Friday, October 12, 2018

A Great Day for Diligence

A Great Day for Diligence

Today is a great day to seize each opportunity God puts before you.
Your breakthrough is right in front of you.  Despite your discouragement, anger, and lack of motivation, pray to God for wisdom and strength.  Then get up, get out, and step out on faith believing that God will honor your diligence.
“Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find” (Prov. 12 27).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Seek Godly Advice

Seek Godly Advise.

One of the sons of King David, named Ammon was madly in love with his “half-sister.”  He was frustrated because such a marriage was forbidden by the Mosaic law (Lev. 18:11).
Ammon received advise from a friend, which led to Ammon rapping his sister, which led to her brother, Absalom, killing him, which led to Absalom fleeing, which led to Absalom revolting against his Father, King David, which led to King David fleeing, which led to a war, which led to Absalom’s death, etc.
Bad advice can led to deadly consequences and a string of hurting people.
Christians, seek godly advice.  Check people’s advice against the Word of God and prayer.  Do not hesitate to get a second opinion from another godly person, who also will pray with you for God’s clear direction (Prov. 19:20).

Here is some godly advice: Make your way to church this weekend to worship God, to encourage and be encouraged, and leave church better than you came in.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pause to Recognize God!

This Weekend, Mt Zion Church of Ontario celebrates 96 years of ministry.
As I reflect on our 96 year history, we experienced failure, difficulty and miracles and victory.  Through it all God’s hand of favor and keeping power is constantly displayed before us.
Although we pause daily to thank God for His favor, and power, today we pause in our worship services, and we have a celebration concert planned to again say, thank You Lord (see mtzionontario.com. for info).
We also stop to say, Jesus, continue to Pastor Mt. Zion and we will follow You.
Christians, stop to celebrate what God has and is doing.  Worship, and praise keeps us positioned to anticipate the great and mighty things He is going to do as we live for God sized results (John 15:16).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Subtle but Fierce Challenges Today?

Today we face subtle yet fierce challenges in our culture.
Slavery, abolition, and civil rights were not subtle, but fierce because on both sides, the issues were clearly black and white based on what God said, and people made a choice to obey or disobey God.

Today because of the extensive ground work of the enemy in getting Christians to lower our view of God’s Word around issues such as legalizing marijuana, cohabitation outside of marriage, lying, stealing, cheating, sexual abuse, sexual immorality, domestic violence, etc., these issues appear blurred.
People on both sides are equally passionate, but caring Christians who come to the table with a high view of scripture are immediately written off as intolerant, dogmatic, divisive, and unloving.
Those determined to live a lifestyle displeasing to God (including Christians) prefer that caring Christians (not extremist) lower our view of God’s Word, and discuss alternative lifestyles with a neutral, mixed, and questioning view of the Bible versus a loving view of what “God said.”
The real rub in the human spirit comes when someone says “God said,” as established objective truth. This is not supposed to happen in a questioning, tolerant, accepting, affirming, and “progressive thinking” environment.

The subtle challenge today is that through various systems governed by a non-Judeo/Christian world-view, even strong Christians with a high view of scripture are walking away questioning what God has clearly said.
Sometimes my passion for God’s Word is manifested while speaking and some people conclude that I am harsh, intolerant, unloving, and closed-minded toward discussing alternatives to God’s plan.
When that happens, I must step back and reflect on if I am being loving as I share truth from God’s word.  Yet, not question what God said despite the culture demanding that I question God’s Word.
Another subtle challenge today is although Christians will lovingly listen, and show compassion, sometimes we are not given a chance to show love because of our high view of scripture.

Christians, when we really care, our reality is the Holy Spirit working in a heart is the only way we get to have an honest, open, and transparent conversation around difficult topics that God calls sin.

