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.
I’ll be honest, this might be one of my favorite series to preach at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand “when we idolize our ideals, it confuses our identity.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)
Ideals are defined as, “something regarded as perfect; existing only in the imagination; desirable but not likely to become a reality.” And the Enemy wants us pursuing our ideals more than us pursuing the presence of God.
We put focus into the deterioration of Jacob’s identity when he put more focus into his ” perfect ideal” instead of the perfect heavenly Father who had great plans for him. Ideals have a way of seducing us into serving them to get fulfillment. Jesus does the opposite. He gives us fulfillment in life to operate from. That’s why we said,
Our next steps to do this week:
- Deal with the real.
- Get real with God. Give him your pain and frustration. Give him your present and your future.
- Allow God to shape you.
- Have issues with your past, accept His forgiveness.
- Want help with your present, God wants to empower your life.
- Need a future, receive hope in Christ.
- Receive and respond to God blessing you.
- God does not bless something that is complete; He blesses you to do a complete work.
Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rediscover your identity in Christ and follow His direction for you. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.
Love you all. See you on Sunday as we continue our series, “Pivot Point.”
BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist:
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October is our journey through the 2 minute series called “Resurrecting Repentance”. It’s as simple as viewing the vlog and reading the passage for the day. Today’s passage is 1 Corinthians 8:1-13:
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Now concerning[a] food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.[b]
4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating[c] in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged,[d] if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers[e] and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
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October is our journey through the 2 minute series called “Resurrecting Repentance”. It’s as simple as viewing the vlog and reading the passage for the day. Today’s passage is Judges 17:
There was a man named Micah, who lived in the hill country of Ephraim. 2 One day he said to his mother, “I heard you place a curse on the person who stole 1,100 pieces[a] of silver from you. Well, I have the money. I was the one who took it.”
“The Lord bless you for admitting it,” his mother replied. 3 He returned the money to her, and she said, “I now dedicate these silver coins to the Lord. In honor of my son, I will have an image carved and an idol cast.”
4 So when he returned the money to his mother, she took 200 silver coins and gave them to a silversmith, who made them into an image and an idol. And these were placed in Micah’s house.5 Micah set up a shrine for the idol, and he made a sacred ephod and some household idols. Then he installed one of his sons as his personal priest.
6 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
7 One day a young Levite, who had been living in Bethlehem in Judah, arrived in that area. 8 He had left Bethlehem in search of another place to live, and as he traveled, he came to the hill country of Ephraim. He happened to stop at Micah’s house as he was traveling through.9 “Where are you from?” Micah asked him.
He replied, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am looking for a place to live.”
10 “Stay here with me,” Micah said, “and you can be a father and priest to me. I will give you ten pieces[b] of silver a year, plus a change of clothes and your food.” 11 The Levite agreed to this, and the young man became like one of Micah’s sons.
12 So Micah installed the Levite as his personal priest, and he lived in Micah’s house. 13 “I know the Lord will bless me now,” Micah said, “because I have a Levite serving as my priest.”