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

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Starting Over - Blog Re-Introduction

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings!!!
Great Day to YOU!
BlogFam, we are starting over.  Why?  Simply because it is time to do so.  So much has transpired in my own life since I last blogged at the beginning of this year.  I have had time to pray and think about how we are to move forward together.  It has been a season of re-imagination and transition.  It has been a blessed and at times stressful season but everything has been necessary.  So, today, I feel compelled to tell you that we are starting over.

When I began this blog almost seven years and over 400 blog posts ago, I did so because I had recently experienced an employment transition in my life and needed an outlet to encourage myself and hopefully inspire others.  And honestly, today, I write for the same reason and for so much more.  Yes, I still write to encourage myself.  Yes, I still write to inspire you.  But today, I also write because I feel called and deeply compelled to write words that touch the hearts of women and call them to a higher standard of life and leadership.  It is my desire to see women of all ages and at all stages of life, lead well.  

So, now, I am writing with the specific focus on women who love the Lord and choose to be led by the Holy Spirit to live their best life while leading in various arenas within the church and beyond.

BlogFam, WELCOME BACK to those who have journeyed with me throughout the years and WELCOME to those who are new to the journey as it is now.  I am so very glad that YOU are here!

THANK YOU for your love, support, patience, and flexibility!

Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn
Twitter @AudraSunshine
IG @AudraSunshine1


WAIT ON IT!

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BlogFam!
I hope and pray that 2016 has started off with much excitement and a renewed energy for your life's goals, dreams, and aspirations!  I hope and pray that you are focused and doing all that you can to THRIVE!   And I hope and pray that your desire to grow in the knowledge of our Lord is your highest priority!

Friends, a new year is a new beginning.  New beginnings are opportunities to start over, make amends, get on track, moving in a direction that hopefully is better and more productive than before.  New beginnings  are opportunities to rediscover your purpose and reignite your passion to live your best life.  New beginnings are opportunities for fresh ways of seeing God's movement in your life and for embracing God's will for your life.  A new year is a new beginning.  And a new beginning is full of potential, hope, and promise of brighter days ahead.  
But, BlogFam, do not get anxious or restless or overly frustrated by one inevitable reality that comes with every new beginning... the waiting period.  For with every new beginning, there is a waiting period.  I just want you to know that now.  I do not want you to be blindsided  or caught off guard or feel tricked by the waiting period.  I want you to know up front that there will be a waiting period at the point of every new beginning.

Think about it.  When you begin a new job or a new relationship or move into a new house, there is a waiting period.  We wait for all paperwork to be processed.  We wait for the first phone call.  We wait for the keys to be handed over.  Waiting is an inevitable reality that comes with every new beginning.  

We wait for yes.  We wait for no.  We wait for maybe.  And I love you all too much to let you think that your new beginning will not carry you through a period of waiting.  As fast as you want to jump right in and get things going, at some point, you will have to wait.

And waiting does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong or someone has lied or that circumstances have changed.  It could mean one or none of those things but either way, you will be waiting.  And waiting is good.  I know that you may not want to hear that.  We want everything quick, fast, and in a hurry OR we at least want it to happen in what we personally deem a reasonable period of time that we would consider a quick turnaround in line with our own level of patience.  I know that there are times when I have to wait and in my own mind, I have consciously or unconsciously set a "deadline" for something to happen or for someone to respond, etc.  And that may or may not have been communicated, but that clock is ticking in my head.  What about you?  Let's be honest.   I know we all do.  Even the most laid back of personalities is doing that mental check in that we all do, even if nothing is said.  

And then we still have to wait.

But waiting is good.  Waiting in some respects gives us time to process, to further investigate, to pray, to step back before we engage in something or with someone that with more time have decided is not the best for our lives.  Waiting is good.  Waiting is kind of like a grace period that humbles us and reminds us that we are human and convicts us that God's timing is not our timing.   Waiting is good.  And at some point I hope you recall that someone has, is, or will have to wait for you.  

Friends, EVERYBODY has to wait.  Waiting comes with every new beginning.   Therefore, since we love new beginnings, starting over, starting fresh, we must come to terms with the waiting period that will follow.

So, do not let your waiting be in vain!  Embrace your waiting period as you never have before!  Reprogram your thinking about waiting.  Develop a strategy for what you will do while you wait.  And encourage yourself in your next waiting period.  Above all, TRUST GOD and know this...

They that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. [Isaiah 40:31]

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

KISS and PRAY

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (0)
KISS and PRAY!
1 Thessalonians 5:25-28


Greetings!
 
BlogFam,

KISS and PRAY!


I know that your interest is excitedly peaked or your eyebrow might be slightly raised, or maybe you are just outright giving me the side eye….. but please KEEP READING!  I have only minimized the verbiage in our verses for today.  Here is what the text actually says…


Brothers and sisters, PRAY for us. 
Greet all God’s people with a holy KISS. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you


See!  KISS and PRAY!  LOL!  Talk about a whole lot of grace that we are being asked to extend to our neighbors…
 

But My Friends, seriously, Paul makes a very direct point about how we are to show God’s love one to another.  We are to be willing to PRAY for one another and greet ALL God’s people with a HOLY KISS.  And if that still seems a bit too much, perhaps you will like the way the Message Bible reads…
 
 
Friends, keep up your prayers for us. 
Greet all the followers of Jesus there with a holy EMBRACE


Perhaps the current “norms” of social grace, common greetings, and personal space give us pause to the whole idea of kissing as a standard way of greeting ALL of the followers of Jesus Christ.  I am pretty sure that Paul did NOT mean the romantic kiss shared by couples in love or the kind of kiss shared between family members, so before we totally dismiss the idea of “kissing,” maybe we should all just pause and reevaluate the kind of care and affection Paul is encouraging us to share amongst those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ. 
 

Actually and probably unfortunately, this verse, just might be right on time.  I intentionally phrased the previous statement in that way because the fact that the church has to have greeters and hospitality ministries, and welcoming committees, and trainings on “customer” service is very telling.  The fact that we even need to entertain and study and implement strategies in order to make people feel welcome is the actual reality we face and it is unfortunate. 
 

Now, I am NOT at all saying that we should absolutely do away with these often superficial means of portraying that our church is the Body of Christ that welcomes whosoever will walk into our doors.  I am NOT saying that at all.  I am simply offering a critique of the reality of hundreds, if not thousands, of churches today.  We need to be told to be welcoming and hospitable when the BIBLE has already told us to do so.  In other words, we should not need a committee or a visitor’s card to tell our churches to be nice.  We, who make up the body of Christ, should simply embody the epitome of what it means to be so.
 

BlogFam, KISS and PRAY.  We were told to do that thousands of years ago.  And yes, perhaps we can modernize our methods for being welcoming given the modern conveniences of transportation, technology, buildings, brochures, and any other 21 century convenience that was not available in Paul’s day.  But at the end of the day, with all of our ushers, greeters, workshops, receptions, bags, and balloons, we are simply jazzing up what we are supposed to be doing, how we are supposed to be living anyway.
 

So, on today, I invite you to be the leader, captain, spokesperson, representative, and any other words we might use in our local churches that are fancy for saying SERVANT of God.  I invite you to BE the one to exemplify what it means to love and welcome others into your home, school, office, or place of worship.  I invite you not to wait for the next training but to start with the people you sit next to every Sunday.  I invite you to KISS and PRAY and show everyone through your words and actions just how welcoming and inviting our God has been to you.
 

BlogFam, KISS and PRAY!  
And in doing so, YOU will show and experience 
the amazing GRACE of Jesus Christ!


God  Loves You and I Do Too!

Delesslyn

GOD IS FAITHFUL! 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM Comments comments (0)

GOD IS FAITHFUL!
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24


May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! [MSG]


GREETINGS!

 
BlogFam, I have to be honest with you.  I really do feel a deep sense of JOY and SATISFACTION every time I write and post a new blog.  I have no doubt that writing is one of my assignments in the Kingdom.  Writing is one of the things I was created to do.  And I LOVE to WRITE!  I do have my moments of writer’s block or writer’s laziness or writer’s regret for not writing but when I do press through the process, I am inspired to pick up my pen or stroke the keyboard another day. 
 
BlogFam, what is something that you LOVE to do?  I mean, really LOVE to do so much so that you feel deeply convicted when you neglect doing whatever it is you were meant to do.  Everyone has at least one thing and your one thing may be for a season or a reason or a lifetime but everyone has at least ONE.  And the GREATEST thing about all of this is that GOD created each of us with something inside that the world NEEDS to experience from us.  So, I pray that you would soon discover what your ONE thing is and do not live another day without knowing what gives you a deep sense of JOY and SATISFACTION.
 
Furthermore, you can trust that GOD will be FAITHFUL – totally committed and completely dependable - to create opportunities for you to do that ONE thing God created you to do.  You will experience the faithfulness of God as you seek to do exactly what you were created to do.  And please know that the opportunities will be even sweeter when you also strive to be totally committed to and completely dependent upon God.  YES, it works both ways because God not only wants to see you excel in the ways you use your gifts in this world but God wants you to use your gifts in this world for His glory.
 
It is not enough to be faithful to your gift but you MUST be faithful to the Giver of ALL gifts.  So, BlogFam, I also pray that you would not only discover the ONE thing that would give you a deep sense of JOY and SATISFACTION but that you would find your ALL in God.  I pray that you would seek to discover who you are and who you were created to be, how you were destined to serve as you are faithful to God.  


May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!


Friends, GOD IS FAITHFUL!  You do not have to wonder if you have a purpose and you do not have to worry about whether or not you will have opportunities to fulfill your purpose in your lifetime.  GOD has your wonder and your worry under control and you do not have to be concerned about that.  You just have to be FAITHFUL to God as God has already been faithful to you.
 

So, lastly, I pray that you would trust that God will do the work in, through, around, and in spite of you that needs to be done to make you holy and whole.  I pray that you would trust that God will fully prepare you in every way possible to live your best life on earth and to be ready for the coming of Jesus.  I pray that you would trust that God has been, is, and will continue to be FAITHFUL to you and I pray that you have a deeper sense of JOY and SATISFACTION knowing that whatever God says God will do, GOD WILL DO IT for you!
 
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!

Delesslyn

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LISTEN FIRST! [Prophecy] - 1 Thessalonians 5:20

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (0)
LISTEN FIRST!
1 Thessalonians 5:20
Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; 
hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.
 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam,
 
For probably more years that any one of us can count, the word, the practice, the content of what is or is not considered a PROPHETIC word has been in controversy.  And though it is a gift of the Spirit, the ways in which we have seen it in operation is often not reminiscent of the ancient prophets as recorded in the Bible.  The ways in which we have seen those who claim to be prophets function in the church universal has raised more questions than has answered more questions.  And unfortunately, the words that were confirmed by the acts of God that followed as demonstrated in the text are contemporarily imitated by exaggerated moments of emotionally charged environments where no lives are changed, saved, set free, or delivered as a result.  Furthermore, the ways in which the prophetic has been “re-defined” and sometimes limited to the realm of social justice is an unfortunate misunderstanding of the scope of the ways in which the prophetic can be used to speak truth to power and to speak truth with power.
 

Now, I am not dismissing the role of the prophetic in the 21 century.  I do believe that the role of the Prophet is necessary as any other gift in the body of Christ and I do believe that we all need to righteously experience the divine inspired utterances of men and women who are obediently speaking words of prediction, instruction, or exhortation.  Actually, today I am strongly encouraging us to LISTEN for the ways that the divine will speak such words through us and through those around us.  I do not think we should be so quick to dismiss the potential for God to continue to speak words of revelation that are relevant to our personal and communal situations as they stand today.  We just need to LISTEN.  The ONLY way that we will be in a position to discern or test the words of the prophets of today is if we actually LISTEN.   So -   

 
Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; 
hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.
 
Do not treat with contempt before you LISTEN.
Do not test before you LISTEN.
Do not hold on before you LISTEN.
Do not reject before you LISTEN.
 
Friends, LISTEN FIRST.  We can glean so much when we listen and we can miss so much when we do not listen.  I do not think that we should get overly excited about the person or the personality or prowess of the individual who is delivering the prophecy before we actually have heard what they have had to say.  It is immature and irresponsible for any of us to run with a so-called word from the Lord from someone when we have not really LISTENED, tested and determined what we need to hold on to and what we need to reject.
 

