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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When you are facing scary or overwhelming

circumstances, go to 2 Chronicles 20:1-24.  Read the passage.  I have the following sentences from this passage, underlined in my Bible.  “For we have no power to face this vast army attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  And later, “Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  And later, “Stand still and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.”

No matter how harrrrd and how impossible and how scary your circumstances SEEM, and no matter how dysfunctional you are, you are not YOUR problem, but you are HIS problem.  This passage is for YOU.  And me.

Helps me so much to say over and over, “Thank You, Daddy, thank You, Jesus, thank You, Holy Spirit,” reminding me of His totally-sovereign reign over everything in my life.  The Israelites under Jehoshaphat THANKed God in the face of scary.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships

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Why do you need to be more self-aware?

Because you live in denial of how little you really believe in the sovereignty of Jesus.  How do I know that?  Because you suppress your feelings of fear, frustration, discouragement, boredom.  And that’s why you feel ALONE so much of the time: UP TO YOU.  Your biggest need, all day, every day, is to CONFESS your unbelief in the sovereignty of Jesus, so you can have fresh faith to believe, rest, trust, and experience the other-worldly peace for someone in your circumstances.  And if, after confessing, if you still struggle to believe, read Scripture on the sovereignty, providence, of God, or listen to sermons on the subject at sermonaudio.com.  You IMAGINE yourself a believer in the sovereignty of Jesus, but you are a functioning unbeliever, with no advantage over an atheist in the way you go through your day.  UP TO YOU.  In charge of your life and circumstances.  Without the benefit of Jesus.  Alone.

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

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You won’t experience the benefit of Jesus,

unless you’re living in His world, enjoying Him and His creation and His management of everything and everyone, including YOU, just as you are.  When I live in Dave’s world, I’m oppressed, intense, driven to excellence, consumed with proving myself worthy and avoiding failure/humiliation.  Exhausting.

But when I live in Jesus’ world I experience an other-worldly peace that has nothing to do with my circumstances, because I’m a not a gladiator on the field of battle like in Dave’s world, but rather a SPECTATOR sitting in the bleachers, enjoying everything, without a dog in the hunt, clueless-about-what’s-best-for-anyone, curious and expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Ahhh, Jesus-dependency.

The only problem is, I’m powerless to move from Dave’s world, back to Jesus’ world.  Only when the Spirit opens my eyes to see my sin of INdependence.  Thank You, Jesus, for those times!  And thank You for the other times, that make me miserable enough to want You and Your world.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, havin more fun than ever, sometimes
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