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Heart to Heart: Brittney Moses

Monday, May 12, 2014

Brittney Moses of Unashamed Impact is a remarkable woman. I am most inspired by her courage and obedience to God despite the many challenges that she has faced.  Her life is a testimony of God's Grace and Mercy, and she lives to tell the world about it. She has not allowed fear or circumstances to dictate to her how to live but instead she has allowed God to use her for His Glory. She is not ashamed of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus and we thank God for her life. Here is our heart to heart with Brittney.

Inside Woman: Brittney, would you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to faith in Christ?

Brittney Moses: Well I was born and raised in the Church as a girl in Los Angeles, California. Both of my parents were ministers. When I hit 5th grade they got a divorce and I believe that was the moment I also began to divorce my faith and relationship with Christ. From there I went through a downward spiral of stealing, cutting, promiscuity, partying and drinking heavily among many other things. My senior year I met my husband who was in a gang at the time and we fell in love with each other quickly.  We ended up getting pregnant at 17 years old which caused us both to slow down a bit and sometime after our son was born we agreed to start taking him to Church. We wanted him to be a “good kid” and we were in no place to teach him how to be one. But we ended up attending the service and decided to keep going back to Oasis Church, because after years and years of experiencing all the wrong things we finally felt something right. We didn’t know what God was beginning to do or that He was redirecting our course but we did know that we had to go back. One night I was at the peak of my brokenness and asked Christ to change my life in tears on my bathroom floor. Eventually Jonnese and I got married, baptized and never looked back. There’s no way I got where I am this far because I did all the right things but Jesus truly changed my life in more ways than one. He answered my call. 

Inside Woman: What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus?

Brittney Moses: I believe it’s like having a relationship with your spouse or loved one. You communicate daily- maybe through prayer or just involving Him in your life by talking to Him about your day, your worries, your needs, your joys. He hears you. You have your quality time- setting aside time daily to spend with Him, reading the Word and getting to know who He is. The whole Bible is about Jesus- The Old Testament predicts Him, The New Testament introduces Him and Revelation brings Him back. You remain faithful by keeping yourself pure, obedient and set apart for His glory. Communication, quality time, faithfulness are among the many factors you need to make any relationship work and this is the same for our relationship with Jesus.

Inside Woman: Why must Jesus be central to our lives as believers?

Brittney Moses: As humans our flesh has many desires that are not always right even though the feeling is real. For example people have desires to cheat, to lie, to steal, to curse others out, etc. It’s very easy to get so caught up in our sin nature especially in a world where sin is the standard. Jesus is love, health, wisdom, truth, life and these are all characteristics of the Spirit of Christ. As believers it’s important that Christ is the center of our lives because when He is our foundation or point of focus then everything else aligns the way it should - our marriages, work & school life, hardships, relationships - it all begins to flow from Him. Not only that but we need Him to do what He’s called us to do as believers.

Inside Woman: Who is the Holy Spirit in your life?

Brittney Moses: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is the very real and tangible presence of God in my life. He is my guidance - he convicts me when I’m wrong. He is the evidence that Christ is in my life. He is my teacher. The Bible is a spiritual book and when the Holy Spirit rests on us as we read Gods Word He begins to give us revelation and understanding of scripture at depths we may not have grasped with our human eye. 1 Corinthians 2:13 & 14 says; “When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means”.The Holy Spirit connects me with other believers. When I sense the Spirit of Christ in others (mainly by their fruits) it brings us together as a body. 

Inside Woman: There are a lot of conflicting messages about the Gospel of Jesus. In simple words, what is the Gospel of Christ all about?

Brittney Moses:  Jesus, who is 100% God in spirit and 100% man by flesh, was crucified becoming a living sacrifice for our sins, and resurrected from the power of death three days later (witnessed by over 400) claiming His victory over the power of sin and the grave so that we may also overcome sin and death to be reconciled with God on Earth and for eternity in heaven.

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Inside Woman: What foundation would you say you’re building your faith on?

Brittney Moses: The only foundation we should build our faith on and that is Christ accompanied by the guidance of His Word.

Inside Woman: Do you agree that we need to hate the sin and not the sinner? And how do we do that?

Brittney Moses: Sure I do. We all know what it’s like to be on the wrong side of God. We all know what it’s like to be human. But true love hopes the best for another and shows the same grace and guidance we’ve all been given for another shot at getting this life thing right. So of course we hate murder but some part of us should want the murderer to get it right and aspire for a better life. We continue to love the sinner by recognizing we’re not perfect, remembering the grace that was extended to us, and not giving up on what GOD can do through ANYONE (look at Paul). 

Inside Woman: Tell us about Unashamed Impact? What led you to start the ministry and what is your mission?

Brittney Moses:  Unashamed Impact is a movement organization I founded on July 27th 2012. The purpose is to unite young believers worldwide to be an example of what it looks like to live a positive lifestyle dedicated to Christ. This movement is breaking down the walls between race, denomination, location, background and gathering every soul willing to take a stand to be a light in this world. We’re fostering the visions of young leaders and we provide the tools they need to grow and create change in their city to their fullest God given potential. The goal is to gather, equip and send out.

We disciple, activate and encourage our city teams through 4 dynamics: Fellowship, Making an Impact (Social Justice & Community Outreach), Being an Example and Evangelism. We are a ministry/movement outside the four walls of the church bringing the Gospel to those who will not step foot into a church through social media, community events and outreach.

Heart to Heart: Brittney Moses

Inside Woman: Do you have people that you are accountable to and why is it important to be accountable?

Brittney Moses: Oh most definitely. I have a number of people I’m accountable to - not only those on the leadership of Unashamed Impact but under my pastors, ministry partners, my parents and close friends who are also leaders and on the same walk as me. We weren’t meant to walk this walk alone - sometimes it gets lonely, sometimes trials throw you, sometimes temptation begins to get the best of you and you really need people who will help anchor you back to your foundation so you can continue to stay on track with your God given purpose. We’re all meant to do that for one another. We need that. Nobody’s perfect. 

Inside Woman: If you could recommend one thing that women can do today, right where they are, to step out and make a difference in their world, what would it be?

Brittney Moses: I would recommend that they stop letting fear bind them up and walk confidently in the direction God is leading them in. You’re only stopped by the limitations you’ve built in your own mind. Shut up the lies about you floating through your mind. The ones telling you you're not _____ enough. Continue to obey God in the little things and you’ll soon find that they lead to the bigger things because those who are faithful over few will soon be given the opportunity to be faithful with many. Believe in yourself.

Inside Woman: What advice would you give to a woman who’s interested in starting a ministry but doesn’t know how to start?

Brittney Moses: Write the vision make it clear. What does it look like? What’s the mission? What’s the purpose? What are you trying to accomplish? Who do you want to reach out to? Are you being led to reach a particular school, state, country? These are all key questions you need to pray on and ask yourself. Then pray over it, cover it, pray for the right people to come alongside and help you. That would be my first step. 

Inside Woman: When you want to give it up and leave it all behind who or what gives you strength to continue this walk?

Brittney Moses: Firstly Christ and prayer is incredibly refreshing. It puts things back into perspective that God is God and He is in control. Secondly, my friends and family. Their support, love and encouragement always refuels and re-inspires me to get back in action. 

Inside Woman: What does submission look like for Christian women?

Brittney Moses:  With regards to her husband, it looks like respecting him, supporting him and letting him lead as God leads him. Of course we should never use this as an excuse to tolerate abuse or being led to do something harmful or illegal but remaining faithful to our husband’s leadership and trusting God with the outcome. In a healthy relationship, there’s a partnership where as she submits to him, he loves her deeply “as Christ loves the church” also considering her best interest. It balances itself. So while he leads there remains a respect for one another, a mutual love and equal input. 

Inside Woman: How do we cultivate the spirit of sisterhood as women?

Brittney Moses: I think we firstly need to see each other as sisters and develop that genuine love for one another- wanting to see the best for each other and offering support. We need to stop sizing each other up, comparing and realize we’re in this together. Anything against that honestly reeks of insecurity and we should check ourselves on that.

