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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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Good Deeds to the MAX!!!

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM Comments comments (2)
GOOD DEEDS To the MAX!!! #bloggingontheGO Luke 10:33 NIV But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him... GREETINGS!!! BlogFam, on yesterday I finished reading a book entitled, ALL BECAUSE OF CALVARY: THE NAOMI D. M. SELLARS STORY. This book is an autobiographical testimony of Missionary Naomi's ministry in Africa. Her ministry in Africa was over a thirty year time span during which she would spend 3-4 years there and come home on furlough for about one year before going back. She heard the call of God to serve when she was 22 and dedicated her life in obedience to that call. As I read the book, I laughed. I cried. I prayed. I wondered. Her testimony is so inspiring, not only to those who feel called to missions abroad, but to ANYONE who loves the Lord and desires to totally surrender their life to serving God in ANY way in obedience to the will of God for their life. Missionary Naomi is/was a GOOD Samaritan. Her life of surrender and service in the Kingdom of God is illustrative of the passion we all should have about our relationship with God and all that we do and say because of CALVARY!!! Friends, basically, what I want to convey is that the mercy of the Samaritan who is called GOOD is not so far fetched. There are men and women who are seeing the needs of others who have been left out or looked over or passed by or put out everyday AND everyday men and women are stopping to meet the needs of those they see. The question is this... Are YOU one of them? Are you one of the servants of the Most High, such as Missionary Naomi or the Good Samaritan, who sees a need and goes out of their way to meet that need as you are able? Are you willing to be a neighbor and to love your neighbor as you love yourself? Luke 10:30, 33-35 NIV "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.... A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'" BlogFam, I pray that you would strive to live a life full of good deeds to the MAX!!! There will be people who will try to block you and criticize you and convince you that it does not take all of that! But when YOU begin to think about the maximum good deed Jesus did in dying for our sins... none of us can ever do too much! YOU can never love, give, serve, sacrifice too much for the sake of the Kingdom of God because when you think about God's goodness toward you, you realize that there is still MORE you can DO!!! Soooo GO DO GOOD not for the rewards of doing so but simply because doing GOOD is the RIGHT thing to do and doing GOOD is what LOVE demands... AND doing GOOD is what God has already done for YOU!!! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW @AudraSunshine or @Spiritedconcepts

Oh!! And about those ROBBERS.....

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (4)
Oh! And about those ROBBERS... #bloggingontheGO Luke 10:30 NIV In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by ROBBERS. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. GREETINGS! BlogFam, I need to take a day to backtrack and then we will get to the Samaritan who is called GOOD. On yesterday we talked about what we SEE yet choose to walk away from just as the Priest and Levite in the parable. And I do not want to repeat that conversation as much as I want to consider the guilty hands of those who got this man into the predicament he finds himself...attacked, stripped, beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Now I know a few of you are ready to move on to the hopeful and inspiring portion of this parable. Some of you do not want to recall any kind of image of this man that would cause you to think of his desperate, devastating, and deadly situation. I mean. Think about it. I know this is a parable but did it really have to open so sadly? This man is traveling a familiar road probably taking the same road he has taken many times before. But today was different. This day was very different. On this particular day something happened that radically changed his life forever. He was attacked. He was stripped. He was beaten. He was robbed. He was left for dead... ALL on the same day! Now it is one thing for any one of these things to happen at some point or another BUT for all of these things to happen to take place in his life on the SAME day is CRAZY!!! I can only imagine his thoughts, his fears, his intimidation, when he "was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers." AND THEN THEY LEFT HIM FOR DEAD!!! WHAT!?!? REALLY!?!? How can anyone be so callous and so cold as to do anything so heartless and so violent and then walk away? ROBBERS!!! And before we get too far along and you dare begin to consider this question without your identity associated with such acts... THINK AGAIN BlogFam! You know how we do. We must at least consider the reality that we may or may not see ourselves as the Samaritan who is called good. We may or may not see ourselves as the Priest or the Levite that passed by on the other side. We may or may not see ourselves as the one who has been left for dead. SO is it possible, however remotely, that you most closely identify with those robbers? Let's talk about it... In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by ROBBERS. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead." Of course, most of you said OH NO! I could never be one of them. I could never do something like they did. I could never act like those robbers. And to your confident yet highly questionable sentiment, I say let us think together and again. A ROBBER is one who robs and TO ROB means: to take something from someone by unlawful force or by threat of violence; steal; to deprive someone of something or rights legally due; to plunder or rifle; to deprive someone of something unjustly or injuriously. AND so now in light of this definition.... Are YOU a robber? And perhaps you are not a materialistic robber. You don't rob STUFF. Stuff is not your thing. You can do without other people's stuff. Actually you scoff and sneer at other people's stuff. You don't want it but you don't want them to have it either so you ROB them of the satisfaction they feel about being the owners of whatever you have determined they might not need to have. You don't want that stuff and surely do not need it but their possession of what you don't have is intolerable! So you ROB your friends and family of the peace of mind they have as a result of their new stuff! And if this does not fit maybe you ROB others in spiritual, social, and psychological ways! You ROB them of a better relationship with GOD because you have intentionally deprived others of your prayers and the wisdom that only comes from spending time with God which has not been on the top of your priorities. You ROB them of the support and connections you have that can help propel them into their destiny because of your selfishness and the fear that you might get left behind. You ROB them of the encouragement to build their confidence in their endeavors to be their best selves because you silently, and very possibly jealously, refuse to one of the ones who would dare speak life into their life! Again, Are YOU a robber? Robbers do not limit their work to the familiar or most likely places that their targeted prey would expect to encounter them. Robbers do not always look like the masked thieves in black you see on TV. Robbers can look like, sound like, and think like YOU! Robbers are conniving and creative and pull from an extensive repertoire of tactics to steal from, kill, and destroy others! Are you a ROBBER? In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead." In what ways have YOU stripped someone of their dignity OR beaten down their ego OR walked away from a wounded man, woman, boy or girl OR left someone half dead... helpless, hopeless, happy-less, or in a horrifying mess? Are YOU a robber? Friends I know that this is not an easy reflection. I know this is not an often welcome reflection. But it is a necessary one. If we are all going and growing to be the people GOD is calling for us to be, then we have to at least be honest about our own practices of robbing others of anything that is unlawful for us to have in the natural and in the spirit. And so on today I pray that you would ask the Lord to show you your ways of robbery. I pray that you would renounce the desire to rob others of any spiritual, social, or psychological gift that would support them in fulfilling their destiny. I pray that your identity as a robber and the company of robbers you keep would be vacated in Jesus Name! And I decree and declare that the good we will see in the mercy of the Samaritan will be seen in your life and ministry.... GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW @AudraSunshine or @SpiritConcept

I Know YOU See Me!!!

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)
I KNOW YOU SEE ME! Luke 10: 30-33 Greetings! BlogFam, So now we find ourselves at The Parable of the Good Samaritan. We can actually all learn a lot from the Master’s handling of this expert in this passage – a few lessons have already been acknowledged in our previous posts; however, I do want to stress that, in LOVE we must react, retort, respond, or reply just as Jesus did. In reply to the expert’s pressing question – AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? Jesus tells a story. This might sound like a strange way to address any question but the stories that Jesus tells in the Gospels are stories that drive home a larger point always directing the listeners – and now the readers – to the Kingdom of God. These stories are called parables and the profound lessons in the simplistic details of these stories are a remarkable way of establishing God’s Kingdom in the hearts and minds of all people. 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. What a SAD situation!?!?! I cannot imagine being the man who was attacked, robbed and left to die alone. I do not want to imagine that for anyone I love, like, or even have a few issues with. I would not want that kind of experience to happen to anyone. BlogFam, I believe that many of you might just feel the same way. I think for the most part, most of you want others – whether they are strange or familiar to you – to be OK. I think we all feel some kind of sympathy for this man or any person who goes through devastating, depressing, or deadly circumstances. I mean, I am almost 100% positive that when you see the images of people who are starving or homeless or living with incurable diseases or orphans or blind or physically/mentally challenged, your heart feels some kind of way and deep down, maybe way deep down you want things to work out as best as they can for them. And you most certainly would not want the script to be flipped. At the same time, what do you DO with what you SEE? I know you see, I see, we all SEE dire situations of people all around us and while our hearts and perhaps our prayers, as well, go out to them, unfortunately, we most often choose to HIDE, IGNORE, WALK AWAY from what we know we have seen. A priest saw this wounded man and passed by on the other side. A Levite saw this wounded man and passed by on the other side. How many times have you seen the type of people your heart goes out to and STILL passed by on the other side? I know we really do not want to think of ourselves in this way. We do not want to admit that we more readily identify with the Priest and the Levite in this story. We do not want to admit it but our actions are strong indications that we do. Now, BlogFam, this is safe space and its just you and me so be honest, what if you were the man in this parable who was attacked and left for dead on the side of the road? What if YOU were that person and YOU were treated EXACTLY the way you treat those whom you have SEEN in horrific situations and you kept on walking? What if YOU were treated the way you DO treat others and not just the way you think you deserve to be treated? This makes one truly re-consider a lot of things because at some level, I think that we would want help from SOMEBODY, almost ANYBODY, if we found ourselves at the end of our rope! Friends, this is a sad story and the truth is that we too often treat people sadly. We do. It’s true. The mercy of the Samaritan is RARE and often limited to the confines of those we see and want to help because of what we might get out of it or to satisfy our egotistical need for public appreciation or because you owe somebody a favor or you want to be in a position to hold this good deed over someone’s head or maybe you just want bragging rights! Whatever your motive, it needs to be checked! And we ALL need to check our hearts motivation because our heart’s condition affects our eyes vision. I know you see, I see, we see so many things that we really would rather NOT see but the reality is, we do see and what do we do with what we see? Well, many times, we follow the lead of the Priests and the Levites in our own lives. We follow the lead of OUR Pastors, Ministry Leaders, Praise and Worship leaders, Deacons, Apostles, Bishops, Mothers, Prophets, Choir Directors, Teachers, Activists, Politicians, Economists, Doctors, Lawyers, and so on and so forth. We FOLLOW their lead as they lead us to pass by on the other side forgetting what we see or somehow convincing ourselves that what we see is NOT our responsibility!!! So, you see, I see, we see and we keep on walking by what we see and here, Jesus reminds us that what we see and what we have seen IS an opportunity to DO, to SERVE, to LOVE our neighbor as we LOVE ourselves. Jesus begins to remind us that YES she is and YES he is – WHOMEVER they are – THEY are our neighbor. I know you see me I also know you don’t want to see me But I’m here and you’re here And we are here because we see Each other We see the truth and We see the lies and We both see that you might be the next to walk on by But then again Perhaps you’ve changed Because I think you said you knew His Name So if He sees Which I do believe Then through your eyes My hope is not denied So I wonder if you will stop Or keep walking by what you see I wonder if on today God will get all the glory But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he SAW him, he took pity on him and so must we. And tomorrow we will see just how much pity he took… GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine or @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get the blog updates sent directly to yoru email AND Listen online every Sunday to KIDS KORNER RADIO PROGRAM at 4:15cst/5:15est at www.wigoam.com

I Know YOU See Me!!!

