Easier life = happier life?

My flesh thinks so.  And it’s persuasive.  Though thoroughly deceived.  I only believe the lie when I feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life.  When I don’t believe Jesus is totally in charge of every detail of my life.  When I’m envious of the easier lives around me.

How many times in my 76 years has my flesh been WRONG about what would make me happier?  I got my way, but instead of happier, I was simply more addicted to getting my way.  Scripture says my life is not my own, that I’ve been bought with a price.  That I’m happiest when I am curious and expectant to see what SovereignShepherdJesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  I’m never curious/expectant unless the Spirit freshly convicts me of feeling ALONE and in CHARGE.  Ahhh.

— EasierAddictedDave, always needy for fresh conviction of the sin of INdependence, so he might momentarily have something compelling inside, to the seculars around him

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You will not be consistently happy,

content, at peace with yourself, your God, and the world around you, until Jesus grows you clueless-you-know-what’s-best.  Dependent on Him, not on your mind, other minds, talking heads on TV or online.  Leaning on your own understanding, being wise in your own eyes, is a formula for unhappiness.  Addiction.  Circumstance-dependent for happiness.

And I predict you won’t be fruitful with seculars.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, sovereignty-awareness to Christians — especially DAVE, so Christians might actually have something seculars want

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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 conditionally, presently loves others conditionally, and presently loves Jesus’ genius plan for everyone, conditionally.  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 zero 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 Christians might actually want something they have

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Wannabe freshly wowed by Jesus at Christmas?

I don’t see how any believer can be freshly wowed at Christmas, unless he’s freshly aware of what’s inside him.  So he’s freshly desperate for the Message.  This is maybe the best sermon I’ve ever heard.  Not perfect — in the ears of this perfectionist, but pert near.  http://www.sevenrivers.org/171119.html  Download audio for your phone/computer, or watch video online.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, hoping all believers everywhere — including Dave, experience a wow Christmas

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Forgive me, Jesus, for thinking

my life is UP TO ME — that You are not in charge.  I’m so heavily influenced by my flesh, and the flesh of others in this world, who are convinced human lives are up to humans.  But when I read Your Scripture afresh I get sane afresh, because Your Scripture clearly teaches that You are in charge of Dave’s life, Dave’s problems to be solved, not Dave.  Ahhh.  I love it when You grant me curiosity/expectancy to see what You do NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, a struggler in practicing what he preaches

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Financial Update on GospelFriendships.

As of our Annual Board Meeting on Nov18, we’re currently $9200 short of covering expenses, and I’m guessing we could end up having a year-end deficit of maybe $2,000-5,000, or more, but I’m always unsure because of year-end giving.  Over the past dozen years I’ve lost some monthly supporters.  I’m a coward when it comes to individually asking believers to consider supporting this work, as I did in the early years of the ministry, so instead, I’ve sometimes taken pay cuts to balance the budget in recent years.  Janet and I are not destitute by any means, and we have never been as happy.  But I will warmly welcome any who would like to join this cause as a monthly/annual supporter, or a one-time supporter.  GospelFriendships, 110 Johns Rd, Cheltenham PA 19012-1307.  For monthly supporters we also provide electronic funds transfer so you don’t have to send a check each month.

Dave McCarty
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Nation of fools 

are we — wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, confident-we-know-what’s-best, imagining ourselves competent to judge others and ourselves, and therefore able to govern ourselves and others in the world, without dependency on the CreatorSustainer of the Universe.  There is no humility in our land, outside the Church, or inside, because we are all wise in our own eyes, lean on our own understanding, judge everyone and everything, and see nothing wrong with it.  We Americans — like all humans, have lived with this independent-mindset for so long that independency/pride/self-reliance/worldliness seems normal/natural to us, in the USA, and in other nations around the world.  We who claim to follow Jesus, but follow ourselves, don’t even see the problem, and therefore do not confess this sin, this control-addiction, so we live in unconfessed sin/idolatry.  The blind cannot lead the blind.  We are doomed to experience more of the same in our nation, and around the world, without a global outpouring of God’s Spirit in our day among Christians.  We Christians — not others, are the weakest links, the ones most needy of transformation by God’s Spirit.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who sees the problem — especially in his own heart, but feels powerless to change anything or anyone

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No wonder democracy doesn’t work anymore.