I love the “women at the well” encounter because she was open to being loved as Jesus dealt with her sin and gave her hope concurrently (John 4:4-30).
This is the grace and truth Jesus brought to the earth (John 1:14).
Christians, our challenge today is graciously sharing how the two co-exist (Rom. 5:8).
Christians, our challenge is genuinely loving people like Jesus as we share the truth found in God’s Word because we too are recipients of His grace and truth.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Christians, What Are We Adding To Our Faith?

Christians, What Are We Adding To Our Faith?

As Christians, our faith is our Christianity and all that the Bible says makes up our beliefs as Christians.  Our faith is more than the doctrines we believe, but who we are as God’s children through Christ.  Our faith is both who we are, and what we believe (John 1:12).
Today, Christians are adding some destructive stuff to our faith.  The elephant in the room is our political divisiveness.  Some of us see wrong and won’t say anything.  Some of us are covering up for the wrong we clearly see, and some of us are criticizing everything we see.  Some of us out of fear, are afraid to use our normal biblical standards to call behavior right or wrong, and some of us don’t see any good and are calling everything wrong.
Here is the problem.  While Christians are playing politics, and taking divisive jabs at each other, we are losing credibility among non-Christians by the second.  Non-Christians who use the natural moral code (Rom. 2:14-15) are calling behavior wrong and Christians are covering up for that problematic behavior, and we are losing even more credibility.  Speaking the truth about behavior based on God’s Word vs. culture or politics does not mean you are a traitor, disloyal, or unloving.
Christians, we are not confused about right and wrong.  But many of us are stuck behind democratic and republican politics.  We are playing the dangerous, divisive, hypocritical and unloving game of politics.

The Apostle Peter commanded us to add seven virtues to our faith to keep us stable and on track as God’s called out ones in a hostile environment.  Peter said, diligently supply some extra to what we already have: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (II Pet. 1:5-
Christians, let us be responsible in politics by using biblical standards, and not blindly follow any political agenda.  Instead of our divisive politics which is driving people away from Christianity,  let’s become known for our love, our united efforts to share the gospel, and by the power of the Holy Spirit add the seven virtues in II Peter 2:5-7, to our faith.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, July 23, 2018

When The Inevitable Strikes.

When The Inevitable Strikes.

Humankind has spent ages trying to answer the question, why do we suffer?  Some ask: why do the good suffer with the bad?  Others: if God is a loving God, why does He allow evil, tragedy and suffering?   Inherent in these questions is our personal experience with pain and suffering.
Amidst the plethora of discussion regarding this age old issue, including free agency, and our “fallen” condition, I offer a word of hope from James 1:1-8.
1. Apply joy to your time of tragedy because God shows up in your difficulty to build your character (vs. 2-3).
2. Allow God the space to work in your difficulty.  He will matures you (v. 4).
3. Ask God for His perspective regarding your circumstances, and how you should respond to Him and others (vs. 5-8).
Christians, when the inevitable becomes your reality, you can visit the age old questions, but don’t get stuck there.  Pursue experiencing how the fiery furnace of life circumstances deepens your love relationship with God.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Unmasking the Pain?

Unmasking the Pain?

Watching a loved one deal with sickness, and even death is painful.
The pain is real.  Masking the pain with drug (legal or illegal) & alcohol abuse only leads to addiction and possibly legal and family problems.  Activity that gives temporary relief only acts as a pain reliever.  Once the activity is over, you still have pain.
God said it like this in Prov. 14:13: “Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.”
Take time to review the life of your loved one, or your loss.  Express the exciting times and the challenging times.  End your reflection time with the words of comfort found in God’s eternal Word. I will see her again (I Thess. 4:13-18).
Christians take time to share each others burdens by sharing and listening and so fulfill the law of love (Gal. 6:2; John 13:34-35).
Christians, make your way to God’s house this weekend and enjoy worshipping God and being in fellowship.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Death?

Death?

Death is a reality we must all face one day.  Death is painful, yet it is not the end.  After death we do not disappear into nothingness.  God created us with a soul, and one day our soul we be separated from our body in what we call death.  The soul goes back to God, and the body is left here on earth, until the resurrection.

