Tangibility Issues

"Where in time past you walked according to the ways of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:"  Ephesians 2:2

In Ephesians, Satan is referred to as "the prince of the power of the air."  A scary thought when you consider how most personal technology today is powered by the air. Smart Phones, Tablets, The Cloud, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Satellite TV, and Radio, all use signals sent through the air.  We all know that the devil uses these devices to distract us from what is important, but there is another more subtle tactic in the power of the air.  The devil is giving us Tangibility Issues - a spiritual disorder causing us to lose touch with reality.

To be tangible means to have substance, something you can touch, hold, and feel. But as technology increases, the once touchable things in our lives have become intangible.  People no longer carry cash, instead transactions are made wirelessly.  People rarely meet face to face anymore, instead we have text and video chat.  Many Christians no longer carry Bibles, because everyone has bible apps on their smart phones.  We create elaborate online lives, while our actual-real-life-existence seems to fade away.

The problem is we are all forgetting the importance of a hand shake or a hug.  We are forgetting the impact of being physically present for a friend in need, an "it will be alright," text just isn't enough.  We electronically donate $10 to help the hungry, when we should be out there feeding them.  We rely on recorded music to worship, when we are the ones who should be singing.  We make excuses not to read the Bible, because the battery is almost dead - that is silly!  We are losing our own tangibility.

Ways to be a Tangible Christian:

1. Faith is tangible, it has substance (Hebrews 11:1.) Demonstrate your faith in practical and dynamic ways.  Such as visiting and helping those who are in need, and live a life of self-discipline, (James 1:27.)

2. Take a fast from technology. Technology is good as long as it doesn't overtake our lives, to give it up entirely is usually not necessary.  Try going 24 hours without internet, cellphone, television, and other devices that may be distracting to you.  The harder it is to give up, the more you need to do it.  Do these 24 hour tech fasts as often as you can.

3. Make plans to sit down and have face to face conversations, with a variety of people, on a regular basis.

4. Keep an actual paper Bible. Read it, enjoy it, notice how the weight of it feels in your hand.  Appreciate it.

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