Democracy doesn’t work without humility and love.  Otherwise, a nation will experience the present civil-war conditions of the USA, where self-righteousness/hatred/ridicule abound on both sides of the left-right divide, as well as with libertarians.  Democracy no longer works without an authentic graciousness rooted in humility and love.  Not merely an external graciousness, but also an internal graciousness/respect for others.  Our nation seems broken beyond repair.  We would be better off with a king, a dictator.  A democracy without humility and love, breeds angry divisiveness, where neither side attempts to understand-or-have-compassion-for the other.  Social media has poured gasoline on the problem.  Compromise requires humility and love.  We are kidding ourselves to imagine that what we have is worth being exported to others.  Democracy is OVERrated, and has been OVERsold to us by the establishment of Democrats and Republicans and mainstream media who are equally power hungry.  I stopped voting years ago in national elections, as a protest to the dysfunction in DC.  Am I thankful for our sorry state of affairs?  No.  Should I be?  Yes.  Because Jesus is totally sovereign over this entire mess that He has created to show us the fruit of pride/independence/worldliness/confidence-we-know-what’s-best.  The USA is not unlike the Tower of Babel: a monument to the folly of human wisdom, confidence-we-know-what’s-best.

Coaching advice for progressives, libertarians, Democrats and Republicans: STOPPIT.   You progressives and Democrats alienate the opposition by your self-righteous ridicule.  Why do you think Trump got elected?  And you still don’t get your contribution, along with mainstream media’s constant ridicule of Trump.  You progressives fail to see that you are unwittingly-but-hugely responsible for self-righteously enabling the growth of white supremists by trying to legislate (FORCE) your morality on the public, pressuring local governments to remove flags and statues.  And your ridicule of white supremists.  The conscience is reached by love and humility, not ridicule.  Ridicule STRENGTHENS the opposition.  You conservatives fail to see that you are unwittingly-but-hugely responsible for the mobilizing of the pro-choice movement against you.  Likewise your self-righteous attacks on gay marriage.  And prayer in public schools.  Self-righteousness abounds.  Attempts at legislating morality fail.  Prohibition failed.  The war on drugs has failed.  The war on poverty has failed.  Legislative attempts (FORCE) to solve societal problems has failed.  Why?

The conscience is reached by love and humility, not government FORCE/legislation to control external behavior.  Jesus never urged government solutions to societal problems: He spoke directly to the conscience.  MLK succeeded because he attempted to reach the conscience through love and humility.  Hollywood has succeeded far more than government legislation in helping whites understand what it’s like to grow up African in America.  Consciences have been reached by love and humility through story on the screen.  We’ve come a long, long way, but we still have many miles to go, for whites to understand white privilege and systemic racism, in a land where the subject of race has become so politicized.

Okay, Dave, how do we get loving and humble enough for democracy to work in a nation as large and wealthy and consumed with superiority and as militarized as the USA?  Humongous miracle required.  I have not enough faith to imagine Jesus pouring out His Spirit on us Americans today, bringing proud Christian and nonChristian alike, to our knees.  Contrite, undone, humbled, by getting fresh glimpses of how-much worse we all are, than we ever could have imagined.  I cannot even visualize loving-and-humble-toward-opponents Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, independents.  Jesus said remove the log from your own eye before trying to remove a spec from another’s eye.  Alien concept to Christian and nonChristian Americans.  We are clear-sighted about the weaknesses of others, but blind to our own.

Want an example?  I sent this link out last Saturday.  I dunno if this Black man’s a Christian, but he ACTS like a follower of Jesus OUGHT to act.  Seems to me.  Remarkable humility and love.   He embarrasses all of us.  https://familyshare.com/28477/black-man-befriends-members-of-the-kkk-by-asking-them-one-simple-question

–Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, chief of the self-righteous about others’ self-righteousness, needing fresh conviction of the sin of independence/pride, so he can momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying everyone just as they are, and everything just as it is, and the bliss of Jesus-dependency/Jesus-contentment/Jesus-humility, so the humans around him might experience the other-worldly love of Jesus

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