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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