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Seven Free Apps for Your Walk with God

We seem to spend a lot of time on our phones or tablets these days. We grab our phones to check the weather forecast only to realize several minutes later our focus has been hijacked. Suddenly we realize we’ve been scrolling Instagram and lost track of time. We may have even forgotten to check the weather at all!

Installing apps to help our spiritual life may seem like a stretch, but this can be an incentive to spend some time with God, in prayer or in the Bible rather than browsing the web or Facebook. But how?

Instead of vegging on social media or Youtube, we can go for our Bible app or another spiritual app when we grab for our phones. Then we can redeem the time by giving that time to Jesus and our spiritual growth instead.

Tip: “Hide” the apps that distract you most! Put them in folders or on a home screen view several swipes away. Then move a faith app or two to the first screen you see instead.


Below are seven free apps I have used and recommend for your walk with God.
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Vessels of the Father’s Love

Father God has given us each a free will. He has given us a beautiful choice to show love and honor to Him and others. Most often, we think we do this pretty well. Nonetheless, our hearts still contain impurities revealing self-focus and unhealed wounds.

Learned behaviors we thought were normal affect our daily lives. Ingrained habits plague us. We raise our voices at our children or siblings. We avoid those who rub us wrong. Or perhaps we find ourselves doing things to fulfill the need to be useful, or we assert ourselves wrongly to feel in control. Maybe we busy ourselves to avoid painful emotions.

Even in the many struggles we have, Father God is working to refine us into vessels of His love as we yield to Him.

We want to be ones who seek the heart of God, showing selfless love to all who we come near. Jesus confirmed this call. When asked about the most weighty of the Commandments, He said that loving God with all and loving others are the two from which all others stem (Matthew 22:36-40).

We realize our attempts to love remain tainted with self-serving. Showing love and honor is not automatic. Because of our tendencies toward selfishness and sin, we must seek to be intentional. We must be mindful of those around us.

If we ask, Father God will reveal ingrained behaviors and help us replace them with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We must seek to be a blessing in every situation. It will take allowing Him to show us the depths of our souls.
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God’s Presence: What Is It Really?

As Spirit-filled believers, we are accustomed to hearing the phrase “God’s presence” or “the presence of the Lord,” but do we truly know the meaning of this phrase? Have we even pondered it?

In order to truly seek God and worship Him, we must know what, better yet, who we are seeking. I have a sense that some in the Body of Christ think of differing things when they think of “His presence.”

Is it a feeling? No, but at times we can tangibly feel His presence or our physical bodies are touched in an obvious way by His Spirit. Is it something “oily” (the anointing) or electric (dunamis power of the Holy Spirit) in the atmosphere? No, but there can be tangible manifestations of God in the atmosphere.

So what does the phrase “His presence” actually mean? It’s so simple. :)

His presence is His Person. It is God Himself! Profound, I know.

(This post is not meant to be an ethereal, deep devotional about God’s presence, but about the simplicity of what that means so that we can truly experience a closer, more intimate relationship with Him.)

If we are seeking a feeling or some tangible experience that we see as defining the experience of His presence more than we are seeking Him in intimate fellowship, we may completely miss the true depth of connection and communion we can have with Jesus.

He definitely encounters us and tangible things can happen. We see things in the Spirit as He opens our eyes and we hear Him speak within our spirits internally or He shows us what He is saying through a vision. However, this is not our basis for defining the experience of His presence anymore than for example, someone hearing me sing means we have had quality time together as friends.

You’ve heard, felt and/or seen with your spiritual or natural senses, but have you actually connected to God and interacted with Him intimately?

Think of it this way: Say you call a friend on the phone, and they say they can’t talk at the moment because they’re visiting with a guest. This means that they are in the room with the guest, and even more so, it means they are with the person spending time with them, talking to them, complimenting or encouraging them, etc.

Furthermore, in thinking along the lines of having guests stay overnight, it means you are sharing your home with them, giving them a place not only to interact with you in close quarters, but they also eat with you and rest there in your home.

Jesus wants to have His home in our hearts, and us to have our home in His. The Lord wants companions and friends, not simply distant acquaintances who just want to feel the good vibes in the room because He is there. Jesus wants to be our Best Friend and Highest Priority, just as we are His. He wants to be with us, and He wants us to be with Him.

As we worship together as the Body of Christ or have our time alone with God in the Secret Place, I pray that Father God will help us to realize and live out the experience of His presence that is mainly about being with Jesus, our Bridegroom and Best Friend, the Lover of our Souls. In this, we can truly enjoy His presence, and allow Him to enjoy fellowship with us.

When you pursue the Lord’s presence, remember what you are truly seeking: to spend time with Him. Ask His Holy Spirit to teach you to fellowship with God.

