Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Pivot into Progress” #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 wrapped up our 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 church isn’t a gathering of perfection but place of progress.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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Far too many misunderstand progress. And perhaps the biggest issue in it is we mistake progress for “product.” We fail to see how much someone has developed because we’re distracted by where we think they should be. But progress is what we should be noticing AND celebrating. When it comes to our walk with Christ, progress is realized when we see the image of Christ being revealed in and through us.

From the narrative of Genesis 32 and 35, we discovered simple ways to pivot into progressing in our walks with Christ:

  1. Position yourself for progress – Genesis 32:23-24
    • Jacob got alone with God. When we get alone with Him, and give Him all of us, we can be in position to get all of Him.
  2. Understand: Progress is not passive. – Genesis 32:23-26
    • Jacob had to wrestle more than a man, he had to deal with who he’s been the past 90 years. Progress will push you out of your comfort zone; it will challenge you beyond where you are at.
  3. Progress will require patience. – Genesis 35:10-15
    •  About ten years have passed. Instead of disciplining Jacob for not taking up his new name, God reminds him that his name is Israel. Too many people abandon the direction of progress because they don’t see the scope (or degree) of progress. God didn’t give up on Jacob; he just reminded Jacob of his calling.
  4. Progress will cost you. – Genesis 35: 19-21
    • We want to see God move but don’t want to pay a price for what we want Him to do. Can I challenge you with something: Don’t pray for what you are unwilling won’t pay for. If God is challenging you to do something, it will demand some cost/change on your behalf. Be open to what God wants to do and watch His blessings follow.

Why is this last message of our series so “pivotal”? Because of this:

Your two next steps this week: 

  1. Make what God says about you bigger than what happened to you.
  2. Take a next step; See your life as a vessel of progression and not a finished product

Also, if you need a scripture reading plan to go along with our message, check out this one.

Love you all.  See you this Sunday as we kick off a new series!

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Rx for Offense” #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: “We can’t live in the Land of Promise without leaving our place of offense.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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So many of us want the promises of God but don’t want to be obedient to what the promises require us to do. And one of those areas of obedience is releasing offenses. Jacob left the land of promise because of the issues between him and Esau. And he knew when God called him to go home in Genesis 31:13, he would have to face his brother and a 50-year-old offense.

In the narrative of Genesis 32, Jacob gives us three examples of what happens when we don’t deal with offense correctly:

  1. Dwelt on offenses lead to misguided reactions. (v. 3-4)
    • Instead of responding with a personal interaction, Jacob pushes his servants to take care of things for him.
  2. Picked up offenses will exaggerated issues. (v. 6)
    • Jacob finds out Esau is on his way. He panics and begins to divide his family to, in his mind, preserve some of them from his brothers wrath he assumes is still there.
  3. Unattended offenses create self-serving responses. (v. 9, 16)
    • He puts it on God to deal with.
    • He sends his servants again with a load of gifts to buy Esau’s favor.

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In view of Jacob’s decisions, our heart is to dismantle what the enemy wants to use to divide the body of Christ. We want to step into a biblical prescription for offense.

  1. Be intentional about offense. Matthew 18:15-20
    • Engage with God.
    • Re-engage the person who offended you.
  2. Be intentional about humility. 1 Peter 5:5
    • Humility opens up the door for opportunity for others to listen and for us to grow.
  3. Be intentional about information. Ephesians 4:15
    • We should never express ourselves at the expense of the character of Jesus.
  4. Be intentional about forgiveness. Proverbs 19:11
    • I can’t choose the offense I’m offered, but I can choose what I hold on to.

Ask the Holy Spirit to check your heart. Ask him to show you if any offense is being held in your hands. Rest in the grace that Christ offers and be a distributor of that grace.

This week, 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 that we learned on Sunday:

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: