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

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#PRAYER for our Youth: #LightItUp [A Recording]

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
This is a slight departure from our current series but one that I believe you will appreciate...  

I was invited to PRAY on the last night of the LIGHT IT UP Prayer Call series.  This was a week of prayer for children and youth in light of recent events and all that our children and youth have to face and deal with everyday, everywhere.  I pray that this prayer blesses you and I ask that you PLEASE share it with EVERY young person you know that needs to be challenged and encouraged to carry the LIGHT of Christ everywhere they go!

LISTEN and BE BLESSED!
LIGHT IT UP PRAYER CALL
Delesslyn Kennebrew Praying 10-30-15
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THE PRAYER...
God of Fire and Light, First we say THANK YOU for being so good and so kind and for just being the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore.

THANK YOU for calling us together for such a time as this, to pray and intercede on behalf of children and youth everywhere.

I ask you to please forgive us for the many ways that we have dismissed, disregarded, or diminished the light of Christ that is available to shine brightly in and through and on all of us.  Forgive us Lord and ignite our fire again.

God of Fire and Light – I pray that on this night, we would open our hearts and minds, our ears and our eyes to the many ways that the darkness of injustice, abuse, violence, hypocrisy and silence pervades and invades the world…. Our city… our streets… our schools…and even our homes.

God of Fire and Light – I pray that on this night we would avail ourselves to be vessels of your light.  You are the light of the world and when we say YES, we invite you to light a fire in our souls that calls us to be light bearers everywhere we go. 

God of Fire and Light – I pray that on tonight we would recommit ourselves to walk in the light, beautiful light.  We recommit ourselves to come where the dew drops of mercy shine bright.  Lord, please shine all around us by day and by night.  YOU are the light of the world.

And on tonight we acknowledge you as the light of the world.
On tonight we choose to walk OUT of the darkness.
And from this point on WE will light up your world!!!
IN JESUS' NAME...

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

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SPECIAL THANK YOU to Rev. Dominique Robinson, M.Div. for the opportunity to pray for our youth during this series hosted by the New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, GA.  She has a big heart for the youth across this nation and I was honored to be apart of her vision! [Twitter @DominiqueAyesha]


#BestPractices: Introduction to Matthew 6

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
One of my favorite verses in the bible to remind myself of my life's priorities is Matthew 6:33.  "But  seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  In countless decisions and words of advice to others, this verse has been a timely and appropriate mantra.  So, this morning, I was very excited when the focal verse of my morning devotional was from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6, and I just read the entire chapter for my own edification.  I was blessed and impressed to walk through this chapter in a new blog series entitled #BestPractices.

In every industry, there are BEST PRACTICES that have been studied, researched, tried, and trusted as standards for safety and success.  Best Practices is defined in one online business dictionary in this way: A method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.  So, as I read through Matthew 6, I was inclined to think that if believers in the Lord Jesus Christ would do their best to practice the instructions of Christ in that chapter, our spiritual safety and success would be ensured, and we would come to admit that our results, our fruit, our reward for compliance with these words would be "superior to those achieved with other means."

Friends, I am so very excited about this new journey through Matthew 6!  I hope that you will walk with me over the next few weeks.  I want to acknowledge that Matthew 6 is in the middle of Jesus' infamous Sermon on the Mount.  This sermon is included in Matthew Chapters 5 - 7.  But for now, I am only focusing on Matthew 6.  I have written a series on The Beattitudes of Matthew 5 entitled, Wholesome Habits of Healthy Disciples.  Check it out!

Best Practices begins now...

Matthew 6:1
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  

Honestly, I wish every believer would memorize this verse and commit to reciting it every time there is an opportunity for them to serve, lead, or share.  I promise you I think that believers prefer the applause, compliments, and accolades of other people over the reward promised to them by God.  I say this because if you do not clap or give a shout out, or hand a certificate, plaque, or trophy to certain saints, they will have something to say about it and their friends will too.  It amazes me how much we want others to see us as opposed to be satisfied  with knowing that God knows our hearts and will reward us in God's own way and time.  

No, we should not only serve, lead, or share our witness for the heavenly reward.  We should do so as a response to our LOVE and GRATITUDE toward the one who gives us life and breath and has redeemed our souls.  But sense Jesus knows that we can get our priorities twisted because we can more readily see or hear the appreciation of others for our acts of righteousness, Jesus has to address it.

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  

Now, friends, I admit, that it does feel good for others to acknowledge the good we have done in the world, in our church, on the job, in the community.  It is a boost to our self-esteem when people pat us on the back or take us out to dinner to celebrate our accomplishments that have been a blessing to them or their family or their ministry or their neighborhood.  I will not dismiss that we all like the spotlight to shine on us publicly and privately every now and then when we need a little encouragement to keep on keeping on.  But Jesus has to address this selfish need for our acts of righteousness to seek the rewards of men and women over, above and maybe even against the reward of our heavenly parent.

It is so easy to get caught up in being seen and heard due to your good work in the world but GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.  God knows exactly why you did what you did and you cannot fool God.  You might fool us into thinking that your actions come from a pure and holy place but you can never fool God.  You do not have the intellect, the connections, or the clout to run a game on heaven.  People on this earth might be impressed by you but our God is probably distressed that your heart is consumed with pleasing people over, above, and against God.  The rewards of our God last longer than the sound of applause, endures beyond the life of that dusty trophy, and cannot be shredded like that flimsy certificate.

BlogFam, let's get it together!  Our best practice for today is this:
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn








#RepositionYOURSELF: Live Right, Shift Right

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)
Greetings!

This post is for VISIONARIES.

I am one of them.

And I am not sure how this post will actually end or even what direction I am headed but I know this... I do feel a stirring in this season of my life and even possibly in the lives of others for us to SHIFT NOW!  I do not know exactly what that means for the particularity of your situation but I do know this to be true:  The SHIFT that you make in this season MUST be a holistic turnaround for every area of your life.  In other words, mind, body, and spirit will feel the impact of your shift in this season.  This cannot be a New Year's resolution or a singular item on your "To Do List" for next week or next month.  The time is NOW.  I have been thinking and praying about this for a while now as it relates to my own life and I have learned that NOW is the time for me to put all the pieces together for this season.  Next season, I may experience something different and that is OK but I have decided and I am determined that I do NOT want to miss what God has for me NOW.  

With all of that being said, I know that part of the shift is simply the DISCIPLINE to do what needs to be done in order to reach the goals, experience the change, see the transformation I want in my life.  Everything must be re-evaluated - including how I spend my time, what conversations I have with others, and where I invest my money.  When people say that they are OPEN, most of the time they are only open to more of what makes them comfortable in the place they are.  BUT when you are truly OPEN to the leading, guiding, and directing of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit cannot be made subject to your personal preferences or limitations.  And because the promise in the Word of God is that NO GOOD THING will the Lord hold back from us, well, I am crazy enough to believe that in this next chapter, phase, season of my life - and even in your life - God WILL do whatever God says God will do. 

But let me be responsible with the text and with my encouragement on today.  Here is the verse in its entirety because there is a very clear parameter around this promise:
PSALM 84:11 - FOR THE LORD IS A SUN AND SHIELD:  THE LORD WILL GIVE GRACE AND GLORY: NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHHOLD FROM THEM THAT WALK UPRIGHTLY.

And there it is!
Friends, we must LIVE RIGHT in order to SHIFT into the RIGHT direction!

The Word that the Lord has spoken over my life AND the instructions that have been given for my next step, may not be the same for you.  That is OK.  I am not worried about that.  I am most concerned that you do "WALK UPRIGHTLY" and remain OPEN for the SHIFT that God wants to do in your life RIGHT NOW!  Your shift might entail preparation or collaboration, disconnection or redirection, activity or more responsibility, networking or job searching.  I do not know but I do care.  So, on today, I want to PRAY for all of my brothers and sisters who are OPEN to whatever SHIFT God desires to make in your life in advance of 2015.  I am praying for those who do not want to wait until the last month of the year to prepare for the greater that is coming when we enter the new year; yet have not dismissed the possibilities for God to continue to answer prayer's in the remainder of THIS year.  I am praying for those who will pray and praise the Lord for all that has already happened in your life and for this restlessness in your spirit letting you know that your best is still yet to come.  I am praying for those who are living right in order to shift into the RIGHT direction.  I am praying for YOU and I believe that God will bless YOU and bless YOU indeed as you trust and obey God's leading, guiding, and directing through this SHIFT.

