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.

2 Minute Devo: “The final say” Hebrews 12:1-11

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September is our journey through the 2 minute series called “Restoring Joy”.  I want to invite you to join me as we. It’s as simple as viewing  the vlog and reading the passage for the day.  Today’s passage is Hebrews 12:1-11:

Hebrews 12:1-11

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.