Jesus Calling – Using Your Smartphone To Build Your Faith

This week, Apple announced the new iPhone 6.  One thing is certain, on the day it’s released, there will be lines of people waiting early and eagerly in front of Apple stores to be among the first to get their hands on one.  Cell phones have become such a huge part of our daily lives that, for many people, having the latest and greatest is absolutely essential.  So what about you?  Are you planning on getting the new iPhone 6?

Perhaps instead of buying the new iPhone, Galaxy S47 or whatever, you should consider buying something to help you grow in your faith.  What do I mean by that?  Maybe this little video will help you see the light.

Who doesn’t want a phone that can rotisserie a chicken!

Seriously though, because our phones are so integrated into our lives, they have great influence.  They are highly powerful devices that can serve as tools to help us grow in our walk with Christ or become a constant distraction that causes us to miss a lot of life as we fling irate birds at barricaded pigs, develop ninja-like fruit-slicing skills or go on endless jetpack joyrides.

So how do we use our phones to help us as followers of Christ?  Let me offer some suggestions:

  • Download a Bible app onto your phone.  There are many free ones but one I recommend is youversion by Lifechurch.tv.  The app has multiple Bible versions available, numerous reading plans and more.  It is available on every platform so no matter what type of phone you use, you can get it.  You can find more information at youversion.com or look up youversion in your phone’s app store.
  • Install a daily devotional app.  I use Windows Phone and have found a great devotional app which I use every morning.  It has that day’s reading of Oswald Chambers “My Utmost For His Highest” as well as a verse of the day.  It’s great to grab my phone when the alarm goes off and immediately be able to read a devotional and meditate for a few minutes on a Scripture. If you’re on Windows Phone, its called “Prayer Journal” and can be found here.  Other platforms have their own versions found in their app stores.
  • twitterGet on Twitter (if you aren’t already) and find some positive people to follow (if you already are).  Twitter is a place where everyone can express whatever is on their heart so using it for encouragement really comes down to who you choose to follow.  Don’t just follow famous preachers, find some people in your church on Twitter and follow them.  This way you can encourage each other with your tweets.
  • Set a repeating alarm for various times throughout the day to remind you to stop what you’re doing and take a moment to pray.  I have just recently started this.  My phone beeps at me twice a day.  When I shut off the alarm, I stop whatever I am working on and spend a moment thanking God for his presence and asking Him for His help with whatever is on my mind at the time.  It’s a great way to invite God to be a part of my life as I seek to walk with Him.
  • Use the calendar to organize your life.  The calendar on your phone has the potential to help you do more in less time by focusing you on the right things at the right time.  Use it as an aid to keep on top of all that’s going on.  I have found this helps me get more done during my day so when I am home I can focus on my family.  Beyond that, it helps me have peace of mind because I know I have accomplished all I set out to do.  There are no forgotten tasks waiting to surprise me at the last minute and stress me out.

Those are some of the ways I use my phone to help me grow in my walk with Christ.  Do you have any other things you have found useful?  If so, sound off in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you.

2 Comments on “Jesus Calling – Using Your Smartphone To Build Your Faith”

  1. Kelly Johnson September 12, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    That’s great, Doug. Practical ways to mark time and grow in gratitude for the life we’ve been given.

    Kelly

  2. dougphaneuf September 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks Kelly.

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