For those of us who have accepted Christ as our savior, we each have to figure out what to do next. When you’ve experienced the transformational love of Christ the next question is usually: now what? Do we sit on our hands and enjoy God till we die or He comes back? Or are there ways we allow Him to work in us daily to further His Kingdom?
This is why Christian character matters. And Christian character comes from the influence of God’s Spirit shaping us into who He designed us to be more and more each day. As the apostle Peter said,
“His divine powerÂ has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of himÂ who called usÂ by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,Â so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,Â having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
But what does it mean to participate in the divine nature? One of the traditional tools for the spiritual life is journaling. I’ve never been much for that as it isn’t something I can keep up with and it ends up discouraging me more than anything else. If you are like me and are interested in a different way of experiencing God, here are four iPhone apps that I’ve found to be very helpful in no particular order.
Anki is a flashcard app with a sophisticated algorithm to help you study cards in the natural rhythm that your brains needs to see them. The cards that you see the most are the ones that you are having the most difficult time with. I use this app to memorize Bible passages. They have a mobile version so you can also dwell on Scripture verses on your phone or iPad wherever you are.
Simply a digital prayer journal. I like this because you can organize your prayers by categories and divide them up on certain days. For example, I can decide that on Tuesday’s I’m going to pray specifically for my kids and it will organize my prayer list accordingly. You can also organize by answered/unanswered and set deadlines if you are praying for time specific requests.
I’ve written in depth about this app before, but it is a great tool for managing daily disciplines. It helps you keep track of those things you want to do daily and offers unique ways to get encouragement and even for interacting with others about it if you are interested. I’ve found that momentum in one area leeds to momentum in other areas and this app helps you create easy momentum.
This is by far the easiest way to read your Bible. It offers plenty of free reading plans as well as organizes it for you daily. It allows you to always have the Bible with you and to read wherever and whenever it fits. Even if you want to start with just a chapter a day this is a great way to start.