Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 5 “There aren’t no strings on me”

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.

We continued our current series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our focus turned to the issue of “break through.” To so many, finding freedom has only existed for what we receive. And what I find, that’s only half of it. When God does a work IN us, He desires to do a work THROUGH us. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday we dove into the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment. Where most would find themselves defeated, these two men decided to respond differently. How can you respond to such difficult circumstances?

  1. Paul and Silas learned in the light how to respond to the dark.
    • Everything we invest in our lives will come back with compound interest. The spiritual disciplines they invested in, developed their responses in the jail.
  2. There is a diff between a heart set free and a body set free.
    • The freedom they possessed was far beyond what the jail offered. Their response was song and prayer. It signified what their hearts were really set upon AND it invited God’s presence into the place of their captivity.
  3. They recognized that their freedom wasn’t for them.
    • God doesn’t ever do a solitary work; He pours in you so that you will pour out.

This week, if you find yourself in a place where you need some breakthrough, invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into THAT place of need. BUT, the work the Holy Spirit wants to do in you, He wants to do through you.

Love you all.  See you next week as we wrap up our series!

BTW: Here’s a song for your week!

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 4 “The Holy Spirit is Not a Bird”

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.

(For Ty’s book, “The Holy Spirit is Not a Bird,” click on the image.)

 

We continued our current series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our focus turned to our relationship with the Holy Spirit. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday we hosted Ty Buckingham. Ty shared about the misunderstandings of who the Holy Spirit and how He is viewed. When we see the Holy Spirit “as a dove” in Mathew 3:16-17, it was to give us an amazing metaphor to understand, not a way to treat the Holy Spirit. I love Ty’s illustration. When people own a bird, they’ll put it in a cage to control it and put a blanket over it to cover it to silence it and pretend it’s not there.

Again, the Holy Spirit is not a bird.

We are to uncover Him and release His work in our lives. And He does that through a relationship with us. Why do I need a relationship with the Holy Spirit?

  1. It’s Jesus’ plan. John 16:7
  2. It’s better than the life you would create for yourself. Psalms 34:7; John 14:26
  3. God desires to do the miraculous.

This week, would you purposely allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through your every day normal life. Give Him the freedom to work in you and see the miraculous happen.

Love you all. We’ll see you this Sunday as we continue our series.

BTW: Here’s the song for your prayer playlist.

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 2 “Break the Fourth Wall”

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.

We continued our current series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our focus turned to Acts 3:1-10 as we desired to “Break the Fourth Wall.”  (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

The “Fourth Wall” in both theater and literature, was the invisible wall that separated the cast from the audience. It was a way to pay attention to your current cast and storyline while tuning out the audience the audience in front of you. The challenge from Sunday was to NOT live life with ANY wall/separation between you and the Holy Spirit. We believe God wants to empower the ordinary opportunities of our lives to create extraordinary moments.

We looked at 2 of the attributes of God’s presence:

  1. The omnipresence of God.
    • Where you are, there He is.
  2. The manifest presence of God.
    • The demonstration of God coming closer in, through, and upon us.

In Acts 3, we see Peter and John stepping out in the “manifest” presence of God and healing a man lame in both feet. How did they move in the power of God? It’s as simple as posturing their lives to engage in the presence of God. We identified three simple ways to do this on an every day basis:

  • Actively bring our lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Consistently deposit the word of God into our lives.
  • Frequently spend time in His presence.

This week, would you purpose to take time each day to posture yourself in the presence and allow the manifest presence of God to fill you. And as He fills you, step out in obedience and allow him to do the extraordinary through you.

BTW: Here’s the song we’ve introduced during the series!

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 1 “Third Wheel”

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.

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We kicked off a new series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our series began with a focus upon four words out of Acts 1:4, “you heard from me.” We wanted to look at Jesus words regarding the Holy Spirit. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.) “I believe in the Holy Spirit” is more than a theological statement. It is a personal declaration.

As we began our look at the empowerment of the church in Acts, we started with a teaching on the Holy Spirit. Our desire was to establish that the Holy Spirit isn’t a “third wheel” (superfluous) to a believer’s life but essential to us.

So we looked at the words of Jesus to see who the Holy Spirit is.

  1. The Holy Spirit is a someONE not a someTHING. John 14:17
  2. The Holy Spirit is God. Matthew 28:19
  3. The Holy Spirit is involved in every step of salvation. John 3:5, John 16:8
  4. The Holy Spirit is our comforter. John 14:16
  5. The Holy Spirit is our helper. John 14:16
  6. The Holy Spirit points toward Jesus. John 15:26
  7. The Holy Spirit is our source of power. Acts 1:8

As a believer in Jesus, we have an uninterruptible power supply that is available without measure. And that power is found in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This week, would you find some time engaging in prayer and asking the Holy Spirit to do a work WITH you, IN you, and UPON you? Would you allow Him to do a brand new work in your life outside of your comfort zone. Remember, the Holy Spirit will not make your problems go away, but will empower you to face your problems in God’s strength.

