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Know God

Before Jesus, there was a mediator to meet with God.  You could not go to God on your own even to make a sacrifice, but had to go to a priest to stood the gap.  If you were not Jewish or a woman you could only go so far into the temple.  If you were clean, you could go a little further.  If you were a priest but not the high priest, you could not go into the Holy of Holies.  The Holy of Holies was where God’s presence was, and the high priest could go in once a year. 

I am not Jewish and certainly not a high priest. Had I been alive in this time, the presence of God would only be something that I heard about but not experienced. 

Many of us know about what we were saved from.  Because of Jesus, we are forgiven for our sin, saved from it’s power, and saved from an eternity in hell.  That is amazing and if that was all there was, God is worthy of praise, worship, and my life.  We were not just saved from but saved to. 

Philippians 3:Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.

Paul grew up in religion knowing about God, but then he experienced Christ.  That experience changed everything.  I meet christians who know a form of religion but do not know Christ.  They just know about him.  They go to church, they read their bible, but they know God as much as they know the president… from a distance and what others have said.

My life changed when I left religion and began to know God for myself.  Jesus made a way for me to not need the priest to get close to God. His sacrifice made me clean enough to experience the Holy of Holies in my living room in the morning, in my truck on the way to work, and when I get stressed out in a meeting. I know God and I know there is more about Him to know.  Bridging that gap will be my greatest adventure.  By His presence I find hope, joy, and real love!

So do you know God or just about Him?  Do you know religion or Christ? If you do not know Him… I have GREAT NEWS!  You do not have to clean yourself up, but can right now go to Him in prayer and ask Him to speak to you.  He wants you to know Him more than you will ever want to know Him! Right now go spend time with God because Jesus paid the way for you to know Him!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg

Grateful

I recently met with a friend who was really frustrated with their place of work.  They shared how discouraged they were in the expectations put on them and how the overall culture is overworked and those that work the longest are the most celebrated. Seeing the negative impact on himself and several that had decided not to work there, he decided he wasn’t sure he wanted to work there.

This Sunday, at his church they preached on writing a list of things they are grateful for. He was led by the Lord to write things about his work.  It was not hard for him to make the list.  He read the list outloud and it softened his heart toward his work.  He went from ready to consider quitting to grateful for his opportunity.

I think all of us can relate with his frustration.  It might not be a job, but a person or a group of people.  So I want you to do something.  I want you to write down one person or thing in your life that really frustrates you. Really stop reading and write it down. 

I know I can struggle here.  I remember asking God to work at a certain place and then about 6 month later I am complaining to God about working there.  I ask God for a child and when they are screaming I question why I prayed that.  I am grateful for a vehicle and the moment I have an issue, I complain.  What if I just stayed grateful and chose to look at the blessing and not the challenges.  What I focus is on is up to me and I want to live a grateful life.  Not to mention we like spending time with grateful people. 

What do you complain about today that is actually a blessing from God?  Where do you need to change your focus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Next I want you to write down 7 things about that person or thing that you are thankful for about them or it. Don’t say, “I have nothing.”  There is something.  Take the time to let it be deeply personal.  Now read it outloud.  Read it again before you see that person or go to that job and notice how different your attitude is.  

Why?  It is hard to keep a grateful spirit down.  Grateful people are noticed for their genuine smile. They are noticed in how they treat people different.  They are noticed for how the see more than normal people do.  If you were a boss interviewing two equally qualified people, one was grateful and had a smile, the other just didn’t. Who would you hire?  The grateful one… Why we like being around grateful people is because they are fun and light up a room.  They emanate hope. 

So today choose to be grateful. Choose to emanate hope!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg

The Pace of Grace pt 2

Joshua was born a slave. He was taught to believe he was property.  It was all his family had known for 400 years.  Then one day a man who grew up in the royalty of Egypt named Moses demands this nation of slaves be set free.  Pharaoh of course refuses.  Then Joshua witnesses God do 10 plagues and set them free. Can you image the first day free?  Then God divides the Red Sea as they walk across on dry land. The Egyptian army follows behind only to have God crush them with the sea.  Then they are led by fire by night and cloud by day where to go.  3,000,000 people wake up each day to food on the ground for them to eat.  God gives this group of people who do not have military training victory in battle miraculously.  Joshua knows God is awesome!

Can you imagine?  Then Moses sends 12 spies including Joshua. 10 spies get intimidated by the giants and the walls they find and convince the rest of Israel not to trust God to give them victory.

