God Comes to Those Who Make Room for Him

”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20, NKJV). Revelation 3:20 is a picture of the heart of God. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. He longs to connect with us. He wants to spend time with us … to eat with us and to enjoy life together with us. In Romans 8:31, God tells us that He is “for” us. This is the true picture of the heart of God. If that is true, why do we have such a difficult time connecting with God? Ego and selfishness. We are far more consumed with self than we could ever imagine. Anything that potentially messes with self is seen as an inva

Wounded? Or Just Hurting?

There is true wounding—the kind of thing that brings long term harm to a person. There is perceived pain. Sometimes, a person bringing pain is actually doing me a favor. Sometimes, they are doing me deep and lasting harm. Pain happens when something we care about is violated. When people care about very different things, there can be a clash between the two value systems. Scott Miller, founder of the Circles program, has documented some of the different values that exists in a poverty culture, versus middle class culture (and also the wealthy). Those in poverty have a very different set of values for how they handle possessions than those in the middle class. Those in poverty feel a s

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