Author Archives: Brandon

Unexpected Appointment

As many of you know I am preparing to plant a church late summer of this year.  What many of you might not know is I have been waiting and praying for this for 8 years!   Waiting is hard but timing is everything.  Let me tell you it is HARD!  I need to raise the equivalent of $500,000, build a team of 150 people (120 that are people I do not know), and find a venue for us to rent.  

In Plantation, there are 2 public high schools, 2 public middle schools, and 3 private schools.  I have called all of them, email all of them, and showed up to all of them requesting a meeting.  One high school has a church in it, the other said they were not interested. One middle school did not have a room big enough.  One private school said they use their facilities on the weekends, and the rest did not reply to email, phone call, or visit.  

Matthew 6:31 So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Let me tell you I was getting worried!  I know I have 5 months until I need a building, but it seemed like the lack of options was closing in all around me.  My heart was growing anxious.  Then I met a guy who worked at a public park building.  He said to come back in a week and he could introduce me to a couple of principals.  He did but they did not have the room size I needed, then one of them introduced me to a middle school principal.  This was one of the schools that had not replied.  She asked what I was looking for.  I told her we need a space for the weekends but more importantly we want a school to partner with.  She said she had a space but did not have a sound system or lighting.  I told her we could install our system.  She shared how she needed the money to help feed kids that could not afford breakfast or food for the weekend.  I told her we want to help her meet those needs.  We could paint, landscape, clean, or whatever they needed. She about cried.  

We set up a meeting for the following week.  We talked about how we could serve them.  We got to pray with them and are looking for some early ways to bless them.  

What does this have to do with you?  Everything!  This school is what I have been praying for for years.  God heard my prayers even when I thought they were bouncing off the ceiling.   God has filled our church with purpose by meeting the right person at the right time.  Many of you have jobs that pay the bills but do not have a purpose.  You have prayed and tried to open doors.  God is a God of perfect timing, and will open the door for you in His timing!  So pray and believe!

Oh and if you want to give to the school to meet those needs you can give to this link and we will give the money to the school… https://pushpay.com/g/thevibrant?src=hpp

But today, ask God to open your eyes to how you can be a blessing to the world you live in!

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

Prayer that Changes Things

Have you ever felt like you get in the way of all God has for you?  I know my thoughts can drift, my attitude can get sour, my eyes can wander, my mouth can say things I wish I could take back, and I can do things I know I should not?

Romans 7:14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 

So here the Apostle Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament understands the struggle we share.  I find a lot of comfort in his vulnerability.  I am not the only one who struggles and neither are you.  So every morning I pray over the different parts of my body.  Here is a sample of my prayer:

Jesus I need you today. I give you my mind.  My mind wanders and is easily distracted.  Your Word says that You are renewing my mind.  So I ask you today to give me the grace needed to think thoughts that are good and thoughts of You and others.  Teach me to think less often about myself and more about Your Kingdom!

Today I give you my eyes.  They tend to wander and lead me to places you have given me victory over.  I ask that you would not just lead my eyes from wandering but you would open my eyes to how you see.  Show me the broken and wounded and give me insight to make a difference.  Open my eyes to my family for what they need from me.

Today I give you my ears.  My ears tend to listen to the wrong voices which shape the world I see and how I engage with others.  Open my ears to hear your voice and quite the voices of the world.  Tune my ears to hear you and where you are leading me.

Today I give you my mouth.  Oh how my words can wound without intention.  Today would you help me to control my tongue.  I want to listen more than I talk.  May the words that come from my mouth be used to speak life and build up and not tear down.  Give me the courage to speak the truth in love.  Would you use my words to heal, give home, and comfort! May praising Your Holy Name be the first and last words on my lips.

Today I give you my heart.  How my heart is so easily led astray by how I feel.  Today put courage and love in my heart.  Open my heart to love those that are not easy to love, and to love my family that is easy to overlook.  Teach my heart to trust you when it doesn’t make sense and walk in faith at your leading.

Today, I give you my hands.  My my touch be gentle and strong.  May my hands be used to bless and encourage.  Increase the work of my hands, they are infinitely more capable when your blessing shapes what they do.  Teach my hands to rest and trust you for the increase.  Take the gifts and talents you gave me and use them to build Your Kingdom and not my own.

Today I give you my feet.  Lead me to where your hand is leading.  I do not want to get off the path you planned for me. Forgive me for following the wrong path and getting distracted by the world.  Set me again on your path and light it with Your word.  Give me the courage to obey you when it is scary or I think I am not capable.  

Amen

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church
@brandonsereg

Prayer of Jabez

I am not very religious and do not like prayer on repeat, but I have learned that praying scripture is powerful and can be done in a way that is not at all religious.  Today I want to share one of my favorite scriptures to pray.  It is the prayer of Jabez.  This is in the middle of a geneology.  You know the scripture we usually just skip or breeze through.  In the middle of the list of first borns comes this…

1 Chronicles 4:There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful.10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

 

  1. Pray of Blessing

Here I ask God to give me favor.  I need favor with men, in my finances, and as I do what God has called me to.  I ask God to bless my finances as I want to honor Him how I spend the resources He gave me.  I also ask for wisdom beyond my years.  I am a young man but do not want to walk in the wisdom of a young man.  So I pray this, “Give me more than I need that I might be a blessing to others.”  God knows how much I need, I want my heart to align with His why which is to be a blessing to others.