I think this happens to all of us.  We know God is able and there are promises He has put in us.  We go and inspect the place He promised and sure enough there are walls and giants that stand in our way. 

Moses dies and Joshua is the new leader to take them into the promised land.  He is grieving the loss of His spiritual dad and now the weight of leadership sits on his shoulders.  He crosses into enemy territory and guess what he finds… A WALL.  

If you are Joshua, you want to make a first impression. Surely a catapult, battering ram, or a trojan horse would do the trick.  

Joshua 6:You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can.

God’s plan is to walk and worship.  Does not sounds like a battle plan that builds the glory of man or leader.  I think that is the point.  God want His name to receive the glory.  He wants you to experience victory but simply because He gives good gifts to His kids.  

Before each one of us stands a wall or a giant.  We have spent time trying to strategically bring down the wall or slay the giant.  The battle, it’s victory, and all the glory belong to God.  God will let us wear ourselves out trying to bring down the walls.  God’s has a plan where we rely on the PACE OF GRACE.  We can stride with Him because He does the heavy lifting.  Grace is God’s enablement to do what you cant alone.  The pace is not in a hurry or on our timeline.  Rest easy knowing God is a God who does the supernatural and He wants to reveal His glory and grace through you!

Today, ask God to bring down your wall and stride with him while your soul is at peace.

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

 

Pace of Grace Part 1

I don’t know about you but I am always in a hurry.  When I go to the grocery store, I only get what I need and nothing more, when I get what I need I size up the isles and the cashiers to pick the fastest route.  If I only have a few items then I go to the 12 items or less isle.  Without fail that line will have a guy with 40 items right in front of me.  I wont say anything but if he looks back I will give him a look that will explain everything in me that I wish I could say. 

All of us are waiting for something and hoping that it comes.  I am waiting for $400,00o to come in for my church plant.  You might be waiting for a person to marry, your marriage to be healed, God to give you a child, a job, a better job, or healing. If you are anything like me, you want it now

One of my pastors, told me that “God is never in a hurry.”  I think all of us know that even wish it wasn’t true.

Mark 5:21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 

If you are a dad of a little girl who is dying, you are desperately wanting Jesus to walk a pace that is a little quicker than one a crowd can keep pace.  If you have ever been in the midst of a crowd, you do not move quickly.  If I was Jairus, I would be loosing my mind trying not to offend Jesus yet trying to get Him at least a light jog.  Jairus is left waiting.

Then he receives word, the pace was not enough.  A messenger comes and tell him his daughter is dead.  Grief starts setting in and Jesus says do not be afraid.  Jairus has to think Jesus doesn’t seem to care.  That is how some of you might feel right now…. Jesus doesn’t care enough about what you face to do anything.

Mark 5:40 he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

Jairus thought Jesus would heal his little girl, but Jesus wanted to do something greater in raising her from the dead. I want to encourage you, God knows what you are waiting for.  He is active. The outcome might not be what you expect.  The timing won’t be in a hurry, but at the right time He will do what only He can do. Today rest that He is good and faithful!

Helping people live a BETTER story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

 

Something New…

Last week as I was getting ready to go for a run, I realized that my running shoes were in my wife vehicle.  So I put on a different pair of shoes.  Any runner knows not all shoes are created equal.  I ran less than normal and slower than normal but hurt way more.  I put on the WRONG shoes and I paid for it.

Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Paul is writing this letter to believers.  He is encouraging them to put on their new nature.  I am not trying to sound like a teacher today… But Paul is saying it is possible to be a believer and not put on your new nature.  Being a believer and not putting on the new nature is like being a runner and putting on the wrong shoes. You get half as far and takes way longer… and wow does it hurt.  So then comes the question what is this new nature?

The next part of the verse encourages us to “learn to know the Creator.”  That is some phrase.  Do you know the Creator?  Not like do you know Donald Trump.  Most of us have never met the president.  Do you know your best friend?  Knowing and knowing about are very different.  Here we are encouraged to know the Creator and out of knowing Him we become like Him.  When we become like Him we are putting on our new nature. 

So what nature do you put on?  Do you put on your old nature that prefers yourself, stays stuck in your sin, and does not reflect the nature of the Creator? Of do you put on that new nature that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self control?

So what are you going to do today?  Do you need to spend time with the Creator, learning to know Him?  Go for a walk. Get in His Word.  Go pray and spend more time listening than talking.  Go talk to someone who knows Him and ask them to help you.  Here is what I am really saying… GO DO SOMETHING! 

Next what do you need to do to put on that new nature? 

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg

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