Communication: Then and Now
Financially, how we communicate is a factor in the tangible results we realize in the workforce regardless of whether we are still in school, or well advanced in a career. The ability to articulate ideas clearly and respectfully is a life skill, not just a work skill. The ability to understand and disseminate information in order to make business, financial, medical and relational decisions is obviously critical as well.
Today, digital communication is accepted for almost all types of relationships. The benefits of this are that it is quick and you have a written record of your conversations. The downside of this is also that it is quick and you have a written record of your conversations – plus, you have a growing gap in the use of full punctuation, spelling and sentence structure, and a reduction in the various ways we communicate with each other.
Holy Spirit was speaking to me for a very long time about praying for financial grace and all the various areas of personal finance. It’s interesting how the enemy can delay and attempt to sabotage the good ideas and thoughts we have from the Lord. My intellectual mind said I should start the 40 days of prayer after the website had been revamped and new technology was in place. I thought I would continue to pray on my own as I have been for years until the systems were in place to answer prayer requests and personal questions.
Even now, as I have begun the initial 40 days, I am finding that shortly after the calls, I’m catching myself with discouraging thoughts as the enemy attempts to derail this activity. Happily, I have also been declaring God’s promises over my life for many months now, and one of those declarations is that ‘I uproariously laugh when I hear a lie from the enemy’ (Psalm 2:4) and “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7) is written above my desk.
What great opportunities and ideas has the Lord planted in your mind, that you have pushed aside because your rational mind started processing doubting thoughts? Have you found yourself with an interesting idea, only to be have the next thought to be something like, “No one ever makes any money at that.” “I don’t have time to do that.” “I can’t do that.” “I’m too old to start something like that now.”
Obviously I don’t want to go on, because these thoughts need to be brought captive to make them obedient to Christ (see 2 Corinthians 10:5). It is then, that you are able to break free from self-limiting financial sabotage by being open to learning new ideas, strategies and resources to recognize, pursue and realize on the abundant thoughts God provides to His children. In the beginning, the spirit of God hovered over the earth at creation and communicated with God and the environment. At Pentecost, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to be with us to communicate with us and with God. Because the spirit of God is with us and in us everywhere, when we communicate with people face to face our spirits are able to pick up on communication through the spirit as well. Many people talk about this in terms of our body language and overall energy level. Voice tone also communicates spiritually as well as verbally. In written communication these physical forms of communication are missing.
God speaks to us through His spirit and we hear Him and speak to Him through our spirits. This spiritual form of communication that is conveyed in our face-to-face communications is rapidly diminishing. While this is likely not new for anyone reading this, what I’ve noticed for a few years now but couldn’t quite articulate is that not only does digital communication leave out the spiritual connection, it is often left incomplete. Sometimes not intentionally as emails or texts can go missing, but often they are left unanswered just ‘because’. This has many repercussions to both the sender of a message and the receiver.
In Daniel 10, the angel of the Lord was delayed 21 days in response to Daniel’s prayer because he was dealing with the enemy. I believe that our digital communication age leaves room for the enemy to divert, delay and mistreat our communications. I am not for a second implying that digital communication is bad; I’m saying that whenever there is a gap in a conversation the enemy can (and does) use that to plant seeds of doubt, insecurity, condemnation, frustration, and a lot of other negative thoughts that aren’t from God.
In verbal communication, sometimes we get interrupted and it can be frustrating. However, in digital communication, an interruption can be particularly unsettling because only one party knows why the communication is left ‘hanging’ (perhaps you noticed how I interrupted this article with announcements and updates. That was intentional to demonstrate how our emotions can be easily swayed in communications).
We are called into relationship with God and with each other. This requires constant, loving, respectful communication. It requires insight, knowledge, wisdom, patience, faithfulness, and the other fruits of the spirit. I believe that we benefit relationally and financially when we communicate with each other in a variety of ways. I also believe that when we communicate digitally we benefit and strengthen our relationships with each other if we start, end and carry on our conversations like we would if we were face-to-face, or on the phone or other live form of communication. If we leave a conversation open-ended or a question unanswered, we leave the door open for the enemy to interfere. He can influence us with a spirit of guilt, pride, or self-centredness by not replying to a communication until we ‘feel like it’. Or, the enemy can employ doubt, impatience or frustration to the person on the receiving end of a digital communication that is left ‘hanging’.
From a financial grace perspective, we want to encourage communication with Holy Spirit to live a prosperous, abundant life where opportunities abound and relationships thrive – uninterrupted by the enemy’s attempts to throw us off. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:18 and 21).