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

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JUST ONE MORE THANK YOU!!! Luke 17

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM Comments comments (0)
Luke 17 Just One More Thank You! There are two very popular words/phrases that are the mark of polite people... Please and Thank You. For most of us, we are taught at an early age to say Please and Thank You. These are terms of respect and gratitude that we often expect to be said automatically at the appropriate time. We do not think we should have to ask ppl to say Please or Thank You to us. We expect and anticipate that a please will precede a request. We expect and anticipate that a Thank You will follow an act of service/kindness we have rendered. Actually most of us are offended when please and thank u are not expressed at the right time. We might then remind the other person of what they neglected to say allowing an opportunity to get it right OR we might let it go and just keep in mind the rudeness or ingratitude of that person when it comes to future requests or acts of kindness. Please and Thank you can never be said enough and if not spoken just ONE time can make us feel some kind of way. So y don't we just say please or thank u? In Luke 17 ten lepers were begging JESUS to heal them. Master have mercy /pity on us! Lord, PLEASE look at us and heal us! When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. - Luke 17:14 TGBTG!!! The ten lepers cried out and Jesus replied by relieving all of them from their sickness. Now what would u say? What r u supposed to say after JESUS heals/helps/blesses/favors you? The least u can do is tell the Lord THANK U! And ONE leper did just that!!! One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. - Luke 17:15-16 Just ONE More Thank You! Of the TEN who requested/pleaded for JESUS to have mercy and heal them, JESUS heard ONE Thank You!!! Ten healed, One Thank You and my question is WOULD YOU BE THAT ONE? Would you be the ONE who said Thank You? Are you the ONE who says Thank You? Friends our Lord deserves just ONE more Thank You and I pray that YOU would be the ONE to say Please and Thank You to the ONE who most deserves it! HAPPY THANKSGIVING & TELL THE LORD THANK YOU! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! BLESSINGS, DELESSLYN

You are NOT the FIRST or the ONLY One!!! Matthew 5:11-12

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM Comments comments (2)
How Well Do You Know Jesus? Part 2 -  
You are NOT the FIRST or the ONLY One!!!
Matthew 5: 11-12
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
GREETINGS!
BlogFam,Have you ever had an experience where you were the FIRST and the ONLY person to experience, go through, achieve, endure, overcome, initiate, or control something?  Maybe you were the first person to do X or the only person at the time to do Y or the FIRST and the ONLY person to do Z.  Has this ever been your testimony?  Obviously, you could have been the first and/or the only person to do whatever you did and whatever you did could have been negative or positive or maybe no one even noticed.  What are some first and only situations in YOUR life? 
I have had some FIRST Situations.  I am the FIRSTborn child and daughter of my parents. I have had some ONLY situations. I am the ONLY female in my immediate and extended family who has Sisterlocks.  I have also had some FIRST and ONLY situations in my life.  I am the FIRST and ONLY person I know who has a blog entitled SALVATION & STILETTOS!(Thanks for reading and sharing!)  Again,BlogFam, what are some first and only situations in YOUR life?
These situations may have been very profound moments in your life or maybe they are moments that you have pretty much overlooked until now.  Either way, I believe that all of us have had these kinds of moments.  And it does not matter whether these moments have had major, minor, or seemingly no impact upon the course of our lives, I still believe that we have all been the FIRST and the ONLY at one point or another, good or bad. 
Now,I will admit to you that I am so glad that I am not the FIRST or the ONLY in certain situations or circumstances.  I say that because it is good to be able to learn from the experiences of others.  It is good to be able to be mentored by men and women who have gone through exactly what you have been going through.  It is a good feeling to know that you are not alone and that someone else has already paved the way so that you can now benefit from or maybe even avoid some of the details of their testimony. 
Now,as we turn our attention to our text on today, ALL who will read this post,including me, the author/blogger who wrote this post, will never have the testimony of being the FIRST and ONLY Christians that have ever lived.  We are NOT the first people to believe in God or to experience the presence of God manifest in our lives.  There have been a countless number of generations of believers in God and followers of Christ that have existed thousands of years before you and me. Jesus emphasizes this truth in the latter part of our verses for today when he says:
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were BEFORE you.
As I stated in my previous post, I really do appreciate how Jesus does not sugarcoat the realities of discipleship. Jesus knows that this road will NOT be easy and while He knows we can make it because He is always with us, He also knows that we can make it because others have already been there, done that, and are now resting in glory. 
Taking a stand for Christ in this world is not always the easy or most popular thing to do and a very likely part of ALL of our journey will be moments when we do NOT feel like rejoicing and being glad. There will be moments where we will have to push ourselves to keep praying and keep praising and keep serving until our change comes.  There will be times when you just want to take a break and walk on the dark side of life because it just feels so hard to walk in the light.  There will be times when you want to say, “Jesus, YOU can have all of this.” “Church, it does not take all of that.”  And “Saints, get over yourselves!”  These moments will come most especially “when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me/Jesus.” You will have moments when you will ask yourself – How well do I really want to know Jesus?  And is all of the stuff I am going through right now even worth it?
And, on today, I pray that you will answer both questions in the affirmative.  I pray that you will continue to get to know Jesus in spite of what you are going through and that you are encouraged to know the promise of this final Beatitude:
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
 
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
BlogFam,I admit that I really do wish we could AVOID all of the insults, persecution, and lies that we will endure as believers. Heaven is a great reward but when you are going through trials and tribulations, heaven just seems soooooooo very far away!  BUT on today, Jesus says that when we endure the trials and tribulations of our lives, when we live through the insults,persecution, and lies because of HIM, we are blessed.  And He tells us to take on a new perspective in these situations. A hopeful and positive perspective that will lead us to rejoice and be glad in spite of all that we must endure because of HIM.  AND in the end, he says, YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST AND THE ONLY ONE TO GO THROUGH ROUGH TIMES BECAUSE OF ME!!!  In the same way that you are presently feeling the painful attacks of others because of your faith, so did others who were BEFORE you.
Friends,I know that this is probably NOT what you wanted to hear but even Jesus tells us that this Christian life can get messy. We are not given permission to be messy but this life can get messy because of our witness in the earth on behalf of Jesus.  So, Jesus lets us know  about this messiness in advance.  He encourages us to rejoice and be glad.  He gives us the hope of a great reward in heaven.  And Jesus tells us that so many men and women BEFORE us have made it and so can we.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
 
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
 
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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How Well Do YOU KNOW Jesus? - Matthew 5:10

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM Comments comments (0)
 
How Well Do You Know Jesus?
 
Matthew 5:10 –
 
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.
 
GREETINGS!!!
 
BlogFam, I can vividly recall the name some of my High School classmates would tease me with.  They used to call me “REV!” How ironic is it that today I actually am a minister of the Gospel, a thought that was somewhat far from my own mind and I am pretty sure that the taunting of my classmates was not an attempt to speak prophetically into my life. I grew up in a pretty strict home environment and there were many choices that my parents made on my behalf in their raising me that I did not understand and some I didnot agree with.  But I will say this, I truly believe that I just might be better off than some of those same classmates that taunted and teased me who never got their lives together and who probably could have learned a lesson or two from this girl they called “REV!” 
 
 
I can laugh about this today and I cannot say that I can recall ever crying about it back in the day.  I do remember that there were some lonely moments and times when I did feel different, ostracized, peculiar, set apart, and I might even dare to say… CHOSEN.  Now, I am not claiming that I have a blemish free testimony.  I am not perfect but I can say that even before I publicly acknowledged my call to ministry as an adult, deep down, I already knew that something was not the same as everybody else. 
 
 
Have you ever felt this way BlogFam?   I hope so.  I hope you have had the feeling that you are special, unique, called out from among those who would criticize your stance for the sake of Christ.  I hope that your walk with Christ is so evident that someone in your circle sees the God in you and gives you the side eye, not because they are jealous but because they are grateful to just be in your presence. 
 
 
BlogFam, I know that the persecution that Jesus was to endure after He speaks these words, the persecution that Paul endured after his conversion on the Damascus Road, and the persecution that present day Christians endure in countries where being a Christian is a criminal act does not even compare to the taunting and teasing I endured by teenage children in the hallways of my High School.  However, I can honestly say that those minor “insults” prepared me for major “attacks” I endured later in life simply because I owned my identity as different, ostracized, peculiar, setapart, and I might even dare to say… CHOSEN. 
 
 
Friends, I want you to know that just because you are striving to please the Lord in all that you do and say,  does not at all mean that you will not be persecuted, insulted, talked about, criticized for your beliefs or for your assignments in the Kingdom of God.  You will not always have the majority vote when it comes to living for the Lord and there will be people who will not understand you, support you, applaud you, or stand with you.  I will even tell you that Saints just may NOT pray for or with you when you decide to take your stand but BE ENCOURAGED on today.  STAY FOCUSED on theWord of the Lord over your life and you will overcome! 
 
 
One thing that I do appreciate about the teachings of Jesus is that Jesus does not sugarcoat the pain and suffering that we, His Followers, must endure.  Jesus gives it to us straight.  We do not have to be naive about the reality that we will go through some hard times, lonely times, difficult times as Christians and Jesus graciously forewarns us of this reality.  Furthermore and probably most importantly, He PROMISES to never leave us or forsake us. So, DO NOT GIVE UP!!!  At some point, I will write in greater details some of my testimony as a woman and as a preacher who has experienced escalated attacks from the teasing and the taunting days I was called “REV!” But today, I just want to emphasize this powerful truth:
 
BLESSED are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.
 
I do believe this.  I really do.  I believe it for myself and I believe it for you.  I believe it and I know it to be TRUE.  I believe this is why Philippians 3:7-11 is one of my favorite passages of Paul.  He, in essence, shares his personal determination as it relates to this Beatitude.  Far too often, we only want to see the Kingdom of heaven, here on earth. We want to see miracles and blessings, raises and promotions, favor and God’s promises fulfilled in our own lives but that is only ONE side of this life as believers.  Life before the comma is what we do not want… PERSECUTION for doing the right thing, for being in right standing with God.  And believe me, I totally understand how you feel but my sisters and brothers, like Paul, we too must desire to KNOW Jesus through and through.  For as we grow in our knowledge of Jesus we begin to see that even when the going gets rough, He will NOT abandon us like so many others, but He will stick closer than any brother or sister.  He will NEVER leave your side. 
 
 
Thus, I do appreciate Jesus’ warning and Paul’s determination as open and honest conversation about the realities of discipleship.  Righteousness is not just having the power of God available in our lives but it also includes our participation in the work of God in us and through us in this world for the sake of the Kingdom.  I believe that to be or to be made righteous is to celebrate resurrection and participate in suffering.  This is the example that Jesus sets for all of us who choose to follow Him and my friends, His suffering, His persecution came BEFORE His glorious resurrection. 
 
So, BlogFam, how well do you know Jesus?
 
Paul’s determination is to KNOW Jesus in this way:
 
Philippians3:7-11 –
 
7But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
 
8What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them garbage,  that I may gain Christ.
 
9And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
 
10I want to know Christ – YES, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
 
11And so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
 
AGAIN, Righteousness is not just having the power of God available in our lives but italso includes our participation in the work of God in us and through us in thisworld for the sake of the Kingdom.  I believe that to be or to be made righteous is to celebrate resurrection andparticipate in suffering.  AND Jesus said it best:
 
BLESSED are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.
 
Friends, how well do YOU know Jesus?  Do you knowJesus in suffering AND resurrection? Only you and God knows the answer to these questions, and as your sister in Christ, I can say today that you have been warned and dare I say…CHOSEN for this righteous life.  TO GOD BE THEGLORY!!!
 
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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PEACEMAKERS Anonymous - Matthew 5:9

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)
 
Peacemakers Anonymous
 
Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.
 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam,
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not those who Hate or Scorn
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Who dare to confront what is tattered and torn
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not those who Fight with Fist or Gun
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Who risk their lives and will not Run
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS.
 
Not those who speak brutal Lies
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Whose speech of Truth can be relied
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not the prejudiced or oppressive trend
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Whose fight for justice knows NO end
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not the mean or backstabbing sort
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Whose acts of kindness we must not distort
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not the ungrateful, distasteful, unreliable, or justifiable
 
People who do their dirt and walk away
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Who will stand with courage, conviction, compassion, and self-control
 
In spite of what others say
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Not necessarily the most popular guy or girl
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS.
 
Whose life can really make a difference in your world
 
BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS.
 
The faithful and the few who
 
Do Justice
 
Love Mercy, and
 
Walk Humbly
 
Before God and You
 
And BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS
 
Whose greatest reward is not what you think
 
For them to be called CHILDREN of GOD
 
Is ALL they prayerfully seek.
 
