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

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The SpotLIGHT is On You!

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam, 
A spotlight is: 
 a strong, focused light thrown upon a particular spot, as on a small area of a stage or in a television studio, for making some object, person, or group especially conspicuous.

A spotlight is used to focus your attention on a particular point that you might have otherwise overlooked, ignored, or dismissed.  A spotlight is very helpful in guiding you to whatever is the most important movement or message at the time.  A spotlight informs and reminds you that everything outside of its scope is not where your attention should be and is very likely a distraction.  

Have you ever been to any kind of production where spotlights were used? 
Have you ever been under the focus of or on the periphery of a spotlight?
Have you ever allowed the Word of God to place a spotlight on your life and the issues you might be facing?
Let me pause right there...

Friends, I know that this can be a really difficult conversation to have... the conversation about using the Word of God to place a spotlight on our own lives and the issues we might be facing.  I say that it is difficult because depending on the issue, we may not want to consult the Word because it might contradict what our flesh wants to pursue.  I say that it is difficult because perhaps the interpretation you have been taught is contradictory to your own research and exploration of the context and culture of the text.  I say that it is difficult when your understanding puts you at odds with popular culture and what has been deemed as being politically correct and socially acceptable.  This can be a really difficult conversation to have most especially because we too often forget that now we ALL see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even aalso I am known. [1 Corinthians 13:12].

However, in spite of the difficulty of such conversations and the mystery of the Scripture, the Light of Christ continues to shine its spotlight on our hearts and how we respond to the Light of Christ in our lives matters.  We should not overlook, ignore, or dismiss the Light of Christ that compels us to be different and to make a difference in the world.  Actually, if we surrendered to the Light of Christ, we would be guided to whatever is the most important movement or message at the time.  AND it will inform and remind us that everything outside of its scope is not where our attention should be and is very likely a distraction.

BlogFam, the spotLIGHT is on YOU!  
And even if you think that your witness has been shaky lately or that your witness has been on point for a while now, 

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
[Isaiah 9:2]

The Light of Christ has been shining, it is shining, and it will continue to shine.  Because of this truth, those who walk in darkness have seen the light but still choose to remain in darkness, on the periphery of the light and living in opposition to its guidance.  Furthermore, those of us who choose to walk in the light confuse them when our witness is shaky, inconsistent, speculative, or hard to discern.

BlogFam, the spotLIGHT is on YOU!
What will you do?  How will you live?  When will you let your light shine?
We are living in a time in history where those of us who believe that JESUS is the light of the world need to surrender to the instruction of the LIGHT in the very best way we know, with the understanding that we do have, and until the point the light reveals even more.  Now is not the time to be ashamed of being counter-cultural or of embracing a redeemed political correctness that is congruent with Word of God.  People walking in darkness NEED to see a great light!  And I pray that YOU will allow the Light of Christ to be the spotLIGHT on your life so that those who have lived in deep darkness will be drawn to the light that has dawned!

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!

Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

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Our HIGHEST Regards...

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (1)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 

I feel like so much has happened in the last few weeks since I have written, but please know that I have not forgotten about you and I continue to lift you up in my prayers.

We are continuing in the Book of Isaiah. 
So let me start by asking you this.  Do you know of certain connections that you have or had in the past that were very good for you or very bad for you?  And can you name a few reasons why those connections fell into either one of those categories?  Take a moment and think about this.

I can tell you that there have been connections that I have made throughout my life that have been very good and very bad.  And the reasons run the gambit.  I know that I have wanted to be connected to certain people for different reasons and those connections have not always turned out for the best.  Thankfully, none of them landed me in jail or strung out on drugs or passed out in a room with no recollection of the previous nights events.  BUT I have been connected to people where I have spent too much time, money, emotional energy, and even social capital to gain something I thought I needed or to feel something I thought was lacking at the time.

What about you?  
I know I am not the only one who has or who has at least been tempted to connect with people who glitter on the outside with their social popularity, intriguing talents, smooth talk, fancy makeup, fast cars, upwardly mobile careers, or  even their two step shout in church BUT have learned that everyONE that glitters is NOT gold.  Everyone who looks and sounds good to us is not always good to us or for us.  And YES all of our eyes will play tricks on us every now and then if we are not careful!

Friends, we have to be so very intentional to connect with people who LOVE God first.
That does not mean you are not kind and cordial to everyone.  It just means that those to whom you commit yourself to being in a personal relationship with for any amount of time or purpose, must endure some kind of additional screening.  

In Isaiah 8:11-13, the prophet is forewarned about his alliances and that same word is for us today:
11 For this is what the Lord said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people:
12 Do not call everything an alliance
these people say is an alliance.
Do not fear what they fear;
do not be terrified.
13 You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy.
Only He should be feared;
Only He should be held in awe.

BlogFam, we can admire the qualities of others without having to be connected to them in deep personal relationships.  The ONLY person we should hold in the HIGHEST regard is our Lord.  He is the only one who is HOLY and He is the only one who should be feared or held in awe.  I really do believe if we took a moment to re-prioritize the place of people in our lives and put the Lord FIRST, I think our perspective of the people we have as number 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 might shift.  

Friends, for whom do you hold the HIGHEST regard?  
And who is right under them on your list of personal relationships?

Today, I pray that you would take a few minutes to check in with yourself and re-prioritize your own relationships so that the LORD is always first and those who come right after Him, LOVE the Lord, LOVE You and have your best interest in mind at all times!

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

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Just A Quick REMINDER: Stand Firm in Your FAITH!

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 9:49 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
Here is a quick word of REMINDER to you on today:
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
then you will not stand at all.
[Isaiah 7:9b]

I know that this word is not a deep revelation for some of you but it is at the very least a quick REMINDER to us all.  It is a word from the Lord, in the context of Isaiah 7, when the King of Judah is threatened by two other armies.  The threat is such that the hearts of the king and his people "trembled like trees in a forest shaking in he wind." [7:2]  

Have you ever felt like the attack of your enemy was so close that your heart trembled?  
Have you ever seen the odds stacked up against you or seen trouble surrounding you and you froze in fear?  

Have you ever just heard that someone was out to get you and you ran scared or at least dropped to your knees to get protection from above?

Well, my friends, whether you will admit it to another person or not, we have ALL been challenged, threatened, and attacked by an enemy.  There exists an antagonistic spirit in the earth that will do all that it can to steal, kill, and destroy anyone who desires to please the Lord!  If you have never been in a position to answer YES to the opening questions, well, one day you will.  And on today, I want to love you enough to tell you that GOD IS WITH YOU, just as God was with the King of Judah.  Actually, the message to the king through the prophet was this: Calm Down.  Be Quiet.  Don't be afraid or cowardly.  It will not happen.  It will not occur.  And if you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand firm at all.

Friends, I dare you to take the same advice!  Honestly, I believe that if we would just stand firm in our faith, ALL the time, and not just when we are in danger or scared, I think that our confidence in the power of God would better shape our perspective of what is happening and  override the enemy, or dare I say the "inner me." 

BlogFam, the next time you are surrounded, blocked, terrorized, or attacked by your enemy, STAND FIRM IN YOUR FAITH and let God what God wills to do on your behalf!  Calm Down.  Be Quiet.  Don't be afraid or cowardly.  Your destruction will not happen.  It will not occur.

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

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I Know I'm Messed Up BUT I can Still See the King!

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 5:21 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam, 
I am not perfect.
And neither are you.
Now take a deep breath because it is OK.
It is OK for us not to be perfect and most of all it is a wonderful gift to know that perfection is NOT a requirement of our servant status.  Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement.  And while we might all find it challenging to obey the Lord in every situation and circumstance of the private and public witness of our lives, it is possible.  But perfection , on the other hand, is IM-possible.

Honestly, I think that these few statements probably freed at least 100 of you that read this blog!  We put so much pressure on ourselves and allow others to put this demand of perfection on us that the Lord has not even required.  If it was up to "them" we would be unqualified for participation in the work of building God's Kingdom here on earth.  And while those imposing such high standards often tend to ignore their own downfalls, shortcomings, mistakes, or mishaps, the expectation of perfection that they have of others is nothing short of ridiculous, full of judgment, and so far beyond even what the good Lord has required.

Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement.  And while we must strive for perfection, meaning that everyday our lives should be conforming to the likeness of Jesus Christ, the ONLY perfect person who walked this earth, we will never attain our highest and our best selves until Jesus returns. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." [1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV]  My goodness, we might not even know what perfection is until that great day!  So, why in the world do we think we can impose it, expect it, or live it before that glorious time?

Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement.
I think this is why I am blessed by our verse for today.  I have read this verse a countless number of times throughout my over thirty years on earth and it blessed me in a different way on this week.  Here it is:

Isaiah 6:5
Woe is me for I am ruined
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.

This verse blessed me in a different kind of way because, I was reminded that in spite of my IM-perfections, God called me and continues to call me to participate in the building of the Kingdom of God on this earth.  Woe is me for I am not perfect!  I am a woman who does fall short of the glory of God and who needs forgiveness everyday.  AND I am friends and kin to people who are also ruined yet striving to know Christ even as we are also known by Him. YET, by the amazing grace of God, I know I am messed up but I can still see the King!  Isn't that a blessing?