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM Comments comments (0)
I KNOW YOU SEE ME! Luke 10: 30-33 Copy and Paste link to LISTEN NOW… Greetings! BlogFam, So now we find ourselves at The Parable of the Good Samaritan. We can actually all learn a lot from the Master’s handling of this expert in this passage – a few lessons have already been acknowledged in our previous posts; however, I do want to stress that, in LOVE we must react, retort, respond, or reply just as Jesus did. In reply to the expert’s pressing question – AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? Jesus tells a story. This might sound like a strange way to address any question but the stories that Jesus tells in the Gospels are stories that drive home a larger point always directing the listeners – and now the readers – to the Kingdom of God. These stories are called parables and the profound lessons in the simplistic details of these stories are a remarkable way of establishing God’s Kingdom in the hearts and minds of all people. 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. What a SAD situation!?!?! I cannot imagine being the man who was attacked, robbed and left to die alone. I do not want to imagine that for anyone I love, like, or even have a few issues with. I would not want that kind of experience to happen to anyone. BlogFam, I believe that many of you might just feel the same way. I think for the most part, most of you want others – whether they are strange or familiar to you – to be OK. I think we all feel some kind of sympathy for this man or any person who goes through devastating, depressing, or deadly circumstances. I mean, I am almost 100% positive that when you see the images of people who are starving or homeless or living with incurable diseases or orphans or blind or physically/mentally challenged, your heart feels some kind of way and deep down, maybe way deep down you want things to work out as best as they can for them. And you most certainly would not want the script to be flipped. At the same time, what do you DO with what you SEE? I know you see, I see, we all SEE dire situations of people all around us and while our hearts and perhaps our prayers, as well, go out to them, unfortunately, we most often choose to HIDE, IGNORE, WALK AWAY from what we know we have seen. A priest saw this wounded man and passed by on the other side. A Levite saw this wounded man and passed by on the other side. How many times have you seen the type of people your heart goes out to and STILL passed by on the other side? I know we really do not want to think of ourselves in this way. We do not want to admit that we more readily identify with the Priest and the Levite in this story. We do not want to admit it but our actions are strong indications that we do. Now, BlogFam, this is safe space and its just you and me so be honest, what if you were the man in this parable who was attacked and left for dead on the side of the road? What if YOU were that person and YOU were treated EXACTLY the way you treat those whom you have SEEN in horrific situations and you kept on walking? What if YOU were treated the way you DO treat others and not just the way you think you deserve to be treated? This makes one truly re-consider a lot of things because at some level, I think that we would want help from SOMEBODY, almost ANYBODY, if we found ourselves at the end of our rope! Friends, this is a sad story and the truth is that we too often treat people sadly. We do. It’s true. The mercy of the Samaritan is RARE and often limited to the confines of those we see and want to help because of what we might get out of it or to satisfy our egotistical need for public appreciation or because you owe somebody a favor or you want to be in a position to hold this good deed over someone’s head or maybe you just want bragging rights! Whatever your motive, it needs to be checked! And we ALL need to check our hearts motivation because our heart’s condition affects our eyes vision. I know you see, I see, we see so many things that we really would rather NOT see but the reality is, we do see and what do we do with what we see? Well, many times, we follow the lead of the Priests and the Levites in our own lives. We follow the lead of OUR Pastors, Ministry Leaders, Praise and Worship leaders, Deacons, Apostles, Bishops, Mothers, Prophets, Choir Directors, Teachers, Activists, Politicians, Economists, Doctors, Lawyers, and so on and so forth. We FOLLOW their lead as they lead us to pass by on the other side forgetting what we see or somehow convincing ourselves that what we see is NOT our responsibility!!! So, you see, I see, we see and we keep on walking by what we see and here, Jesus reminds us that what we see and what we have seen IS an opportunity to DO, to SERVE, to LOVE our neighbor as we LOVE ourselves. Jesus begins to remind us that YES she is and YES he is – WHOMEVER they are – THEY are our neighbor. I know you see me I also know you don’t want to see me But I’m here and you’re here And we are here because we see Each other We see the truth and We see the lies and We both see that you might be the next to walk on by But then again Perhaps you’ve changed Because I think you said you knew His Name So if He sees Which I do believe Then through your eyes My hope is not denied So I wonder if you will stop Or keep walking by what you see I wonder if on today God will get all the glory But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he SAW him, he took pity on him and so must we. And tomorrow we will see just how much pity he took… GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine or @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get the blog updates sent directly to yoru email AND Listen online every Sunday to KIDS KORNER RADIO PROGRAM at 4:15cst/5:15est at www.wigoam.com

Are YOU Serious? Why are YOU Still Talking?

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)
Are You Serious? Why are you still Talking? #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW... http://cinch.fm/spiritedconcept/543604 Luke 10:29 NIV But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" GREETINGS!!! BlogFam, I am going to do my best to refrain from fully exploring the answer to the second question posed by the expert in this text. Jesus does a phenomenal job in the coming verses and I am looking forward to walking through the parable with you in the days to come... Yet I understand how significant it is to consider the context of every Scriptural reference so we had to start with the verses leading up to the parable including the one verse for our reflection for today. Luke 10:29 NIV But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Over the last few days we have highlighted the expert's desire to TEST Jesus. (PLEASE GO READ THE LAST TWO POSTS ) He asks a question about how to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers his question with a question and in response the expert answers his own original question by reciting The Greatest Commandment - Love GOD, Love Yourself, and Love your Neighbor as you love yourself. "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO this and you will live." BUT he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Now the expert's question has been asked and answered by himself in conversation with Jesus and as we see he is still talking! I'm not being mean BlogFam but I am thinking about conversations with people who have received thorough explanations regarding their questions and concerns, YET for some reason what was stated and affirmed in response to their questions and concerns, though full of truth, now requires more. It requires more not because that "expert" does not understand but possibly and more than likely this "expert" is not doing what Jesus says he should be doing in order to live! "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Really? Are you serious? Excuse me sir, why are you still talking? Your question has been asked and answered...by YOU, I might add. Jesus told YOU to DO this - Love God, Love Yourself, and Love your Neighbor. BUT he wanted to justify - exculpate, excuse, and exonerate - himself, so he KEEPS ON TALKING and then asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Friends, he does NOT want to know who his neighbor is because he is focused on truly getting to know who his neighbor is....unless his neighbor was limited to his own family and friends. He does not want to know who his neighbor is unless his neighbor is confined to the most familiar spaces he will frequent and will make it therefore convenient to love. He does not want to know who is neighbor is unless, of course, his neighbor fits into the box he had predetermined before this conversation ensued. Friends, he really does not want Jesus to answer this question in any way that will give him a true revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus had been preaching heretofore. BUT he wanted to justify HIMSELF, so he just throws out another question in order to continue testing Jesus and to attempt to affirm his lack of responsibility to the mandate of the Gospel..... So he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Friends, are YOU serious? Why are YOU still talking? Think about it! Its time for a brief moment of self introspection. Do YOU really want or need a more thorough explanation of what it means to Love GOD, Love Yourself, or to Love your Neighbor? Are there questions in your own life that have been asked and CORRECTLY answered by YOU but the truth you are now being forced to face is pushing you into a place you really did not want to go, a ministry in which you really did not want to serve, and maybe even building relationships you did not want to build? Perhaps your desire to keep talking and stop doing or at least limit your doing is simply because you are trying to JUSTIFY YOURSELF, just like this expert. You are still talking because you are actually and intentionally making an effort to TEST Jesus and EXONERATE, EXCUSE, and EXCULPATE yourself from doing what the Lord requires, calls, commands, and commissions YOU to do! So, just like this expert you keep on talking under the guise of prayer, study, praise, and even worship not because your heart is right with GOD but moreso because you are trying your hardest to convey that what you are doing now is good enough and to do more is out of the question! AND to even consider that my neighbor would be someone who who looks, believes, practices, speaks, and worships differently from me is ridiculous! BlogFam, is this you? And be honest because I promise I will not tell anyone. I just want you to be honest and face the truth of your hearts condition and to pray for those who find themselves questioning Jesus in order to justify themselves. My sistas and brothas, today I pray that we would just STOP talking about anything that would keep us from walking by faith. I pray that we would STOP talking as if we do not understand that at some point we must put our faith to work. I pray that we would STOP talking in ways that exonerate, excuse, or exculpate us from serving at our highest and best capacity for the sake of the Kingdom of God! But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" BlogFam, if you just need another answer to one of your questions, including this one.... welllllll, check with us tomorrow!!! LOL!!! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine & @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get blog updates sent to your email AND Listen online to KIDS KORNER RADIO PROGRAM every Sunday evening at 4:15cst/5:15est at www.wigoam.com

DO THIS and You Will Live!!!

