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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!

 

If you’re having a tough day or having a tough season – here are 7 scriptures that will help you make the most of every moment. With these scriptures you’ll be ready to charge right into your day!

Read them. Think about them. Get em down and let them nourish you. God’s Word will energize you and help you go the distance today.

1. But you, Lord, are a shield around me…the one who holds my head high. – Psalm 3:3 NLT

2. If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 NLT

3. No weapon formed against you can come successfully against you – Isaiah 54:17 NLT

4. But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. – Matthew 10:26 NLT

5. No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. – Romans 8:37 NLT

6. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 NLT

7. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

Grab one of these scriptures and charge into every moment with assurance you’re gonna make it!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, “7 Scriptures That Will Help You Make The Most of Every Moment”, you will be encouraged by this post: “How Just One Minute in the Word Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Day”.

 

Why do I prefer reading my Bible on my Kindle every morning rather than holding a bible in my hands? Yeah, I know, some say you just can’t beat the experience of holding your Bible in your hot little hands. It just feels good…and holy…and right. It’s by far the superior reading experience! Well, hold on and let me explain why I switched.

I thought I would have those very same thoughts. In fact, I had my Kindle for a week before I decided, this was crazy. Why would I want to continue to tote 5 Bibles around with me or even just one when I can carry a 3 ounce Kindle and have all of my Bible translations at my beck and call? I was silly NOT to read my Bible on my Kindle. Before you get all nostalgic on me just let me offer some of the pluses.

Advantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • I have 9 different Bibles on my Kindle; this is by far, my greatest joy! Think about it, to have all of my Bibles on one small, thin, light device is perfect when I travel. I used to add at least 25 pounds to my suitcase toting my Bibles and books. Now, my Kindle slips into my backpack, briefcase, or purse and it’s available anytime I need it. No more lugging books, commentaries, and study guides. I can research and study anytime I have a few minutes or when inspiration hits.
  • When I am in a meeting, I can pull out my findings or search for documentation without lugging books in my briefcase or backpack.
  • The search feature is by far quicker than trying to page through a big Bible. I type what I am looking for in the search area and my Kindle does the searching for me.
  • Searching for the notes I made is super sweet. Type in a keyword used in my note – and voila, my kindle takes me to that place. Much easier than looking for notes in the margins of my Bible.
  • On those rare occasions when I don’t have my Kindle with me because I left home with just my iPad, my Kindle is still with me – just in a different format. My iPad Kindle app seamlessly syncs with my Kindle so I never lose my place. All of my notes, and bookmarks are available on both devices. Win-win!
  • On even rarer occasions when I don’t have my iPad, my iPhone has guess what? Yep, my Kindle app too. And yes, all synced up and ready for reading. And because I always have my iPhone with the Kindle app with me, I always have my commentaries and notes. Whether I am in line at the grocery store, waiting at the doctor’s office, or killing time before my next appointment my Kindle, in one of 3 forms, is with me.  Win-win-win again!
  • Highlighting on my Kindle is a breeze and want to know what’s even breezier? Easily finding all of my highlighted passages in one place. They are all gathered together in a neat little file called “My Clippings” and I can also find the same file on my iPad, iPhone, or desktop. Flawlessly synced to boot! This is in addition to the text staying highlighted on any of my devices as I read.
  • Now, what about those who say, “Well, sooner or later you will forget the order the books of the Bible are in because you use the electronic version instead of searching through the hard copy of your Bible.” To those I say, “SO?” Electronic devices aren’t going away guys. So get with it. Nine times out of ten I am using an electronic device which allows me to page through the table of contents or even search for the book and chapter that I want. The need for memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, though still important, isn’t as necessary. Do we still use our fingers to eat now that we have the invention of the fork at our disposal? I guess some still do, but that’s their game. My point is – they don’t have to.

Disadvantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • At first, I was going to be sassy and tell you there aren’t any. Still love me? 😉 Honestly, it all boils down to what works for you.
  • If you aren’t willing to try something new, then Kindle Bible reading won’t work for you.
  • If you’re opposed to learning new technology, then Kindle Bible reading definitely won’t work for you. Stay an old dog refusing to learn new tricks. Yes, I still love you. 😉
  • If you absolutely love holding a bulky Bible in your hands for whatever reason, keep at it. But if you are willing to expand your horizons and experiment with something you may find foreign at first, you just may like it. Then love it. Disadvantages are in the eyes of the beholder. You choose.

