“Jesus, Friend of Sinners”

This has been on my heart a lot lately. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We fail. We stumble, and we fall. All too often, we get caught up thinking about our past and think, “How could God ever forgive me after that? Has He really forgotten that I did that?” We let the enemy get in our heads and tell us that we’re worthless. All the shame comes rushing back, and we try to hide. Don’t let the enemy’s lies cloud the truth of His grace and mercy. Remember: you are who God says that you are. You are forgiven, you are loved, and you are His.

“You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet”

Sometimes, though, we cling so desperately to our own salvation that we lose sight of the grace and mercy we’re supposed to be showing others. Remember not to judge others who are stumbling. You were there once too, and you may be there again.  “We are all the least of these.” He saved us once, and He will intervene in our lives for our good a million times again. That’s the thing about being human. We’re terribly flawed.

We have been called by His grace and mercy to love others like He loves us. How can we, as Christians, claim to know Jesus and put down those that are struggling? The finger is not ours to point, and when we start pointing fingers, we get in the way of the spiritual journey of those who sees and may feel our judgment.  Don’t let your actions become an obstacle to someone else’s faith. Love them. Reach out to them.
The chorus holds a powerful and humbling prayer:

“Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”

Pray that today and every day. Adopt His heart, so you can show His love.

There Are Times…

This poem is a display of why it is vital to get into the Word. God’s Word is a source of strength, encouragement, and power. It is your weapon against every falsehood the enemy throws at you:

  • Fear? There are scriptures against that.
  • Doubt? More scriptures against that.
  • Shame? Yepp, still more scriptures against that, too.

Anything the devil tries to attack you with, God can defend against. You can destroy every opposition with the Word of God., but you have to know it first! Build up your defenses by reading the Word daily. Then, you’ll be prepared whenever the enemy comes at you. Otherwise, you’ll keep taking a beating until you find the verses you need to fight back. When you know the Word, Satan doesn’t even have a chance because you already have scripture on hand to rebuke every lie he spews.

The Word is the sword of the Spirit. Getting into your Word will help reinforce your faith – your shield and your front line of defense. So, take up your sword to strengthen your shield! Let God’s Word permeate your life, and you will never be unprepared.

God bless.

Just Second Thoughts

There are times I can’t feel His presence.
There are times I can’t see Him working in my life.
There are times I want to cry out:
“God, where are you? Why have you left me here to deal with this alone?”
There are times I question my calling:
“God, why did you ever think I could do this? There must be someone else.”
There are times I struggle with what I know to be true and what I see.
There are times I want to give up, drop everything, and walk away:
“God, what’s the point? I’m not strong enough for this.”

In the times I can’t feel His presence,
He reminds me that He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Deut. 31:6)
In the times I can’t see Him working,
He reminds me that all things work together for my good. (Rom. 8:28)
In the times I…

View original post 93 more words

God’s Not Dead, So Why Are His People?: Learning to Roar

Hey guys!

So, I know it’s not technically Worship Wednesday anymore on the east coast, but I was trucking my way through a major assignment that was due at midnight, but I’m thanking God that I got it done and that I’m feeling good about it! And so, I thought I’d post this song because it song gets me hype! And it’s not just because of the tempo, either!

I mean… the chorus:

“My God’s not dead! He is surely alive,
and He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion!”

He’s not dead, y’all! They put him on a cross, spilled his blood, and put him in the grave… but he rose again, and he’s living in us – His children! How can you not get excited about that?
Then you have this:

“Let heaven roar and fire fall.
Come shake the ground with the sound of revival.”

That is such a POWERFUL prayer. It’s asking God to make heaven audible. It’s asking God to send His Consuming Fire down so the ground will shake… But shake with what?

… with the sound of revival.

You know what that means? That means it’s asking God to fill us with His Consuming Fire so that the sound of His children being revived in Him will be loud enough to shake the world!

Revival:the growth of something or an increase in the activity of something after a long period of no growth or activity.

That lyric is praying for God to wake us up so that we will stop being okay with being still, so that we will stop accepting where we are in our faith journey as good enough. It’s not good enough! It may be good, but it’s never good enough. It’s time to stop settling. If we settle, we become quiet as mice when we should be roaring like lions. Now is the time to speak up and speak out about the glory of God. Talk about it. Talk about Him!

It’s time to TELL THE WORLD!

God bless,
Liz

Why, God?: Worshipping Through the Storm

Sometimes worship isn’t easy. When everything seems to be going wrong and falling apart, when you find yourself in a dark place, when you’ve experienced pain, heartbreak, loss – in those moments, having a heart of worship can seem impossible. All you want to do is question God. You want to know why.

If you’re struggling with bad times, with hard times, remember that you are NOT alone. God is with you, and He has a purpose for what you’re going through. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We cannot see His plan, but in the times that life is dark and you can’t see how your situation can be worked out for your good, remember that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).

So, hold on. When you’re struggling, cling closer to the one constant: our unchanging God. He promised to never leave you or forsake you. Hold on to that promise, and praise Him through the storms this world throws at you. You’re greater is coming, and your struggles are going to help you get there.

Guide to Salvation

Have you asked Jesus into your heart?

If you haven’t and you are ready to accept Jesus as your savior and and be saved, here are the steps you need to follow. This is call the Roman Road to Salvation. It is a simple, biblical guide to what it means to be saved and how to be saved.

The Roman Road to Salvation

 Step1: Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We are all born into sin. We begin life under sin’s control. You’re not alone. The step now is to change, and the first step to change and new life is to admit the problem.

Step 2: Understand that sin has consequences.

Romans 6:23a: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Recognize that sin results in death. While death of the body is faced by everyone because of the original sin, without salvation you will face spiritual death that will separate you from God in the end of days.

Step 3: Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 6:23b: “…but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Salvation is a gift from God to you! There’s nothing you can do to earn it. All you have to do is ask and you will receive it.

Step 4: Give your life to God.

Romans 5:8: “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Though we did not deserve it, God sent his only son to die on the cross to save us. He is a gracious and merciful God!

Step 5: Call upon the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Call out to the one who gave it all for you. Without Jesus, you cannot be saved. John 14:6 says: “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Step 6: Ask Jesus into your heart.

Romans 10:9-10: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting  in salvation.”

In order to receive salvation, you must believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead on the third day. You must confess this with your mouth.

If you are ready to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and gain the eternal life He has promised, pray this prayer of salvation:

God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I know that I have sinned. I know I deserve death for my sin. Without your grace and salvation, I would be lost. I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. Please, forgive me and cleanse my heart.

I believe your son gave his life on the cross to save me from my sins. I believe that he rose again and that He is the Lord. I know that you are God alone. Jesus, come into my heart. I accept you as my savior.

Thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love and amazing grace. Thank you for dying on the cross for me so that I may have eternal life.

Lord, I’m giving you my life because you gave your life for mine. Because of your great love, I can live, so I want to live for you.

Jesus, in your great name,
Amen.

Salvation is the first step in a lifelong walk with God. Just like with any journey, you can’t just take the first step and stop and still expect to reach the goal at the end. You must keep moving forward. You have to keep working towards your goal. Now that you have taken the first step, we at TTWM want to help you continue your journey with God so that you can strengthen your faith. Please, talk to us if you have any questions. We are here for you.

But don’t stop there. There are several other steps you can take to draw closer to God and strengthen your relationship with Him.

