Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
Sunday, we continued our current series “I Am Church” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we are emphasizing the mindset that we don’t go to church; we are the church. And this series, we’ll be diving into the book of Acts and looking at some of the fundamental elements of the early church.
Week 4 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Acts 9. In the wake of the growth of the new Church, persecution came to stifle the momentum. Leading the way was a man named Saul. On the road to Damascus, Saul encounters the risen Jesus. Where this story is well-known for the conversion of Saul (Paul), it really is a story about the courage of the man who reached out to him named Ananias.
A few thoughts this week:
- Our human tendency is to serve our craving for “comfort.”
- Comfort is not something we were called to create. We were called to receive it as a gift from God and to be a conduit of it to others (2 Corinthians 1:4). When we are bent on creating it, we tend to serve comfort instead of Jesus.
- God calls us to walk in courage.
- True courage is propelled by faith-driven boldness and reflects Christ-centered love. And that courage is based upon who we are in Christ. When we choose to walk in courage, we can bring phenomenal change to our world.
A two-fold challenge this week for you:
- 1 – Trust God for your comfort. Perhaps there’s an area of your life you are having a hard time trusting God in when it comes to comfort. Spend some time inviting the presence of God into that area. Contact a trusted friend to ask for accountability and prayer.
- 2 – Take 20 seconds of insane faith. As we saw in our clip yesterday (click to watch), 20 seconds of insane courage can push us through fear into great opportunities. This week, would you be willing to, first, be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and second, be willing to step forward in courage to allow yourself to be used by God? Like Ananias, God can use your courage to bring life change into someone’s life
This month, we’re asking Kfirst to dive into the book of Acts and use S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). If you need a reading plan, click HERE for one on youversion.
Read it daily. In fact, find someone to meet with once a week to talk and pray about it. And when you pray, would you make your prayer,
“Jesus, do this IN me, start with me.”
Love you all. Have an amazing week.