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: Forgivness in Perspective #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. Pastor Matt brought the word as we continued our series “Playlist” He brought us to  Psalm 130 (Read Psalm 130) as we put our focus onto the forgiveness that God provides. 

In his message, Pastor Matt reminded us of some great truths:

My two challenges for this week: 

  1. Read Psalm 130 every morning this week. The nature of God is mercy and forgiveness. And as you do read, you can’t help but be reminded what you have been saved from. Spend some time in quiet worship and gratitude to Christ for his amazing grace. 
  2. Let your life be a beacon of the grace of God. 
    • Personally:  As Pastor Matt challenged, if you’re struggling with sin, find a fellow believer to confess to. Why? God’s grace and forgiveness doesn’t empower us to sin, it propels us to live a life that exemplifies Christ. And what confession does is bring healing and accountability. 
    • Community: Look for an opportunity to express the width and depth of forgiveness you have received from Jesus. By reading Psalm 130, and seeing how much you’ve been forgiven of, it is incredibly difficult to hold onto bitterness, anger, and hate. 

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we continue #Playlist by focusing on Psalm 131.

 

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?