Is it God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell
Some people can’t tell whether it’s the devil or God speaking to them, but wouldn’t it be great if you knew how YOU could tell the difference? Read on and I’ll show you!

I was at a restaurant called, “Pollo Tropical” one time, and I noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table all alone. She was minding her business eating her Tropi-chops. I wanted to mind my business and eat my Tropi-chops! But guess what? God was speaking to me…and he wanted me to say something to her.

He said, “Just tell her I love her.”

That’s it. Just one line.

I didn’t want to! He said again, all I want you to do is, “Tell her I love her.” That’s it. So I started to wonder…. is this really God speaking to me or is it the devil putting this thought in my head? After all, if I approach this lady and tell her, “God said…” She might think I’m crazy.

So I’m sitting there arguing with God and myself. And I said, “What if this is the devil telling me to do this?” Then God said to me in a deep inner way, “Do you actually think the devil would ask you to tell someone God loves them?”

Hmm, probably not!

What I learned is that even if it’s not God’s voice, but it’s a good thing, just do it anyway, cause 9 times out of 10 if it is a good thing – it’s God’s voice.

Because I sat there so long, the lady got up and left. I lost my chance to encourage her and let her know God cared. All because I took too long trying to figure out if it was really God speaking to me.

Remember, according to John 10:10, the devil’s M.O. is to kill, steal, and to destroy. So, if what you hear is killing, stealing, or destroying in any way, then it’s not God.

If what you hear is:

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

It’s the devil.

God NEVER talks about: 

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

If you feel that God is speaking to you, and the thought is loving, positive, kind, full of mercy, or grace, it’s probably God. Measure the thought against what you know about God. Does the thought agree with his character? If so, it’s probably God, so go with it!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, “Is It God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell”, You will enjoy this post, A Sure Way to Know if Your Steps Are Ordered by God”.


Get Yourself a Christmas Prayer-Present that Will Help You Get Everything Else

Want to give yourself a Christmas “prayer-present” that will give you what YOU need?

Think about it, prayer is a Christmas gift that will keep on giving to you. Yet, sometimes prayer is a tough activity. Sometimes prayer is a struggle. Sometimes you might not even feel like your prayers are working. That's why I have designed something for you.

I'm going to tell you what I've had cooking over the last few months that will help you with your prayer life. But let me ask, what could you give yourself this Christmas that will:

  • Help you get the things you need.
  • Help you pray for the important people and issues in your life.
  • Gently nudge you to have a daily talk time with God.
  • Deliver scriptures to you daily that you can munch on.
  • Help you maintain the relationships that are at the center of your life.
  • Help you express your needs to God in a different way.
  • Give you more variety in your prayer life.
  • Help you draw closer to the Lord.
  • Help you keep Jesus at the center of your life.

Want a little hint? Of course you do! Answer: Prayer Rock-It!

  • How many times have you thought, “I need to pray more?” Prayer Rock-It will help you carve the time out of your schedule.
  • How many times have you wondered, “Is there anything out there that can help me pray in a way that will bring me results?” Prayer Rock-It will lead you to pray effectively.
  • How many times have you asked, “Is there a way to make my prayer life more interesting and exciting?” Prayer Rock-It will give you the variety you crave in your prayer time.
  • How many times have you decided, “I will pray everyday.” Prayer Rock-It will help you stay on track.

What's Prayer Rock-It?

Simply put, it's booster fuel for your prayers.

Who needs it?

Anyone who wants to get results when they pray. Anyone, like you, who wants an effective prayer life. It's kind of like a gentle nudge. Though I prefer a kick! Cause it will kick your prayer life in a new direction.

Prayer Rock-It is that something extra that will boost your prayers as it fuels your prayer life. It will add variety to your prayers. You'll be praying in a way that is fresh and life changing. This truly will be the gift that keeps on giving. You can give to others with your prayers. Give someone the prayer support they need because you'll have a bank of prayer scripts coming to you everyday. Pray them as they are or use them as prayer starters. Like I said, this is booster fuel for your prayers.

Here's a Snapshot of each Prayer Booster:

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Prayer Rock-It will deliver a “Prayer Booster” to your inbox Monday through Friday, 5 times a week.

