of Jesus-dependency. Peace that surpasses the kind of peace provided by human understanding, human wisdom. Jesus-dependency/faith/humility is impossible unless the Spirit provides it through fresh conviction of sin — especially the sin of INdependence/pride — leaning on our human wisdom.
Stress not only kills, it causes dysfunctional health. Only adult-likes/INdependents are stressed by life circumstances. Only childlikes/Jesus-dependents experience stress-free living. But it’s scary for us adult-likes to consider childlikeness, because we have to give up control. Feels WRONG, in a world that worships strength, control — the right-side-up kingdom of this world. Opposite of the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus.
Adult-likes are confident-we-know-what’s-best and that’s why we live stressfully. But childlikes/Jesus-dependents are clueless-they-know-what’s-best, which is why they experience such other-worldly peace, contentment. Human wisdom is the enemy of peaceful living.
Only Jesus-dependents do NOTHing on their own. Eyes and thoughts fixed on their SovereignShepherdJesus for His direction, THANKing Him they dunno what to do in any given situation, curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in them, others, circumstances. Only Jesus-dependents see Him behind everyone and everything. Only Jesus-dependents have the other-worldly humility, other-worldly love, stress-free living, compelling to turned-off seculars. The conscience is reached by humility and love — not by argument. Childlike chief confessors are heard with interest. Adult-like chief experts are boring.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, unable to practice what he preaches, unless the Spirit freshly convicts him of the sin of INdependence/adultlikeness — leaning on his human understanding/wisdom
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