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

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#ONEWord: REVERSE

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM Comments comments (1)
#ONEWord: REVERSE

2 Kings 20:1-6

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walkedbefore you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”


Greetings!
BlogFam, I am very well aware that in order to make progress, I must move forward.  However, at the same time, there are moments in our lives where we must experience redirection, some form of reversing of a decision or consequence that also moves us forward.  Think of a car.  Think of a parked car that can only get out of its parking space by putting it in reverse so that it can move forward.  If the car is unable to shift into reverse in order to get out of its parking space, then it will more than likely not be able to move forward to the intended destination.  Thus the decision to go backwards in order to move forward is a necessary step in fulfilling the purpose of the one in the driver's seat.


For the last few posts, we have focused on ONE Word and today's post in no different.  The word of the day is  REVERSE.  The word reverse is an adjective meaning opposite or contrary in position, direction, order or character.  It is acting in a manner opposite or contrary to that which is usual.  And I believe that is what we see in these few verses.  The passage opens one way but by the end of the selected verses the King's situation is going in the opposite or contrary direction of the prophet's original declaration.  And seemingly, as a direct consequence of the King's prayer, he experiences a shift, a divine reverse that extends his life moving him forward in the opposite or contrary direction of a sickness that was unto death.

The REVERSE...

“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”


BlogFam, have you ever experienced a divine reversal that worked in your favor?  I know that you may or may not have thought that you deserved such grace but in God's infinite wisdom and omnipotence, your life shifts and it goes in the opposite or contrary direction of death, destruction, pain, or suffering.  And as much JOY as I can imagine filled the king's heart, I am so eternally grateful that this amazing grace is extended to you and I.  We, too, can experience a divine reverse that redirects our life or extends our life or increases our life in unimaginable ways.


“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. 

BE ENCOURAGED My Sisters and Brothers!
God is ABLE to REVERSE your whole life and any situation of your life!

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Delesslyn 
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#ONEWord: REMEMBER

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (0)
#ONEWord: REMEMBER

2 Kings 20:1-3
 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.


Greetings!

BlogFam, 
REMEMBER.

To REMEMBER means: To recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; To think of again; To have something come into the mind again.

REMEMBER.

I remember a lot of people, places, and things that I have encountered throughout my life.  I have memories of my childhood, my teenage years, my twenties, and now my thirties.  Most of those memories are pleasant and some of the things that come to mind again are painful.  I am sure that you can relate.  We all have memories that we recall from time to time or even everyday.  And those moments of remembrance might be sparked by a conversation, a song, a commercial on television, an outfit, a flower, a color, or any other random occurrence or intentional effort of memory.  


And while we have been focused on our own memories,I wonder what others remember about us.  What would your childhood teachers or friends say that they remember about you?  What about your co-workers from that one summer job that you loved or hated?  What about the people in your ministry or community organization - what do they remember about you?  What does your family remember about your past?  Now, these would be some interesting conversations to have.  


Some of you might come from a close knit family as I do and I can honestly tell you that the memories run long and deep.  We have laughed and cried about the things that we think of again when we come together or when we connect over a phone call.   These memories keep us connected, hold us accountable, inspire us, comfort us, teach us and challenge us to be better.  I believe that your memories and the memories of others about you can do the same.


But I do have one question and it comes from our scripture for today...  WHAT DOES GOD REMEMBER ABOUT YOU?  What would you say comes to our Creator's mind when it comes to your life and how you have chosen to live it?  Could you confidently pray the prayer of the King - 

“Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” 

Are you/Have you been FAITHFUL and WHOLEHEARTED in your DEVOTION 
and done what is GOOD in the eyes of the Lord?


This is a deep question.  And I invite you to answer it.... now. 

It is a question that should make you stop for a second and at least check in with the Holy Spirit to see where you stand as it relates to your own life.  Are you faithful?  Are you wholeheartedly devoted to God?  Do you do GOOD in the eyes of God?


I will NOT attempt to answer these questions for you but I will strongly encourage you to take them seriously.  For the King prayed this one sentence prayer when he was facing death.  He asked the Lord to REMEMBER the life he had lived before him up until this point and in response to the King's request, the Lord remembered GOOD things and showed the King favor by extending his life.  And that is ALL good for the king but what about you and me?