Practical details:

  • Price: The new Kindle Paperwhite is a great deal starting at $119.00. I got one as soon as it came out. The Kindle Paperwhite is touch screen, which makes jumping to hyperlinked scriptures easy. So cross-referencing is super fun and fast, like lickety split! Touch the verse that is underlined and you’re right there. Touch the back arrow and you’re back to the previous scripture where you started.
  • The older Kindle Keyboard is still available on eBay for cheap. This is the Kindle I started with years ago and it was love at first sight! I will say though that I love my Kindle Paperwhite even more. The built-in light makes it lovely to read in bed or in a dimly lit room. My husband’s thankful that a lamp on our nightstand no longer bothers him when I’m reading and he’s sleeping. Makes me happy when he’s happy!
  • If you are interested in any of the Kindle models, click here and you will be taken to my Amazon store where you can learn more about them and purchase it securely. (And too, you will be helping me, as I will get a small percentage of the sale. So, thanks in advance!) The Kindle Fire link is also listed here for your convenience. And ohhh, is that Kindle Fire sweet! Full color and like a little tablet.
  • If you order from Amazon you will receive your Kindle in about 3 to 4 days (based on the publication time of this post). If you’re willing to venture out you can get a Kindle at Best Buy, Staples, Target, and Office Max. My assistant, Tanya, and I called around. Once we found that Best Buy in our area had them we boogied over there pronto. They held them at the front desk for us and we walked out with 2 highly coveted Kindle Paperwhites from Amazon’s first shipment. Can you say FAVOR?! 🙂 Yep! And I pray that for you too!
  • If you’re in the market for a gently used Kindle, you can find some really good deals on eBay. I found one for my mother last year for $60 including a nice case. She too, has become a Kindle fan. As soon as it came in, I downloaded a free ESV Bible on it for her to read.

Stay tuned for my next post about Bible reading on electronic devices. I will share how to use the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile apps to read your Bible. I’ll give you a list of apps I have tested and use that are great for Bible study, prayer lists, devotions, and keeping notes. We’ll also explore the iPad verses the Kindle for reading in general. Will be fun, so check back or even better….subscribe so you get my free updates via email.

So there you have it. This is why I made the switch to Bible reading on my Kindle and why you might too. No matter which you choose, Kindle or a handheld Bible – just keep reading your Bible. It’s good for you. And we all need God’s goodness in our lives! Dig in and enjoy!

 

It happens to all of us at some point in life – feeling far away from God and not too sure you can get back. If you’ve ever been in that spot or you want to be ready if it happens in the future, let me show you how you can get back to God when you feel far away.

A game we love playing with our kids is “spooky.” It’s basically a ramped up version of hide-and-seek because we play it in a pitch dark house or outdoors when there is no moonlight. I’m talking pitch black. You can’t even see your hand in front of your face kind-of-dark.

My kids love this game so much that even now as teenagers, they still beg us to play. Now that they are older, dare I say, adult-size (my son is 6’4″) they are super creative with their hiding spots. Sometimes I’ll find one of them perched up on top of the refrigerator. Yes, on top! Or on top of the credenza. Thank God the furniture is strong enough to hold them.

The person who is “it” seeks out the people who are hiding. Seeking, in this case, means looking intently through the pitch dark. We’ll run around feeling our way through the night, examining every piece of furniture with our hands hoping to bump into a body. And also listening for any type of noise that might indicate a person holding their breath – lest a faint exhale give away their whereabouts.

This is What It’s Like When We Seek God
It’s the hunt, the seeking, that makes the chase so enjoyable. It’s a great picture of how you can get close to God and stay close to him. We’re searching for our prize, a relationship with God who loves us deeply and passionately.

And the kicker is this – he wants to be found! That’s why there’s a reward for seeking. And ANY time you seek, you find. There are no losers in this game. Anyone who is on the lookout for God wins.

Feeling Far Away?
The enemy would like to make you think you’re not good enough to find God. Or that you’re not righteous enough to find God. This is where he loses. If you can get it in your head that righteousness is a gift, not a reward for obedience, you will find him.

Look at what Hebrews 11:6 says about it:

It’s impossible to please God without faith because the one who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards people who try to find him. CEB

The verse above says you are rewarded for seeking, not doing everything perfectly. Righteousness is free. You recieve it the moment you believe in it. You can’t do anything bad enough that will push God away from you. Even when you mess up, you and God can still be tight!

Here’s More Proof

Gal 2:16
Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law. NLT

Even in the midst of your anger, God still loves you. Even in the midst of your cheating, God still loves you. Even in the midst of your lie, God still loves you. Even in the midst of your mistake, God still loves you. Even AFTER you’re saved and you mess up, God STILL loves you. Because it’s about what Christ did, not what you did. And because of that…

You’re not as far away as you think.

In fact, it’s all just in your mind. You’re only far from him if you think you are.
And better yet…you’re as close to him as you think you are.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you on the lookout for God?
  • Are you seeking him?

Know that you belong to Christ simply because you believe in him and you will never have to experience feeling far away again. But you’re only as close as you think you are. If Satan can make you believe you are far away from God – you are.

If you have faith that you will find him when you go after him, you will get him. You’re as close to God as you think you are.

Think close and you’ll be close. He wants you. Go get him!

If you enjoyed this post, “If You’re Feeling Far Away From God, Here’s How to Get Back”, you might enjoy this post: Don’t Be Fooled By Your Scars – Here’s What They Reveal About You.

 

How good are you at protecting those you love? Read this guest post by Amanda Beth to find out. It’s an excerpt taken from her latest book, The LOVE Walk,  A 15 – Week Devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

The original Greek word for protect in 1 Corinthians 13:7 is pronounced stegō. It means: 1) to protect or keep by covering, to preserve; 2) to cover over with silence; 3) to keep secret; 4) to hide, conceal the errors and faults of others.

To protect someone means to protect all that concerns them. This includes protecting their reputation. I learned what it means to protect someone’s reputation by seeing how my husband protects mine.

My husband continually builds me up to others. Sometimes I think he makes me sound better than I am. I’ve even seen him make himself look bad in order to protect my reputation. He goes out of his way to make me look good. He does it because he loves me.

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10 (NLT)

If we want to sincerely love others we have to protect their reputations. We don’t protect people’s reputations when we gossip. Proverbs shares many verses on gossip and the reasons why we need to avoid it.

Proverbs 18:8 shares the most important reason. Solomon must have thought so too because he repeated it again in Proverbs 26:22.

The NLT version for these verses read:

“Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.”

Gossip contaminates our hearts. When we put others down we take ourselves down, too. Gossiping may seem harmless and feel innocent at the time, but it gradually hardens our hearts toward others. It is impossible to love others when our hearts are hardened.

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:16

Proverbs 16:28 shares another reason why we need to avoid gossip:

A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

I wonder how many friendships have been destroyed over gossip. I wonder how many families have been divided over gossip. Gossip spreads like wildfire and doesn’t go out until someone puts it out. The more it spreads the more people it deceives.

Years ago I had someone spread gossip about me. It made its rounds through many people. By the time it came around to me it was almost comical. The story was twisted so far from the truth that you knew each person had to have added something new as they shared it with the next. What hurt most was that I had done nothing wrong in the first place. The one who started it didn’t agree with something I was doing, so they took it and twisted it to make me sound bad.

Proverbs 26:20 says, “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.” Every one who shared the gossip threw their wood into that fire to keep it going. All it would’ve taken was one person to stand up and say, “I’m not going to accept that.” The fire would’ve ended there and never spread to me.

We may not be the ones who spread gossip, but how many times do we sit in the middle of gossip and just listen? To protect someone’s reputation means that we’ll have to stand up in others’ defense when they’re being talked about.

I remember calling my mom once to talk about someone who wronged me. I expected her to listen to my complaints, but instead she started saying positive things about this person. At first I got irritated. But after hearing the things she said about that person my heart started softening.

God used that conviction to help me turn from gossip so He could pour His love into my heart for that person. That moment I saw the reason why God wants us to protect people’s reputations—it transforms our hearts.

Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.

—Leviticus 19:16

People’s lives can be dramatically affected by gossip. We are to build people up, not tear them down. When we build others up and protect their reputations, God will protect ours.

 “The LOVE Walk” is a fifteen week devotional created to encourage and support you in your love walk. Each devotional focuses on a different characteristic of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….”

Each chapter includes an encouragement, a prayer, verses to meditate on, and one verse to memorize to support you in your love walk. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are questions to reflect on for personal evaluation or group study.

Follow this link to purchase a copy of “The LOVE Walk.”

 Amanda is a wife of sixteen years, mother of four children, and author of You Can Have a Happy Family” and “The LOVE Walk”. God has done an amazing work in her and her family since He rescued her twelve years ago. Because of His unfailing love, she is passionate about sharing His love with others. Every Monday she shares the wonderful benefits behind the truths in God’s Word on her blog (SharingTruths.com). Every Wednesday she prays the Word of God over prayer requests on her Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/AmandaBeth). And every Sunday she is a guest contributor for Christian Blessings (PTL.com). She also shares messages on marriage and parenting on her website (AmandaBeth.net).

We would love for you to leave your comments and interact with Amanda Beth. Has your life ever been affected by gossip? How has someone you love protected you? If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, How Good Are You at Protecting Those You Love, please share it – chances are your friends will too! 

 

President Obama, Mitt Romney

Are you disappointed with who won the election or tempted to believe God doesn’t care or that he’s lost control? Or that he is allowing the nation to fall apart? Maybe you’re upset about who’s in control of the house or senate. Does it looks like the wrong people are in office and your nation and community are in a downward spiral? Not true. Whether you voted for President Obama or Mitt Romney, let me show you that regardless of who won the election – it’s going to be ok for you.

Here’s a promise from the Bible that you can count on when everything looks like it’s falling apart:

Romans 8:28 says, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Let me clarify a few things about this promise that all things work together for good:

  1. The Bible doesn’t say that EVERYTHING that happens is good. It says God can work it into something good.
  2. The Bible doesn’t promise that we will ALWAYS see the good right away. It may take time.
  3. God can bring a good that we don’t recognize.
  4. God doesn’t say he will bring good out of bad FOR EVERYBODY – only for those “who love God and are called according to his purpose” (For Christians who are genuinely walking with God.)

Here’s an example from God: God had tough things happen to him too. God’s son died. Tough right? In fact, God’s son was murdered.

And let’s not forget Jesus, God’s son, was tortured, then killed. It didn’t look good when it all went down. But hold on…

It ALL happened for YOUR GOOD!

Let’s recap. Situation – Jesus was killed.

What good was in it for you? It gave you the way to be forgiven and saved from hell.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says, Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Message)

God and Jesus Identify With What You’re Going Through

Whether we’re talking about the election or anything else in your life, know Jesus is in touch with your reality. God knows about tough stuff, and will make all things work together for you and this nation. So if your disappointed, don’t worry, God has everything under control and he will make even the election results work together for your good.

If you’re wondering how to keep and hang on to your healing let me give you a few pointers because I don’t want you to lose out.

I had this great idea that when I turned 40, I would bite the bullet and compete in a triathlon. I workout every day. I’m fit. And I thought, “Shoot, I can handle this. I’m in just as good a shape as most 20 somethings.”

I love swimming, so that shouldn’t be a problem; I used to swim laps every day anyway. I love biking, that would be a cinch, the breeze coming at me at top speed is invigorating. But I hate running. That would be the booger!

I do run. In fact, I like the feeling I get after a run and that high that comes from pushing through the wall. But I still don’t like to run. Partly because I have always had knee problems.

The culprit: torn ligaments and tendons that never received the proper recovery time because I don’t like sitting still. And I pay for it dearly. It has always kept me from running comfortably for more than 2 miles at a time.

I still really wanted to complete this triathlon. So I started training. My best friend bought me an “Iron-woman” triathlon watch for Christmas so I could keep track of my times… I had the bike. I had the sports clothes and athletic shoes. Yes, I had all the gear, but I still didn’t have a good knee.

It wouldn’t cooperate. Most days I pushed through the pain but eventually I realized if I didn’t get my knee fixed I couldn’t compete.

The problem with getting my knee fixed was that surgery was required. And like I said, I can’t stand the thought of being down. I workout almost every day and to me the 6-week downtime while recovering sounded like a death sentence.

I love and require movement. I rarely sit still unless I am reading or working on my laptop or iPad. I couldn’t imagine being immobile for 6 weeks. So… I decided to quit training for the triathlon.

That didn’t fix my knee problem. Flash forward 4 years later, I’m now 44 (at the time of this writing), and still having pain in my knee. It slowed me down when doing my Insanity Workouts. Not fun. But one day I realized something.

Something every believer needs to realize.

We don’t have to live with pain. We can receive a healing and keep it.

I know. I know. You’re wondering how.

First you’ve got to know that God’s Word has the key to our healing.

Proverbs 4:20-22 says,

My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. (AMP)(Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

This says God’s word will bring healing and health to your flesh. But you have to keep the word in the center of your heart.

Second, God’s Word point blank says that Jesus paid the price for your healing.

1 Peter 2:24 says, He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (NLT) (Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

With that knowledge under your belt…

Here’s the key to keeping your healing:

*Hold on to your healing by what you think and say.

Once you realize Christ grants you full healing, and you can believe for it, you have to fight for it. And fight you will because here’s what usually happens – you start to feel better but then in time you feel a symptom return. A little bit of pain comes back. Or the swelling returns. Or you see some other manifestation.

What’s happening here is that the enemy is trying to get you to focus on what you see and feel in the natural instead of focusing on the truth in the supernatural.

Why the Enemy Wants You to Speak Against Your Healing

He’s trying to get you to say the opposite of what God gave you. Satan knows what you speak is what will come to pass. That’s why he wants you to speak how you feel instead of speaking what you know. He knows the power of your words.