Also included are bonus boosters based on current events that touch the world around you. (Like the Newtown School Shooting, Holidays, Political Events, National Catastrophes, etc.)

The Prayer Boosters target a specific need or situation that you and others you know may be dealing with in life. It will have four short, simple yet powerful parts:

  1. Picture This
  2. Scripture This
  3. Pray This
  4. Speak This

It's clear. It's easy.

No fluff. No King James jargon.

Simple prayer scripts in today's language.

Powerful and effective.

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That's not all. When you sign up you'll receive these bonus items:

  1. Bonus #1 – My book, “Grabbing God's Attention, The Art of Praying Like a Pro” (Listed on Amazon Kindle for $7.99 but it will be yours free with your Prayer Rock-It subscription.)
  2. Bonus #2 – My mini ebook, “Answering Tough Questions About Prayer” which will give you solutions to your biggest prayer dilemmas.
  3. Extra Special Bonus – If you're among the first 100 people who subscribe to Prayer Rock-It, you will receive direct access to email me personally the first month with a prayer need and I will personally research scriptures for you and write a prayer for you and your unique situation.

You're worth it.

Don't worry about the price. I've worked it so it's less than a quarter a day. That's doable. That's something that you can handle yet still get priceless inspiration, motivation, and a boost to your prayer time. It's 4.97 a month. You'll receive Prayer Boosters Monday through Friday, 5 times a week. Plus bonus boosters as the needs arise. And let's not forget the bonus books I'm including. That's a lot of boost for your buck.

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Here's What Others Are Saying About Prayer Rock-It:

“Prayer Rock-It helped me realize all scripture is God breathed, what better way to pray then praying Gods promises back to Him. Then speaking and affirming the prayer out loud helped me believe it and made it real. I know I am on my way to financial peace.” -Karen Lebron

“Prayer Rock-It helped me change my life with feelings of rejection and loneliness. Dr. Linda’s prayer boosters are simple, and they come straight from the Father’s heart. Her articles have touched my life and continue to lead me in a place where I don’t have to complicate my communication with God; they help me keep it simple. Dr. Linda’s Prayer Rock-It is an expression of mentorship in my spiritual life and have also become my helper in my daily walk with God.” -Robin Landis

“As leader of a Prayer Ministry I have a need to be more focused and spiritually grounded. Prayer Rock-It has helped me to do just that! I am personally grateful for the encouragement our ministry receives through Prayer Rock-It!” -B. Archie

Buy yourself the gift this Christmas that keeps on giving. Fuel your prayer life with Prayer Rock-It and make your prayer times more potent, exciting, and effective.

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My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools
I get a lot of questions from you, my readers, asking about my favorite Bible study tools. Reading the Bible and having amazing tools at your disposal has never been easier with the invention of e-readers, tablets and smart-phones. This post gives you a list of my top electronic Bible study tools and apps with short descriptions and links so you can grab them for yourself.

You might find something here that will make your Bible reading more interesting and certainly more enjoyable. And you might find some sweet gift ideas (I have added Amazon links for your shopping pleasure.)

YouVersion on iPhone

What I love about electronic devices is that they make reading your Bible more convenient and definitely more accessible than a hard copy of a Bible. Why wouldn’t you want to make the switch? You do so with newspapers and magazines. You opt for email over regular mail. Why? It’s faster and at your fingertips.

It’s your option. You choose. I say, give it a shot; you can always go back to holding your Bible in your hand if you choose.

So without further ado, here’s “My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools”:

1. Amazon Kindle – As I have shared with you before, my Kindle is my FAVORITE Bible study tool. Before I had my kindle, I used to carry 5 different Bibles out to my reading chair every morning.

Imagine how that worked when I traveled! I spent a lot of extra money at the baggage counter because my suitcase was always over the weight limit. The only thing good about that was that it provided a good workout lifting and lugging!

Now my Kindle is all I need. I have 9 different Bible translations on it and countless devotional books. What I love about reading my Bible on my Kindle is that I can jump around to different passages by clicking or touching (I now have the Kindle Paperwhite which is touch screen) the hyperlinks within the biblical text.