Are you/Have you been FAITHFUL and WHOLEHEARTED in your DEVOTION and done what is GOOD in the eyes of the Lord so much so that the Lord would REVERSE death because of what you have asked the Lord to REMEMBER about your life?


This is a deep question.  And I invite you to answer it.... now. 

Pause.  And pray about it...

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Delesslyn

FOLLOW ME on TWITTER @AudraSunshine or @SpiritedConcept


#ONEWord - DEATH

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)
#ONEWord - DEATH 

2 Kings 20: 1-6

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”


Greetings!

BlogFam - 
Let me just say this upfront... NOBODY likes to talk about death!  And I have mulled over doing so in this blog post.  BUT I do feel like a reflection on this passage would be incomplete if I did not address the King's motivation for pleading for his life.  DEATH

DEATH is not always the most pleasant of conversations but that is exactly the word that Hezekiah heard about his own life from the prophet Isaiah.

The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

WOW!  What A Word!  In a day, when we are thinking positive and speaking life, to hear DEATH as the final answer is totally contrary to what we want to happen in our lives.  And although we ALL know that DEATH is the fate of all of our lives one day, we do not want to talk about it today....UNLESS we just have to.  Though, even then, we are more apt to talk about the DEATH of someone else and not our own.  

Yet in this passage, the Lord's word to the King through the prophet, is DEATH.  He is not referring to the death of an enemy or a close relative.  He is being told of his own death AND now he has to deal with it.

So, let's deal with it.

DEATH.

What about it?

What about yours?

I am not being prophetic in that I am not declaring the coming to the end of your own life.  But we all know that DEATH is part of the circle of life and one day, DEATH will be our destiny.  So, in what ways are you making the MOST of your own LIFE NOW?

I cannot imagine hearing or even reciting those words.... 
You/I am going to die.  
You/I will not recover. 
Those are the words the Prophet told the King and  I will be honest with you when I tell you that I am not comfortable thinking about DEATH EXCEPT for the hope that I have for LIFE after death with God forever.

But to think about what I have to go through to get to forever, DEATH, this is not a usual topic of conversation for me or for anyone that might read this blog post.  However, I guess, on today, we are being pushed to truly think about this #ONEWord - DEATH.  We are being challenged to think about what our end might look like.  More importantly, I think we are being challenged to think about what kind of LIFE we are living in advance of this inevitable step to forever.

PLEASE BE CLEAR - Though the Lord, did honor Hezekiah's request to extend his life, Hezekiah still had to face DEATH on another day, even if it was years down the road.  AND also, BE CLEAR that the Lord's honoring of the  King's prayer was in large part based on the LIFE the King had lived in advance of this declaration.

BlogFam, DEATH is a part of the circle of life and it is a step towards forever and it is coming for you and me and everybody else.  BUT my question is this - How are you living your life NOW?  AND if the pronouncement of death came to you and you prayed to the Lord to extend your life, what would you ask the Lord to REMEMBER about your life as you are living it right now?

DEATH is coming one day.  And that day may be a day of sadness, tears, joy, laughter, reflection, appreciation, grief and relief.  That day could be the best and the worst day for someone.  DEATH means different things for different people.  But no matter what you think about it or when you think it will come or how it will happen for you, ONE DAY, we/you/I will die and not recover.
 
So, how are you living your life right NOW?


GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew
 FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine  & @SpiritedConcept



#ONEWord - ORDER

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (3)
#ONEWord - ORDER

2 Kings 20:1-6

 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walkedbefore you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

7 Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.

Greetings!!!
BlogFam, 
I actually began writing this post on last week but as I now reflect on this passage, I had to really back all the way up.  I had to put the brakes on myself.  I did so because I was just going to enter the series by using #ONEWord to summarize this entire passage.  However, as I come back to this passage with fresh eyes, I am going in the same but still a different direction.  Instead of summarizing the entire passage with #ONEWord, I am now going to continue my usual practice of walking through the passage, maybe verse by verse or phrase by phrase in order to see what the Lord would have for me to share with you.

Now, with all of that said and since you have already read the passage above, I want to take you all the way back to the very first verse.

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

What a word!

The first word I want to reflect on is actually the part before the declaration of death... PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER!

ORDER.

