eSword & Personal Revival
Using eSword Revival Tools For Personal Revival In Your Life
I think it’s fair to state that the American church is in (great) need of revival. I also think it’s fair to state that the vast majority of local American churches are in need of revival. And I also believe that most American families are in dire need of revival. Finally, I think it’s fair to state that most DDTers will heartily agree with these assertions.
So, what does it take? When does revival start? Evangelist Gypsy Smith used to encourage individuals to take a piece of chalk, kneel down, and draw a circle around themselves. They were then to look up to heaven, and pray: “Lord God, send revival, and begin it right here in this circle!”
While our desire is for God to send revival to America, to our local church, and to our family, we need to start inside that circle of one. We need to start with “me.” Revival is simply our own relationship with God being rekindled and revived.
eSword provides great tools to help with personal revival. Sometimes we refer to it as personal devotions; sometimes as discipleship; call it what you will, but building/rebuilding our relationship with God fosters a spirit of revival in our life. The purpose of this blog is to help Christians recognize and utilize the powerful tools of eSword for personal revival.
The core of personal worship has always revolved around these disciplines:
And we could add to that
Wow, does eSword help in those seven areas! Let’s take a look at how eSword can help you experience personal revival in 2013.
DAILY BIBLE READING
Would you like to read through the NT in 2013? How about the OT? Or the entire Bible? eSword can be set to begin each day with a Bible reading. Here’s how.
Go to eSword’s “Tools/Bible Reading...” menu. At the very top left, click on the “New Bible Reading Plan” button. It will walk you through the simple steps of A) what you want to read; B) which days of the week you want to read.; and C) how long you want your reading plan to last. And then, voila! eSword will create the plan for you. Make sure you check the “Show at Startup.” That way, the Bible Reading tool will open automatically each day when you open eSword. When you finish each day’s reading, check off at the top of the page. It’s that simple!
eSword allows users to create simple plans; but there are two plans that I’ve accumulated
I’d like to share with you. One is a Chronological reading plan (puts the book of
Job after Genesis chapter 11; the psalms in their chronological order; etc.). It’s
a great resource -
The second is a Robert Murray McCheyne Bible reading plan. He encouraged folks to mix OT, Psalms, Proverbs, & NT readings together every day. It, too, is divided up into 365 daily readings. You can download it by clicking here.
Whether you create your own, or download one of these, they should be stored in your
The management of prayer lists inside of eSword is quick, painless, and user friendly. It will also encourage you to pray way more than you do.
Simply click on “Tools/Prayer Requests...” to get started. To add your first prayer
request, click the “Request Maintenance” tab -
Just imagine everyone in your church praying for everyone else in their church even
once a month. Wouldn’t that be great? Remember -
BIBLE MEMORIZATION (& MEDITATION)
AWANA, Patch the Pirate Club, Master Clubs, Sunday School, VBS -
eSword makes it easy -
If it has been years since you’ve memorized a verse, give it a try. You just might be surprised at how fun it is! (Don’t forget to check the box to have it show up every day.)
“Our Daily Bread” may be the most famous daily devotional reading in America. (I prefer “Days of Praise” from Institute for Creation Research.) Most American Christians are familiar with these types of “daily devotional” magazines, where you read a verse that is attached to some sort of short, inspirational comments.
eSword gives you access to a couple of classic daily devotional books. They are accessed
by clicking “Tools/Daily Devotions...”. I’d like to recommend a few more! Here they
are, ready for downloading (NOTE: all “Daily Devotion” modules should be installed
to your “...Program Files(...)\e-
Click Here For Daily Devotional Modules!
You can read your daily devotional reading throughout the year, starting whenever you want to (they are always tied to “today’s date” on your computer). Don’t forget to check the “daily” box if you want to use this tool every day.
Many have considered journaling an indispensable spiritual discipline for hundreds of years. Now, with eSword, it is easy, easy, easy! The editor window includes a Journal Editor. This is simply a way to organize your spiritual thoughts by date. Click the Editor’s Window, and then the “Journal Notes” tab, and you’re ready to go. Write whatever is on your heart; lessons you’re learning; questions you may have. There is no wrong format to journaling.
Later, you can go back and look at what you’ve written. You can even search through
all of your past journal notes simply by clicking the “Locate Journal Notes” button.
If you journal, you’ll produce a record of your spiritual growth that will be stunning
to you -
LISTENING TO AUDIO SERMONS & TEACHINGS
100 years ago, this was absolutely impossible. 25 years ago, this was expensive.
eSword now links to great audio material from sermonaudio.com -
READING GOOD BIBLICAL MATERIAL
eSword can literally provide you with a lifetime of reading material. From the excellent commentaries freely available, to thousands of great topical titles (see here, here, here, here, and here), you’ll never run out of excellent, faith building materials in your studies of the Word of God.
If “you are what you read” (!), then eSword can help build you into a Man of God or a Woman of God that is strong in the faith.
The tools for personal revival are available right here in your toolbox. They’re provided and ready to use. All that’s now needed is for you to get started. Wouldn’t right now (or January 1) be a great time to get started on your road to personal revival?
Why not grab a piece of chalk and get started?