 
 
My Friend, Are YOU a PEACEMAKER?
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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It’s time for Your EYE Exam! - Matthew 5:8

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)
 
It’s time for Your EYE Exam!
 
Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
 
 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam,  A few weeks ago, I had to get my Driver’s License renewed. As many of you know, this is never a quick process, especially if you are a new resident.  I arrived early with all of my paperwork in hand. You are required to bring in all sorts of documentation to prove your citizenship and your residency and I had everything necessary.  When I arrived, I had to wait in one line to get a number to wait in another line.  After being called to submit  all of my paperwork and to pay the required fee, I had to wait in yet another line in order to take my picture for my new Driver’s License. Then I had to wait again for the Driver’s License to print.  Thankfully, I had no high expectations of efficient service.  I expected the lines and the waiting and the mediocre customer service and I was not too surprised by anything I experienced on that day. Overall, it was a relatively good experience and one that I am glad I do not have to endure for another 6 years! 
 
 
However, I do want to go back a few steps.  When my number flashed on the screen to come to the desk in order to submit my paperwork for my Driver’s License, before I could move forward in the process, the gentleman asked me to do a minor eye exam. I did not anticipate having any problems reading the letters, although it has been years since I have had a major or a minor eye exam.  I have never had to wear prescription glasses or contacts.  The only glasses I wear are shades to block the sun or clear lenses because the frames match my outfit for the day.  So, I confidently peered through the eye exam contraption on top of the desk to read the letters in each row as instructed. This was obviously not like the eye exams I remember as a kid where the chart was placed up on a wall and I had to cover one eye and then the other eye until the examiner was satisfied.  I passed the exam and he completed processing all of my information.
 
 
I have always had good vision. Thank God!  I like the option to wear glasses without it being attached to a necessity to do so because there is a physical deficiency in my sight.  I am grateful that I can see well without a near-sighted or far-sighted assessment by a formally trained Optometrist.  I am not saying that I will never need glasses, but I am saying that I am so glad that today, my physical vision is A-OK!
 
 
Yet, in light of our verse on today, regardless of the condition of your physical eyes, I wonder how clear our vision is when it comes to seeing God.  There are so many things that come to dim the light of God’s glory and divert our attention from the direction our God is moving in our lives and in this world that I will be the first to admit that I have failed exams that check my vision of God in the midst of whatever the situation or circumstance was.  What about you?  Do you have the courage to admit that there have been times when you became so distracted by the people or places or things around you that you missed seeing the godly perspective?  Well, you are NOT alone!
 
 
AND the verse for today confronts us head on with the primary reason why we allow our eyes to trick us, why we need our vision corrected, why we miss seeing the heart and the hand of God all around us.  BlogFam, the effectiveness of our godly vision is directly related to the purity of our heart’s condition.
 
Blessed are the PURE in heart, for they will see God.
 
Is it time for your eye exam?  How well do you see out of your spiritual eyes?  Are there any vision correctives that need to take place in your heart so that you can see the world from a godly and faithful perspective? OR have you grown accustomed to the darkness that pervades your line of sight so much so that you do not even anticipate the hope of God’s light to shine through the darkness?  When is the last time you saw God?
 
BlogFam, the effectiveness of our godly vision is directly related to the purity of our heart’s condition.
 
Blessedare the PURE in heart, for they will see God.
 
I do believe in the life that is to come we will see God in heaven when we are with God forever, but I also believe that we do not have to wait until heaven to see the effects of God’s presence and power in the earth.  I believe that God makes God’s Self available to be seen in our present, everyday reality. I believe that that God chooses to do so because God knows that we can fall into a state of despair if we are only able to see the darkness in this world.  If we were only able to see hunger, poverty, abuse, homelessness, political scandal, unemployment, manipulation, orphans, widows, sickness, depression, murder, sickness, brokenness, disease, and every other social ill, if darkness was our only frame of reference, well, God knows that we would only come to know hell on earth.  BUT in God’s infinite wisdom, God sent His Son Jesus to be the LIGHT OF THE WORLD and the more we surrender our hearts to being purified by His presence in our lives, then our line of sight experiences the Christ corrective and we will see God.
 
