Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Distraction of Rejection” #PivotPoint

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. 

We continued our current series 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: “The rejection you feel has no bearing on the acceptance that you carry.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Like the narrative of Genesis 29-30 shows us, we can find ourselves shaping how we view our lives through the frame of our rejection.  And three of the main characters of our story shows us the variety of rejection we face.

  • Jacob – Performance Rejection (“if can do ______, then I can get my approval/achievement”)
  • Leah – Personal Rejection (“maybe if I try to _____, the he/she will accept me”)
  • Rachel – Reflective Rejection (“why does he/she get _______ and not me?”)

And because of rejection, we can easily find ourselves tethered by our pain. But as we said yesterday,

We believe that our places of brokeness can be God’s entry point for strength. As we look at the cross, we can see that see our hurt in the light of the acceptance He offers. Our simple next steps:

  1. Frame your vision with the mercy of God.
    • Every place where you sense that rejection is distracting you, see it through the lens of the mercy of God.
  2. Rest in God’s acceptance. Live for an audience of One.
    • Let go of the need to find approval and achievement. It doesn’t mean we stop “trying” to grow and accomplish things. It means we live for the audience of Jesus.

Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rest in the acceptance that Christ offers. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Forced into the Wilderness” #PivotPoint

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: “My struggle is my stepping stone, not my stopping point.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Like Jacob, we can find ourselves in a place where life hasn’t turned out quite what we thought it was going to be. So we run.  Sometimes it’s out of fear. Other times, we feel like frauds. Perhaps you’re running because you feel like a victim. Or maybe, you’re just restless. Regardless, we all run for one reason or another. And we find ourselves in a place of a struggle. For Jacob, he navigated through it by:

  1. He came to a place of rest. 
    • God gave us a sabbath. Simply stating, sabbath is about finding rest so that we can relocate our focus on trusting in God.

  2. Rest leads to revelation. 
    • When we rest, or trust, in Christ, He begins to give us new vision (dreams) for life.

You may be in the place of struggle (wilderness), but the Lord wants to take what the Enemy meant to break you to build something in you.  The “wilderness” is a place where God develops your life. And the reason why God brings you somewhere is not so you could BE somebody but so you can BLESS somebody. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Our next steps to do this week:

  1. What dream does God want to develop in me by resting in Him?
  2. How can I impact my world with what God is doing in me?

Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rest in your trust in Christ and follow the dreams He fills you with. 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:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Idol of our Ideals” #PivotPoint

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.

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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:

  1. Deal with the real.
    • Get real with God. Give him your pain and frustration. Give him your present and your future.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Lentils and Legacies” #PivotPoint

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. 

Loved the day we at Kfirst yesterday. We continued our series “Pivot Point” as we are studying 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 “My unchecked vulnerability wants to compromise my LEGACY (what is given, what is lived, what is left).

We put focus into Jacob’s interact with his brother where he used his brother’s fatigue and hunger (vulnerability) against him to get his birthright. We can “trade” our rights by:

  1. Listening to the wrong voices. 
    • Be cautious of the external influences who want to engage you when you are in a vulnerable situation.
  2. Listening to our internal appetites. 
    • We don’t confront truth with our feelings; we confront our feelings with truth.

Our warning: When we are at our weakest, sin is at its strongest.
Our encouragement: Even at its strongest, sin is no match for the power of God.

This week, if you’re feeling depleted and tired. Take some next steps to “fill up your soul.” First, lock in on the truth of God’s word. Read it. Meditate on it. If you need a reading plan, click this link. Second, learn the value of the word “release.” Release the need to be strong and the need to control the situation. Let the Lord be the strength you need. Lastly, look the Lord for your strength. Don’t think you need to “drum” up the capacity to do what needs to be done. Let the presence of God flow in and through your life.

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:

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Drop A Pin In It” #PivotPoint

Happy Labor Day!

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 started our series “Pivot Point” as we are studying 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 “Put our past in its place.”

Two of our main thoughts:

  1. Your past can either deepen you or destroy you.
    • There are too many people inflicting their present with the past. God wants to use your unique past to deepen who you are.
  2. God delights to begin where you have given up.
    • When we are ready to release our control, when we are done “trying”, God is wanting to take the “reigns” and begin a new work in you and through you.

We all are affected by our past. But we have a choice of what we should do with it. Some drop ANCHORS as if to say, “this is where I’ll stay.” An anchor will give a resemblance of freedom but will never allow you to move outside of its confines. Ultimately the goal is to make you live where it’s been lowered.

Instead of dropping an anchor, DROP A PIN. A pin on a map marks locations you want to remember. And if we’ll give God our past, and let him redeem our story, our HISTORY will become HIS STORY. The drop pins of our lives will tell the redemptive story of God.

This week, take a look at your past. Where you’ve “dropped anchors”, replace them with “pins” and thank God for his redemptive work in you. Secondly, make a turn from old connections. Make some changes in your thinking, behaviors, and environments that keep bringing you back to your old way of living. And lastly, tell someone about your journey. Tell someone for accountability. Tell someone for the sake of sharing the love of Jesus that has transformed your life.

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

BTW: Here’s a great Reading Plan For This Week

Also, here’s a great jam to listen to this week:

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: 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Living to Your Full Potential with guest Don Champion

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday, and sometimes in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, 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 took a break from our series “Playlist“as we has a guest from River Valley Church, Network Pastor Don Champion. 

(Side Note: You got to check out River Valley Church’s latest album HERE)

He brought us a message from Numbers 14:6-8. There are so many people who are caught up seeing the challenges ahead and were willing to forfeit what’s next because they don’t understand the potential they possess. We need to be like Joshua and Caleb who asked themselves and the rest of the nation, “If God brought us this far, why can’t God take us forward.” We need to be like “the two.” We need to remember and embrace what He has promised if we are going to release what’s He’s placed inside of us.

The two challenges Don left us with:

  1. Allow God’s presence to shape our identity.
    • Instead of living from a place of our past; we are to live from who we are in Christ.
  2. Allow God’s presence to shape our relationships.
    • Let the Holy Spirit use to to shape those around you.
      • Look for someone to serve.
      • Look for someone to encourage.
      • Look for someone to show the love of Christ.

Would you start this week by accepting those to challenges?

  • Every morning, ask the Holy Spirit to shape something in your life. Ask Him to show you some areas that need some sculpting to better show an image of Christ in your life.
  • Each day, would you let His presence shape someone in your sphere of influence? Walk in a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and let Him use you to serve someone.

Love you all. I’m excited to close out #Playlist on Sunday. 

BTW: We made a huge announcement on Sunday…here it is: