Your circumstances are not YOUR problem,

they are Jesus’ problem.  You are NOT in charge of your life.  He is.  You are not alone in all that you face today.  Jesus has this.  CONFESS your lack of curiosity and expectancy as to what He does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances, so you can experience afresh the other-worldly peace that is so-vastly superior to that produced by human understanding.  And if after CONFESSing, you still don’t have this amazing peace, I’m guessing there is yet-MORE unbelief you are not-yet aware of.  So ASK for the Spirit afresh, and claim the promise in Luke 11 that if we ask for the Spirit, He will give us His Spirit: fresh conviction of sin.  And surrender the timetable as to when the promise will be answered.  Maybe instantly, maybe not.  You don’t know what’s best, but He DOES.

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

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When I’m freshly undone, contrite, sane,

because of the Spirit’s fresh conviction of my pride/INdependence/worldliness, I enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, all according to the genius plan of SovereignShepherdJesus.  I ooze with patience.  Otherwise, I’m JudgeDave, CompetitiveDave, secretly analyzing, critiquing, judging, looking for ways to feel/be superior to everyone everywhere, yearning for opponents to FAIL, humiliate themselves, in sporting events, politics, or other areas of life.  NO mercy/compassion, except for MY side, MY team, folks who agree with ME. And strangely, NO compassion for myself — for JudgeDave, who is even harder on himself than others, cruel taskmaster, always wanting to be better.  Pride, not humility.  But like all leaders, politicians, gifted at APPEARing humble, compassionate, merciful, wonderful.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, always needing a fresh work of the Spirit so he experiences fresh sanity — fresh love for self, others, Jesus, and His genius plan

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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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