Order is our first word.

Now, I know the verse continues but the very first thing the prophet tells the King is to Get you and your affairs together!  I think that is a word for ALL of us.  ORDER.  I have a question... 

Is your house in ORDER?

And I mean that on a number of levels.  As you look at your own life, what is out of place, in chaos and shambles, needs to be fixed, replaced, or let go?  Is your house in ORDER?  

I know that you were probably not expecting me to come from this angle.  BlogFam, but I also know how easy it is to cover up and act like all is well in front of everyone, including those who are closest to you and on today, I just want to encourage you to PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER!  

Some of you are so used to handling everybody else's business and avoiding yours.  
Some of you are so used to lying and faking it until you make it so much so that you might not even recognize that you have already arrived in this season of your life.  
Some of you are just stuck in your past and the pain thereof and until you allow the Lord to heal your broken heart, you will remain grief stricken and an emotional basket case.

Friends, GET IT TOGETHER and PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER!

What are you waiting on?  OR should I say WHO?  When will the time ever be right or perfect for you to put your life in ORDER?

The first person with whom you need to make sure you are in order with is GOD.  When you are in ORDER with GOD then I promise you that everything and everyone in your life will fall into place.  When you seek to align your whole life with GOD, the Lord our God will ORDER your steps in the direction of the Almighty's purpose and will for your life.... kind of like this blog post.  When I started writing it the other day, I stopped in the middle of my process and when I came back to it, I was redirected in another way.  And I really am OK with that because I believe that it is God's ORDER for the reflections that I share with you in my blog.  

BlogFam, I am not sure when you will read this and it does not matter how soon or how much later you will read this post from the time I wrote it.  All I know is that when you read it, check yourself. Ask yourself - Is my life in ORDER?  Start with your relationship with God and then you will have a godly perspective for how to put in ORDER the rest of your life.

My friends, PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER... something is coming and you have got to be ready!


GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn
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ONE WORD - An Introduction

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:08 AM Comments comments (0)
ONE WORD - An Introduction


Greetings!

BlogFam, I have written over 300 blog posts and one might think that after having written so much, I would eventually run out of things to say.  But the truth is NO, I have not run out of things to say and NO, I am not tired of writing.  Now, I will admit that I do struggle with what topics I will write about and I can be lazy about writing consistently, BUT I pretty much always have something to say about something.  

But I am NOT alone.  I read other blogs on a regular basis and there are so many people all over this world who have something to say.  You and I may or may not agree with what they have to say but it does not mean they do not have something to say that someone in this world just might appreciate and share.  So, on yesterday, I was reading one of my favorite bloggers - JEFF GOINS.  And in his blog post he talked about how writers need to find their own voice and once they do so, they will write about what others care about for when you do that, you will never be at a loss for words nor will you ever be at a loss for readers/listeners.  

That wisdom challenged me in a different kind of way.  My blog is definitely dedicated to my reflections on Scripture and I do not anticipate that that will change.  However, I was thinking about what my next series could possibly be since finishing the series on GRACE.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head and ONE WORD came to mind repeatedly.  ONE WORD.  That's it.  I am not referring to any ONE WORD in particular but that idea - ONE WORD as my next blog series is where I landed.

I honestly think that is because, recently, I have noticed that ONE WORD themes have been the trend in a few of the major thought leaders that I follow on TWITTER and so, I am going to see where this new ONE WORD series will lead.

Now, those of you who have been following me for  while, know that a Salvation and Stilettos Blog Series can go as long as I feel led to keep it going and nothing will change in that regard.  We may or may not stay in one particular book of the Bible or group of verses but we will stay on task and on trend with our ONE WORD theme.

I am really excited because I believe that this series will resonate with current and new followers alike.  We have all heard and/or spoken ONE WORD that changed our lives.  We have all felt the power of ONE WORD and I want to take my time to explore that idea, in conversation with you and with Scripture as we go along.  So, if YOU have ONE WORD that you would like for me to reflect upon, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT and I will add it to the list I am in the process of forming.  

I am praying that this series will bless and encourage you and that ONE WORD that I share will inspire you to be the BEST you that you can be!

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Delesslyn
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PS - PLEASE Don't forget to leave ONE WORD in the comments!  THANKS!