Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Take the Transformational Turn” #CatchingFoxes

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.

We kicked off a series with our Kfirst community that focuses on how God wants to connect and use our emotions.  (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

We kicked off a series from Song of Solomon 2:15, which says,

Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.

In scripture, wine was a metaphor of the blessing and the power of God. So when we see a “vineyard” mentioned, it’s very easy to see a deeper narrative being spoken of. The little foxes were known to nibble off the blossoms off of the vine. So to lose the blossoms means the fruit can’t grow. If the fruit can grow, then the wine cannot be made. So, in essence, the writer is calling for a caution about the little “moments” that come in to spoil what God is beginning to grow in your life.

Of all of the facets of humanity, emotions may rank up as the highest in terms of the most misunderstood and misused. And if we do not manage them well, they can come in as “little foxes” and spoil the things that God wants to begin to grow in and through your life.

 Psalm 139:13-14 tells us,

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

From this we realize that first, our feelings are a loving divine gift. We are not cursed with emotions but bless by them. Second, our emotions are the outward expressions of the internal realities of your innermost being. They become a window to what his happening in our soul.

Our challenge this week: Take the transformation turn.  How?

  1. Name your emotion. 
    • Bring into the light what has been happening in your soul. We believe that each emotion is our invitation from God to pay attention to my soul.
  2. Invite God into your emotion.
    • Whatever you’re feeling, invite God into that place. Every emotion you feel is an invitation for connection with God.

This week, pay attention to the God-given emotions that you are experiencing. And instead of suppressing them or expressing them, first invite God into them. Ask for the Holy Spirit to meet you in that place and allow His presence to help you through them.

Love you all.  This Sunday, we’ll continue “Chasing Foxes” as we ask God to refine our vision about these divine gifts of our feelings.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week!

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 3 “The Holy Spirit and Your Emotions”

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.

We continued our current series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our focus turned to our emotions. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday we hosted John Opalewski of Converge Coaching. John shared his testimony of his own challenges with depression and how the Holy Spirit worked in his life. It was here where he directed us to how the Holy Spirit impacts our emotions. He does it in four ways:

  1. Partnership
    • The Holy Spirit wants to partner with us to help us “guard ourselves.” (Acts 20:28)
  2. People
    • As we say all the time at Kfirst, the enemy works in isolation, God works in community. The Holy Spirit moves through others as well as moving in and through you into people (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
  3. Prayer
    • The Holy Spirit works through us as we pray. One of the ways is, when we pray, He brings to our minds the areas we need to deal with and/or focus upon (Romans 8:26-27).
  4. Practice
    • In the words of Paul, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard…or seen in me—put it into practice.” When we hear from the Holy Spirit, we live out and make active in our lives (Philippians 4:8-9).

This week, would you purpose to take time each day to posture yourself in the presence and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through your emotions. If you’re finding yourself struggling, reach out to someone and allow the Holy Spirit to minister through them to you.

Love you all. We’ll see you this Sunday as we continue our series.

BTW: Here’s the song for your prayer playlist.