The comfort Christians have in death is, because we believe Jesus died and rose again, we will be resurrected with a resurrected like that of Jesus, we will live with God eternally, and we will see each other again (I Thess. 4:13-18).
Christians, when our loved ones transition from life, let us grieve with hope and comfort each other with our mutual hope.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Can you live righteously before God?

Can you live righteously before God?

The average Christian wants to live righteously before God.  But temptations and compromise constantly beat on the door of our hearts determined to drive us into defeat (James 1:13-15).
A great way to live righteously before God is practice spiritual disciplines, which train us in righteousness.
For Instance in II Timothy 2:22, Timothy is told to live out godly characteristics with like-minded people (wholesome fellowship).
Christians, pick one or two spiritual disciplines (prayer, fasting, solitude, silence, bible reading, simplicity, worship, service, etc.), and intentionally practice them throughout the day.  You will find yourself closer to Jesus and enjoying abundant living (II Timothy3:16-17).

God Bless

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Obedient Christian

“The Obedient Christian”

While in college at San Diego State University, my roommate, Eric Stevens introduced me to the Navigators Ministry, which used a wheel to describe the obedient Christians life in action. Jesus is our center, the Bible, prayer, fellowship, and witnessing brings balanced actions in our lives.
Christian’s Study the wheel and join me in striving to balance such that obedience drives our daily actions.“The Obedient Christian”

God Bless


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Growth?

Summer Growth?

Some of the most delectable fruits and vegetables reach their full flavor from the summer sun.
What about you?
Use the summer sun for meaningful vacation time, and other fun things connected to summer to grow in your faith.  Before you jump into the day, try taking at least 30 minutes to read God’s Word and pray about one life principle from what you read and practice it all day.  For instance in Eph. 4:32, I might pray about “be kind to one another” and buy my wife flowers, clean the entire kitchen, or take her to drink tea at Starbucks.  I can also buy someone groceries, or help a neighbor with a project, wash someone car for free, teach a class, etc.
Christians use this summer to walk in union with Jesus and grow deeper in your faith (Colossians 2:6-7).
FYI, I am resuming consistently using my journaling system to grow this summer.

God Bless,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sprinkle your Conversation with Grace.

Sprinkle your Conversation with Grace.

Our insecurities and our desire to dominate, often influences us to teardown others to build ourselves up.  Before you settle for such unwholesomeness, meditate on Eph. 4:29. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Christians, strategically sprinkle your conversations with grace.  Leave people better because they conversed with you.

God Bless,

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Before You Follow the “Zero Mercy Movement.”

Before You Follow the “Zero Mercy Movement.”

We all make mistakes and must face our just God, and governing authorities who are supposed to maintain order in society (Rom 3:23; I John 1:9; Rom 13).
The “no mercy” movement can move us to heartlessness.
This movement targets a person, exposes their wrong, and then seeks to punish them beyond recovery.
Punishment is biblical (we must face consequences for our wrong - II Samuel 11-12), but the punish beyond recovery (“the zero mercy” movement) is the concern here.  God could have destroyed you and me, but His mercy (Eph. 4:32).
Christians, before we deal with a guilty person, with “zero mercy” let’s temper our spirit with Galatians 6:1-5.  This does not mean people don’t get sentenced in court, dismissed from work, disciplined by church leadership, etc., it does mean we approach the issue with with a gentle spirit and a keen self awareness (cf. Matt. 5:7; 7:12).
Let’s get to worship this weekend.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Embrace God’s Grace.

Embrace God’s Grace.

