godly, obedient, loving, humble?  So he can feel good about himself.  ShepherdDave’s motivation for following Jesus is self-centered.  ShepherdDave is way-more concerned about his own glory, than Jesus’ glory.  The imputed worthiness of Jesus is UNsatisfying to ShepherdDave.  He wants some worthiness of his OWN.

—DumbSheepDave, for the moment, because of fresh conviction of sin, having compassion on pathetic ShepherdDave this morning, because ShepherdDave is so clueless about how to find happiness, but so confident-he-knows, so confident his idols/addictions will deliver

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Wow.

Tears in my eyes.  Makes me wanna move to urban St Louis and be part of Mike Higgins’ church.  I would love for Mike to be my pastor.  I would love to be a part of what Jesus is doing in this church.

http://byfaithonline.com/film-about-pca-pastor-earns-critical-recognition/

I met Mike and Renee when I was their discipler at Sonship Week in 1999 in Chattanooga, when Mike was the Assoc Pastor of New City Fellowship there.  I remember how awkward I felt, as a white guy, trying to tell a black couple about anything spiritual, in light of the paternalistic history of whites toward blacks in America, and in the light of how-much-more suffering black believers have endured.  And I told them that.  They were so gracious toward me.  And then Mike took a church in Atlanta, and now St Louis, while also being Dean of Students at Covenant Seminary.  But Jesus used this film to touch something deep within me. I’m struggling here, trying to explain it.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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