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Monday, May 19, 2008

Signal Strength

Signal Strength

“Look! Listen! God’s arm is not amputated – He can still save! God’s ears are not stopped up – He can still hear! There’s nothing wrong with God – the wrong is with you. Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Your sins got between you so that He doesn’t hear you.”
Isaiah 59:1-3

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation on your cell phone and had the call disconnected? If you have a cell phone, you have most definitely experienced this frustration. Often times, if the call is important and we know a dead spot is ahead, we will even pull off the road until we are finished talking just so we aren’t interrupted. For me, it is usually in the middle of a very important or really interesting phone call that the signal is lost. Sometimes I can look at my phone and see that it is the caller on the other end of my phone that lost signal because my phone will clearly show full signal strength. Other times, my phone will read “call signal lost”, undoubtedly showing me that my signal is to blame. Either way, it is frustrating, but even more so when it is my phone signal that is the problem. When the issue is my signal strength, I have to wait until I enter into an area that gives strong service before I can attempt to regain the call. Other times, it may be that I have signal, however I have failed to charge my phone and the battery is low, in which case, I must quickly plug it into its power source.

Sometimes in our walk with Christ, we may find ourselves frustrated and feeling disconnected to Him. We may feel like our prayers aren’t getting any further than the ceiling or we simply have little strength. This verse in Isaiah fifty nine clearly tells us where the problem lies. If reception is low or communication is lost between us and God, it is always a connection problem on our end. When the lines of communication are down spiritually, it is always an indication that we have wondered into an area with little or no signal strength, or not spent time with our “Power Source”, and it is up to us to quickly get to a place of full and clear reception or plug into Christ to regain strength. Since it is our sin that separates us from God, we much search every area of our life to see where we are veering off track. Sometimes it may be something we are doing, but often times it can also be something we aren’t doing. Sin is obviously doing that which God clearly tells us not to do, but disobedience is also not doing that which He tells us to do. There may be something He has clearly called us to do and we have refused to surrender our will to Him.

God doesn’t change! He can still save and He can still hear. His signal is always strong. So, how is your communication today? Are you in a strong signal area spiritually or are you entering a dead spot? Perhaps your lines of communication were lost some time ago and you are just stewing in your frustration. Maybe it has been too long since you have spent time with Christ and charged your relationship spiritually. Wherever you are, the good news is that you don’t have to change your service provider; you just have to change your location or position, or reconnect with your power source. The service provider, Jesus, is reliable. Align your heart and life with Christ today, surrender to His will, and reap the incredible reward of intimate communication with Him! The Creator of the Universe is on the line, and I am sure that is one call none of us want interrupted!

Lord, thank you that you are still mighty to save and you can still hear. Thank you that when we have ourselves aligned to Your will, the lines of communication with you are open. Thank you that when we get off track and the communication with you is broke, you have made a way for us to regain strength, if we will confess our sins to you. Help me to obey you, spend adequate time with you recharging daily, and consistently check my signal strength spiritually.

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Blogger Denise said...

Awesome, bless you.

May 19, 2008 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

What a great analogy! I'll never look at my cell phone signal the same way again!

May 19, 2008 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Christy said...

Great verse, I'm posting that somewhere I can see it.
How many times have I been sad because God seemed far away. He didn't move, I did.

May 19, 2008 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

There have been times in my life where prayers weren't answered in the way I wanted. I thought God and I were disconnected then. I realized I need to pray "Thy Will Be Done!"

May 19, 2008 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Amy B said...

This is so true. I am taken back by your analogy. It makes it so easy to comprehend. Thanks for the great word!

May 19, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger skoots1mom said...

He is "Mighty to Save"...
Hillsongs United's song is my favorite song to sign (AmericanSignLanguage)...I praise our Lord each time I sign it!!
The words truly capture so much of His love and our need:

Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations

Saviour, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save!
He is mighty to save !
Author of salvation.
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave!

So take me as You find me,
all my fears and failures.
Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
everything I believe in,
now I surrender.

Shine Your light and let the whole world see; We’re singing
for the glory of the Risen King!

And the best thing when we CALL on Him, we never get a recording and we don't have to punch a button for a language, 'cause He's got them all covered!!
Thanks for the great devotion
~D| my cup overflows!

May 19, 2008 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"God doesn’t change! He can still save and He can still hear. His signal is always strong."

Can we put that on a bill board somewhere?! Awesome word!

May 19, 2008 at 5:30 PM  

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