God often uses “a thorn in our flesh” to remind us to stay humble vs. arrogant.  Our thorn could be a physical ailment, a personal failure, struggle finances, communication problems, etc.
In II Cor. 12:7-10, God gave us help to embrace His grace with a “thorn in our flesh.”
1.  It is okay to pray for God to remove your thorn.
2. God can choose to leave your thorn in place.
3. Focus more on, and be content with God’s grace than your thorn.
4. The power of God’s grace is activated and operational as we remain weak before God (the I can’t, but through Christ I can do all things, mentality).
Christians, God’s grace (love and undeserved favor)is over, above, and beyond what you need or expect.  Embrace God’s grace.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
Mtzionontario.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Encouragement from the Word?

Encouragement from the Word?

We are planning our 9th annual Missions trip to Holmes County, Mississippi (one of the poorest counties in America).
I reviewed the budget and saw we are still need $5,000.00 for our budget.
Before doubt rang my bell, God led me to II Cor. 9:8:”And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
Christians, God settled my heart with a promise I have witnessed Him keep for years.  Praise God with me for how He has already determined to provide.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What Will You Do About Senate Bill 2943?

What Will You Do About Senate Bill 2943?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Prov. 9:9-10).
With Assembly Bill 2943, being fast tracked to the governors desk, we need God’s wisdom to communicate our side of the issue to California Legislators.  The Christian Community does not need to evolve with people caught in the worlds system that fights and rebels against God.  We need to love God, love our neighbor, and do good, as we pursue the Great Commission.
Christians, pray for our lawmakers that they will live their lives and stop trying to restrict ours.
Call your State Senator and ask them to oppose AB 2943.
Pray about joining The California Family Council for a united effort to stop California lawmakers from another attack on Christians right to practice our freedom of speech, and to use the Bible to preach, teach, and counsel people who desire to listen.
No one is forced to listen to us, but California lawmakers are trying to force us to stop using the Bible, and other Christian literature to help people who willingly listen to us and come to us for help.
Other religious groups are not exempt from this movement to shut down any voice or document that does not agree with their agenda.
This is not the time to stand back and watch California lawmakers attempt to dictate and limit the freedom of religion or the freedom of speech that we enjoy in this country.  Too many people died for these rights for us to sit back and let a hand full of agenda driven California lawmakers take them away with the stroke of a pen.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Is it Really Your Body?

Is it Really Your Body?

I Cor. 6:19-20, teaches us why we should refrain from any form of sexual activity outside of the sacred institution of marriage.  Yet, the series of questions about the body God entrusted to our care includes other activities we do with our bodies.
We say, “This is my body, I can do what I want.”
Read the passage again and see if God has more say over your body than you.
19 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (I Cor. 6:19-20).
Christians, be good stewards over you God given, God purchased, Holy Spirit living inside of, body.
Get rest, exercise, good diet, avoid harmful substances, and bring your body to church (healthy people attending bedside baptist church, might consider getting up and physically attending church.  Get your body, heart, and mind in church - lol).

God Bless,
Mtzionontario.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sensitive Talk + Meaningful Action = A Lasting Difference.

Sensitive Talk + Meaningful Action = A Lasting Difference.

When working in prison ministry, I came to love II Cor. 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
I have witnessed thousands of men and women with a dark past (inside and outside of prison), change and and live for Christ.
In regards to any person, or a people groups dark past (including slavery), we all must talk with sensitivity.  Especially when we are far removed the horrors of their experiences.
What we can do is learn from the past, and address the darkness of our slavery today.  Drug abuse, physical violence, gang activity, ungodly politics, war, religious violence, racism, senseless and unwarranted shootings of unarmed citizens, abortion, excessive unwed mothers, sex trafficking, irresponsible dads and moms, greed, morality, gentrification, incarceration, and other things that keep humans of all ethnic groups in shackles today (Rom. 3:23).
Our modern day slavery (sin)is easy to talk at, about, and around, but not so easy to solve.  We need supernatural help (II Cor. 5:17).

Christians, let us prayerfully make a lasting difference in peoples lives.  The horrors of the past, are not an excuse for inaction today.  Make a meaningful difference today (Eph. 2:10).