So, Lord, on today, I pray that You would purify our hearts and our minds.  Help us to live for you in the midst of this dark world.  Help us to see the effects of Your sweet presence and Almighty power in our present reality and please forgive us for the times we have chosen not to look for you with our own eyes.  I pray that our vision would undergo a Christ corrective so that we can see everything from a godly perspective and I pray that what we see, we will share, so that we can inspire hope in the lives of those around us… IN JESUS NAME we are blessed, our hearts are pure,and we will see God!
 
BlogFam, Get Your Eyes Checked! BUT check your HEART First!
 
Blessed are the PURE in heart, for they will see God.
 
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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A Righteous Appetite - Matthew 5:6

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM Comments comments (0)
A Righteous Appetite
 
 
Matthew 5:6
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
 
GREETINGS!
 
BlogFam, There is nothing like a good meal!  If you could have your favorite foods right now to satisfy your physical appetite, what would you have?  I do not know about you but my favorite foods are breakfast foods.  I can have breakfast for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I would not complain if my diet was restricted to scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, bagels, cold and hot cereal, grits, toast, omelets, biscuits, fruit,  fruit juices, and chocolate milk.  I am clear that many of you could live with or without these kinds of food items and when you think of a good meal, breakfast foods don’t even come to mind.  I do realize that we all have very different opinions as to what constitutes a good meal but I think at the most basic level, we can all agree that there is nothing like a good meal – whatever that means to you! 
 
 
There is nothing like satisfying your taste buds with the seasonings, textures, and colorful flavors of Soul Food, Chinese Food, Mexican Food, Thai, Indian, French, or South African cuisine.  The preference of your personal pallet may differ from mine and that is OK because there are so many food options in the world that I would not even attempt to dictate to you what is the best or the worst kinds of food out there.  But at the end of the day, I do believe that we can still agree – no matter what your favorite meal is – there is nothing like a good meal! 
 
 
Of course, any nutritionist might tell you that in spite of your personal preferences, a good meal is also a well-balanced meal.  A well- balanced meal that consists of a protein, a starch, bread and vegetables makes a good meal, a healthy meal, a nourishing meal that will help you to function as your physical body was intended to function.  The foods we might have selected as our favorite foods, in and of themselves, apart from the other food groups, may or may not comprise a well-balanced meal. But there is so much information available to us regarding maintaining our health – that may or may not include our favorite foods – that barring certain situations, we should all do our best to do what we need to do in our daily dietary choices to support the nutrition of our physical bodies as we fill our stomachs and satisfy our tastebuds.
 
Let’s take it one step further because our verse for today is not a reference to our bodies, but to our spirit. 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
Friends, there is nothing like a good meal!  If you could have your favorite foods right now to satisfy your spiritual appetite, what would you have?  I do realize that we may not think about this nearly as much as we think about the foods to satisfy our flesh, but we need to, if not that much more! 
 
  • What are the spiritual practices in your life in which you engage that keep your spirithealthy, whole, nurtured, and fulfilled?
  • Tell me about your dietary routine as it relates to your spirit. 
  • Do you make an intentional effort to fill your spirit with scripture, hymns, and spiritual songs, fellowship with the saints, prayer, praise, and worship? OR
  • Are you fasting from the spiritual nutrition provided by the things of God? 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
BlogFam, on today, I am concerned about your spiritual appetite.  Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Righteousness is simply God’s way of doing things.  It is doing the right things the right way at the right time and with the right attitude. It is being HOLY as God is Holy. YES, the standard is a high one but as believers, we are not called to simply eat, sleep, and be merry!  The standard for our lives is so much higher than that and at the most basic levels of your desire to please the Almighty, I pray that your spiritual appetite is craving righteousness.  I hope that you are not simply going through the motions of doing good deeds in front of people to be seen by them and applauded or rewarded by them.  Please believe me when I say that their eyesight will fail and their applause will go to someone else and possibly someone less deserving.  Besides, living to please people for your entire life would be such a shallow existence.  I pray that you are growing and maturing in your faith to the point that your spiritual appetite to please God FIRST is your primary and ultimate priority. 
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
Friends, I appreciate that this verse goes beyond the ways in which we please God to the point of considering our motivation for doing so.  In other words,there are so many people doing the right things the right way at the right time but their heart’s attitude is not necessarily to please God.  This verse forces us to consider our motivation for doing the right things. To hunger and to thirst are words that indicate that these appetites have not yet been satisfied yet the object of the hunger and thirsting in this beatitude is RIGHTEOUSNESS.  The  heart’s desire is to be filled with God’s righteousness in advance of doing those things that look like they please God.  Thus, BlogFam, the challenge is for us to check the intensity of our spiritual appetite. 
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
Are there areas in your life that are lacking in any way, where you may be falling short, or feeling clueless and left out?  If so, then you should check your God-Appetite because if your priorities are in order, there will remain asatisfaction of the soul by the Almighty that will encourage you in these other areas of your life.  As long as you are filled with godly motivation, the peace of God will overwhelm the situations of life that would leave you feeling empty in other areas of your life.  AND God has creatively made available to us so many ways to maintain our spiritual health that barring NO personal life situations or death, we should all do our best to do what we need to do in our daily dietary choices to support the nutrition of our spirit.  Furthermore, the words of the Lord in this Beatitude also let us know that our God-Appetite is not insatiable.  It will be filled.  There is no craving for God that we can have that is too big for God to satisfy.
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
BlogFam, I am praying for your spiritual appetite...
 
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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MERCY, Anyone?

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)
MERCY, Anyone?
 
 
Matthew5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
 
 
GREETINGS!
 
BlogFam,  I do not know where to begin this post.  This beatitude, quite frankly, seems to be common sense.  If you show mercy, then mercy will be shown to you.  It reminds me of the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.  I think that is such a basic rule of life and one that everybody already knows. Now, I cannot speak to how well everyone follows this rule but I can say that I believe that most people are familiar with it, have heard it, may have even tried it out a time or two and for the most part, I do think that most –if not all – people believe it is a good rule to live by. 
 
 
With that being said, as I am writing on this morning, the thought comes to mind that common sense really is not so common and though I think that this rule of life is universal, I am clear that the ways in which I may show mercy may seem strange, awkward, even unreasonable to others. This is the same for how I might perceive the mercy shown by others.  We do not show love and mercy in the same way.  The specific ways in which we apply the Golden Rule differs for a countless number of reasons.  Yet, I do believe that Kingdom Principles transcend the particularity of culture, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, education, nationality, language, tribe, dialect, political affiliation, and any other category that we use to divide and conquer one another.
 
 
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
 
 
My friends, what does mercy look like from your perspective?  I know you need it.  I know you have shown it.  Well, I hope that you have shown it.  But what is mercy to you?  The dictionary definition of MERCY is: compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, benevolence, kindness, or favor. 
 
 
Thus, blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown kindness even when they do not deserve it, shown favor when their actions have been unfavorable.  How does that sound?  Tell me what you really think.  In this world of twisted and selfish modes of operation – Do unto others BEFORE they do unto you, I wonder how many of us truly believe in mercy in its purest since. We all need it, but do we all share it? We all might even share it, but have we all received it?
 
 
Mercy, Anyone?  From a godly perspective, I am so grateful for MERCY!  I know that there are times when I have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory yet God kindly forbears the punishment for the sin that I justly deserve and God instead forgives and restores.  From a neighborly perspective, I am so grateful for MERCY! I know that there have been times when I was not my best self and I needed the compassion of a friend to look beyond my faults and believe in our friendship. 
 
 
BlogFam, I have been on the giving and the receiving side of MERCY and when mercy is done well, we experience God in such refreshing ways.  Showing mercy to others is a way to remind us that none of us get everything right all the time.  We mess up. We make mistakes.  We trip and we fall down. Yet mercy is the gift from heaven that gives us the inspiration to keep pressing on when the detour, the division, the devastation really was our own fault!  Mercy transforms our guilt into an opportunity for growth and transformation, forgiveness and restoration.  AND because of all that MERCY truly is, I am extremely grateful that God’s mercy is NEW every morning!
 
 
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; theyare new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). 
 
 
Wow! To God be the Glory! Because of God’s magnificent love for each of us, God’s mercies never come to an end.  In other words, when we offend God because of our disobedience, rejection of God’s authority, disregard for God’s word – will – or way, God remains faithful with God’s love for us and chooses to extend mercy towards us EVERY morning!  AND God’s love and mercy includes divine forgiveness, forbearance, compassion, pity, benevolence, kindness, and favor.  And the very least we can do in response to receiving such magnificent expressions of mercy is share that mercy with others, doing unto others what has already been done unto us.
 
 
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
 
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
 
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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