Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Mantles and Monuments”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series on Elijah entitled, “Whirlwind.” In week 6, we looked at the next part of Elijah’s story as we see him looking to pass on what God began in him into a new generation.

Elijah used his cloak, or mantle, to symbolize what God was wanting to pass on. So when he puts his cloak upon Elisha, it was a challenge to accept a new legacy.

I believe there is a legacy we live and there’s a legacy to live. There was a place where Elisha lived and operated, but God was calling him into another direction. I also believe there’s a legacy to receive and there’s a legacy to leave. Elisha had a choice about accepting the new direction. But it should end with him, God was beginning to do something that would outlast Elisha.

God wants to build a legacy with your life. And we wanted to share some thoughts about building a healthy legacy.

  1. A healthy legacy is intentional. 1 Kings 19:19 “…Elijah went and found Elisha…”
    1. Look for opportunities to pass on what God has done in your life.
  2. Healthy legacies may necessitate healthy closure. – 1 Kings 19:20-21 
    1. Elisha said goodbye to family and sacrificed his oxen. In other words, he gave closure to his connections to the past in order to move forward.
  3. Healthy legacies are not built alone.1 Kings 19:21 
    1. The scripture says, Elijah and Elisha “went together.” We are missing out on true community if we are just attending church on Sunday. You and I were meant to do this faith-journey together.
  4. A healthy legacy is the acceptance of a responsibility. – 2 Kings 2:1-18
    1. Three times Elisha reinforced his dedication. And that tenacity cause him to ask for the “double portion” or the “first-born role/responsibility.” He wanted more than the blessing, he was willing to accept the responsibility that came with it.

This week, see yourself as someone either living a legacy life handed or embracing a legacy God has given you. And what God has given, look to pour that into someone else.

Love you all. Praying for you this week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “In the Shadow of the Mountain”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series on Elijah entitled, “Whirlwind.” In week 5, we looked at the next part of Elijah’s story as we see him finding himself fighting massive discouragement. It’s something we are all susceptible to.

The we cannot help what comes our way, we can make sure that we are not positioning ourselves for discouragement. Elijah made himself vulnerable by

  1. Fatigue.
    • Between traveling from Mount Carmel to running from Jezebel, Elijah was spent physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  2. Forsaking community.
    • Scripture notes that he “left his servant behind.” Isolation makes you vulnerable.
  3. Fixating on the negative.
    • Negative thoughts will put your future on hold.
  4. Forgetting God. 
    • He completely disconnected what God had been doing by getting so tunnel-visioned on the present.

How does God respond? By…

  1. God gives the gift of sabbath.
    • Sabbath was meant to develop trust and margin (rest, relationship, and recreation) in our lives.
  2. God replaces lies with His truth.
    • He helps confront the lies we believe with His truth.
  3. God speaks in the still, small voice.
    • If we’ll quiet ourselves, we’ll realize He is always speaking.
  4. God gives us something to do.
    • Go back and do what God called you to do, and watch as He brings life back out of you.

This week, not only monitor the things that make you vulnerable to discouragement, but look at those around you. Perhaps, not only can you find a time of “refreshing,” but perhaps God will use you to bring it to someone else.

Here’s the words from my journal reading yesterday with the link at the end for the song we did:

It’s the prayer of everyone who’s been hurt by disappointment
When life hits and gave us way more than expected
It’s the cry of the overwhelmed heart; the scream of a tired soul
The aching of desperation; fallen deeper into a bottomless hole
But you understand our darkness, you get the struggle of our inside
So we lift up our eyes asking you to hear our cry
You hover over our chaos ready to create with just one word
Speak Holy Spirit; I need hope in my hurt
It’s the prayer of everyone who feels forgotten
When the devil has convinced them that they’re no longer wanted
When he’s blinded their eyes from seeing the hope of light
When their strength is drained and unable to get in the fight
We‘ve had victory on the mountain, but the valley is nothing but distress.
Lord it’s you we need. We need some hope in our darkness
I call out the only One who can reach into an unreachable place
I know I can find peace if I could just find your face
To every person who thought that nobody cares
To every tired soul, bearing weights to heavy to bear
To those longing to knock but cannot find the door
To those who seek a way out and cannot take any more
Lift up your face, look beyond the valley
The sun may have set behind you but it’s not your finale
There’s a God who creates out of the depths of your chaos
Lift up your head, the Son rises to call us

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Start Your Stretch”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series on Elijah entitled, “Whirlwind.” In week 4, we looked at the next part of Elijah’s story as we see God “stretching” those identified in its narrative.