BlogFam, I pray that on today you would be OPEN to the flow of the prophetic in the 21 century.  God is still speaking to us and through us, words of prediction, instruction, and exhortation.  I pray that you would make it a priority to LISTEN FIRST no matter who is speaking.  LISTEN FIRST before you hold on or reject the declarations of the prophet.  LISTEN FIRST and by faith, test the revelation by the confirming truth of Christ and community via Scripture, Reason, Experience,  and Tradition. 


Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; 
hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

LISTEN FIRST!


GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew


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P.S. -  I want to INVITE ALL VISIONARIES to join me in a 21 day fast this month to TUNE IN to what the Lord may be speaking to you in this latter half of 2013. WILL YOU JOIN ME? I am excited that beginning TODAY, July 7 and through July 27, I will be TUNING IN to what God's VISION is for me. I want to continue to SEE clearly God's purpose/vision for my life and I want the same for ALL of you!


Do NOT Quench the Spirit! - 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)
Do NOT Quench the Spirit!
1 Thessalonians 5:19






 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam,
There are a lot of things we really just need to STOP doing.  I am sure that there are things you can think of in your own life and obviously in the lives of others that you think just need to STOP.  There are many reasons why we do not STOP the things we need to STOP and I will not explore all of those here but I will at least say that STOPPING the things we need to STOP is not always so easy.  I could make a list of things I need to STOP in my own life but “ain’t nobody got time for that!”  Besides, I will not allow you to be that nosey so I will just STOP right there! LOL!
 
But for real…  BlogFam, there are things we can all admit that we definitely need to STOP and there are also things that we have stopped that we need to START again.  And again, I will not make a list but I will offer our verse for reflection on today as it relates to this idea of stopping and starting, now and again.
 
Today’s verse “simply” says -

DO NOT QUENCH THE SPIRIT.

And the SPIRIT to which Paul refers, I do believe is the HOLY SPIRIT.
 
DO NOT QUENCH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
 
Now, this might sound like “common” sense but we all know that “common” sense is not so “common” and with that being said, I want to ask us to just take a moment to reflect on the ways in which we quench or dare I say, STOP the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives.
 
We have all had moments when we just had a “feeling” about a person, place, thing, situation, conversation, revelation, or inclination and we dismissed, ignored, or “quenched” that feeling even though deep down we knew that we should “listen.”  Then we later thought about that very moment and remarked to ourselves… I had a “feeling” about this or about that.  I do believe that there is a higher and a holy sense that God places within each of us that can inform us in ways beyond the five we have come to rely upon so heavily.  We rely upon our physical senses so much so that when our holy sensor alerts us in order to warn or teach or change or lead us in a way that we cannot physically touch, taste, see, hear, or smell, we “quench” our holy sense. 
 
The Holy Spirit is a teacher and the Holy Spirit inside of us will always lead us to ways of thinking, and being and doing that are in line with the divine.  We must “TRUST in the Lord with ALL of our heart and lean NOT to our own understanding.”  We must NOT quench the Holy Spirit.
 
The New Life Version (NLV) says -
Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit.
 
Friends, the work of the Holy Spirit is the work of God and it is ultimately for our good, whether we “feel” it at the time or not.  AND the work of the Holy Spirit will direct us to BE good, whether we “feel” like it at the time or not.  The work of the Holy Spirit bears the kind of fruit in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds as listed in Galatians 5:22-25:
 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
 

BlogFam, Do NOT quench the Spirit.  Do NOT try to stifle, subdue, stagnate, suppress, scare off, or stop the work of the Holy Spirit in your life or in the lives of others.  Do NOT forego her wisdom or forget her power.  Just TRUST that the Holy Spirit will work good in you and for you.  The Holy Spirit will not fail or falter or let you fall behind.  


My Sisters and Brothers, DO NOT QUENCH THE HOLY SPIRIT!  
Now that is one thing you can STOP doing today!