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (0)
DO This and You Will Live! #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW... http://cinch.fm/spiritedconcept/542686 Luke 10:26-28 NIV "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." GREETINGS! BlogFam, you have met your match when you come to Jesus without a desire to surrender yourself and/or your situation to Him. Now you might be thinking... well... what other reasons would anybody come to Jesus? And don't you dare be fooled! People come to Jesus, just like they go to church for all kinds of reasons both sincere and impure. Based on our conversation in our last post, we know that this expert in conversation with Jesus at this point in the text has come to TEST Jesus. But unlike some of us who might go clean off on those who would try to hijack the good in our life and ministry or the lives of those we love and care about, Jesus continues his conversation with this "expert" in the law. EXPERT: "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" JESUS: "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" Jesus answers his question with question. BlogFam, again, you have met your match when you come to Jesus without a desire to surrender yourself and/or your situation to Him. Jesus knew that the motivation behind this question was impure and so he uses what he knows that this expert already knows to force him to answer his own question. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone that you know was their attempt to trick and trap you? You know that they have come to get your insight, your opinion, your perspective on an issue about which they probably could care less about or they care so much that whatever you say will never be good enough. I know I have and I am a witness that you just cannot win. When they come to you, because their motives are impure, its basically a setup with the hope that you will not shut up but speak up so that they can take your words and then use them to accuse, discredit, attack, or dismiss you! Friends, PLEASE BE HUMBLY CLEAR... There are not that many people in your circle of influence who just crave your wisdom or covet your knowledge. Do not get so caught up in yourself that you do not at least consider or outright miss that the one who is coming wants to test you in the same way that this expert wanted to test Jesus. But Jesus knows how to handle every situation and Jesus flips the script based on what he knows about this man who was an EXPERT in the law. This expert did not necessarily need Jesus to answer this question but for to TEST Jesus and Jesus is hip to his game and tells the man to answer his own question. EXPERT: "Teacher, " he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" JESUS: "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" Jesus says you are the expert. You tell me what you already know is written. He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO this and YOU will live." Jesus basically says, I knew you knew the correct answer all along and then in his quick wit fashion, Jesus adds an invitation, a challenge to the expert to live the law he likely teaches about. I am so baffled by those who know the words of the Greatest Commandment as stated by this expert, but like this expert, choose to ignore the truth or attempt to intentionally manipulate the truth to test, trick, or trap others. BlogFam, how do you apply the truth of Gods word to your life? Does the truth of God's word that you acknowledge in your head connect to your heart and is then thereby lived out in your actions? What priority do you give the Word of God in your life? Friends , the expert used the truth of God's word in a FAILED effort to test Jesus BUT Jesus used this conversation as an opportunity to invite him to live out the truth that he already knew. "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE." BlogFam, is there any part of the truth of God's word that you do not do? Actually, lets narrow our focus. Is there any part of the Greatest Commandment, as recited by this expert and affirmed by Jesus, that you do not do? Do you realize that you will not live fully into your life and purpose until you DO so? Jesus said DO THIS. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" AND YOU WILL LIVE!!! YOU WILL LIVE!!! DO THIS...Love God, Love Yourself, and Love Others... AND YOU WILL LIVE!!! My sisters and brothers, I will assume that you want to LIVE BUT I have a greater question. Do YOU want to DO THIS? Do you want to Love God? Do you want to Love Yourself? Do you want to Love Others? YES or NO. Either you are on the side of those who know the Word of God but do not do the Word of God or you know the Word of God and you do your very best to live your life in alignment with its eternal truth. Friends, just like this expert, we can answer so many questions about what we should and should not do correctly. We can know the truth. We can see the truth. We can speak the truth. BUT do you LIVE the truth? And today I believe that we all must face the truth that our expertise just might be lacking the actual experience necessary to prove that are hearts have been transformed by the truth that we know. It is NOT enough to know what to do. Knowing is only one part of the battle because you know a lot of things about God but do you use what you know to DO what you are commanded to do in light of what you know? Jesus replied. "DO this and you will live." BlogFam, today I pray that you would reconsider what you know as truth. I pray that what you think you know would be then evaluated by the standard of the Greatest Commandment to Love God, Love Yourself, and Love your Neighbor as you Love Yourself. I pray that you would then make every effort to DO as the truth of God's Word has commanded so that you can LIVE not just today, but forever with God!!! BlogFam, what are you DOING with the truth that you know? GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! 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The Good Samaritan INTRODUCTION & THE WRONG QUESTION

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM Comments comments (0)