  • Pray daily.
    • Set aside at least 15 minutes a day to pray. No distractions. No noise. Just you and God. Remember, prayer isn’t just you talking to God; it’s supposed to be a conversation with God. Make sure you take the time to listen.
  • Get into the Word.
    • Read at least one scripture a day.
    • Find a Bible reading plan that works for you. Whether it’s a plan to read the whole Bible or a topical plan that fits your needs, having a plan helps.
  • Find a church near you.
    • Church isn’t a place for the “perfect Christian.” Perfect Christians don’t exist. We are all broken and struggling. Church is a hospital where you can go and get fixed up. It is a place to be with fellow Christians who can help you in your walk, to be fed the Word, and to draw closer to God. You may not find the church for you on the first try. Don’t be afraid to visit several. Pray about your choices so that you can be led to the best choice for you.
  • Get an accountability partner.
    • An accountability partner is a fellow Christian who is the same gender and of similar age as you whom you trust. This is someone who will support you and encourage you through your walk with God. You should feel comfortable coming to your accountability partner when you mess up, so that you can talk about what happened and pray together.
    • You can find more about accountability partners here.
  • Get a mentor.
    • Having a mentor means having someone more spiritually experienced than you who can help guide you through your Christian walk. This person should be someone you feel comfortable going to with questions about your faith and the ins and outs of how to live a Godly life. Again, preferably, your mentor should be someone of the same gender.
    • You can find more about having a mentor here.
  • Clean your house.
    • Once you decide to live a godly life, it is important to get rid of the things in your life that draw you away from God. Remove yourself from the situations that you know don’t line up with biblical principles. If something makes you feel farther away from God, it doesn’t need to be a part of your life. This is possibly the hardest part of living a godly life. Sometimes – most of the time, really – you have to let go of some things you love because, in the end, they are detrimental to your spiritual health. Taking this step is a big reason it is important to have a mentor and an accountability partner because they can help you, and don’t forget to pray because your main source of strength and help should be God. He is the one who has all the answers.

If you have given your heart to God today, please email us at themovement.telltheworld@gmail.com.

Happy New Year from the TTWM Team!

 It’s the first day of 2014! As we start a whole new year, look at it as the chance to start over.

If you’ve been struggling with your faith or feel like you’ve lost touch with God completely, today is the day to turn it all around. He hasn’t gone anywhere! Hit your knees and pray, grab your Bible and read, go to church. It’s time to get back to the true purpose of life: serving Him!

Today is the day to start diving deeper into God! Find something you can do every day to draw you closer to Him.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Read at least one scripture a day. (Join me in this one. It’s simple and incredibly easy, especially if you have a Bible app on your phone.)
  • Start a Bible reading plan. It doesn’t have to be the whole Bible. Find one that fits your needs.
  • Set aside at least 15 minutes a day to pray. No distractions. No noise. Just you and God.
  • Take the Christian music challenge: listen to nothing but Christian music. KLOVE‘s is 30 days, but you can choose to go for as long as you want.
  • Get some friends together and start a Bible study group. Having fellowship with other Christians is an important part of our walks in faith. It’s easier to stay strong when you have people by your side supporting you who believe what you do.
  • Go to church, as often as you can. If you can’t go, have your own church where you are. Some churches broadcast their services online (like Breezewood Church, here: http://www.breezewoodchurch.org/sermons.html).

There are many, many more things that may work for you. Pray about it. God will lead you right.

I pray that 2014 brings great things for each of you, that we will walk together in Christ, each following His purpose over our lives. I pray that God places His hand of protection of each of us, that whenever we face trials in this new year we will feel safe and know we can depend on Him. God, let our lives shine Your light in everything we do. To You goes the highest praise. Amen.

God bless,
Liz

Worship Wednesday TTWM Team Choices

Hey guys!

I hope you’ve been having a wonderful day! It’s Worship Wednesday!

Here are some of the team’s picks:

AJ’s Pick:

Lindsey’s Pick:

Bryan’s Pick:

Elizabeth’s Pick:

Bonus:
(You definitely need to listen to these two. These are two that I have fallen in love with lately.)

Enjoy your Wednesday! Remember, you can spend every moment in a spirit of worship!

God bless!
Elizabeth