GOD LOVES YOU & I DO TOO!
Delesslyn


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A Prescription for Life in the Face of Injustice… #TrayvonMartin

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (1)
A Prescription for Life in the Face of Injustice… #TrayvonMartin
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.




 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam, as I write this post, I cannot separate the thoughts, feelings, emotions that I have regarding the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in the State of Florida.  I am very intentional about not using this blog as a space for social or political commentary on the current events of the day because that is not the intent of this blog.  I simply aim to share my reflections on the Holy Writ and I pray that my reflections will inspire you to love God, love yourself, love your neighbor and perhaps, thereby change the world in which we live for the better.  And as I continue to type, perhaps, this blog will be no different. 
 

In all honesty, I am not completely sure how to apply these verses in light of the NOT GUILTY verdict in this case or any other case, statute, amendment, or vote where injustice, prejudice, de-humanization, racism, gender bias, intolerance and ignorance seem to prevail.

 
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
 

I can definitely and most readily apply the verse that says PRAY CONTINUALLY.  I do not think that any person of faith would argue that PRAYER is always in order.  There is something that is life giving about being able to reach out to a power beyond ourselves for whatever our family, our community, our nation, and Florida might need.  I am grateful for the privilege to approach God in prayer in every situation that I face personally and on behalf of people whose life situations and circumstances need supernatural attention.  I am grateful that God hears and answers prayer as continually as I pray.  I am grateful for the peace of mind, clarity, comfort, and divine companionship that comes when I pray and YES I do believe this is…Prayer is God’s will for you and for me in Christ Jesus.


BUT now I am forced to wrestle with the verses around the verse about prayer that say to REJOICE ALWAYS and GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES in light of this verdict.  
What in the world is there to REJOICE about?  
What exactly should I be THANKING GOD for?
 

I have read countless tweets and Facebook status updates of men and women responding in so many different ways to this verdict.  So many have criticized, questioned, protested, rebelled, marched, blacked out, hooded up, come down on the judge, the jury, the jurisdiction and the justice system.  And after all of that, the words of this text still call for what has to be two of the most awkward and most "churchy" things to do and say... REJOICE and GIVE THANKS.

 
Really?
 
Yes, Really.  And without exception to ANY situation where we might believe or clearly see that liberty and justice for all is lacking or questionably applied or apprehended, we, who are servants of the Most High are called to REJOICE ALWAYS and to GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. 
 

BlogFam, how in the world is this even possible?  


Placing that NOT GUILTY verdict to the side for a brief moment, the truth is that this is NOT the first time in history that people have felt the tension in our nation when it comes to defining JUSTICE and regardless of the legal standard to pronounce criminal verdicts Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, someone, somewhere will always have DOUBTS about whether or not the burden of proof was met by the Prosecution.
 

Perhaps, this could be why verses like those we are highlighting today and others like them are to be daily prescriptions in the lives of every believer.  Meaning, in this life, the most certain truth that we can stand on BY FAITH is the will of God concerning Christ Jesus. And regardless of how you may or may not feel about the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman, the perspective we gain when we REJOICE and GIVE THANKS helps us all to re-calibrate and keep Christ at the forefront of every expression of support or disagreement we might offer.
 

So, again, I ask you… 
What in the world is there to REJOICE about?  
What exactly should you be THANKING GOD for?  
I will not say but I do believe that even in the most recent turn of events…  To Rejoice and To Give Thanks is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  So, in your tweets, your rants, your outrage, your updates, your prayers, your rallies, your rambling and your rumblings….
 
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
 

This is a Prescription for ALL of our Lives… and it is not an easy pill to swallow.
 

GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew

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Quid Pro Quo: From A Kingdom Perspective

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)
Quid Pro Quo: From A Kingdom Perspective
1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Greetings!
BlogFam, first of all, please know that I am not trying to teach you how to speak in tongues with the title of this blog post!  QUID PRO QUO are not terms from the heavenly language but in fact is a Latin phrase meaning: “Something for Something.”  According to Black’s Law Dictionary, it is a phrase used in the Legal community meaning: A thing that is exchanged for another thing of more or less equal value; A substitute.  
Quid Pro Quo.



Since we now have that very basic understanding of the meaning of our title phrase, how do we begin to reconcile its meaning with the words we find in our verse for today?
 