Good Samaritan INTRODUCTION & THE WRONG QUESTION #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW: http://cinch.fm/spiritedconcept/541844 Luke 10:25 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" INTRODUCTION & THE WRONG QUESTION... Greetings! BlogFam, On today we begin a NEW journey in the Word of God in the Gospel of Matthew. For the next few days or so, (BlogFam, you know how I do.... I take my time in the word in this space) we will explore a Parable that Jesus tells in the Gospel of Luke, The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Does that ring a bell? I hope so and if not, your journey with us will be even more special. I am excited about every series we begin for a number of reasons. I am excited because the Word of God is LIVING and so even if you have read or heard this parable time and time again, you can still read or hear something in it anew! I am excited because so many times we rush through familiar passages and assume that we know it but because in this space we take our time, sometimes verse by verse, sometimes phrase by phrase, we are all able to do our best to maximize the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak in and through us. AND I am excited just because I LOVE to write and what I share in this space are simply my thoughts about the Scripture as inspired on the day they are written. So, BlogFam, will you join me? Will you walk through this scripture with me? I hope so and I hope to hear from you over the next few days as we journey with God and reflect on the The Parable of The Good Samaritan as told by Jesus and as recorded by Luke. Friends, our usual practice is to read through the passage in its entirety first and then day by day we will take our time to excavate the text. THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Luke 10:25-37 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." AMEN This is the Word of GOD for the people of God.... Now on today, BlogFam, I want to take a moment to begin our excavation with the very first verse of this group of verses... Luke 10:25 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" BlogFam, over the course of our lifetime there are so many questions we would have asked the Lord in prayer about our life, love, family, ministry, career, school, children, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, destiny, possibilities, pain, frustration, healing, health, and on and on. I personally do not take issue with questioning God for if there is anyone in this universe who has the answers about my life, its God. So why would I SEEK God with my declarations of adoration and not also with my interrogatories of clarification so that with all wisdom, I get understanding. And NOBODY best knows or understands my life, your life, than God! Besides, I believe that somewhere in the Word it says that GOD knows the plans for my whole life and if I want to know Gods divine plans, I need to SEEK out God's plans through various spiritual practices asking God questions along the way. I believe that we can be faithful and still have questions. I believe we can be faithful and ask those questions of the Creator. I believe we can be faithful and expect GOD to answer the questions we ask. I know that many might disagree. We are not to question the will of God. We are not to ask God about what God allows. We are not to pursue that kind of inquiry with the Almighty. Welllll I can say that I am not in agreement with that school of thought, though I understand it. However, I am of the opinion that God actually does have all the answers and a way that I honor God and remain faithful to Gods word, will, and way is by seeking Gods answers with my questions. Besides, if the people in the Bible did so and God answered, we might as well give it a try! In this verse leading up to the actual parable Jesus is asked a question. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" This is a great question. It's somewhat akin to the question, Lord, what must I do to be saved? As much as Jesus had served and taught up to this point, this type of question could have been refreshing to Jesus. This question could have been a clue that these people are finally getting the message I have been preaching for all of this time. This is a good question. It is a question that was asked then and is still being asked on today when the Gospel message has been taught, preached, or lived in such a way that compels a man, woman, boy or girl to want to know more about having a relationship with God. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Again, this is a good question but in this context it is not a faithful one. WHAT!?!? Now I know. I know. Delesslyn I thought you just made a case for questioning God as a way that we are faithful. I did and I stand by that BUT I am also clear that the one who holds all of our answers also knows every sincere and impure motive behind the questions we ask. Your question can be twisted and tainted if your motivation for asking your question is to accuse, discredit, attack, or dismiss the Almighty God. This is what we see here. He asks a good question. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" BUT the first part of this verse reveals to us his true motivation for presenting this question to Jesus. "On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to TEST Jesus." This "expert's" motivation behind his question tells the truth about why he was coming to Jesus. He wants to TEST Jesus...accuse Jesus, discredit Jesus, attack Jesus, and dismiss Jesus as a fraud! Thus, his question truly takes on an entirely different meaning because his heart was not to gain an understanding of God's will through holy inquiry but to attempt to disqualify the message of love and hope that is central to the Gospel! My friends he asked the wrong question simply because his heart was not in the right place. BlogFam, what have you asked the Lord lately? More importantly, HOW have you asked God lately...in sincerity or with impurity? You cannot handle testing God. You are not smart or strong enough to test God. But in your own life's tests GOD welcomes your questions when you are striving to be faithful and remain in the center of God's will, gain an understanding of God's word, and sustain your walk in God's way! So, ask your questions, but check your heart first!!! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine and @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE now to get an automatic email and LISTEN ONLINE to Kids Korner every Sunday evening at 4:15cst/5:15est at www.wigoam.com