5 bars

Written by on August 16, 2013

5 bars

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

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

Tim and I are on the way to Anderson Island, Washington, which doesn’t have high-powered cell phone coverage. Most of us stay connected with our families, careers, and ministries with a cell, but when we’re on the road, 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? Usually when there’s a quiet time and place to be alone. Listen for the voice of God.  His quiet thoughts are yours.

When do we best stream the Holy Spirit?  When we practice the presence of God. Simple. Singular. Cellular. Listen and wait.

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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  1. Sheila Zia   On   August 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi Lynn, Great analogy about the bars! It’s true for me that the best way to hear God’s voice is time alone with him. Even though I am not a morning person, I get up an hour earlier than I have to to go to work. That way I have an hour of devotional time. Time with just God, my coffee and me. Oh, my bible and journal are there too. (I do more listening than talking so it helps to have something to write things down!)


    • Lynn Hare   On   August 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Wow, Sheila, I am amazed that you spend more time listening to God than talking! The rest of us can learn from you. I love my time with Christ alone in the morning too.(Don’t tell my family, but I secretly hope they oversleep so I can be alone with Jesus just a while longer!)

  2. charles coleman   On   August 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Profound observation, with a parable drawn for the present,,, This cuts to the quick even the most hardened hearts with what the cells of their souls are sorely missing!!!! FOR GOD’S SPIRITUAL Lynns…. charles

    • Lynn Hare   On   August 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Charles. I find I can get a hardened heart if I don’t spend time listening for the voice of the Lord. For sure spending time with him softens my attitude & outlook.

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