A Generation After God

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Posted 10/28/14 at 7:58 PM | Brittney Moses

My Boyfriend and I Have Been Having Sex, But Now I'm Celibate...

I got a question from a young woman asking the following:

Me and my boyfriend were sexually active and I've decided to go celibate but I'm not sure where that would take my relationship... I don't want to feel like I'm forcing him just because I made this choice?

For some of you it may be the same situation. Maybe you've been dating someone for sometime, you came to Christ or began to become convicted about your sexual activity and decided to enter a life of purity. Well, this was my advice:

Choosing to honor God is the best decision you could make. Nothing feels better than being in right standing with The Lord in your life. If making that decision takes your relationship down you'd have to ask yourself, was it that strong to begin with? If sex is whats keeping the relationship it will fall anyway because that's not a strong enough foundation to begin with. Any couple that's been married for just over a couple years already sees that it takes much more than sex and butterflies to keep a relationship together. It takes things like endurance, forgiveness, sacrifice and the God kind of love. If he truly loves you he'll love you enough to wait versus loving only what you have to offer. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 4:55 PM | Brittney Moses

5 Ways to Refuel When You’re Burnt Out on Life

This morning was one of those days where I was just done. We’ve all had a time like this. Where just about everything that could go wrong does. You’re getting the run around of life and every other step taken forward is getting knocked back. It all starts to pile on top of each other. And you’re just tired at this point. You’re tired of trying to figure everything out. You’re too drained from your troubles to focus on getting things done. You’re unmotivated and uninspired. You’re just done.

Goodness, let me first say I fully understand. No one is immune to the curve balls and never ending valley's of life- pastors, leaders, even the president I’m sure. But the difference between those who become successful despite all this and those who just become overtaken by the despair is the actions they take in the midst to get back!

So what happens when you have a day you’re too drained to pick up a Bible and read. When your spirit’s too down to say a prayer or call a friend. When you’re too distressed to mentally process life at the moment. Here’s a few suggestions and not necessarily in this order: FULL POST

Posted 10/25/14 at 11:00 PM | Brittney Moses

Comparing Yourself Lately?

In a social media, podcast-driven world where everyone's life is in everyone's face we need to find a healthy balance in our receiving minds.

We look around and this persons ministry is advancing, this person just got married, they're having a baby, their finances are on the up and up, accomplishments are overflowing on the highlight real of our friends and acquaintances life and the danger of an insecure mind is that it will instantly inflict you with how well you're not doing. How far you're not going. How much your life is on a standstill and just doesn't amount to that. You begin to believe that maybe God is handing out blessings and promotions to everyone but you. And slowly, you slide back to the sidelines because you just weren't meant for this.

Maybe you begin to model what they're doing and maybe even the way they do it because well, hey, its working for them.

Well I'd like to take the time to politely and ever so graciously encourage you to:

STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Just stop focusing on where other people are going and start focusing on where God is taking you! Comparison is the enemy of potential. The bible says "Turn not to the right hand nor to the left...". Stop looking around and look straight ahead. The enemy wants you to retract. He wants to get you at a place of hopelessness for your life. But He is a liar. I shot a bow and arrow the other day for the first time in a long time and I remember specifically closing one eye and focusing my sight directly ahead to aim right on point with my target. I can't get distracted and look around while I'm shooting or I'll miss my mark! FULL POST

Posted 10/25/14 at 10:43 PM | Brittney Moses

When Your Friends Aren't Saved

Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead —so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit. (1 Peter 4:4-6 NLT)

Coming to Christ 100% and devoting yourself to following Him with all your heart, soul and mind may cause your former friends to give you a side eye. Three things have happened:

1. You stopped doing what they do.

2. You stopped talking how they talk.

3. You stopped living how they live.

And so they may slander you- "you act like you're better", they bring up the old you and possibly use it against you seeing it has hypocritical. They assume you're judgemental for calling sin sin and deciding not to participate in it with them anymore.

The faith calls for us to live and speak for things commonly contrary to what some of our friends may think or believe simply because The Bible is not their foundation. We have an emotional society. We're led by feelings and not by truth. We do what feels right but not what is right. We're living in a generation of moral decay because the new gospel is the gospel of adjustment; trading the truth for our sinful desires. But we will never have peace of mind until we're at peace with God. And chances are, the bolder you become in your faith the more they will shy away.