Remember that the tangible, manifest presence type of experiences may come and go, but God’s Spirit dwells inside of our spirits all the time. His indwelling presence is always with us. We can encounter God’s presence at any time, even when in the midst of our daily tasks we can turn our minds and hearts toward loving conversation with Him. Learn more about fellowship with God’s Spirit.

Know that because of Jesus you can come boldly into the throne room of grace to spend time with your heavenly Father! He loves you so much. As you seek His presence with this understanding, you will find that your connection to Christ becomes even deeper and your friendship with Him grows more and more.

You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy,
at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 (AMP)

God in the Little Things

Many wrongly believe that the Lord will only speak to us about big things, forgetting that He cares for us even in the little things. He loves us so much that He knows the full number of hairs on our heads. God’s Word says also that His thoughts toward us even outnumber the grains of sand on a seashore (see Psalm 139).

The other night I was singing from the Psalms while worshiping. My hand was bothering me from a long day of work, and my wedding band felt tight, so I took it off and placed it on the pages of my open Bible, to rest and massage my hand.

I heard within me a warning not to put it there, as I’d fall asleep as I was lounging on the couch and it would possibly fall to who-knows-where.

Oops! I ignored the wise warning, dismissing it as a random thought.

I did eventually fall asleep for while on the couch before going to bed. I honestly knew it was the Holy Spirit who had warned me, but for whatever reason I missed it completely. The next morning I woke up and realized I didn’t have my ring on. I searched and searched places it could most likely be, but failed to find it. It was not even in the pages of my Bible.

As I typed this then, my hubby was gently shaking out my Bible, and my ring fell out from the pages, though I definitely remember not seeing even evidence of my ring among its pages. That is something to be grateful for! Thank You for mercy in my failure to listen to Your wisdom, Lord!

Pay attention more to God’s Spirit within you. Listen often for His still small voice. He cares so much for us that He gives us even seemingly minuscule tidbits of wisdom about things we sometimes think do not matter to Him.

There have been many times in my life where God has orchestrated things I never thought He would even care about. Over the years, Jesus has shown me that He truly cares for us in even the little things.

How has the Lord shown you His love in the things of daily life?
Have you experienced His presence even in the mundane
or the places where you’d least expect it?
Share how God has made Himself more personal to you in the little things.

Cultivating Relationship with God

This post is mostly excerpts from a teaching on Cultivating the Oil of Intimacy by Mike Bickle.

It is not enough to study the Word, we must give our heart to God and receive from Him as we read it. Bible study must create an active dialogue in our heart with God. Scripture gives us the “conversational material” in our prayer life. It creates the language of our heart with God. Using the Word in our prayer language with God makes prayer easy and enjoyable. We must actually speak the Word back to God and against Satan’s attack on our lives. Many do not speak the Word back to God or against Satan (they only speak it to others). The power of God’s love touches us as we declare back it to God. We thank Him for the love that He declares over us.
(Mike Bickle)

We must put our relationship with God first, not work or ministry to others, not anything else, to be ready in the day of Christ’s return. Without intimacy with God, we’ll lack the fuel of God’s Spirit in ourselves and also being God’s vessel as each one is called to be like Christ to others.

Matthew 25: Parable of the Ten Virgins

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened one night when ten girls took their oil lamps and went to a wedding to meet the groom. Five of the girls were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps, but no extra oil. The ones who were wise took along extra oil for their lamps. …someone shouted, “Here’s the groom! Come to meet him!”

When the girls got up and started getting their lamps ready, the foolish ones said to the others, “Let us have some of your oil! Our lamps are going out.”
The girls who were wise answered,
“There’s not enough oil for all of us! Go and buy some for yourselves.”

While the foolish girls were on their way to get some oil, the groom arrived. The girls who were ready went into the wedding, and the doors were closed. Later the other girls returned and shouted, “Sir, sir! Open the door for us!”
But the groom replied,
“I don’t even know you!”

So, my disciples, always be ready! You don’t know the day or the time when all this will happen.

Mike later shares that to grow in relationship with Jesus we must:

  • Spend time regularly and intentionally feeding on God’s Word and meditating on His truths (read the quote at the top of this post).
  • Live it! We must be doers of the Word, not just hearers (James 1:22)
  • Intentionally utilize God’s Word when faced with temptation – speak His truth and take all thoughts captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
  • Say “no” to things that hinder our relationship with God or keep us from cultivating intimacy with Him and living by the Spirit instead of the flesh. (Mark 8:34, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Colossians 3:1-2)

“Many ‘ministry lamps’ will go out because they will lack the spiritual vitality of the Spirit’s oil & will not be able to feed the heart of God’s people in the coming time pressures.”
(Mike Bickle)