A vital part of renewing our minds comes from large doses of the Bible. While it is good to actively read and study the word of God, we can benefit from “passive” consumption as well. One way I do this is by listening to the Bible as I fall asleep at night.
I use my smartphone, but if you are at a stage in your recovery where you are not using a smartphone, you can listen to the Bible on CD or on an MP3 player. Here are the steps you can use to do it on your phone.
I use YouVersion, which is available for iPhone and Android.
Here it is on the Apple app store:
After you download it, open it and click the Read icon, which is the second one from the left at the bottom of the screen.
Click the default Bible version at the top of the screen and navigate to the King James Version. Make sure you click the Download button so that you can use the Bible without internet access. NOTE: You may have to log in or create an account in order to download the Bible.
After the KJV is downloaded, you can click the settings button at the bottom right of the screen to customize the font, font size, etc.
Navigate to the passage that you want to listen to and click the speaker icon at the top right.
Choose how long you want to listen; I usually choose an hour.
Click the play button, set your volume and listen as you fall asleep. After the set time, the audio will stop automatically.
I fall asleep quickly. How much good can it do to listen when I am asleep?
You may not be consciously listening, but hearing the word of God has a cleansing and renewing effect on the mind and spirit, even while we sleep. It certainly sows good things into our subconscious minds and helps replace the negative, addictive thoughts that hinder recovery and healing. “Overcome evil with good.” “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Why the King James Version?
If you are not familiar with Bible version issues, you will have to trust me on this one. For now, understand that the Elizabethan English of the King James version has a beauty and cadence that will facilitate restful sleep. Unlike the modern English versions, it is based on the majority of Hebrew and Greek manuscripts currently available. And, at over 400 years old, it has stood the test of time.
What should I listen to?
I try to listen through the entire Bible once a year, but I also focus on particular books when I sense a particular need in my life. I like to listen through the Proverbs occasionally and I spend considerable time listening to the Paul's epistles. If you are a new believer, I would suggest that you start with the gospel of John and the book of Romans. Proverbs has a lot to say about sexual sin so that would be a good place to listen.
I hear a few chapters and then “miss” the rest after I fall asleep.
One technique I use is to not to pick up where I left off, but to start a few chapters from where I started the previous night. For example, let's say I start with John 1 and hear 15 chapters that night. Instead of starting with John 16 the next night, I may start with John 5 and go from there. The following night, I will start with John 10, etc. That way, I got more “conscious time” with each chapter, while still getting an hour of total listening time.
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