The Jesus-like new self is an enjoyer

of everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, all according to the genius plan of Jesus, but the worldly-like old self is a judge/competitor to everyone.  We worldly Christians frequently need the Spirit to freshly convict us of our worldliness, so we momentarily stop being wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, so as to judge/compete as a strategy to feel superior to others so we feel good about ourselves.  And then once convicted afresh, we are momentarily returned to our Jesus-like new selves, where we are freshly dead to our worldliness, our own wisdom, our confidence-we-know-what’s-best, humbly enjoying everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is, clueless-we-know-what’s-best, but confident our SovereignShepherdJesus DOES.  Ahhh.  CONFESSion is highly under-rated, and human-powered spiritual activity highly OVERrated.

We worldlies/judges are circumstance-dependent for our joy and peace.  We don’t experience happiness, and we live in a prison of others-contempt and suppressed self-contempt — intense, agendafied, stressed, never enough hours in the day.

Jesus-likes/enjoyers, on the other hand, momentarily experience an other-worldly peace and an other-worldly joy that has nothing to do with present circumstances.  Ahhh.  Jesus-likes/enjoyers get no credit, no glory, for momentarily experiencing the bliss of Jesus-dependency/Jesus-likeness/Jesus-humility.  All glory to Jesus and His Spirit.  But best of all, seculars are compelled by Jesus-likes/enjoyers.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, judge of all, needing fresh conviction to enjoy all

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Why has Jesus placed other humans

around us?  So we can judge them?  Or ENJOY them?  Just as they are?  Just as He’s created them?  Are we Christians judges/competitors, or ENJOYers?  Did Jesus really command us to love our “enemies” — humans most different from ourselves?

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, normally judge/competitor of all, except when freshly convicted of functioning as an atheist — alone and in charge of his life, obsessed with evaluating others

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The values that are basically responsible

for where I am today, have been WRONG.  Ambition, determination, strength, hustle, competitiveness, analyzing, critiquing, judging, striving for excellence, are all worldly values, where reality is informed by eyes and ears, not Scripture.  “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another.”  Eccl 4:4

When I became a Christian at age 24, these values of the right-side-up kingdom of this world, continued to be central to my life as a believer.  A worldly Christian — even though I’ve been in vocational ministry for 40 years, and would have been highly offended at such an accusation.  These worldly values have failed to produce happiness in me, and I’ve lived in denial of this.  Only the values of the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus, have ever produced happiness in me — DEpendency on Him, cluelessness-I-know-what’s-best, curiosity/expectancy to see what my SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, seeing Jesus behind everyone and everything as the reigning CreatorSustainer of the Universe, so I’m way-more passive, and way-less the activist, way-less wise in my own eyes, way-less leaning on my own understanding, way-less feeling ALONE and in CHARGE, and way-less wowed by human achievement — mine or others.  But it doesn’t last long.  The message of this world is compelling, deceptive.  Especially for the vulnerable, like DAVE.

Especially the sports worship among Christians and nonChristians in the USA today, has consumed my life, stroked me in the WRONG direction, exacerbated the worst in me, undermined the Lordship of Jesus in my life, and nurtured a fragile joy and peace that depends on circumstances.  Terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad way to live.  Especially for a control-freak.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, sometimes baby steppin in a more-Jesus-like way, whenever the Spirit freshly convicts him of the sin of INdependence, wondering if the seculars around him are noticing

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When I have tension in my body,

I feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life.  I only DEEPLY relax, am only EVER patient, content, when I am momentarily believing Jesus is totally sovereign over everything and everyone.  Otherwise, it’s UP TO DAVE.

Before Jesus began growing me in self-awareness, I had no idea I have tension in my body most of the time — feels so normal, so I had no idea I’m such a Christian atheist most of the time.  UP TO DAVE.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, freshly thankful for the convicting work of the Spirit of Jesus, so I momentarily see the TRUTH about me, so I might momentarily have the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love to attract seculars

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Feeling overwhelmed is a blessing.

What?  That’s right.  When your life is easy, you don’t need Jesus.  When you feel overwhelmed, you can’t seem to get on top of your circumstances, AND, you are more likely to run to Jesus, CONFESS your INdependence/pride/insanity/orphan-mindset/worldliness.  Desperate people do desperate things.  Desperate Christians run to Jesus.  Jesus is a much-better navigator through troubled waters than you will EVER be.  Only Jesus-dependents face overwhelm with amazing peace.  INdependents are either freaked….or calm on the outside  but very intense on the inside, hiding their freakedness from others, and self.

But every human works really, really hard to NEVER be overwhelmed.  Nobody in their right mind is thankful for overwhelm.  Except for Jesus-dependents, because they do not feel ALONE or in CHARGE.  And they recognize that the suffering of feeling overwhelmed, comes from a loving SovereignShepherdJesus, to train them further in Jesus-dependency.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who HATES overwhelm, HATES not knowing what to do, HATES having to trust Jesus in the midst of overwhelm, unless he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence

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You know you’re somewhat humble, when

you can smile at your failures, humiliating circumstances.  When your own performance means little to you compared to the imputed performance of Jesus.  When you don’t even enjoy the failures of others — including jerks.  When Jesus is everything to you, and everything else is almost nothing.  When you enjoy everyone — including politicians and jerks, just as we are, and everything just as it is.   When you experience an other-worldly peace regardless of circumstances — even the potential loss of everything dear to you.

Outward humility —  having a reputation as a humble human, is a skill perfected by politicians and Christian leaders, but inward humility?  That’s what Jesus modeled and commanded.  In the Church, we’ve dumbed down law and sin, and we work hard at outside-the-cup humility, while most of us live in denial of our inside-the-cup pride.  Secret pride.  That we’re too embarrassed to admit to others, or even to ourselves.  The kind of pride we rarely-if-ever confess.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, proud, competitive, critic of all, needing fresh conviction of being unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he might momentarily experience the bliss of Jesus-dependency, so that seculars around him might notice and want some bliss too

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Intensity is a red flag for

AGENDA.  Only INdependents/worldlies/orphans experience intensity/agenda.  Every intense human is critical-judgmental, always judging everyone and everything as excellent, average or poor.  Gracious, humble humans enjoy everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is.  By contrast, we intense humans are circumstance-dependent for our joy and peace, so we experience little joy, and Jesus ain’ta big deal in our lives, UNLESS we are Christians who are freshly convicted of the sin of intensity/agenda/INdependence/worldliness/pride/confidence-we-know-what’s-best.  

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, with red flags galore

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Little joy, little conviction of sin.

For those Christians who think I talk TOO much about sin, who don’t like hearing so much about sin because they already SEE their sin everywhere and it’s depressing, I suggest that it’s only depressing IF a Christian is unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness.  Anytime you find yourself with little joy, you need MORE conviction of sin.  But it’s pride in you that doesn’t want to see MORE sin in your life.  Whyzat?  You wanna believe you’re more wonderful than you really are.  Whaddayado about that?  You can ASK for the Spirit, claiming the promise of Luke 11, that if we ask, He’ll give us the Spirit — fresh conviction of sin.  He who has a sense of having been forgiven only a little, loves only a little — Jesus, others, self, His genius plan for everyone’s life.  Little sinners have little joy, because Jesus ain’t the big deal in our lives.  Or our joy is fleeting and circumstance-dependent.  But when we’ve been freshly convicted of BIGTIME sin, we are freshly self-aware, and freshly WOWED by a Savior who takes away our sin, which leaves us freshly GRATEFUL to be who we are, where we are, how we are.  That’s when Jesus is ENOUGH for us. Joy is the litmus-paper test. Course, when you feel lousy physiologically, you ain’ta gonna have any joy — you’ll mainly wanna feel normal again.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, trying to promote Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, so Christians might have the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love compelling to seculars

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