I’m not alone!

And not in charge!  WOOOHOOOO! 

Resurrected Jesus is living His life through me, and He’s in charge.  So I can relax, and be curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Jesus is behind everyone and everything.  This is the reality according to Scripture.  The broadcast news, online news, print news, have a different reality, a human-centric, human-wisdom reality.  The talking heads and experts are foolishly missing the Big Picture.  If Jesus ain’t the center of my reality, I need a better, more-realistic reality.  Scripture.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preachin to himself, struggling to believe in the midst of all the news, needing reminders

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Frugality is next to godliness,

but only for spendthrifts.   For us frugal types, paying LIST PRICE is next to godliness — what repentance looks like for us, because we get so much artificial LIFE — fake worthiness, human-wisdom-worthiness, from a good deal, instead of being content with Jesus and His imputed worthiness.  Excruciatingly painful for us frugal types to pay list price, or even average price.  Pride, not humility.  Obsessing over brilliant purchasing decisions.

I’m not saying frugal types are sinning if we don’t pay list price.  I’m saying when the Spirit convicts us of our bargain idolatry, CONFESS.  Rather than imagining we’re as wonderful as our human-wisdom would have us believe.

​– Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, king of frugality, except when freshly convicted of being dissatisfied with Jesus 

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Whenever I feel pressure,

that’s my human-wisdom influencing me.  Whenever I feel peace that makes no sense for my stressful circumstances, that’s my Jesus and His Spirit at work in me — no agenda of my own, curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Observer — not a competitor/judge, enjoying everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, all according to His genius plan.  Ahhh.

So, whadda I do when I’m freaked out?  Eventually CONFESS, rather than trying harder to believe, surrender.  And if I’m still freaked, there’s something more I can’t-yet see to CONFESS.  Then I might ASK for the Spirit to open my eyes to see the TRUTH, good and bad, about me, others, circumstances.  So I can CONFESS.  Ahhh.

Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who gets zero credit for the work of Jesus and His Spirit in his life

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If I had MY way,

the way of my human-wisdom, I’d run things way differently than Jesus is running things.  My life would be way easier, and so would everyone else’s.  No suffering/harrrd.  My human-wisdom does NOT like Jesus’ genius plan.  My human-wisdom doesn’t CARE that suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/Jesus-dependency.  My human-wisdom HATES me trusting Jesus and His-wisdom, wants me trusting MY-wisdom.

And if human-wisdom had its way, grace would go to winners, not losers, failures.  But what my human-wisdom doesn’t see, is that Dave would get NO grace.  My human-wisdom sees me as a winner, not a [shudder] loser.  My human-wisdom lives in denial of reality.  My human-wisdom — like the human-wisdom of all humans, has a distorted sense of reality, so only a fool would trust my human-wisdom, or others’ human-wisdom.  That would be DAVE, except when the Spirit of Jesus freshly convicts me of human-wisdom-reliance so I’m freshly clueless-I-know-what’s-best for me or others, convinced that Jesus DOES, so my eyes and thoughts are fixed on Him — curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, so I freshly experience the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants.  Ahhh.

Thank You, Jesus, that the nicest, kindest, most-helpful thing you ever do for us kids of Yours, is to freshly convict us of the sin to which we’re currently blind.  Thank You for not giving us what our human-wisdom wants, but giving us what’s BEST for us.  Thank You for knowing what’s best, and that we do NOT know what’s best.  We believe this a little bit, but help our unbelief, and please forgive our unbelief.  Thank You that grace is for sinners/failures, and that we QUALIFY for Your grace.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Jesus only seems Lord of my life when

I have no agenda of my own — except being curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  When I have no agenda of my own I dunno what’s best for me or others, and I’m just an observer without judgment or agenda, instead of a performer, prove-er, competitor.  Having no agenda of my own enables me to enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is.  When I have no agenda of my own, I’m the happiest, most peaceful.  No hurry, no worry.  And more importantly, I’m others-absorbed, rather than self-absorbed — enabled to unconditionally love the hardest to love.

But it feels WRONG to to my human-wisdom to not know what to do next — to not have an agenda of my own.  Every human has an agenda, so agenda seems normal, okay, to human-wisdom.  For me, following Jesus and His agenda, not my own, is not normal.  ABnormal.  Weird.  Being weird is becoming okay for me.  Jesus is making me weirder and weirder, according to human-wisdom.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, being retrained by Jesus is a better, more-dependent way of living, no longer trying to change Christians or nonChristians or himself

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I keep forgetting

that Jesus is in charge of my life, so I don’t have to be, so I don’t need to feel ALONE, feel pressure, feel behind.  Truth is, I’m NEVER behind, always right on His schedule.  But.  Not on the schedule of my human-wisdom.  So while my human-wisdom doesn’t believe it, my circumstances are PERFECT for me, for now, could not possibly be improved upon, could not be any-more perfect.  But you can’t convince my human-wisdom of this. 

Because I keep forgetting, I need a ho lotta fresh conviction of my UNBELIEF in Jesus and His sovereign reign over every detail of my life, so I can do a ho lotta CONFESSing.  CONFESSing is the only thing that brings me relief, sanity, freedom, the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants who don’t REALLY believe in His sovereign reign, which leaves us feeling ALONE and in CHARGE of our lives.  Reading the Bible is great, but only if the Spirit is USING the Bible, to convict me of the sin/idolatry to which I’ve recently been blind.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, being enabled by Jesus at times, to baby step in a way-better direction

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I only dread the future

when I’m human-wisdom-reliant, confident-I-know-what’s-best, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding.  Eyes on the waves of my circumstances, instead of Jesus.  So whadda I do when I realize I’m dreading?  CONFESS, hopefully.  Confession delivers happiness, relief.  Trying harder to believe better, do better, delivers misery, because the focus is on ME and MY performance, not Jesus and His performance, His sovereign reign.

And if confession doesn’t deliver happiness, relief?  There’s more to confess I haven’t yet seen.  So I ask for the Spirit to come afresh, maybe claiming the promise of Luke 11 that if we ask for the Spirit, He’ll give us the Spirit — fresh conviction of sin.  Ahhh.  The starting place for fresh faith, is fresh conviction of sin.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, becoming more-and-more disillusioned with his human-wisdom, because the Spirit has been convicting him more and more, hoping the seculars around him are noticing the difference 

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The news nourishes my human-wisdom,

causing me to feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life.  The news is not Jesus-centric, but human-wisdom-centric, so the news is dangerous to my Jesus-dependency, my happiness.  The news undermines the peace and joy that OUGHTABE mine in Jesus.  So I can only take news in small doses, together with LARGE doses of being reminded of Who’s in charge, and that humans only SEEM to be in charge.  All the news today is about COVID-19, and scary — not just for the pandemic implications, but for the coming Greater Depression around the world, following the greatest debt binge in the history of the world. 

I can only handle small doses of the news.  I need LARGE doses of the reality informed by Scripture — that Jesus is totally in charge, that I dunno what’s best, but He does, that human-wisdom-dependency delivers despair, while Jesus-dependency delivers sanity, peace, joy, even in the midst of the worst crisis imaginable. 

Jesus-dependency, faith, is a gift from Above.  I cannot generate it from within.  I get zero credit for any fresh faith, Jesus-dependency I experience.  The starting place for fresh faith, is fresh conviction of the sin of unbelief that Jesus is in charge, is worthy of my trust.  The nicest, kindest, sweetest, most-loving thing He ever does for us kids of His, is to freshly convict us of the sin to which we’re blind.  So we can CONFESS, and be freshly at peace, so we have what it takes to unconditionally love those around us, especially the hard to love.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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