Also, don’t forget to join us EACH SUNDAY NIGHT for our “Encounter Nights” as we move into times of worship and prayer together to see our lives “Empowered” with the Holy Spirit’s presence.

Love you all. We’ll see you next week.

BTW: Here’s the new song that we used on Sunday morning.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #MYCHURCH week 3 “Marked By Fire”

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.

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January is about “newness.” Whether we are talking about a new start, new life, new opportunities, or just new vision, a new year naturally directs our focus forward into endless possibilities.

And its every January where we celebrate the newness of what God has in store for Kfirst  community as we kickoff our annual #MYCHURCH series. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

Yesterday, we looked at a colossal shift. God moved his presence from “buildings” to “people” as the new temple for Him to dwell. And we focused on the fact that God’s presence with people was marked by fire. Both 2 Chronicles 7 and Acts 2 give us fantastics examples of God’s presence “falling” and “resting” on a location. We, as New Testament believers, have experience that;  God’s presence lives within us “burning” in our hearts.

We made 3 statements about fire.

  1. To fight fire, you need to be on fire.
    • Like a “controlled fire” by firefighters, we need the Lord to set intentional fires (passion and work of the Holy Spirit) in our lives.
  2. The Devil can’t burn what’s already burning. 
    •  Like the “back-burn” of a fireman looking to stop the flow of a “mega-fire,” the Holy Spirit wants to work so deeply in our lives that we give no fuel to temptation in our lives.
  3. The problem isn’t the supply but the demand.
    • God’s power isn’t a limited commodity. But the issue isn’t His desire; He’s not reluctant to revive you. If we ask, He’ll give.

Our messages are for Monday and we need to put action to what the Lord is speaking. So your next steps this week are:

  • What can I do this week to walk in CONNECTION to Jesus.
    • Spend some quality time in prayer, in the Word, as well as in worship. If you need a great reading plan, check this plan out.
  • What step can I take to walk in COMMUNITY with His body.
    • Get connected to others.  I think the best way to connect to others AND develop a deeper walk with Christ is through serving. If you want to serve, check out our blog from last week.

Love you all.  See you this Sunday as we continue our series.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week’s playlist.

“You are the answer to your own prayer”: 7 prayers you may be the answer for.

“Prayer reminds us that we are human while also reminding us that God is God.” Charlie Dates

In daily prayer life, people can tend to miss a couple of things. First, we miss out on some very important aspects of prayer.  The largest portion of our prayer shouldn’t be spent on petition (presenting requests). In fact, I feel more time should be placed upon exaltation (act of elevating something or someone…namely Jesus), adoration (confession of passion), and intercession (the action of intervening on behalf of another) than upon our own petitions.  It helps us get our eyes off of ourselves and place our focus upon the Lord.  It removes selfishness within our prayer by making others a priority.

Secondly, we miss being the answer we’re praying for.  We pray in order to release something out of our hands so that it can be God’s responsibility.  It’s sounds great.  I love taking things to the Lord and praying the words of Jehoshaphat, by saying: 

“We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

It’s within this moment that, perhaps, we don’t always catch that, what we are trying to release to God, He may not want to release us from. Perhaps, if we’re willing to listen, we’ll realize we may be the answer to the prayer we are praying.  What I mean by that is that if we are willing to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, it is through you that the Lord wants to work in and through you to provide the answer to the prayer you’ve been praying.  We’re so easy to use prayer as our way of, to use a cliché, of “letting go and letting God.”  Why don’t we see ourselves as candidates for God to work wonders through?  I love what Paul said to the Galatians

“…It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me…”

Paul recognized that in his every day life, it was the life of Christ that was working through him.  The grace of God empowered him to live his life as well as be a blessing to others to see Kingdom work accomplished. It wasn’t done to EVER exalt Paul, everything was done to exalt Jesus. Here you go, 7 prayers you may be the answer for

1. “Lord, there’s a family in need in my neighborhood.  Can you send someone to help them?” 

2. “I pray that you would help the people in my workplace/school hear/see a clear display of the Gospel.” 

3. “Please give my children an example in their life of a Godly man/woman.”

4. “I pray for that person that’s been struggling with sickness.  Can you send a pastor to visit them?”

5. “I saw some new people in church on Sunday. Would you send someone to connect with them?”

6. “Would you send someone to disciple my friend who is a new Christian?” 

7. “There’s a ministry need in our church, will you put that need in someone’s heart to step up and volunteer?”

Jesus is always the answer.  But stop eliminating yourself from being used by Him in opportunities that He is making available to you.  Perhaps the miracle people are waiting to see is not necessarily you, but Christ working through you.  Step out as a vessel of the Holy Spirit and watch God do amazing things. 

Spend some time in prayer today.  Be ready to respond in the way Eli told Samuel to respond

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

2 Minute Devo Series: Book of Matthew Day 11

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Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos.  This month we’re going through the Book of Matthew.  Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo.

Matthew 10

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Twelve Apostles

10 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;[a] Simon the Zealot,[b] and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[c] cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics[d] or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

Persecution Will Come

16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents andinnocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[e] above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign[f] those of his household.

Have No Fear

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[g] 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[h] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”