Listen, never let that stop you from following the truth you know and don’t forget your first love. When you find the truth you cling to it and you fight for it because all of eternity hangs on that truth. And if you develop enemies along the way, don’t be surprised either because it comes with standing for what you believe in. Even if everyone in the whole world rejects you, Christ completely accepts you. You'll find that as time goes on people may walk out of your life, but thats not the end of your story. Thats just the end of their part in your story. FULL POST

Posted 10/25/14 at 10:20 PM | Brittney Moses

How to Maintain A Godly Reaction in Times of Trouble

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant. Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. (Daniel 2:14, 16-19 NLT)

How do you react in times of distress? In this event we see the wisdom and faith of Daniel in his composure when faced with trouble. Because none of the wise men could interpret the Kings dream he decreed all the wise men of Babylon to be executed, including Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In the face of death we see Daniel handle the situation:

1. With wisdom and discretion.
Instead of panicking Daniel goes directly to the King to gather more details on the Kings dream and asked for more time. He did all he could and moved in wisdom instead of worry. He knew that God was still in control. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/14 at 8:59 PM | Brittney Moses

US Rights Every Young Christian Should Know

If you’re like me and more the creative artsy type there’s a chance that history wasn’t your favorite subject and you did all you could simply to pass the class. But as we grow in an evolving society where the news is filled with numerous cases against the personal stance on the Christian faith, I think it’s critical that my generation becomes firmly aware of their rights as an American person of faith. We hear people constantly slamming the words, “Its their first amendment right!” in cases like Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty and the 5 pastors whose sermons and speeches were subpoenaed by Mayor Annise Parker. But I wonder how aware we truly are in the details of religious liberty when it comes to public encounters in our country. Will you know how to defend your rights to someone in power such as a cop or school official? I’ll break it down in simple terms and I’d like to thank the dedicated team of ACLJ for their aid in this article whether they know it or not. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/14 at 9:30 PM | Brittney Moses

10 Things Holding Leaders Back From Their Full Potential

Fostering the growth of young leaders is something I’ve found to be one of my greatest passions in life and a primary goal of Unashamed Impact. I wanted to take the time in this post to look at some of the common hindrances that not only I’ve experienced in my own journey of purpose but that I also find locking up the greatest potential of many around me. If you find yourself struggling with the issues below I ask that you sincerely take a genuine moment to confront them. We cant change what we’re not willing to confront.

1. Clear Communication
Say what you mean, mean what you say and say it boldly. If you don’t believe in what you’re saying there’s a high chance others wont either. Make sure your thoughts are in order before presenting your ideas. If the concept isn’t simple and clean it may get lost in translation. What are you trying to accomplish and how do you want to go about it. This isn’t just in the business sense but also key for effective and influential relationships. What are your expectations? Make the grey areas clear so nothing is left to assumption. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/14 at 8:03 PM | Brittney Moses

Church Hurt: What Happens When Christians Aren't Behaving Like Christians?

When my heart was prompted to write about a touchy subject like Church hurt, I honestly didnt know where to start. What happens when Christians arent behaving like Christians? What happens when the church aka “Gods House” doesnt feel safe- safe to be who you are truly. Let me start off by saying that this is in no means meant to be one of those negative, bashing articles about how Christians have got it wrong. Thats not my heart. So bare with me.

But before I venture forward I think its important to understand a key thing about the Church. The Church is made up of imperfect people (much like the rest of the world and all of humanity). It would be dangerous to spin off of the idea that the source of the Christian faith, Jesus, is a reflection of His followers. Or to sum up the whole of Christianity only on your encounter or experience with self proclaiming Christians. In fact that would be backwards. It is Christians who strive to obtain the spirit and attitude of Christ and the love of God but in imperfect human nature tends to fall short of that. We can’t verify who God is based on the flawed actions of His people. We can only verify who God is by who He says He is in His word. The sad reality is that many people walk away from the church because they’ve defined Christianity by the shortcomings of its followers. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/14 at 4:48 PM | Brittney Moses

A Call to Boldness for Young Believers Full of Faith

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I dont know about you, but Im tired of the world bullying Christians to be silent for the simple fact that its “unreasonable”, misunderstood or contradictory. Its my fear that a generation will shrink back in fear in their classrooms, peer circles, and everyday encounters paralyzed by the opinions of today’s progressive culture. Where “Because I want to and its my life” is accepted as the standard no matter how destructive it may be. Where wisdom is of no value because we’re bombarded with messages through music and media with no substance. That we’ll tip toe around the foundations of our faith and slowly become silent about the things that matter for the sake of avoiding conflict, rejection or even persecution.

But realize that “the servant is no greater than his master”. We have to accept that following Jesus wholeheartedly will always come at a cost. You cannot serve Christ and also serve the god of comfort. So I boldly say: Today and forevermore, choose who you will serve.

Today is the day we stop being ashamed.
Dont be ashamed of your abstinence.
Dont be ashamed of your purity or modesty.
Dont be ashamed of your transformation in Christ.
Dont be ashamed to push for life.
Dont be ashamed to believe Jesus is the way.
Dont be ashamed to believe the Bible is true and says what it means.
As my friend Sue Bohlin says, “Christianity is no more narrow minded than saying 2 + 2 = 4.
If its the truth, its the truth.” FULL POST

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