WAYS IN WHICH YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN ACTUALLY AID YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
“Like them or loath them, Smartphones have become a staple of modern life. You can barely board a train, buy a coffee, or even walk down the street without passing someone engrossed in their glowing rectangle of wonderment. In some quarters it’s even become fashionable to bemoan their distracting nature, or point to the avarice that a new iPhone can instill.
While there are certainly discussions that can be had around those points, that isn’t the whole picture. Smartphones, due to their constant companion nature, can actually be used as a powerful way to enhance your spiritual life. No, we’re being serious. To prove the point we’ve put together a list many different ways that your digital device can help you turn your eyes to things that are good, and away from the mesmeric evil that is Candy Crush.” [Martyn Casserly]
THE BIBLE APP
If you’re a Christian worth the name you will have a desire to carry your Bible with you and read it whenever you find the time. And here’s where the Smartphone turns out to be a tremendous blessing. There are some amazing Bible apps out there for your Smartphone whether you have an iPhone, Android or Windows device. And unlike a paperback Bible where you are stuck with the size of the letters printed, you can increase the font size should you be suffering with Presbyopia (Difficulty reading fine print) and you can also easily search for a particular verse, highlight it, underline it or write notes beside it and copy and send it to your friend as per your desire. This is indeed a tremendous blessing for the child of God who esteems God’s Word more than his necessary food! [Job 23:12]
“Keeping a spiritual journal or prayer diary can be a very helpful way to explore your relationship with God. Looking back over worries, prayer points, and moments of blessing or challenge can give us the longer view that is often obscured by the immediacy of life. Your phone is a perfect medium for this as you’ve always got it with you and there are a wealth of journaling apps available.” [Martyn Casserly]
USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO GIVE YOU PRAYER PROMPTS
“We’ve all been there. Someone at church or work is going through a difficult period and we proffer the old classic ‘I’ll be praying for you’. We then leave and promptly forget our intercessory promise. Well, it’s easy to fix. Every smartphone has a calendar app and a reminders app; simply create an entry straight after your conversation that will prompt you to pray at a time you know you’ll be free. It takes a few seconds, and avoids the embarrassed silence when the person sees you a week later and thanks you for your prayer support. Of course you can go further and create entries for your prayer list, or for your kids, parents, colleagues, anything at all. The thought of a Pavlovian dictator in your pocket might be a little weird at first, but this really could revolutionize your prayer life.” [Martyn Casserly]
BUILD YOUR OWN MASSIVE THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
Believe it or not, my massive theological library of four large metal trunks which I once carried around every time I moved house is now all on my Smartphone! On your Smartphone you can download online articles and good theological books to read them later in your ePub, Kindle or Mobi reader. And just like most Bible apps these epub readers have the search feature, and the highlight and taking notes features etc.
Just download a free epub or mobi reader like Kobo Books or ‘Moon Reader’ for your Android devices, or download epub books into your iBooks if you have an Apple device.
LISTEN TO SERMONS ON SERMON AUDIO.
The largest audio and video sermon library of over 988000 free AUDIO SERMONS from conservative Christian churches and ministries worldwide. Though you have to be very discerning concerning which preacher or ministry you listen to, there are enough good, sound, doctrinal and faith-building audio sermons here to feed your soul for a lifetime. Some good preachers that I myself listen to are – Henry Mahan, Greg Elmquist, W.J. Mencarow, Joel Beeke, John Pittman Hey etc and also sermons and devotionals read from sound theologians of years gone by – like A.W. Pink, J.C. Philpot, Spurgeon etc.
And then there’s the ‘Audio Bible’ for those who have problems with their sight and cannot read for long. You can either purchase one online or listen to it freely on the many websites that make it available. Sermonaudio also has the complete KJV Bible in audio format. Make good use of it.
BUILD A GOOD CHRISTIAN MUSIC LIBRARY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE.
Good godly music is very soothing, comforting and uplifting to the quickened soul. And there are tons of good free Christian music of Hymns and spiritual songs both audio and video which you can download from either Youtube or other Christian music sites and listen at leisure and worship the Lord, making melody in your heart to Him. [Eph 5:19, Col 3:16]
Or if you’re an ‘oldie’ like me who loves Christian radio . . . there are some good Christian Radio stations out there which you can tune in to from your smart phone. Twenty years ago I had a 9 Band Siemens pocket radio which I cherished so much, but I don’t need that anymore . . . all the radio I need is on my Galaxy Note 4. Thank you Lord Jesus!
All that to say dearly Beloved, a tablet or a smart-phone is a good investment for a Christian, especially a Christian worker. And no, you don’t have to be a ‘Rocket scientist’ to learn how to use one. I just taught my 65 year old mom how to use one and if she can get it so can you!