Isaiah testifies that he is not perfect.  He lives among people who are not perfect.  They/We are all messed up but when King Uzziah died, he was able to see the Lord!  Everything was NOT right.  Everything was NOT all good.  Everything was NOT full of peace and bliss.  BUT Isaiah was still able to see the Lord, high and lifted up!

Friends, obedience, not perfection, is the requirement.  Get in the place where YOU can see the Lord.  Stop beating yourself up because you do not have it all together.  None of us will have it all together until Jesus comes back.  And while we are waiting upon His glorious return, open your eyes to see how the Lord wants to use your messed up self to be a blessing to others and a builder of God's Kingdom.  You will never be perfect.  Get over that!  BUT you can be obedient!

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

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When God Flips Your Script [#RIP Uncle Cortez]

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (1)
Greetings!

BlogFam -

On this past weekend, God flipped my script.  And I do not mean the usual, slap your neighbor give a shout out for joy because your situation is turning around for your good kind of flip.  I mean, a flip that changed my life as I now know it.  I mean, a flip that creates a void that cannot be filled.  I mean, a flip that sends a shock through your soul and fills your eyes with a countless amount of tears and your heart with unimaginable pain. My uncle died totally unexpectedly over the weekend.  Life is different because  God flipped my script and my uncle will never be physically present in my life again.

I am hurt and I am sad.  My heart is broken and the only thing that somewhat makes me glad is knowing that my uncle loved the Lord with everything he had and I will see him again in the life to come.  But right now, that flip that God just did with my life's script was not in my prayers or my plans.

What do you do when God flips YOUR script?  And I am not talking about the kind of flip that feels good because everything worked together for your good.  I am talking about the kind of flip that feels awful because everything worked together for your good.  I know that what I wrote seems like a typo but it is not.  I know that there is a day that every person on this earth is appointed to die but when death happens, the appointment day is always an inconvenience.  It is always a distraction.  It is always  not welcomed.  But the day is coming for all of us and it came for my uncle this past weekend.

I mean, he woke up that morning and the Lord started him on his way.  He put his clothes on himself and he was in his right mind.  He did everything that was "normal" for him to do on that day including travel, and conduct a choir concert.  And there was still an agenda item that I do not believe he expected but yet he was definitely ready for... death.  

I am reminded of our scripture passage for today in Isaiah 5.  It starts off as if this is going to be a pleasant prophetic word over the lives of the children of Israel... [Commentary ALL mine]

I will sing about the one I love - So far, so good
a song about my loved one’s vineyard: - What a pleasant thought
The one I love had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
- OK.  I can go with that.
2 He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones,
and planted it with the finest vines.
- Sounds like true love
He built a tower in the middle of it - Strange, but OK
and even dug out a wine press there. - Vineyards. Wine presses. Not too far off.
He expected it to yield good grapes, - Great and reasonable expectation
but it yielded worthless grapes. - Wait! What!?!?

And then the remainder of the prophet's words in Isaiah 5 are depressing.  It is like the word of the Lord through the prophet was sweet until that last line when God flips the script to shift the readers and the listeners of that day focus to reflect the truth behind God's intentions and insights based on the conditions of their heart.  Now, I am not at all saying that my uncle's spiritual heart condition "yielded worthless grapes."   On the contrary, he had a heart of gold to the best of my knowledge and his first true love was his Lord and Savior.  However, I am saying that the opening of this prophetic word was flowing quite sweetly until that last line when God flips the script and speaks of a reality that no one really wants to face.  My uncle's life was flowing quite sweetly on that day until that last hour when God flips the script and creates a reality that no one who loved him really wanted to face.

God did that.  God flipped my script.  And I do not have all of the answers to all of the questions that flood our minds.  Actually, I do not think any answer would satisfy any of us anyway.  Every answer, explanation, and rationalization falls short because nothing would compare with him being right here with us again.  Though, yet and still, I know that in the chambers of my heart and in the depths of my soul, and the contemplation of my mind, because I love the Lord with all three, I know that God is present even when God flips the script and allows the sorrow of death to invade our lives.

When God flips the script, God will continue to be present with us and to speak to us and to celebrate or comfort us as he will with my family or correct us as he does in Isaiah, whichever is appropriate. And in God's time and timing, we will see the good of all things as they work together... IN JESUS NAME, I PRAY...

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

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Only the HOLY Survive...

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:52 AM Comments comments (2)
Greetings!