Kindle Paperwhite

With my Kindle Paperwhite, there’s no more leafing through a big Bible when cross-referencing. And the search feature can’t be beat. Trying to find a topic in scripture is easy with the Kindle, just enter the keyword in the search box and your Kindle will pull up the passages for you. If you’re in the market for a Kindle Fire, it’s a beautiful device that offers all of the features mentioned above in a tablet e-reader.

Not interested in a Kindle?

No sweat. Let’s not forget, you don’t need a Kindle to use the Kindle App. You can download it on your smartphone, tablet or computer giving you the option to purchase Bibles, devotional books, and Bible studies galore. You purchase them right from Amazon and read them in the Kindle app.

2. iPad – My second favorite Bible study tool. What I love about having an iPad and a Kindle is that Amazon has the Kindle app that you can grab for free and put it on your iPad and iPhone. With this you can read whatever books you have on your Kindle on your iPad or iPhone. So for Bible reading this is a gem.

When I’m out to lunch with a friend, I sometimes want to share a verse of scripture with them that I read that morning. So I go to the Bible I was reading in my Kindle that morning but I do it in the kindle app on my phone and it flawlessly syncs and goes right to the page and verse I was reading. Sweet!

3. Apps for Apple & Android Platforms:

There are tons of Bible related apps, which are available for both Apple and Android products. YouVersion is probably the most popular. I use it because it has a ton of Bible translations and the option to read two versions at once in parallel view. Here’s a link to the YouVersion for Android users.

You can highlight, and copy in YouVersion. From there, tweet the verse you’re reading or post it directly to Facebook and other social media apps. You can email the link to someone as well, so it’s got some great sharing features.

The YouVersion app also has reading plans. And plenty of them! From Joyce Meyer to C.S. Lewis. And love this feature or hate it – when you miss a bunch of reading days in a row, the app will gently remind you via email. No pressure, you can dismiss the reminders if they start to bug you.

There are many Bible reading apps available in iTunes or for Android users. I have the Olive Tree app, which is great if you want to import various Bible versions into one app.

Or you can purchase stand-alone Bible version apps from Olive Tree. I have the both New Living Translation Application Bible App from Olive Tree and the Amplified Version Bible App from Olive Tree. I find myself going back and forth comparing both versions.

4. iPhone – Lots of people are using their phones to read the Word. It’s great because you pretty much always have it with you. Stuck in a doctor’s office, pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in traffic…well, maybe that’s not such a good idea unless someone else is driving!

Other great iPhone and iPad Bible reading apps that I use:

  • BlueletterBible.com is a Bible search engine with commentaries, study helps, and more. You can use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Biblegateway.com Another great Bible search engine with tons of translations, commentaries, and study helps. The user interface is a little prettier than the BlueletterBible but looks aren’t everything!
  • Strongs Concordance for the iPhone – Full search features. Study the root words in the Greek and Hebrew. No more lugging around a Strong’s Concordance – those suckers are too big! Love that I have all of this study information at my fingertips!
  • Evernote– Evernote is the best note-taking tool I have ever encountered. This is pure gold. And no, I do not get paid to say that! Evernote, as Michael Hyatt says, is my digital brain. I have it on my iPhone, iPad, and my Macbook. When I write a

    Evernote on iPad

    note about a passage of scripture or just copy a scripture down that I want to commit to memory or go back to for encouragement – it goes right into Evernote. The search features can’t be beat. I use Evernote to record Bible study thoughts, prayers, and it can also be used for journaling.

  • DayOne Journal. Again, this is an app from the Apple store, which gives me the ability to have it on my iPad and iPhone. In it I list prayer requests, things that God is speaking to me, and yes, I cut and paste my favorite scriptures in it like crazy. You can upload pictures to it, and email your entries to a friend. And it’s password protected. DayOne has a very friendly interface and it’s fun to work with.

If you’re a Twitter fan, and you have a Kindle, you’ll want to follow @GospelBooks. Why? Cause they let you know about FREE Christian Kindle Books you can scoop up. They’ll tweet about free and discounted books everyday. Be sure to check their timeline regularly so you don’t miss a steal or a deal.

So there’s a list of my fav’s. Hopefully you will find some great gems that will help you in your Bible reading and Christian growth. What are some of your favorite Bible study apps and tools? Share with us, we want to know.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools, you will want to check this related article: Why I Made The Switch to Bible Reading On My Kindle.

