I never believe in the sovereignty of Jesus,

except when I’m curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.  Jesus-dependency is impossible without curiosity and expectancy.  So I’ve made up little post-it notes throughout my house, and on the dashboard of my car, that say, “C/E”, and when I see them, the Spirit typically convicts me that I’m NOT curious and expectant, and confession leads to fresh faith in His sovereign reign over my life, and over all lives.  Ahhh.  I wonder if I’ll get tired of these notes after a while?  Dunno.  But I know this — the starting place for fresh faith, is fresh conviction of sin.  Ahhhh.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, wondering if the nonbelievers around him are noticing a difference, sometimes

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  1. Jim Potts
    Jim Potts says:

    Well this is refreshing to read. A few years ago I was on a long walk just thinking about me, that person I love to beat up on. Gee, I really must disappoint a lot of folks. Certainly others disappoint me but most of all, far beyond the expectations of others, I disappoint myself.

    As I walked I noticed a prayer sort of bubbling up inside of me and I felt a need to say a prayer out loud I had never thought or said before. I hesitated and then thought, what the heck, give it a try.

    “My Lord, never in my life have I disappointed you. My Lord, I know I’m not now a disappointment to you”. It felt both good but also scary a bit. So I repeated it. Over and over until I realized that I just don’t know me very well. Maybe one day.

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    • WeakDave
      WeakDave says:

      Jim, it’s been a lonnnng time. what I remember most about you, from forty-five years ago, was your honesty. I remember you sharing one time, maybe in public, I forget, that you had a fear of flying on a plane. I couldn’t believe a man could be that honest. Must have been in public, because I was blown away. Felt good to me, the guy who back then, and even now, was always trying to be strong. Felt right. I needed to hear such honesty modeled for me. 🙂

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  2. James Plunkett
    James Plunkett says:

    Dave, LOVE your posts. I just stumbled across them not too long ago and (as an I-know-what’s-best, independent, un-humble man) do they ever speak to me! Thanks for your blatant honesty – much of my prayers as of late have been for the Lord to break my prideful heart, and trust in His sovereignty and be c/e about how He’s going to work through the incredible afflictions in my life currently.

    Thanks for being a beacon – keep up the good work!

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    • WeakDave
      WeakDave says:

      Wow, thanks for the encouraging words, James. Interesting that you have incredible afflictions in your life right now. The only believers who seem to really vibrate to how Jesus has been retraining me, are fellow-sufferers. You wouldn’t wish suffering on any friend or relative, but easy has never ever done anything for my Jesus-dependency. Rom 5 says suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope (faith/dependency/humility/sanity/contentment). Ain’ta bad thing, but it sure can be painful, being retrained in a better way to live. 🙂

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