No more decisions, or agenda.

Wow, my body is so-much-more relaxed when I’m looking to Jesus for direction/agenda/decisions on every tiny detail of my life and ministry.  I’ve been praying for decades to be able to live and work out of communion with Jesus, and it’s been happening more than ever in my life lately.  Wow.  Especially when I’m driving my car, all alone.  I’m so laid back that I drive the SPEED LIMIT for the first time in my LIFE — and enjoy it, and don’t mind traffic signals and following little old ladies in Buicks poking along.  You’d only be amazed if you’d have known me, ridden with me, over the past sixty years of driving.

As He has been growing me much-more self-aware in recent years, I’ve come to realize just how much of the time I have felt ALONE and in CHARGE of my life without even realizing it.  Unrecognized, unfelt pressure 24/7.  Trying to do too much.  Feeling behind.  Needing to hurry.  I can’t explain the reason for the difference lately, but it’s saweeet. 

Course, I fail all the time, but CONFESSing my human-wisdom-reliance gets me right back in the saddle of cluelessness-I-know-best/Jesus-wisdom-reliance/Jesus-dependency, curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT in me, others, circumstances.  Not my life, but His.  I’m not my problem, but His.  Life is so-much easier when I’m watching Jesus, instead of trying to manage the details of my life, while judging everyone else, their choices and creations.

Now admittedly, when I feel good, it’s way-easier to be an observer without judgment or agenda, surprisingly patient and content with whatever.  And when I feel lousy, it’s way-easier to be a prover/performer/judge/competitor, easily irritated, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, secretly rejoicing in the failure of others, and finding little joy even when circumstances momentarily go my way. 

The enemy of happiness is human-wisdom.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, feeling like he’s being handed something seculars might actually want

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What is Jesus-wisdom?

Doing NOTHing on our own, trusting NOT our human-wisdom or the human-wisdom of others, because we’re disillusioned with human-wisdom.  And, our eyes and thoughts are fixed on SovereignShepherdJesus, asking Him about everything, thanking Him about everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, clueless-we-know-what’s-best, trusting that He DOES.  

Jesus-wisdom-reliance is the pearl of great price, worth selling all to get.  Only Jesus-wisdom-reliance delivers Jesus-power — Jesus-dependency/sanity/other-worldly-peace/other-worldly-love, so we are fruitful with seculars.  Jesus-wisdom-reliance is a fruit of the Spirit’s work, convicting us of the sin of INdependence/human-wisdom-reliance.  We get zero credit for any experience of Jesus-wisdom-reliance. 

Solution to the problem?  CONFESS when you spot human-wisdom-reliance in you.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, a natural at human-wisdom-reliance, but encouraged at times, because of the Spirit’s work

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When circumstances rob your joy and peace,

whaddayado?  CONFESS your unbelief in the total sovereign reign of Jesus over every detail of your life.  Irritated with your boss, co-workers, job, yourself, spouse, kids, health, wealth, politicians, news media, where you live, how you live?  CONFESS that Jesus and His imputed worthiness are NOT ENOUGH for you.  THANK Him for your frustrating circumstances that are an invitation from Him to draw closer.  If you REALLY wannabe irritated with someone, get mad at Jesus!  You dowanna believe He’s behind everyone and everything, because you’d rather be irritated than confess.  Feels good to be irritated.  Feels superior.

What you HAVE is exactly what you NEED, right now, for Jesus to do the work in you that needs doin.  So WHAT if your flesh doesn’t like your circumstances?  DOMATTER what your flesh thinks.  Your flesh knows NOTHing about delivering happiness to you.  Jesus knows.

Your circumstances are NOT the big deal in your life.  The big deal is that your name is written in Heaven.  But for you right now, that’s a little deal.  You’re just like DAVE.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, unimpressive to the seculars around him, a failure a practicing what he preaches, except when freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence

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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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