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 kicked off a new series “Anastasis” at Kfirst. Anastasis is probably a word a majority of people wouldn’t know, recognize, or use. But to the New Testament Church, it meant everything. Anastasis means “resurrection.” It speaks of “rising up.” And for the new Church, it was where new life began and it was the power to live from each day.
The Spirit of God causes us to rise up out of our sin and brokenness, out of inadequacy and weakness. The Spirit of God Spirit causes us to rise up into a new and empowered life.
Week 1 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Zechariah 4. Here we find a man named Zerubbabel in a place of frustration from trying doing things through his power. A prophet of God named Zechariah came to speak into his life a vision and a message God gave him. The dream included a lamp stand, a bowl with lamps, and olive trees towing above them. If the bowl was in position, it could catch the olives that fell. And if the olives were caught, they could be pressed so that the oil could feed the flames of the lamps.
This past Sunday was all about position. As the fruit (olives) fell, if the bowl was in position, it could catch was the Lord was providing. And the only way for the olives to turn to oil for the flames is for there to be a pressing, or crushing, of the flesh of the olive.
There is such a simple, yet deep understanding: when we place ourselves in position in the presence of God, we are able to receive (catch) what He is imparting. Yet the position isn’t just about what we catch. It’s also about what we allow the Lord to do within us. We were not meant to do things under our own power (like Zerubbabel). Our lives were meant to walk in the empowerment of the presence of God.
When we allow our flesh and it’s desires to be pressed under the weight of the presence of God, it’s there we see His presence flow through our lives. Like the olives, our flesh and it’s desires are pressed under the weight of His glory, and the anointing of God flows out.
This week, how can you position yourself to catch what God is pouring out? Here’s some thoughts:
- Get a prayer focus for the day/week and spend time daily in prayer.
- Find some time to quiet yourself to listen for the voice of God.
- Dive into the scriptures and use S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer).
- Find someone to connect with for coffee once a week to connect, encourage, and pray.
- Get a place to serve. One of the best ways to position yourself to change is to position yourself to serve.
Love you all. Have an amazing week.