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Put God on your listening dial

By CINDY JURY

For the Mirror

Do you have a spiritual radio?

I believe that God speaks to us in many ways. Have you ever heard God in unconventional ways? Are you open to them?

I believe that one of the most powerful ways God speaks to us is through the Bible, and that it is vital that we be grounded in scripture. However; in and out of the Bible, God speaks to us in visual ways such as dreams, visions, and even angels.

Picture a stereo and look at all of the dials. Spiritually speaking, what would the power source be? Salvation? Accepting the powerful love that God gives us through Jesus?

Recently, I was driving my car, trying to hear the radio. The voice singing sounded like it was in a tin can.

The next day, I noticed some buzzing in one of the speakers.

On the third day, I looked at the equalizer dials and realized that all of the dials had accidentally been moved down. I readjusted the dials into different positions, and suddenly the dead music came alive. Compared to what I had been hearing, it sounded like a live symphony.

Is there spiritual music in our lives that, if we were to make adjustments, we could hear God in a more full, real way?

What if instead of a bass dial, we had a worship dial? I asked my friend, Anne Scaroni, who has been leading worship with her husband for over 10 years, “What does worship mean to you?” She replied, “Worship is a lifestyle. In hard circumstances, a sacrifice of praise can take you to a whole new level with God. It can take you into His presence, can give you more faith. He can transform your mind and emotions. Worship builds a trust and love for Him that He has the best for you. He shows himself to you. When you are lonely, you can sense His friendship and feel His presence.”

What about a prayer dial? Prayer for me is speaking honestly to God. God does still perform miracles, and prayer is one of the ways to enter into that process.

It is also a way to feel God’s love, to give Him your problems and your praise, honest confession and to love others through Him.

How about a study dial? Have you ever heard a song that gives you joy or makes you cry, makes you open up, gives you wisdom or a moment of pure understanding? Studying the Bible is like reading a music sheet full of God-inspired love songs that are alive.

There is so much music, sound and joy that we can experience. Our relationship with God does not need to sound like a cracked, buzzing speaker or a muted voice. We don’t need to miss out on the fullness of His music in our lives. There are ways to pump up the volume of His voice in our lives.

Are you listening to muted sounds and not experiencing the fullness He has for you? How about finding His power through salvation, prayer, worship and the spiritual equalizers He has for you? Rock on!

Cindy Jury is the women’s ministry leader at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Federal Way. It can be reached at (253) 927-0268.

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