5 bars

Written by on October 14, 2011

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

When you made the last call on your cell phone, did you get clear reception?

In the twenty-first century, most of us stay connected with our families, careers, and ministries with some kind of a cellular, whether it’s a dinosaur like I own, or a smart phone with all the bells and whistles.

What determines a clear signal?

According to cnet.com, the closer you are to a cell tower and the more powerful signal you receive from the cell tower, the more bars you’re likely to have. The farther you get from the tower, the more interference you may experience. If the signal strength is too low, you may have trouble completing a call or receiving data. And if you can make a call, the likelihood that a call may drop or a data connection is interrupted is higher.

It seems the closer we get to God, the closer He gets to us. And the farther away we drift, somehow things get scrambled when we go to sort out His message.

In the world of turbo-charged digital superhighways, what allows us to get a 5-bar connection with God? Spending time alone with Him with no interference from the TV, computer, or radio provides for me the best flow of  God thoughts. Emotionally, what brings a greater signal strength? For me, when there’s a quiet time and place to be alone, I listen for the voice of God. Often, He tells me to forgive others and release their offenses. I do this with His help.

When do we best webstream the Holy Spirit? Divine vision, both corporate and personal, seems to surface the most when we practice the presence of God. Simplicity. Singularity. Listening and waiting. Get in the 5-bar zone.

When you  pray,  under what circumstances do you get five bars in your connection with God?

When do you experience the most interference? In those times, what can you do to gain better reception?

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Comments
  1. Peg   On   October 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I had the same thoughts this week. I read a pity saying. The author was commenting on a church sign that read:

    If God seems far away, guess who moved?

    This maddening world we live in today easily becomes overbearing. Demanding quiet time for reflection is essential. I personally read messages from God each morning before getting dressed. It helps to keep me grounded.

    I also highly recommend the book I just read. Dinner With A Perfect Stranger: an invitation worth considering by David Gregory.

  2. Cathy   On   October 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Instinctively I pray for thanks each day while doing daily tasks like washing dishes or while in the shower. Those are times when what I am doing doesnt take any thought allowing full reception with Him.
    Interference comes along when I am around other students from school in class. To gain better reception at these times I zone out and think about the last bible study I went to or the last sermon I heard.
    Thanks Lynn- you are so encouraging!

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