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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You can have an EASY life.

But there’s only one place to FIND easy: in dependence on Jesus.  INdependence, feeling alone, UP TO ME, is harrrrd, because the pressure to achieve — perform with excellence, prove yourself worthy, never ceases.  Miserable existence.

Big difference between EASY circumstances, and an EASY life.  I ain’t promisin EASY circumstances.  As a human you’ve bought into the notion from other humans, that EASY circumstances will produce an EASY life.  And so you’ve been intensely working all your life, to create EASY circumstances, and you have failed, because you cannot control your circumstances, even though you get a gold star for having tried soooo hard for soooo long.

You won’t find EASY in this world, apart from Jesus-dependency.  If your life ain’t EASY, it’s because you are NOT Jesus-dependent.  Jesus is not EVERYthing to you because you’re so self-absorbed, so consumed with engineering EASY circumstances.  In fact, Jesus is downright unsatisfying to you.

“Wait, Dave, are you saying I can experience EASY in the midst of harrrd circumstances — even in the midst of suffering?”  Yes I am.  But it’s not up to you.  Up to Jesus and His Spirit.  But you CAN confess your unbelief/INdependence, dissatisfaction with Him and what He offers.  And you can THANK Him for your harrrd circumstances, so you’re reminded that He is in charge.  Being curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in you, others, circumstances, is a taste of Heaven.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, preaching to others what Dave needs to hear

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Impossible to really KNOW Jesus,

unless you really KNOW yourself.  Self-awareness is crucial to really knowing Jesus.  He who has a present sense of having been forgiven only a little, presently KNOWS Jesus only a little, presently KNOWS himself only a little, presently loves Jesus only a little, presently loves himself only a little, presently loves others only a little, and presently loves Jesus’ genius plan for everyone, only a little.  Only big sinners who presently KNOW they are big sinners — pathetically-dysfunctional Christians, presently KNOW how big a Savior Jesus is, are presently wowed by Him, living and working out of communion with Him, the Pearl of Great Price, worth selling all to get.  So WHAT if I’m pathetic in the eyes of others and myself, having no worthiness of my own?

Really KNOWing Jesus and His sovereign reign over every detail of life, causes all my idols to pale by comparison, diminishes their power over my life.  And causes me to be curious/expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  With His feathery-light yoke on my shoulders, instead of my heavy yoke of idolatry/INdependence/worldliness, causing me to be wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, confident-I-KNOW-what’s-best-and-what’s-thankable-and-what’s-not, pursuing my agenda, so I’m burdened/pressured under the heavy weight, feeling ALONE and in charge.  Circumstance-dependent for joy and peace.

Really KNOWing Jesus is a fruit of the Spirit’s work.  A gift.  I get zero credit.  I am powerless to change myself at a root level.  I CAN confess my sin, especially the sin of being unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, wanting some of my own.  And I CAN keep ASKing for the Spirit afresh — fresh conviction of sin, claiming the promise in Luke 11.  And I find it helpful to leave the timetable up to the Spirit.  Fresh conviction of sin is the starting place for fresh faith — freshly KNOWing Jesus.

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the KNOWLEDGE of God and Jesus Christ our Lord.”  2 Pet 1:2

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, for Christians — especially DAVE, that the seculars around us might actually want something we have

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