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.


The truth is that there are times in our lives when we really want to get back at those who have done something wrong to us by doing something wrong to them.  In our moments of flawed judgment, we will do our best to justify why it would really be OK to exchange the wrong we have received for a wrong of more or less equal value and most of the time, we can always find someone to agree with us on this even if we have never agreed on anything before.  We too often look for ways to get back at people because what they have done has hurt us, embarrassed us, shamed us, left us out, burned us, ostracized us, ruined us, killed us in one way or another.  And we want to go all QUID PRO QUO and give them and make them feel more or less of what we received and/or felt.
 

BUT then we read here in 1 Thessalonians a word of advice from Paul whose way of exchange does not seem to make the impact we want to make after the “something” we have experienced at the hand, heart, or mouth of another.


      Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.


We might try to twist the verse and satisfy ourselves by giving the other person what is “good” for them  by our own selfish and vindictive standards but Paul is calling us to a higher QUID PRO QUO from a Kingdom perspective.


Paul is challenging us to DO WHAT IS GOOD all the time!  Paying back wrong for wrong is not even an option in his opinion and NOBODY is an exception to this rule.  This is not easy!  We live in a world where we are taught intentionally and unintentionally to get back at each other, to get before you get got, and to never get fooled or shamed twice by the same person or situation.  So, for Paul to enlighten us to a way of living that strives to DO WHAT IS GOOD all the time and to NEVER pay back wrong for wrong even in situations where “everyone” would agree Quid Pro Quo would be in order seems CRAZY!


It just does not make sense to NOT do wrong for wrong, to help people reap what they have sown, to facilitate the what goes around comes around process, to directly exchange for another thing of more or less equal value based on what has already been exchanged.  You Know?  QUID PRO QUO It is “Legal.”  BUT is it “KINGDOM?”


And here is where the line is drawn because if we were all to experience QUID PRO QUO when it comes to how faithful and obedient and loving we are to God, how many of us would be able to stand or survive that “get back” from the All Powerful One?


Let me help you.  NOBODY.  BUT for the GRACE of God we are NOT consumed…  and it is the same grace that has been extended to us from God that we are to extend to others.


GRACE and FORGEIVENESS are the key components of Quid Pro Quo from a Kingdom perspective.  This is a higher way of living and being in the world.  It is not always easy and it is often misunderstood.  But it is Kingdom.


So, BlogFam,      Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.  This is the kind of Quid Pro Quo that may not satisfy your own feelings but it is the kind that will please the Lord.


GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!

Delesslyn


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Are you a "GOOD" person? 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Are you a “GOOD” person?
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 
 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam, sometimes we just need to be reminded that we must be committed to being "good" people.  As Paul closes out his letter to the church at Thessalonica, he closes it by sharing nuggets of wisdom that admonish the original recipients of the letter as well as those of us who read it in our contemporary settings.  These nuggets are basic instructions that any “good” person  could follow and thereby lead a decent life.  Yet, for the believer, I would dare to say that these are non-negotiable spiritual practices of the life of those who follow Jesus.  Over the next few days we will walk through the nuggets closing 1 Thessalonians 5, but on today let’s look at one verse:
 

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 
 
The one thing that strikes me about the content of this particular verse is its focus on how we are to respond to those we would conveniently, preferably and would much rather ignore.  It is true.  We might as well be honest.  We do not want to hang around IDLE people who are not passionate or proactive about fulfilling their purpose in life.  We do not want be distracted by those who are DISRUPTIVE to the flow of ideas and actions that allow us to have forward momentum individually or in a particular group.  We do not want to be weighed down by the DISHEARTENED men and women in our lives who rain on everybody’s parade and for whom the glass seems to always be half empty.  We would rather be associated with people who are strong and confident, smart and attractive inside and out, not those who are WEAK and are struggling socially or physically or financially, ignorant and put down on themselves.
 

However, Paul pushes us to look beyond our personal or socially acceptable comfort zones to respond with the patience of Christ to those we would otherwise avoid.  He urges us to:

 
WARN those who are idle and disruptiveSPEAK UP and tell them know how important it is for them to be passionate and proactive about God’s call upon their lives and whatever their hands find to do, may they DO it as unto the Lord with joy and thanksgiving.
 