The truth of God’s Word is this – you have been given healing. So – you can’t, can’t, can’t begin to think like the enemy does. And you certainly can’t, can’t, can’t begin to speak like he does.

Resist the enemy by resisting the urge to say how you feel physically. Spin it around and say, “I know God healed me and I am going to feel it. I am getting better. My strength is returning. My sickness is leaving. I am healthy and whole.”

How to Lose Your Healing

Don’t change your confession of your words. This is where you can loose your healing. You have to hold on to your faith confession.

Hebrews 10:23 says: Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.

See it? You’ve got to hold on to your confession of faith. Hold it, don’t let it go or slip away!

How To Hold On to Your Healing:

1. Take in the Word.

Let the word have its home in your heart. (Col 3:16)

The more at home the Word feels in you – the more comfortable you will be with thinking it. Which is good because thinking it prompts you to speak it.

2. Think the Word.

As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)

If you think you’re healed, you will be healed.

3. Speak the Word.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

If you start to feel symptoms come back speak to the devil and tell them to go away. Quote God’s word to him. Tell your symptoms to leave.

Resist Sickness Just Like You Resist Sin

It’s God’s will to heal you just as much as it is to forgive you of sin. It’s God’s will that you resist sickness, pain, and disease just like you resist sin.

If you start feeling pain, say: “Pain I resist you. I refuse to be in pain.” Pain must leave. If you start feeling sick, say: “Sickness I resist you. I refuse to be sick. Christ healed me of all sickness.”

This is resisting the devil and what he is trying to put back on you through unbelief and using what you say. But if you hold fast to your confession of faith – you will keep your healing.

How I Fight When Faced With Pain

Any time the devil tries to tempt me with a little pain in my knee, I go into fighting mode. I resist his attacks by thinking and saying out loud: “Knee you are healed. Pain, you have to go because Christ paid the price for my healing. My knee is strong and feels good.”

All that may sound silly to some who don’t believe. But guess what? It works. Scientific studies reveal that physical bodies respond to words.

I am happy to say since learning this – I don’t suffer with knee problems anymore.

Now, the question you are all dying to ask… “Will I compete in a triathlon?” The answer… No. But not because of a knee problem. I just don’t want to run!

So come on, if you want to keep your healing, hold onto your confession of faith. That’s how you hold on to healing!

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Is Social Media Ripping Off Your Time With God & Others?
If your finding your relationship with God and others a little challenging, consider if time spent with your smart phone is ripping time away from the important people in your life. Let’s find out if your most important relationships are in danger of sabotage by social media.

Social media can kill your relationship with anybody but especially God. He doesn’t scream out for your attention like the other people in your life. But maybe the important people in your life have quit screaming!

Fact: social media is fun. It’s cool to be in the know. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Linkedin, can even help us engage with our family, friends, and circles of influence. But for social media to be an advantage it needs to enrich our relationships rather than rob from them.

Here are a few questions you can ask to determine if social media is killing what you really want to thrive.

Social Media Tilt-Meter Test:  (See if any of these apply to you.)

  • What’s the first thing you reach for in the morning? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or your Bible?
  • Upon waking, who do you comment to first, your mate or your friends on social media?
  • If you added up all the minutes you spend on social media each day – would it be as much as you give God for Bible reading and prayer?
  • Do your know more about what’s going on in the life of your peeps than you do your kids?
  • How often do you check in with your tweeps and peeps in comparison to how often you check in with God?
  • When your dining with a loved one, do you know more about what’s on their plate, or more about the dish you just found on Instagram?

There’s nothing wrong with social media, as long as it doesn’t snuff out the time you need with God or other important people in your life.

Try the Media Fast Challenge:

Go on a social media fast. Try it for a week. You will be amazed at how much more time you have to talk with God and others. Instead of grabbing your phone or electronic device, read your Bible and other good books. Take time to think. Enjoy a walk with someone important in your life. Or hey, just take a walk by yourself. Remember what it’s like to smell the roses.

Unplugging will help you get your groove back. It will reset your brain. 

If you can’t resist the urge to check in with your tweeps and peeps, then delete the apps. Go ahead. It’s ok! You can always get them back.

Yes, you will miss social media at first. The first time I did a social media fast I thought I was missing out on everything important. But here’s what I learned: The world around me isn’t as important as what’s really important. God. My husband. My kids. My close friends, and yes…me!

You’ll find social media a hard habit to break. But once broken it will bring freedom. Freedom to your relationships. With God. With others. With yourself.

Don’t let social media rip away your time with God and all that’s important. Take a little media break. You’ll have greater clarity when you return…and better relationships.