God Bless,

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Revenge on Social Media, Etc.?

Revenge on Social Media, Etc.?

Come on Pastor, I am not hurting anyone physically when I post negative stuff on my “ex,” or de-friend someone, or put their confidential business out.  Why can’t I get back at that evil, cruel, poisonous snake biting, good for nothing, etc., etc., etc., person?  Why????
God said, “never pay back evil to anyone.  Respect what is right right in the sight of all men.  18 If possible, so far as it depends if you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 10:17-19).

God can get to your enemy better than you can.  Get out of God’s way and let Him punish your enemy.
How do I redirect my anger and desire to give them the payback they deserve?
Forgive them as God has forgiven you (Eph. 4:32).
Overcome evil by doing good.  Do good even to your enemy if God opens the door (Rom. 12:20-21).

God Bless,

Friday, April 20, 2018

Having a Tough Day?

Having a Tough Day?

A little discouraged or feeling a little low today?  You are writing things down and taking steps to get things done, but more things are getting on your list than you are getting off your list.  You sense the symptoms of overwhelming stress are nearby waiting to pounce on you.
On days like today, God gives us familiar encouragement: “9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:9-10).
1.  Christian’s be encouraged, God will come through.
2. Overcome discouragement with reaching out and doing something good for someone else.

God Bless,

PS:  Pray for Alex Jefferson to receive a kidney.

Friday, April 6, 2018

What do you do after the biggest weekend in Church life?

What do you do after the biggest weekend in Church life?

Show love for Jesus by obeying the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.
Boldly and humbly share your faith with others (remember your personal testimony is a powerful witness for Jesus)and look for opportunities to help someone become a loyal follower of Jesus (a great way is bring them with you to your Bible study class, or share with them what you are learning in Bible study).
Christians, our commitment to obey the Great Commission is a meaningful way to love Jesus through our obedience (John 14:21-23).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, March 23, 2018

What About Your Passion for Jesus?

What About Your Passion for Jesus?

After Lent ends, will your commitment to stop XY and to do A and B end.
You made a New Years commitment.  How are you doing?  Still committed?
When Jesus was confronted by Judas and the soldiers to arrest Him, listen to what He said after Peter’s sword missed a soldiers head and cut off his ear: But Jesus said to Peter "Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?” (John 18:11).
Jesus was committed to fulfilling His mission despite the ensuing humiliation and excruciation pain.
Christians, Jesus did not loose His passion for us, so let’s not loose our passion for Him.
Be at a Good Friday Service.
Be at a Resurrection Service.
Stay connected and in service after the biggest weekend in Christian life.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Follow the Culture or the Christ?

Follow the Culture or the Christ?

In Matt 16:24, Jesus said: "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” NLT
Christians, Jesus requires three key actions:
First, say no to yourself vs. self denial (Jesus wants more than our giving up stuff, Jesus wants us to come under His authority).
Second, Be prepared to deal with  hardship.  The cross for the Christian refers to suffering and hardship for a divine purpose.
Third, Pursue Jesus.  This involves reading God’s Word and understanding what God expects and out of obedience living up to God’s expectations.
These three actions are at the heart of following Jesus.
Christians, will you follow the culture, or will you follow The Christ?

God Bless,

Mtzionontario.com

Monday, February 26, 2018

Choose the Most Important Things and Reduce your Stress.

Choose the Most Important Things and Reduce your Stress.

Mary and Martha often ministered to Jesus when He came to town.  In the Luke 10:38-42 visit, Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him, while Martha was stressed behind the preparations she felt were necessary to host Jesus.  Before you criticize Martha, think about what you would do if Jesus came to eat at your home.
Martha told on her sister and asked Jesus to make her get up and help out.
Jesus gave the profound point in the story in verses 41-42.
Instead of stressing about multiple things, identify the most important things.
Christians stop and sit at the feet of Jesus and use scriptures like Proverbs 3:5-7, to help you identify the most important things.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pray for Americans Students Traumatized by Violence.