ENCOURAGE the disheartenedSIT DOWN and remind them that God has an amazing plan for their lives, a plan to prosper and not harm them, plans to give them hope and a future that they can look forward to with optimism and victory.

 
HELP the weakSLOW DOWN and lend a helping hand or a listening ear to someone who needs a friend to inspire them to keep pressing through whatever they might be struggling with in this present moment knowing that whatever they are going and growing through right now is NOT worthy to be compared with the glory of God that shall be revealed in their lives if they just hold on!
 

BE PATIENT with everyone including ALL of the above!
 

BlogFam, I pray that today and everyday we would just be “good” people who care about others so much so that we will SPEAK UP, SIT DOWN, and SLOW DOWN in order to be there for someone else exemplifying the PATIENCE that is characteristic of our Lord.  I pray that you would BE PATIENT with the idle and disruptive, the disheartened, and the weak.  I pray that you would make up in your mind to just be a “good” person who is willing to share with someone else the warnings, encouragement, the help, and the patience that you have also received. 


Friends, will YOU be a GOOD person to someone else today?
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn

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P.S. -  I want to INVITE ALL VISIONARIES to join me in a 21 day fast this month to TUNE IN to what the Lord may be speaking to you in this latter half of 2013. WILL YOU JOIN ME? I am excited that beginning TODAY, July 7 and through July 27, I will be TUNING IN to what God's VISION is for me. I want to continue to SEE clearly God's purpose/vision for my life and I want the same for ALL of you!


Nobody Likes A SHOW OFF!!! 1 Thes. 5:12-13

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)
Nobody Likes A Show Off!
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.


Greetings!


BlogFam, Nobody likes a show off!  Nobody.  And I wonder what the person was thinking who came up with that phrase.  Show Offs are people we love to hate.  Show Offs are people who like to have the spotlight shining on them.  Show Offs like to toot their own horn, star in their own show, and be the life of everyone’s party!  And nobody likes a show off! 


BlogFam, I think everyone has a little bit of show off inside of them that is waiting to come out.  I think we all secretly and some of us not so secretly want to be the center of attention in one way or another.  Now, that desire  is not completely out of order but if the means by which you achieve your “stardom” are rude, arrogant, prideful, unloving, or unjust, well, then you just might be showing off in the worst kind of way.


On the other hand, there are some people who are show offs that many of us are drawn to because they really are excellent in their craft, generous with their resources, passionate about certain causes, or they possess genuinely kind and joyful personalities and optimistic outlooks.  There are some show offs whom we all just absolutely adore because it just does not seem right not to.


Friends, what kind of show off are you?  Are you the kind of show off who works hard and cares for others?  Are you the kind of show off who will give really good advice to help encourage and protect those in your circle of influence?  Are you the kind of show off who lives to love and loves to live in peace with everyone?  If so, then those around you are to hold you in highest regard because of your work.  If not, then you are probably facing some challenges in your relationships that reflect the negative energy that you are choosing to show off.
 

My sisters and brothers, nobody likes a show off!  But if you happen to be the kind of show off that is described in our verses for today, I pray that you are loved and appreciated, and held in the highest regard because of your work.  On the other hand, if you are jealous or bitter, angry or upset because the spotlight is not shining on you, GET OVER YOURSELF!  For as soon as you repent and realize that the SUPER-STAR is and has actually been Jesus Christ and it is only because of the light of Christ shown through our lives that we become the types of show offs that Paul describes, then you can be a show off too.

 
So, if you want to be a show off – and do not tell me that you don’t – then allow the light of Christ to shine through in the way that you work, love, care for others, advise and live in peace with all people.
 

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!

Delesslyn

P.S. -  I want to INVITE ALL VISIONARIES to join me in a 21 day fast this month to TUNE IN to what the Lord may be speaking to you in this latter half of 2013. WILL YOU JOIN ME? I am excited that beginning TODAY, July 7 and through July 27, I will be TUNING IN to what God's VISION is for me. I want to continue to SEE clearly God's purpose/vision for my life and I want the same for ALL of you!