 

Many Christian believers have bought into the idea that the blessings of God – our inheritance – will not be given to us until we get to heaven. Do we really have to wait that long?

Let me give you a little hint…

It’s NOW! Let me show you how you can get access to it today. If you are facing challenges, lack in any area, addictions, fears, sickness, low finances, broken relationships, then hang on. Christ has left you with protection, deliverance, prosperity, restoration, and provision.

My precious grandmother “Bert” died 9 years ago. Her real name was Alberta, but who wants to be called Alberta when “Bert” is such a hip grandma name?! In her will she left her children and her grandchildren money. Yay! So when I received my inheritance from her, I dug into it right away. In fact, I used it to pay my post-graduate fees. At that time I was just finishing up my Ph.D. Thanks Gram!

When I opened the envelope containing my inheritance, do you think I slid that check back in there and said, “Cool, but I’ll have to wait till I die to use this.”? No way! I took that check to the bank pronto baby! I tapped it right away.

That inheritance was mine because she died. While she was alive, it was not mine. But when she died, that inheritance became mine because she left.

Ephesians 1:11 says, Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God…

This scripture says that we have an inheritance (again, this is talking about the blessings of God).

When does a person receive his inheritance?

After the person who left it for him dies.

News flash:

Jesus died.

And left you an inheritance.

This verse states our inheritance has already been received. We already have it. We get it when we believe that Christ paid for it on the cross and believe that he has cleansed us of our sins.

Ephesians 1:14 AMP says, That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the first fruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it—to the praise of His glory.

Here’s Where We Get Stuck

People misunderstand the phrase in the verse above, “in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it”. They mistakenly believe this means we will not have full redemption or acquire complete possession of it until we get to heaven. But is that what it says?

Nope. It states that we first receive a taste of it when we receive the Holy Spirit. So let me ask you, “When does a person receive the Holy Spirit?” Answer: When they become a child of God. That’s when they get their first taste of God’s blessings. And that’s when you got your first taste.

How the Tasty Blessings Increase

You got a taste of it when you were born again and received the Holy Spirit, but the more the eyes of your heart are enlightened or believe, the more you begin to understand ALL that God has for you. We’re talking about all of the blessings you are entitled to because you have an inheritance that you can tap into!

When you begin to walk in Christ, your belief grows and you start tasting more. The error some make is thinking that the more and more you walk with God, the more you experience the blessings he has for you. But let’s debunk that myth.

Truth is, the more and more you believe the blessings are yours through Christ, the more you will experience them. It’s like belief is the way to get your blessings out of probate. Belief is the probate key. Sweet!

Galatians 3:9 says, So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

And what kind of blessing did Abraham get? For starters, he was fruitful. Not just with children but with livestock, cattle, money, and land. Everywhere he went he prospered. Read the book of Genesis for yourself and you’ll see. If you have the same faith as Abraham, the blessings of Abraham will start working their way into your life. I encourage you to quit thinking you will not receive it until you get to heaven.

So Let’s Recap:

An inheritance is released when a person dies. Jesus died. That’s when you received your inheritance. The only reason you don’t have it fully is because you haven’t fully believed that it’s yours right now for the taking. You don’t have wait till you get to heaven to possess it….Unless you want to.

Me? I’m taking mine now cause I believe!

So to get your full inheritance on this earth here’s what you do. You pray and ask God to open the eyes of your understanding like this:

Pray this prayer based on Ephesians 1:17-20:

“Father, I am asking that you give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can know you better. I pray also that I will have greater understanding and belief in my heart. This belief will help me to know the hope that is mine in receiving the blessings that you have for me right now. Show me the inheritance that I don’t have to wait to possess. I ask you to open my eyes and my heart so I can fully comprehend how rich and amazing the blessings are that you have given me. Things you have promised but that I haven’t received yet simply because I haven’t believed I can have them now. I declare right now that I will begin to believe and step into the richness of my inheritance that you have given me. In Jesus Name.

Now, go dig into your inheritance!

If you have enjoyed this post, “Stop Waiting to Receive Your Inheritance as a Believer – Get it Now!” then you would like this post: 4 Reasons Why You Don’t Always Receive God’s Promises Before You Get to Heaven & How to Change that Fast!