The pathway to happiness,

is following Jesus’ agenda, not Dave’s agenda.  What does it look like when I follow Dave’s agenda?  Hurried, worried, intense, stressed, competitive, critical-judgmental, circumstance-dependent for my joy and peace.  Following Jesus’ agenda?  Clueless-I-know-what’s-best, confident Jesus knows, curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, THANKing Him for everything — especially the harrrd, enjoying Him and His genius plan for everyone and everything, just as things are, experiencing an other-worldly peace that defies description.  Problem is I never follow Jesus’ agenda unless Jesus’ Spirit is working in me, freshly convicting me of the sin of INdependence, following Dave’s agenda.  I get zero credit, zero glory, for those times I’m freshly following Jesus and His agenda.  Ahhh, the bliss of Jesus-dependency.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, wondering if the seculars around him are noticing any difference at times

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If you frequently feel BEHIND,

need more hours in the day, you’re just like DAVE, with an agenda for every situation — an agenda rooted in my flesh’s confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  My flesh puts enormous pressure on me not to embarrass myself, not be late, NOT GET BEHIND in my work.  Only INdependents have agendas, feel pressure, feel alone, are intense, hurried, impatient, while Jesus-dependents, beloved dumb sheep, just have fun being directed by their SovereignShepherdJesus to the good grass.  Ahhh.  Jesus-agenda not Dave-agenda.

I’m never a Jesus-dependent except when I’ve been freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/pride/worldliness/unbelief-in-the-sovereignty-of-Jesus.  And it doesn’t last long, because the message of INdependency comes at me from every direction: “It’s normal, human, okay to be INdependent because DEpendency is for children, and pathetic adults.”

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, in hopes that Christians might have the other-worldly peace that seculars actually want

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GospelFriendships Financial Update

We finished 2018 $3400 in the red, so I’m asking the Board to reduce my salary from $30,000 to $26,500.  Always good for me to be reminded that this is Jesus’ ministry, not Dave’s.  And that He’s never failed to provide for Janet and me.  Helps me to THANK Him for His genius plan, which helps me be curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Feels so good to not feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life or ministry.  Right now.  This afternoon?  Who KNOWS?  🙂

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

If you have an easy life,

you don’t really need to be reminded over and over about the sovereign reign of Jesus over every life and every thing.  But.  If your life is harrrd?  You need much-stronger medicine than a healthy devotional life, especially if you are unusually self-aware — in touch with your feelings.  If you don’t focus on Scripture that clearly teaches the sovereignty and providence of God, and/or listen to sermons on these subjects from say, sermonaudio.com, I don’t see how you’ll survive with any measure of peace and joy.  You’ll face the harrrd circumstances feeling ALONE, and in CHARGE of your life, terrorized by your circumstances, instead of enjoying Jesus, curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, voice of experience speaking, and still needing over-and-over reminding

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The more Jesus grows us in self-awareness,

the more we see our flesh’s pervasive influence on every area of our lives, and the root of it all — the confidence-it-knows-what’s-best.  Until we are unusually self-aware it seems normal to us, to feel like our lives are UP TO US, like we are SUPPOSED to make good decisions, and we have the wherewithal to do that, in the power of us.  We simply will not grasp this pervasive problem of INdependence in our lives, leaning on our own understanding, being wise in our own eyes, that feeds the massive control addiction each of us have.  Impossible to try and control my world, unless I am confident-I-know-what’s-best, so I don’t ASK Jesus, and I  know what’s thankable and what’s not, and I am NOT curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Alone.  Pressure.  Stress.  Without a contagious peace that is compelling to the seculars around me.

— ControlFreakDave, undergoing overhaul by Jesus, enabling him to take baby steps in a healthier direction, but still a toddler

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The Thanksgiving holiday is very-dangerous

for followers of Jesus, seems to me, because thanking Him for the easily-thankable, obviously-thankable, reinforces control addiction, and surprisingly leads us into an INdependency that encourages God-bless-my-agenda kinda praying by believers, confident-we-know-what’s-best, confident we know how to direct the CreatorSustainer of the Universe.

Thanking Jesus for the harrrd is commanded in Scripture.  Thanking Him for the easy, is also commanded, but way-more dangerous.  When I ONLY thank Him for the obviously-thankable — when things go my way, when my flesh APPROVES of the outcome, CHEERS the outcome, I’m being lured into a destructive INdependency/control-addiction — an attempt to control my circumstances based on my confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  INdependency, not Jesus-dependency.

Impossible to have an agenda unless I’m confident-I-know-what’s-best.  Pride, not humility.  The unhappiest Christians are confident-they-know-what’s-thankable-and-what’s-not, and they ONLY thank Him for the easily-thankable — things going their way.  It’s sooo tempting to thank Jesus when things go your way.  Beware.  It’s a subtle trap.  Instead, in all circumstances, it helps me to thank Him for His genius plan.

I’m not at-all opposed to the Thanksgiving holiday, just pointing out what sees to me its danger.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, that believers might be compelling to the seculars around us

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Your biggest problem today,

is your agenda.  Can’t have an agenda unless you’re confident-you-know-what’s-best, wise in your own eyes, leaning on your own understanding, circumstance-dependent for your joy and peace, easily irritated if anything/anyone gets in your way.

Your biggest NEED today,

is to follow Jesus’ agenda, which means being freshly DEAD to your own.  DEpendent, not INdependent.  Curious/expectant to see what SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances.  Ahhh.  Enjoying everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are.  Ahhh.  THANKing Jesus for evathang, which is a form of CONFESSion that He knows better than your flesh, what you need.

— AgendafiedDave, preachin to himself, always needing fresh conviction of the sin of INdependence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best/pride

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How to get peace that passes understanding.

The other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace provided by human understanding/wisdom that is always momentary, always fleeting, so the believer is like a wave of the sea, tossed to and fro.  Only Jesus-dependents experience this other-worldly peace.

So how do I become more Jesus-dependent, more DumbSheepDave, more humble, less INdependent, less ShepherdDave, less proud?  Impossible, apart from the Spirit’s freshly convicting me of the sin of INdependence/confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  CONFESSion when convicted, is the starting place for fresh faith/dependency/humility.  I can ASK for the Spirit, claiming the promise of Luke 11 that if we ASK for the Spirit, He will give us His Spirit — fresh conviction of sin.  And it’s good to surrender the timetable in which He answers, because I dunno what’s best for me, and I believe a little bit that my SovereignShepherdJesus DOES.  So it’s also good to CONFESS my unbelief in His sovereign reign over every detail of my life.  Ahhhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, convinced that Christians — including DAVE, would be way-more fruitful with seculars if we were experiencing more of this peace that passes understanding

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