It's no miracle to earn your way back to God. It's no miracle to repeat your life over and over until you've reach entitlement. The real miracle is a relationship reconciled across an impossible divide.
We might do well to ignore categories—all the categories that keep people in and keep people out. But Jesus went further. He didn't ignore categories, he went through the categories and dignified everyone we try to classify. Why?
Through the eyes of grace, every defeat looks like a victory waiting to happen.
What we say changes the way we think. The way we think becomes the way we live. Saying "WOW" in prayer changes the way we think about God and every circumstance we face.
There is one reason—and only one—the most strictly spiritual, educated, devoted people were the least likely to hear God when they heard Jesus. That one reason is still jamming up the frequency today.
Prayer isn't a conversation like we're used to. We say things, we can HEAR ourselves saying things, but we can't hear God saying things. But that doesn't mean He's not speaking...constantly. Maybe hearing Him—and knowing Him—is about where to look and far easier than we think.
The silence of God is the perfect space to extract out everything God wants to re-work in our souls.
Some of you walked away from prayer when you didn't get your wishes, but you walked away before you got your strength.
I believe there are only 3 “colors” that we use to justify creating a life on our own. God wants to re-engineer our thinking at the RGB level—the thought colors that create the image of our lives—so we can experience a life we couldn’t without Him.
We can't outrun it. It won't disappear if we ignore it. It won't be erased by better deeds. We have to turn around and face it, even if we think it might eat us alive.