1 Kings 18 spells out how God began to stretch lives.

  • Obadiah is stretched out of his comfort zone.
  • Elijah is stretched in his obedience to a new direction.
  • Ahab stretched out of his beliefs.
  • The people of Israel are stretched in their view of God.

How do we approach being in position of change?

  1. Bring your life into alignment; Grant God access.
    • The only way to function in a healthy way to make sure our life in an alignment with God. Not only is this challenging but it’s a daily decision. And the way to do it is to invite God to work in your life. We can’t bring our lives into alignment on our own. We need God’s help. Be specific today. Is there an area that is “off”? Locate that and grant God access.
  2. Embrace the tensions of life.
    • Spend some time in Word, in prayer, and in worship. As you sends “tensions,” don’t run from them. Those areas become the place where God may want to grow you. It may be the place where His “power works best in weakness.” It’s in the tension of your faith that God builds the strength of your faith.
  3. Trust the process God has you in.
    • Having to stretch an area that hasn’t normally been stretched OR is needing to be stretched doesn’t always show the immediate results we Americans like to see. But if we’ll trust the process, God can root and build our lives in deeper ways than we’ll ever realize.

As a personal trainer friend of mine says, “Stretching can help improve flexibility, and, consequently, range of motion about your joints. It can enable your muscles to work most effectively.” Imagine if we thought of that spiritually? The more we align ourselves with Christ and embrace in His strength the tensions of life, the more our lives and our love can have a greater range of motion and effectiveness to the world around us. 

Today, face the tension by allowing yourself to be stretched!! Love you all. Excited to see what God does in and through you.

See you this Sunday!!

BTW: This is the song on repeat this morning in my iTunes.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Place of Preparation”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series on Elijah entitled, “Whirlwind.” Week 1, we set the stage for the world of which Elijah lived. The nation of Israel has split into two (Northern Kingdom “Israel” and the Southern Kingdom “Judah”). And the heart of the nation turned to idolatry.

1 Kings 17:1-7 Elijah steps out in obedience to speak a word about the drought caused by their idolatry. And just as fast as he gets on the stage, God calls him away into a ravine. Obedience isn’t always easy and it isn’t always understandable. But when we lower our pride and say “yes” to God, it causes our lives to shine brighter than what we could do on our own.

God sent Elijah away to this ravine, not as punishment, but as preparation. Three things we said yesterday,

  1. Embrace the place God gives you.
    • V. 2 “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook…”
    • V. 5 “So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook…”
    • I believe that, if we desire God to do deeper works THROUGH us, we need to position ourselves for God to do a deeper work IN us. This ravine wasn’t a place Elijah would visit; he made his home (“camped”) there. Elijah invested his life in his place of preparation.
  2. Open your eyes to what God has provided.
    • V. 4 “Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”
    • God will provide in your place of preparation, but you need to own your faith. When you own your faith, you no longer try living off of other people and you start depending upon God. You enter that personal relationship with him.
  3. Be patient with what God is preparing.
    • The entirety of 1 Kings 17 takes place over 3 years. God didn’t need the time necessarily, but Elijah did. What did he learn? Everything that God has done FOR you is preparation for what He is getting ready to do THROUGH you. And we discover that in the following chapters how Elijah lived out of what he learned.

What you  may see as a season/age/time of transition, God is going to use as preparation. And this time is the time where God will deepen you as you walk in obedience to Him.

This week, ask the Holy Spirit to deepen a work in you. So often, we want to know the “what” and not the “who.” We are called to pursue the “who” and He will define the “what.”  If we’d seek the face of God, we’ll not just understand the “what” of life better but we’ll handle it in a more Christ-like way.

Love you all. Excited to see what God prepares in you.

See you this Sunday!!

BTW: This is the song we taught you yesterday