A WORD for the Week
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words by Christine Wentzel
Two weeks ago, Emily Krill made her AW4W debut with a challenge using God’s inspired word from Philippians 4:8. The 30-day challenge (found here) is to focus our social media interactions “…on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.”
So what are some ways we can improve our social media presence using a Philippians 4:8 filter?
With A WORD for Women being primarily an online women’s ministry, we pray to provide biblical content that follows in the footsteps of Christ Jesus’ style of speaking through illustrations to large crowds of people.
AW4W is abundantly blessed with over a dozen talented and diverse women writers who consistently offer situational devotions to encourage
the faith walk for all their sisters-in-Christ. The second blessing comes from God laying on our heart to bring His Word on a daily basis to our social media platforms
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)
Keeping this amazing work of the Lord our God in the forefront of our planning, we consistently ask the Holy Spirit to guide our bible-passage selection process. Those of us who belong to the same church body draw from the same worship-planning schedules they use. This ensures ALL of the Living Word is present for day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year. The next step is to search for the “perfect” photo that visually “speaks” the corresponding text. More and more of these beautiful images are freely supplied by some of our own subscribers! Our Sovereign Lord makes sure every single picture verse will “achieve the purpose for which” He sends it. As an added bonus for those we share the same church membership, each one also serves as a preview for their upcoming worship services.
There are so many enriching and enlivening bible-based online Christian ministries and groups to help you enhance your online presence. Here are just a few of our favorites: Salty Earth Pictures, Kingdom Workers, and Time of Grace listed in our “Links” section of our website. Please use the “comments” section on our posts or contact us to share your favorites!
Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake. We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God’s glory which shines from Christ’s face. (2 Corinthians 4:5-6 GWT)
351. Slow the Scroll by Christine Wentzel
Last week, Emily Krill, of Messy Worship and our newest contributing writer, invited us to take the 30-Day Philippians 4:8 Social Media Challenge. If you haven’t read it or you need a refresher, please click here.)
We’re a little over a week into Emily’s social media challenge devotion, and it’s given me food for thought. I’m zeroing in on the two social media areas Emily points out the need of a Philippians 4:8 filter.
[Emily Krill] “I want my in-person AND virtual run-ins with people to leave us both feeling encouraged and uplifted.”
In the world of virtual reality EVERYTHING is recorded—likes, shares, and comments are all saved as well as the time you linger on content without clicking on it! For the sinner saved by grace and walking through faith in Christ Jesus this is a merciful thing. Doing a slow scroll through our
personal pages and activity logs will quickly show how encouraging and uplifting is our online faith walk. It’s a sobering and vital spiritual discipline we do well to exercise on a regular basis. [Jesus says] “Situations that cause people to lose their faith will arise. How horrible it will be for the person who causes someone to lose his faith!” (Matthew 18:7 GWT)
[Emily Krill] “I don’t need any extra temptation in my life - if something is causing me to sin, God gives me permission to cut it out!”
Yep! We can control the content we don’t post but do see. I’ve had more disturbing images burned in my brain from casual scrolling than I have ever stumbled across prior to the Internet. The visuals that tempt my baser nature are only a click away from acting on the sin. I can’t undo the lasting memories, but in God’s mercy, they will fade. So let’s use the social media tools available to clean up our newsfeeds. [Jesus warns] "If your eye causes you to lose your faith, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire." (Matthew 18:9 GWT)
The reality is that wherever people are, souls need to be nourished with the living Gospel: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Please contact us if you need help learning the social media tools available to keep your virtual world in Christ-shape, or send us your tips on maintaining a God-pleasing online presence. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to bless our efforts according to his good and perfect will for our lives!
350. 30-Day Philippians 4:8 Social Media Challenge by Emily Krill
Anyone else been having a kind of love/hate relationship with social media lately?!
Back when I first joined, it seemed like a fantastic decision. Whenever I wanted to, I could see adorable babies and puppies, virtually go along on my extended family’s exciting vacation adventures, reconnect with old friends, etc. For the most part it was really fun and interesting!
But, over time, I noticed that the images and words on my news feeds were leaving me feeling empty [rather than full] and jealous [rather than joyful]. After thinking and praying about it, God told me I needed to change the way I interacted with social media. We are giving it a Philippians 4:8 overhaul. Philippians 4:8 says:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
For the next 30 days, in light of Paul’s advice to the Philippians, I’m going to try doing things a little differently. This means:
The things I share should be about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. This doesn’t mean posting only the “polished” parts of life - I will still strive to be authentic. It does mean, though, that I will run the words and images through a Philippians 4:8 filter before I hit post. I want my in-person AND virtual run-ins with people to leave us both feeling encouraged and uplifted.
The things that show up on my feed from others should be about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I don’t need any extra temptation in my life - if something is causing me to sin, God gives me permission to cut it out! (Matthew 18:7-9) If a friend’s or family’s posts are not cultivating Philippians 4:8 values within me, I will a) pray about it and b) unfollow or “temporarily snooze” that person.
If you want to join me in the "30-Day Philippians 4:8 Social Media Challenge", email me at Emily@messyworship.com so I can pray for you and hear all about how it’s going. Maybe 30 days is just the beginning of something bigger!