Hello, PI Girls! A few of you had a question after reading the article “Do You Let Jesus in the Door of Your Heart When He Knocks?”
The question is “How do I know when Jesus is knocking on the door of my heart?”
When someone knocks on a door, it’s because they’re trying to get the attention of the person inside. Today, I’m going to give you a couple of ways you can tell when God is trying to get your attention.
- Conviction – When there’s sin in our lives, God uses His Holy Spirit to bring that sin to our attention. God’s purpose isn’t to make us feel guilty about our sin; it’s to help us face our sin, repent and ask for His forgiveness. God doesn’t want us to walk around feeling guilty and defeated all the time, but He also doesn’t want us to run from one sin to the next. God wants us to be holy, and the only way is if He helps us face and overcome our sin.
- Reminders – Do the apps on your smartphone show you reminders for things? Mine do it all the time! I can always tell when God is knocking on the door of my heart by the reminders He gives me. Thoughts start popping into my head constantly about reading my Bible, praying, spending time with Jesus, etc. The only way to get rid of them is to spend time with the Lord, which is kind of the point.
- Challenging situations – This is my least favorite way that God gets our attention, but it can also be one of the most effective. Have you ever asked God for more patience and then found yourself in a situation that required more patience than you had?
Sometimes the only way for God to get our attention, if we’ve been ignoring His other attempts, is to put us in situations that we can’t handle without Him. If you read your Bible carefully, you’ll realize God does this a lot.
For Gideon, it was 300 Israelites against hundreds of thousands of Midianites.
For David, it was Goliath.
For Peter, it was speaking to a group of religious leaders and men of the law, when Peter only had the education of a fisherman.
For Esther, it was the fate of her people.
Currently for me, it’s helping my husband, Dave, deal with anxiety and panic attacks.
Our thoughts, words and behaviors are often influenced by those people we spend the most time with. If we spend the most time with Jesus, then we’ll be influenced by His Spirit more than anything else, and that’s what we want.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24-25)
Girls, what are some signs that you’ve noticed of Jesus knocking on the door of your heart?
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