Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Stain of Shame”

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our series “Be Still” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we want to look at the “stillness of the soul” that, as the people of God, are called to possess. To “be still” is more than ceasing from doing anything or finding a quiet place. It’s a peace that captures the essence of who we are. It is the deep, calm, confident, stillness of the soul that only Christ can provide.

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Week 3 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Elizabeth’s words to Mary in Luke 1. It’s here in vs. 45 she says,

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.

In the face of the shame she most likely faced culturally, Mary chose to cling to what God spoke versus what others would think and/or say. For so many, shame has become a stain that clings to them and shows in everything they do.

When it comes to shame:

  1. Shame is the staging area for struggle.
    • On D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. It was critical that they establish a beachhead, that is, a foothold on the beach that would allow them to setup a staging area to bring in more men and equipment for the battle. From that tiny foothold, the Allied forces were able to push inland in an effort to get a victory. 
    • When we entertain guilt, we allow a staging area of shame. And every foothold I allow for guilt and shame, I allow becomes a staging area for a stronghold in my life.
  2. Shame creates a spiritual nearsightedness. It prevents you from seeing/sensing what God is going to do.
    • The shame of “shame” is the way it keeps you the same. And it want to blind you from envisioning life beyond what shame offers.

KNOW THIS: (1) We have all been affected and (2) But we can all be freeSo what do we do? We do EXACTLY what Mary did.

We believe what God says about us and we live from that place.

What areas of life do you feel shame? How are you handling the shame? What is God inviting you into as you deal with the shame?

This week, whenever you sense a moment of shame, invite Christ into that and live from what He says about you.

Love you all. Have an amazing 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: