Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 5 “There aren’t no strings on me”

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 the issue of “break through.” To so many, finding freedom has only existed for what we receive. And what I find, that’s only half of it. When God does a work IN us, He desires to do a work THROUGH us. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday we dove into the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment. Where most would find themselves defeated, these two men decided to respond differently. How can you respond to such difficult circumstances?

  1. Paul and Silas learned in the light how to respond to the dark.
    • Everything we invest in our lives will come back with compound interest. The spiritual disciplines they invested in, developed their responses in the jail.
  2. There is a diff between a heart set free and a body set free.
    • The freedom they possessed was far beyond what the jail offered. Their response was song and prayer. It signified what their hearts were really set upon AND it invited God’s presence into the place of their captivity.
  3. They recognized that their freedom wasn’t for them.
    • God doesn’t ever do a solitary work; He pours in you so that you will pour out.

This week, if you find yourself in a place where you need some breakthrough, invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into THAT place of need. BUT, the work the Holy Spirit wants to do in you, He wants to do through you.

Love you all.  See you next week as we wrap up our series!

BTW: Here’s a song for your week!

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 4 “The Holy Spirit is Not a Bird”

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.

(For Ty’s book, “The Holy Spirit is Not a Bird,” click on the image.)

 

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

Yesterday we hosted Ty Buckingham. Ty shared about the misunderstandings of who the Holy Spirit and how He is viewed. When we see the Holy Spirit “as a dove” in Mathew 3:16-17, it was to give us an amazing metaphor to understand, not a way to treat the Holy Spirit. I love Ty’s illustration. When people own a bird, they’ll put it in a cage to control it and put a blanket over it to cover it to silence it and pretend it’s not there.

Again, the Holy Spirit is not a bird.

We are to uncover Him and release His work in our lives. And He does that through a relationship with us. Why do I need a relationship with the Holy Spirit?

  1. It’s Jesus’ plan. John 16:7
  2. It’s better than the life you would create for yourself. Psalms 34:7; John 14:26
  3. God desires to do the miraculous.

This week, would you purposely allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through your every day normal life. Give Him the freedom to work in you and see the miraculous happen.

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

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

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 2 “Break the Fourth Wall”

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 Acts 3:1-10 as we desired to “Break the Fourth Wall.”  (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

The “Fourth Wall” in both theater and literature, was the invisible wall that separated the cast from the audience. It was a way to pay attention to your current cast and storyline while tuning out the audience the audience in front of you. The challenge from Sunday was to NOT live life with ANY wall/separation between you and the Holy Spirit. We believe God wants to empower the ordinary opportunities of our lives to create extraordinary moments.

We looked at 2 of the attributes of God’s presence:

  1. The omnipresence of God.
    • Where you are, there He is.
  2. The manifest presence of God.
    • The demonstration of God coming closer in, through, and upon us.

In Acts 3, we see Peter and John stepping out in the “manifest” presence of God and healing a man lame in both feet. How did they move in the power of God? It’s as simple as posturing their lives to engage in the presence of God. We identified three simple ways to do this on an every day basis:

  • Actively bring our lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Consistently deposit the word of God into our lives.
  • Frequently spend time in His presence.

This week, would you purpose to take time each day to posture yourself in the presence and allow the manifest presence of God to fill you. And as He fills you, step out in obedience and allow him to do the extraordinary through you.

BTW: Here’s the song we’ve introduced during the series!

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 1 “Third Wheel”

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.

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We kicked off a new series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our series began with a focus upon four words out of Acts 1:4, “you heard from me.” We wanted to look at Jesus words regarding the Holy Spirit. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.) “I believe in the Holy Spirit” is more than a theological statement. It is a personal declaration.

As we began our look at the empowerment of the church in Acts, we started with a teaching on the Holy Spirit. Our desire was to establish that the Holy Spirit isn’t a “third wheel” (superfluous) to a believer’s life but essential to us.

So we looked at the words of Jesus to see who the Holy Spirit is.

