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3 Signs That Jesus Is Knocking on the Door of Your Heart

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.

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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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by andriloveschrist on August 18, 2014 at 12:33

    I will pray for your husband Jenn, God will heal him,I know he will because nothing is impossible for him, and he repents and destroys evil. God bless you:)& thank you for this amazing article

  2. Percy Jackson

    Posted by Percy Jackson on June 14, 2014 at 21:13

    Very true

  3. Dee

    Posted by Dee on June 8, 2014 at 21:40

    Wow. It’s good you’re supporting your husband. I don’t care who you are; panic attacks are awful and really really frightening, even in between them. I pray that your husband finds peace in God from them. And also that your support and any medical treatment/therapy he’s getting assures him that he’s not alone in his struggle.

  4. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on June 2, 2014 at 06:17

    So true! God is obviously knocking on the door to my heart, just as I thought. 🙂

  5. emma_rose327

    Posted by emma_rose327 on June 1, 2014 at 19:15

    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Trust in His plan and perfect timing, even if you ‘feel’ distant from Him. He is always there, drawing you closer. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) I like to look at the Parable of the Lost Son to understand God’s nature and love toward His children. We all belong to God. Sometimes we choose to take what He has given us and waste it away on useless things of the world, or just complacency toward Him. But when you “come to your senses” (which is by God’s grace), you just run right back to Him. When he sees you from “a long way off,” he is filled with compassion for you, and runs right to you and throws his arms around you and kisses you. (summarized from Luke 15) Let Him in. His love is always, ALWAYS knocking on the door of your heart. “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37) That’s His promise to His children whom he so deeply loves.

    • godlovesme316

      Posted by godlovesme316 on June 5, 2014 at 20:08

      amen, girl <3 trust in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)