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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Why does obedience feel good?

Because I know it’s the right thing, and I love feeling like a wonderful Christian.  Problem is, when I fail in any way, I feel like a loser/failure, and when I’m bummed by my failure, my dissatisfaction with Jesus and His imputed worthiness is EXPOSED, and I no longer imagine myself a wonderful Christian.  Grace is not for wonderful Christians.  Grace is for failures.  Only sinners qualify for grace.  Jesus is only helpful — has something to offer, to sinners, failures.

Thank You, Jesus, for the work of Your Spirit EXPOSING my real flesh to myself.  My Christian life is all about ME and my performance, not You and Your imputed performance.  Thank You that grace is for sinners, and that I QUALIFY for grace, because I’m such a great example of a bad example of a Christian.  Your Spirit’s fresh work provides me with fresh grace/humility/self-acceptance that enables me to be freshly dead to my flesh and its desires.  Ahhh.  Problem is, it doesn’t last long, because my hungry-needy flesh is vulnerable to the performance-addicted world around me, outside the Church, and inside too.  So I never stop needing Your Spirit’s work in my life.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians, especially DAVE, so we might actually have the joy and peace seculars want

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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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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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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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The yoke of INdependency

feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders — alone, adultlike, UP TO ME, heavy, pressure.  But Jesus offers me His radical yoke of DEpendency — light as a feather.  Not radical for a child, but radical for an adult.  Adults in this world are supposed to be INdependent, wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, confident-we-know-what’s-best.  DEpendency is for children, the weak, pathetic.

When I’m wearing Jesus’ yoke of DEpendency I am clueless-I-know-what’s-best, because I’m trusting that SovereignJesus knows best, and His genius plan is dependable.  Childlike, not adultlike.  Peaceful, not pressured.  Humble, not prideful.  Indifferent to being pitied for my cluelessness, not needing to be admired, envied, for my adultlike wisdom/understanding.  Curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Experiencing the other-worldly peace offered in the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus — so different from the right-side-up kingdom of this world, where we live under the Curse of INdependence.

So, how do you freshly get Jesus’ yoke?  The Spirit needs to freshly convict you, so you can freshly CONFESS your INdependence.  And every time you spot it throughout your day, that’s the Spirit convicting you.  CONFESS.  Don’t try harder to be Jesus-dependent.  CONFESS.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Jesus-dependency to Christians — especially DAVE, so we might actually have the other-worldly peace that all humans want, so the seculars around us might be interested, compelled

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