Pray for Americans Students Traumatized by Violence.

Our school-aged children must again work through the trauma of bloodshed, and death on their school campus.  Imagine what they must overcome to return to school.  Moreover, consider the active shooter drills American students practice today.  Why?  Someone, another American, is actually planning to hurt them in their place of learning.
Please keep the families from Broward County, South Florida, in your prayers, plus others still hurting from violence in America.
Moreover, let’s continue to advocate for our children and protect them from evil people and evil things.
Our national and local leaders must work to provide more security for our children, and all of us must persist in saying something if we see something.
Our children are training to compete in a global arena and they need our support.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Follow Jesus

Follow Jesus

Now that Christmas sales are over, retailers are gearing up for “Easter” sales.  Christians, retailers are running a business to make a living.  We do not live with a retail or seasonal mentality. We do not party hearty and get wasted on “Fat Tuesday” then all of a sudden turn super holy on Wednesday, and then after “Easter” go back to doing what we please.  Non-Christians view this as hypocritical.
Jesus did not call us to a rollercoaster Christianity, but to a love relationship characterized by following Him.
Christians, keep your practice of Christianity simply.  Follow Jesus.  Read through your Bible and follow the principles in our book.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, February 2, 2018

What is God Whispering in Your Ear?

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:11-30, is a vivid picture of God holding us accountable for using the gifts He entrusted to us.
Christians, let us use our God-given gifts to advance God’s kingdom.  Invite someone to church or a small group, or christian concert. Take a co-worker or fellow student, etc to lunch and ask if you can pray for them during lunch.  Buy food for someone in need, and pray for them.  Volunteer at your local church to fill an area of need.  Go on a missions trip.  Do your work with excellence and when recognized, give glory to God.  Pass out gospel tracts to non-Christians, and on and on.
Do something!  Refuse to leave opportunities to advance the kingdom unattended.
Christians, after a day of faithful service, listen for the Lord to whisper in your ear, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Are You Looking for the Good?

Joseph, whose life story is found in Genesis 37-50, went through horrible circumstances.  He was hated by 10 of his brothers, he was sold to some traders by his brothers, and then he was sold into slavery in Egypt by the traders.  While working as a slave for the President’s head bodyguard, the wife, “Mrs. Potiphar” accused Joseph of attempted rape, and without any justice, he was put in the Federal Penitentiary as a sex offender.  In the pen, he helped two prisoners understand their dreams, and the prisoner who was restored to his cupbearer position, forgot about Joseph for a couple years.  For 13 years, Joseph went through tough trials and finally he became the Vice President of Egypt.

How did Joseph see his trials?  He told his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good... (Gen. 50:20).
The same thought is found in Rom. 8:28.
Christians, whatever is going in your world, look for the good that God is doing.
God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
Mtzionontario.com

Monday, January 8, 2018

Stay on Mission

I love the story of Abraham’s servant who was sent to find a wife for Isaac.When the servant arrived among Abrahams home country, check out the servants prayer in Gen. 24:12-14

1. The servant acknowledged the God of Abraham (v. 12).  Abraham influenced his servant to know and trust God.
2. The servant asked for God’s favor     (v.12).
3. Out of the women who came to the well, the servant asked God to identify Isaac’s wife as the woman who gave him a drink and also volunteered to water his camels. Once Rebekah showed up and fulfilled the details in his prayer, the servant met with Rebekah’s family and asked to bring her to Isaac.

Rebekah’s brother Laban and her mom wanted to delay the servant with a 10 day visit.  The servant declined and pushed to fulfill his mission (Gen. 24:56-59). 

Christians, when you pray for God’s favor in doing your mission and God answers your prayer, stay on mission.  People with good or bad intentions can be used to delay and even derail the completion of your mission.  You must stay focused and don’t delay, keep moving, and fulfill your God given mission.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.