There are many physical principles we can apply to our spiritual lives with the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit.
I just read an article on the internet about extending smartphone battery life writtten by Emily Price (quotations here are from that article) which have highlighted points which all Christians can apply to extend their Christian testimony and strengthen their life-line to the Source of all Power, the Holy Spirit.
A few small things
Emily wrote how “Watching out for a few small things during your day, however, can help extend battery life on your trusty device and make sure you’ve got enough juice to make it all day and well into the night.”
Are we taking advantage of that advice in our spiritual life? Are we watching out for the few things, the little foxes, in our day that sap our spiritual energy, yet being sufficiently plugged all the time into the Holy Spirit, our ultimate Spiritual Source?
“It takes extra juice for your smartphone to search for a data connection. If you’re somewhere where you won’t get a signal, like an airplane or subway, putting your phone in airplane mode or turning it off altogether will prevent it from draining your battery.“
Are you in airplane mode with the Lord when you are unconsciously doing your work, at home, or school or wherever the Lord has placed you. Remember He is there with you, but always on call when you need. His Presence is there with you for He promised He will be with you always.
“Likewise, turn off wifi when you don’t need it. When it’s active, your phone scans for available wifi connections constantly, which kills battery life. If you’re using the wifi in a coffee shop or bookstore, remember to disable that connection when you’re done to avoid draining your battery while you’re on the road.”
Sometimes we are put into heightened alert in situations when we hear many voices. We need to choose whose voice we hear. When we have chosen His voice, we need to turn off the other voices so that we can focus on the Lord’s voice.
“Your battery bleeds faster when you’re inattentive.” Oh yes, when we get distracted and inattentive, when we attempt to crawl out of His hands and into the world, we compromise and will bleed physically, emotionally and spiritually, and suffer the consequence of being powerless against the onslaughts of the enemy. May the Lord help us to focus on Him and not become paranoid with the distractions.
Focus on the task at hand
“Sure, you can have your email open, search for directions to a local restaurant, watch a video on YouTube, and play Angry Birds at the same time — but chances are you’re really only focused on one of those tasks. Everything you have open on your phone is using some amount of battery power. Try to focus on doing just one thing at a time on your phone, and close unnecessary applicationsto keep them from draining your battery.“
Amen, cut links with those that sap spiritual power as long as they are on call in your lives. Shut them off and focus on the Lord and on your testimony for Him.
“Things like your GPS and the bluetooth connection you use to connect to your hands-free device in the car gobble up a ton of battery power and are of no use to you unless you’re doing a few specific tasks. “ When you are involved in specific activities for the Lord, you need not be overloaded with all the information available. You need to choose what is relevant. You need to be discerning, and not have itching ears for every new invention, new thought, new idea, new church concocted by man for there is nothing new under the sun which the Lord has not provided for us to sustain us.
“Bright screens look great but are a huge drain on your phone’s battery. To stretch your phone’s life, go into the controls or settings and dim the backlight or brightness of your screen. While the dimmest setting might be difficult to read (especially if you’re somewhere brightly lit), something toward the middle will extend your battery life without putting too much strain on your eyes. If your phone has an auto-brightness option, using that can be a one-step solution to balancing battery life and ease of reading.”
Indeed the brightest lights, do not lead you to the right way. Be sure to appreciate the dimmer paths in the will of the Lord on the straight and narrow way. Let us have a balanced view of things and experiences. The important thing is to know that we are rightly plugged in with the Lord.
“It takes more battery power for your phone to vibrate than it does to ring. While you absolutely want to have your phone on vibrate (or turned off) when you’re at a movie or in a meeting, keeping your ringer on at other times can help extend battery life.”
Just as you would with a toddler, the easiest way to make sure your smartphone’s battery lasts all night is to give it a nap at some point during the day. “
Be sure to take spiritual rests, for you cannot be so stretched that your connection with the Holy Spirit breaks. You can be in that situation when you are so task oriented and having unrealistic expectations going your own way, till you are so physically exasperated and faith drained, that lead to deep disappointments against His Word and untimely according to His Master plan.
“If you still find yourself running out of battery life before the end of the day, plug into a charging bag or use an external battery pack such as Morphie’s JuicePack to strap on some extra power for the road.”
Yes, at the end of the day, you need to review, confess, and be encouraged once again by having a recharge with the Lord in an Evening Prayer to forgive and be forgiven, recalibration with His Word and Presence so that you have peaceful sleep, refreshment and reconciliation (Let not the sun go down upon your wrath)…… and be re-charged for tomorrow.