2. Pray for Influence

Here I ask God to expand my territory.  I pray, “Fill my heart with vision and purpose from you.”  I do not want vision and purpose of my own ambition or from the values of the world.  When you meet a man who has found purpose birthed in conviction from God’s presence, he is different than other men.  He sees life different. His wife looks at him different. He has a drive that is not tainted with pride but making a difference in the lives of others.

3. Pray for His Presence

Deuteronomy 31:Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  The reason we do not walk in fear or discouraged is because he goes before us.  He is already where He wants us to be.  He is also with us.  He is not only the God of our future but the God who is in our present.  He knows you and sees you.  He knows your heart is bent toward fear and discouragement, which is why over 365 times in the Bible you will read “Do not be afraid.” It is not because the circumstances were not worthy of fear, but because the God that was with them is greater than their circumstances. So I pray, “What you have called me to is bigger than me.  God would you lead me to where your hand is leading me.”  I want to go to the future that he designed.

4. Pray for Protection

I have an enemy that does not want my to know God and fulfill my purpose.  In fact he wants to steal my purpose and kill my knowing God intimately.  It is what he fears the most.  So I pray, “Strengthen me and protect me from the attack of the enemy.”

So I encourage you to pray this prayer everyday!

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church
@brandonsereg

 

The Jesus You See

Do you ever feel like some people’s relationship with Jesus is at another level? It certainly can be.  Now we all know people who give a lot of words to talk about how close God is and see right through it.  Yet then we meet people who are the real deal.  I think in all of us we want a closer relationship with Jesus and just dont know how.  Here is a key I have found:

Mark 6:1 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

Now Let me show you another experience:

Mark 10:46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

The Jesus they saw determined the Jesus they experienced.  Some only saw a carpenter.  They heard his teaching and it did not transform their lives and impacted the amount of miracles they experienced.  Now a blind man saw the Son of David, which refers to Jesus as the Messiah. He receives healing.  The experience and relationship is dictated by what they saw. 

So what do you see… Really… what do you really see?  Do you believe Jesus is the I AM?  The I AM is Jesus saying I AM EVERYTHING YOU NEED for this season.  I do not know what you are facing in 2019, but the way you see Jesus will determine if you trust in your own self, your work ethic, your religion, your intellect, or if you trust in the Son of David, the I AM.  I assure you He is for you, and He doesn’t give us what we want all the time, but He does give us what we need.  Some times He gets you out of your circumstances, but often He gets you through your circumstances.

So what do you see Jesus to be?  What are you looking for in your relationship with Him?  Do you see a Jesus that did THAT THERE in someone else’s life, or a Jesus who can do THIS HERE in your life?  Today go to the Jesus has plans to bless and prosper you and give you a hope and a future!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church
@brandonsereg

 

Why should you pray…

I spent a lot of my childhood in a religious church.  Many people went to church because they should, they acted a certain way because of a list of rules they should follow, and they prayed because it was a requirement to be a “good christian.” This was not true of everyone in that church but it was very common. 

Language changes over time.  If you have ever read a King James Bible, you will see how english has changed over time.  Word mean different things than they used to.  Religion is one of those words. Today religion means following a list of rules to appease an institution we call church.  Jesus grew up in a similar culture.  Religious people who follow a list of rules to appease an institution of the temple.  The leaders of these religious people were called pharisees. Jesus did not get along well with them.  Jesus was teaching people what it mean to follow Him and not get trapped in religion.  He even warns where religion would leave them.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. 

So what is God’s will for you?  That you would know Him.  Not know about Him, or do great things in His name apart from knowing Him.  God is looking for relationship and not religious behavior.  The pharisees prayed, fasted, gave generously, cared for the sick and the poor, led people into repentance through sacrifice.  Then they started getting wealthy doing it.  They sold the animals for sacrifice, charged a temple tax, took up offerings, and then ate the animals they sacrificed.  They often had the ear of the government leaders not just because of their influence but their wealth.  They prayed on street corners, they made it obvious they were fasting, they helped people but did it so many people could see, they boasted in their obeying the law, and oppressed people and elevated themselves in their own minds above others.

Jesus said we should pray, not out of religious piety, but out of relationship.  God loves you!  He wants you to know Him.  He wants you to make prayer more about conversation than a santa wish list or out of duty.  He gave His Son as payment to remove the barriers that limit our knowing Him.  So do not approach Him in prayer as a distant God but as a close Father.  He once dwelt in buildings and wrote His law on stones, now He dwells in people and writes His law on hearts.  

So real quickly lets talk about law.  God set laws to navigate relationship for the good of the people following Him.  Don’t worship idols is about relationship and trust.  Don’t sleep with people you are not married to, is about your soul and theirs not being led to pain and hurt.  It has always been relational and always will be.

So today, pray to a Father who loves you and want to talk to you!

Helping People Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

 

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