Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
We are in series at Kfirst called”The Two.” It’s our study of Numbers 13-14. In the face of a culture that shifted from moving toward a land of Promise to a an atmosphere of negativity and hopelessness, two men stood strong in what the Lord had called the nation into. Caleb and Joshua would stick with the promises of God and not the opinion of man. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand, “Encouragement moves the boundaries of human limitations to faith-filled potential.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)
There are so many people who live in boundaries of what negativity has kept them in. For Israel, the mentality they lived with in Egypt, kept them from seeing what God had in store for them. What they experienced internally, fed discouragement that we all are susceptible to.
- Anxiety due to a loss of security (13:28).
- Frustration due to a lack of ability (13:33).
- Hopelessness due to a loss of vision (14:2-3).
- Disappointment due to a loss of confidence (14:4).
So our challenge this is to have that “different spirit” that Caleb had. Do do that we need to do three things.
- Get rid of negative space.
- Deal with your heart. Find the places of negativity and evict them.
- Change your negative face.
- Feelings follow actions. Position yourself as an encourager and watch the feels follow purposeful actions.
- Step into a dark place.
- The only way a light works is to be placed where it’s needed. Find someone dealing with discouragement and unleash encouragement.
This week, see yourself as a catalyst of encouragement by bringing hope into someone’s life. Our messages are for Monday and we need to put action to what the Lord is speaking. Ask the Lord to lead you to encourage in a simple, tangible way.
Also, if you need a scripture reading plan to go along with our message, check out this one.
Love you all. See you this Sunday as we continue our series!
BTW, here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist: