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Enduring is not the same as faith.

Pseudo-faith might help me ENDURE hard circumstances -- I don't expect relief, though my human-wisdom WANTS relief. I suck it up. Tough-minded. I'm RESIGNED to harrrd. But real-faith, dependent-faith, is being curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT in me, others, circumstances. He might deliver EASIER, or even harder -- whatever is BEST according to His genius plan. Not MY will be done, Lord, but Yours. I trust You. A little bit.

We typically ENDURE, rather than believe Jesus has crafted the perfect circumstances for us, right now. We don't see Jesus behind the harrrd -- behind the jerks He's placed in our path. We don't really believe He's totally sovereign over every detail of our lives. We don't really believe He knows exactly what He's doing. Instead we believe our human-wisdom, that tells us these circumstances are no good, need to be changed BY US. Human-wisdom is lord, not Jesus.

-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, way-too human-wisdom-dependent, except when the Spirit freshly opens his eyes to see the problem, so he can CONFESS

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