Inside Woman: When you close your eyes and see and empowered woman in Christ, what do you see?

Brittney Moses: I see a woman living by the power of God. She’s secure in her identity in Him. She’s fearless to take on the world and driven by the love of Christ. She’s unstoppable. She sees every obstacle as an opportunity. She has the heart of a servant and lives a life beyond herself. 

Inside Woman: Sex outside of marriage is not God’s plan for His children. How should singles steward their God-given sexuality?

Brittney Moses:  Purity isn’t a physical thing to me. Purity is a mental thing. You can be married and still struggle with lust - that’s when you see spouses with porn addictions or engaged in adultery. It started with a thought. You keep your mind pure and that governs how you steward your body. So watch what goes in your mind and where you’re thoughts wander.  Also I encourage singles to stay active - travel, volunteer, take dance classes, learn a new skill. I have a blog up on my site www.BrittneyMoses.com of 10 plus things to do when you’re single. It’s pretty cool and I’d love to do a few of these things myself. 

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Inside Woman: Nowadays we have so many “experts”. What is your take on men teaching women about relationships and how to behave?

Brittney Moses:  I’m a big believer of being relatable. I think it’s ideal for a woman to instruct a woman and men to instruct men. A woman may better understand where I’m coming from the simple common ground that we’re both women and wired similarly. But at the same time I believe God can use anybody He chooses to get the message across. So I’d check the fruit. Is what that persons saying aligning with the Word and Spirit of Christ?

Inside Woman: Christian life is supposed to be one of victory and joy in the Holy Spirit. How do we learn to trust God with disappointments?

Brittney Moses:  I think we just need to stop and realize that God is ultimately in control and that He’s working all the good and bad together for the best in the end. To me disappointments are just Gods way of saying “wrong direction” and we have to continue to trust Him to lead us in the right direction despite what we planned in our own minds. His ways really are not our ways. They are higher and even though we can’t see the big picture He does. 

Inside Woman: Many believers have lost their passion for Christ. How do we help them to get back up again?

Brittney Moses: I’ve definitely been there before at some point so I understand. Sometimes it’s easy getting burnt out doing good and maybe you’re not seeing the results you expected, or maybe you’re doing everything you’re “suppose to” but things seem to be getting even harder! I just want to encourage you with this scripture: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies” - 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. This verse always kind of anchors me. I think it’s also safe to say that God knows when we’ve lost passion and we can be honest with Him about it in prayer. I have no problem asking for Him to help me be who He’s called me to be, to help me desire to follow Him and read His Word cause I’m really not feeling it at the moment. And worship (whew!). Worship renews our spirit, shifts our attitude and draws us back to God. So don’t be afraid to worship with all your heart. Turn up the music even if it’s you alone in your bedroom.

Inside Woman: Do you have any words of encouragement for women who are dealing with depression and feeling hopeless?

Brittney Moses: Because I’ve struggled with this before and while there’s so many things I “could” say I want to share what Gods recently been showing me. For us as women, as nurturers, it’s easy to forget ourselves and never take to time to invest in ourselves or just love on ourselves. But how can we love others if we barely love ourselves. We project to others what’s inside of us. So please take the time to have a moment of sanity for yourself, invest in one of your God given skills, do something you love to do, take care of your body, take long baths and love yourself too. Love you the way Christ loves you. Stop talking bad about yourself to yourself. Because when you’re in a good place with God and take pride in who He’s created you to be you can step out into the world in confidence and begin to live a purpose driven life. Read the Word and discover the beauty of the truth so you can shut up the lies in your head you keep believing about yourself. You’re a conqueror not a victim so get out of that mentality. You become what you choose to believe about yourself. You are all God says you are - beautiful, fearless, courageous, chosen, lovable, worth dying for.

Contact Unashamed Impact here:

Website: www.unashamedimpact.com 

Twitter: @UnashamedImpact

To support the Unshamed Impact Movement:

Website: GoFundMe

If you would like to get hold of Brittney Moses:

Twitter: @Brittney_Moses

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