  1. The Holy Spirit is a someONE not a someTHING. John 14:17
  2. The Holy Spirit is God. Matthew 28:19
  3. The Holy Spirit is involved in every step of salvation. John 3:5, John 16:8
  4. The Holy Spirit is our comforter. John 14:16
  5. The Holy Spirit is our helper. John 14:16
  6. The Holy Spirit points toward Jesus. John 15:26
  7. The Holy Spirit is our source of power. Acts 1:8

As a believer in Jesus, we have an uninterruptible power supply that is available without measure. And that power is found in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This week, would you find some time engaging in prayer and asking the Holy Spirit to do a work WITH you, IN you, and UPON you? Would you allow Him to do a brand new work in your life outside of your comfort zone. Remember, the Holy Spirit will not make your problems go away, but will empower you to face your problems in God’s strength.

Also, don’t forget to join us EACH SUNDAY NIGHT for our “Encounter Nights” as we move into times of worship and prayer together to see our lives “Empowered” with the Holy Spirit’s presence.

Love you all. We’ll see you next week.

BTW: Here’s the new song that we used on Sunday morning.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #MYCHURCH week 3 “Marked By Fire”

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.

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January is about “newness.” Whether we are talking about a new start, new life, new opportunities, or just new vision, a new year naturally directs our focus forward into endless possibilities.

And its every January where we celebrate the newness of what God has in store for Kfirst  community as we kickoff our annual #MYCHURCH series. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday, we looked at a colossal shift. God moved his presence from “buildings” to “people” as the new temple for Him to dwell. And we focused on the fact that God’s presence with people was marked by fire. Both 2 Chronicles 7 and Acts 2 give us fantastics examples of God’s presence “falling” and “resting” on a location. We, as New Testament believers, have experience that;  God’s presence lives within us “burning” in our hearts.

We made 3 statements about fire.

  1. To fight fire, you need to be on fire.
    • Like a “controlled fire” by firefighters, we need the Lord to set intentional fires (passion and work of the Holy Spirit) in our lives.
  2. The Devil can’t burn what’s already burning. 
    •  Like the “back-burn” of a fireman looking to stop the flow of a “mega-fire,” the Holy Spirit wants to work so deeply in our lives that we give no fuel to temptation in our lives.
  3. The problem isn’t the supply but the demand.
    • God’s power isn’t a limited commodity. But the issue isn’t His desire; He’s not reluctant to revive you. If we ask, He’ll give.

Our messages are for Monday and we need to put action to what the Lord is speaking. So your next steps this week are:

  • What can I do this week to walk in CONNECTION to Jesus.
    • Spend some quality time in prayer, in the Word, as well as in worship. If you need a great reading plan, check this plan out.
  • What step can I take to walk in COMMUNITY with His body.
    • Get connected to others.  I think the best way to connect to others AND develop a deeper walk with Christ is through serving. If you want to serve, check out our blog from last week.

Love you all.  See you this Sunday as we continue our series.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week’s playlist.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Making Space for God to Move #Playlist

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday an 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. 

Loved the day we at Kfirst yesterday. We continued our series “Playlist“as we looked at Psalm 132 (Read Psalm 132) as we put our focus on Holiness. My goal yesterday was to give a simplistic start to understanding a not-so-easy subject. I wanted to whet the appetite for you the listener to pursue the holiness of God and the depths He wants to bring your life into.

We’ve taken the beauty of holiness and done it a disservice.

  1. Some have shifted holiness from a MOVE OF GOD to the CONTROLLING of PEOPLE.
    • We associated it with our own perfection and/or separation from anything/anyone we deem “of the world.”
    • Leaves us in a constant state of disappointment and frustration.
  2. Some have DOWNPLAYED holy living in this dispensation of GRACE.
    • I’m very thankful that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus. But grace-living doesn’t ignore holiness; it empowers holy living.

I have been in a place of thankfulness all weekend for both Leviticus 20:26 and 1 Peter 1:16 which says,

You must BE holy because I, the LORD, am holy.

Holiness STARTS with understanding that the only perfection within us is Jesus. It is of immense relief that we don’t have to BECOME holy because He knows we could never do that on our own.  It means, here right now, my life will reflect who I am in Jesus.  I choose to live in response to the Spirit of God working within me.

Our challenge yesterday:

We give Jesus, not a room, not a closet, but the entire place of our lives over to Him. And from there, allow him the space to move.

This week, make space in your life for the Holy Spirit to move. That means, releasing those things that have taken up space in your mind and your emotions. And instead of letting them back in, offer that place to the presence of God to move IN and THROUGH you.

  • Fight selfishness by looking for ways to open up your schedule to serve a stranger, help a friend, to be an encourager.
  • Instead of being that complaining employee, transform your workplace by integrity, hard work, and an edifying attitude.
  • In the face of a self-centered culture, find a way to be generous.
  • Rather sitting in the sickness of criticism and negativity, discover the healing power of joy and laughter as you forgive people and engage in authentic relationships

Let “be holy” be more than a challenge for a week. Make it your life. Today, make your prayer: “I give you, Jesus, my whole afresh. Help me throughout this day to give you the space to move. I want to be the living reflection of you. I give you space to move.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we kick off our new series, “Pivot Point.”

BTW: Here’s a song to put on your #Playlist this week: 

“You are the answer to your own prayer”: 7 prayers you may be the answer for.

“Prayer reminds us that we are human while also reminding us that God is God.” Charlie Dates

In daily prayer life, people can tend to miss a couple of things. First, we miss out on some very important aspects of prayer.  The largest portion of our prayer shouldn’t be spent on petition (presenting requests). In fact, I feel more time should be placed upon exaltation (act of elevating something or someone…namely Jesus), adoration (confession of passion), and intercession (the action of intervening on behalf of another) than upon our own petitions.  It helps us get our eyes off of ourselves and place our focus upon the Lord.  It removes selfishness within our prayer by making others a priority.

Secondly, we miss being the answer we’re praying for.  We pray in order to release something out of our hands so that it can be God’s responsibility.  It’s sounds great.  I love taking things to the Lord and praying the words of Jehoshaphat, by saying: 

“We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

It’s within this moment that, perhaps, we don’t always catch that, what we are trying to release to God, He may not want to release us from. Perhaps, if we’re willing to listen, we’ll realize we may be the answer to the prayer we are praying.  What I mean by that is that if we are willing to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, it is through you that the Lord wants to work in and through you to provide the answer to the prayer you’ve been praying.  We’re so easy to use prayer as our way of, to use a cliché, of “letting go and letting God.”  Why don’t we see ourselves as candidates for God to work wonders through?  I love what Paul said to the Galatians

“…It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me…”

Paul recognized that in his every day life, it was the life of Christ that was working through him.  The grace of God empowered him to live his life as well as be a blessing to others to see Kingdom work accomplished. It wasn’t done to EVER exalt Paul, everything was done to exalt Jesus. Here you go, 7 prayers you may be the answer for

1. “Lord, there’s a family in need in my neighborhood.  Can you send someone to help them?” 

2. “I pray that you would help the people in my workplace/school hear/see a clear display of the Gospel.” 

3. “Please give my children an example in their life of a Godly man/woman.”

4. “I pray for that person that’s been struggling with sickness.  Can you send a pastor to visit them?”

5. “I saw some new people in church on Sunday. Would you send someone to connect with them?”

6. “Would you send someone to disciple my friend who is a new Christian?” 

7. “There’s a ministry need in our church, will you put that need in someone’s heart to step up and volunteer?”

Jesus is always the answer.  But stop eliminating yourself from being used by Him in opportunities that He is making available to you.  Perhaps the miracle people are waiting to see is not necessarily you, but Christ working through you.  Step out as a vessel of the Holy Spirit and watch God do amazing things. 

Spend some time in prayer today.  Be ready to respond in the way Eli told Samuel to respond

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

Thanks for letting me ramble…