Litmus-paper test for humility.

A humble Christian SMILES at self and others, rather than judging self and others — finding fault with self and others.  A humble Christian enjoys everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, seeing Jesus behind everyone and everything, all according to His genius plan.  Curious and expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  NEVER feels alone, in charge.  A humble Christian just has fun, while a proud Christian is circumstance-dependent for joy and peace — has not the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.

So, whadda I do when I realize afresh that I’m not a humble Christian?  CONFESS.  Ahhh.  That fresh realization is the result of fresh conviction by the Spirit of Jesus.  I get ZERO credit for any humility.  Well, except for other humans who imagine the outside of my cup tells them something about my humility.  Like all Christian leaders, I’m skilled at projecting a humble persona.  But.  Outside-the-cup humility is worthless, except to other humans who don’t know my inner world.  They are fooled.  And so am I, unless Jesus grows me unusually-self-aware.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian, except when freshly convicted of his pride — human-wisdom-reliance, and it doesn’t last long

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The problem with being wise,

n the eyes of others, is that we become wise in our own eyes, and lean on our own understanding.  This is NOT biblical-wisdom, but human-wisdom.  Biblical-wisdom is realizing that we have NO wisdom worth leaning on, but that Jesus DOES.  We do NOT know what’s best, but Jesus DOES.  Biblical-wisdom is sanity/faith/dependency/humility and results in the other-worldly peace that is vastly superior to the circumstance-dependent peace experienced by human-wisdom-reliants.  Atheist peace.  Leaving Jesus followers without the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.  And worse — leaving us unfruitful with seculars — seed cast on thorny soil that gets choked, does not reproduce a hundredfold, or even thirtyfold, or even ONE-fold.   

Christians who have a lot of human-wisdom rarely have biblical wisdom.  Only Christians who are clueless-they-know-what’s-best have biblical-wisdom — have faith that is contagious to seculars — especially the turned off and antagonistic.  Christians with a lot of human-wisdom RESIST the humiliation of admitting to self and others that we dunno what to do.  And with a lot of human-wisdom we think we know what’s thankable and what’s not — what’s good news and bad news in daily life.  Christians with biblical-wisdom THANK Jesus for everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, because they don’t know Jesus’ genius plan, but trust that He’s totally sovereign and knows exactly what He’s doing, so they are curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in them, others, circumstances.

So how do Christians GET biblical-wisdom — another way of saying fresh faith/dependency/humility?  Only by the Spirit of Jesus freshly convicting us of human-wisdom-reliance — opening our eyes to SEE our pathetic condition, so we can CONFESS it and receive momentary relief.  The starting place for fresh faith is fresh conviction of human-wisdom-reliance.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, grateful that grace is for failures whose eyes are opened by the Spirit to see their failures 

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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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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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