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: 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Leveling Your Soul #Playlist

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 continued our series “Playlist“as we looked at Psalm 131 (Read Psalm 131) as we put our focus on the pride we all deal with. It’s never an easy thing to deal with. That why Charles Spurgeon said of Psalm 131, 

 “It is one of the shortest Psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn.”

I’ll admit, yesterday’s message was working hard on me up till the service and has been pounding on my heart since.  I’ve been asking the Holy Spirit to give me greater revelation of the areas of my life where I am letting pride in. I mean, let’s all admit: Pride is a struggle for all of us. And, like carbon monoxide, it’s been a silent killer that goes undetected. It’s for that reason we said, 

Your pride will want to wrestle your vision aways from you to distract what Christ wants to do in you and through you. This natural and gradual inclination has no desire to co-exist with a move of God in your life. It wants to destroy anything God has built. That’s why we take pride seriously. 

The Psalmist did. And his answer for leveling his soul when pride wanted to throw him off was to be in the presence of God “like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” So this week, would you take a couple Next Steps from Psalm 131?

  1. Spend time in the presence of God. Be in His presence just to seek His face without worrying about asking anything of Him. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Find a time to worship the Lord on your own. Get into the Word of God. If you need a reading plan to start, use this link from our youversion sermon notes
  2. Practice the AAA.
    • Admission. 
      • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see where pride has crept in.
    • Accountability. 
      • Who is a trusted person in your life you can confess pride to and who will help you overcome pride?
    • Actively pursuing humility. 
      • Two of the greatest ways to pursue humility: 
        • Worship. I know some who can worship without music. If you need some, here’s one of my favorite playlists right now: River Valley Worship
        • Serving. When you get beyond your pride and serve others, you both cultivate the character of Jesus and show the world who He is. 

Love you all.  See you on Sunday. 

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Why So Serious? #Playlist

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. 

Yesterday we had a fantastic day at Kfirst. We continued our series “Playlist” as we looked at Psalm 126 (Read Psalm 126) as we put our focus onto the joy that God provides. Because we believe one of the greatest witnesses to a skeptical world is a CHURCH FULL OF JOY. 

The question we asked to kick off the day was simply: 

We believe that joy is a byproduct of a relationship with Christ. But we surrender that joy when we’ve given SECONDARY issues PRIMARY places. Believers without joy-filled lives, create instability in their walk with Christ. 

So our goal is to keep Jesus in His primary place: the center of our lives. 

Next steps to regaining your joy:

  • 1 – Reflect and Release:
    • Is there ONE area of your life where you are GIVING AWAY your joy?
    • Is there ONE area that you’ve made PRIMARY that should be SECONDARY?
  • 2 – Revere and Respond: 
    • What’s one way you’ve seen JOY in your life since you met Jesus? Take some time to spend in worship. 
    • What’s one way you can BRING JOY to someone?

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: 2 Next Steps for Week 3 of #Playlist

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. 

Yesterday we had a fantastic day at Kfirst. We continued our series “Playlist” as we looked at Psalm 125 (Read Psalm 125) as we talked about trusting God. The one thought that has been stirring me over the past week is this: 

When we stop trusting God in an area, are we not questioning His goodness and putting more trust in our own goodness? Because if God is completely good, then we need to completely trust Him.

Here’s are two Next Steps for this week: 

  1. Trust God with ONE thing.
    • What is ONE thing you need to trust God with that you’ve been holding onto? Trust doesn’t built itself; it’s purposefully built one step at a time. 
    • Submit whatever that ONE thing is to the Holy Spirit. He can do in seconds what it may take you years to do.
  2. Exercise that trust with ONE simple step of faith.
    • God will give you the stability, security, and strength.  All you need to do is to step forward in obedience, trusting God. How can you step forward into trusting God with that ONE thing. Practical trust takes our good intentions and turns them into progress following Christ. 
    • Something powerful happens when we take God at His word AND believe that what He has in store from us is good.

Trust begins when we make God a priority and not just a passing thought. Find that ONE thing today and start the habit of trusting God. 

BTW: Here’s the song we did yesterday at the end of service: