ENGLISH/DEVOTIONAL Sometimes it’s important to cut off other people’s access to yourself. It’s about establishing barriers. It’s about self-care. And, it’s all about saying ‘NO!’ to others’ limitless expectations.
From time to time, Jesus entered into the solitary. He was fasting in the desert. He met God at the mountain top. Even in the Gethsemane, on his last night, he left his friends behind. In order to prepare.
It’s not about not caring for others. It’s all about caring sufficiently for yourself and preparing your relationship with — and service to — God.
If you want to be able to continue serving God and man you must be able to set boundaries to those men who are without limits. Close the door on those men who believe that their accessing you is a human right. Because, it really is not.
If even God could limit Himself, in effect negating Himself His divine right, no man should ever be able to claim that knocking down your house should be a human right. Because even Jesus would never force himself on you.
Yes, He knocks. Yes, He asks. But He waits.
Read this with me:
‘I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’
—Rev. 3:20 NIV
Now, learn how to say NO in order to prepare yourself for service, so that you can say YES when God calls upon you.
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