Unless I have sovereignty-awareness,
Jesus is not Lord as I go through my day. I don't see Him behind everyone and everything. So I don't experience other-worldly peace, stress-free living. Instead, my human-wisdom directs me, so I feel ALONE and in CHARGE of my life, my circumstances, weight of the world on my shoulders -- pseudo-faith throughout my day, not real faith. Just because we Christians profess faith in Jesus, doesn't mean we live dependently on Him as we go through our day -- and sadly, we don't experience the benefit of Jesus in THIS life. And are seed cast on thorny soil, choked by the cares of this world, unable to reproduce.
Sovereignty-awareness is a fruit of the Spirit, flowing from fresh conviction of unbelief -- feeling ALONE and in CHARGE of my life. Unbelief in the sovereignty of Jesus over every detail of my daily life. Christians with fresh sovereignty-awareness get ZERO credit for this work of the Spirit. But it doesn't last long in my experience, because of our human-wisdom and the human-wisdom of those around us, outside the Church, and inside. The nicest, kindest thing Jesus ever does for us kids of His, is to have His Spirit open our eyes afresh to the dominance of human-wisdom in our daily lives, so we CONFESS, and come running back to Him and dependence on Him. Ahhh.
How can we tell when we're freshly sovereignty-aware? We THANK Him for everything just as it is, and everyone just as we are, all according to His genius plan, even though our human-wisdom doesn't like harrrd/suffering -- thinks it KNOWS what's thankable and what's not.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships
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