BlogFam - 
Have you ever heard the saying that : "Only the Strong survive?"  I first heard it years ago and I cannot recall the context or circumstances in which it was quoted or by whom, but it stuck.  And while I have heard that exact same phrase many times since then, I cannot say that I have ever used it as a motivational quote or personal mantra for my own life.  I am sure that others have done so and have advised it and were able to use it to make sense of their world and I can understand why they would do so.  I think it speaks to that inner strength we all desire to have, that inner strength that pushes us to persevere in spite of the odds against us or to stand up or speak up even when our knees are weak or our voice is shaky.  

I can understand how the goal to be strong in order to survive seems to be the answer to our fears, our weaknesses, and our pain.  Just "BE STRONG" is what people tell you when you lose your job, when you lose your loved on, when you make a bad grade, when you do not get invited to sit with the popular group in school.  "BE STRONG" has become a kind of catch all, quick phrase, two word motivational speech when any situation happens in our lives that could make us feel or appear to others as hurt, wronged, insulted, and pissed.  Just "BE STRONG" is what they say.  It almost sounds like a "nice" slick way of saying "Get Over It" without actually saying 'Get Over It!"  And before I digress, let me reel this post in and get us to the scripture for today.  For almost needless to say, but I will say it anyway, I do not think that strength is all we need to survive.  We NEED more than strength.  We NEED something more.  We NEED Holiness.

So, what about this phrase?
ONLY THE HOLY SURVIVE.

Isaiah 4:3
All who remain in Zion
    will be a holy people—
those who survive the destruction of Jerusalem
    and are recorded among the living.

This word of clarity in the midst of social chaos and spiritual famine, is actually the HOPE that the people need to hear from the Lord.  It is not their strength, their charm, or their good looks that will pull them through.  It is their HOLINESS.  Now, I know that the word HOLINESS is a taboo word in today's society, as it probably was back then.  The truth is that it is ONLY taboo or dare I even say offensive to those who are more than likely not striving to live HOLY in the first place.  "Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom." (Missionary Elisabeth Elliot)


God is HOLY.  And we are commanded to BE HOLY as God is HOLY.  I do not believe that holiness equals perfection.  If it did, that command would be impossible because there is NO perfect human being on this earth.  God is perfect.  Jesus in His humanity and divinity was perfect.  We are NOT perfect.  We all fall short of the glory of God; thus, holiness is not perfection.  So, what is it?

Well, I want to suggest to you that holiness is a condition of the heart that is manifested in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds.  Holiness is not just being strong or good.  Holiness is having one's heart open to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit and being focused on the plan and pleasure of God.  And YES, Jesus is the greatest example of Holiness.  My friends, we need to BE HOLY, not just strong.  To be strong is not enough.  Because in the time that is infinite and beyond these fleeting moments in our lives, in eternity, ALL WHO REMAIN IN ZION WILL BE A HOLY PEOPLE.

BlogFam, ONLY THE HOLY SURVIVE.  So, will you open your heart to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit?  Will you redirect your life's focus to reflect the plan and pleasure of God?  Will you BE HOLY?

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

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Consider Your Righteous and Wicked Self

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam - It is a cold day here in Memphis.  It is cold and icy and snowing and I am grateful for the warmth of my home.  My sister and I actually mentioned how much our hearts go out to people who do not have a place to live or heat to make their home more comfortable in these freezing temperatures.  I hope that you will whisper a prayer for them at this time and if you are in a position to support someone in this season with a coat or a sweater or a place to stay, please do...

Now to our reflection for today...

We are still in Isaiah.  Isaiah 3:10-11...
Tell the righteous that it will go well for them,
for they will eat the fruit of their labor.
Woe to the wicked—it will go badly for them,
for what they have done will be done to them.

I think these verses are pretty straightforward, don't you?
I grew up hearing the wisdom saying of Christ expressing that you will reap what you sow drawn from the parable of sowing and reaping.  We tend to speak those words quickly about the actions of others that might be mean-spirited or our own actions when we are so sweet and kind.  We focus on the good of ourselves and the not so good of others when we pull out this sowing and reaping formula.  It just seems to work better that way when we use our own self-delineated parameters for this convenient expression and explanation for why certain things are happening in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  I mean, come on.  We all know that we will reap good because we sow good but it is the other people - whomever fits the bill at the time - who will reap the bad stuff.
[Sarcasm totally intended]

Well my friends, again Isaiah's words are truth for today and I wonder how much better our life choices and daily decisions would be if we kept in mind these words about the righteous and the wicked...
Tell the righteous that it will go well for them,
for they will eat the fruit of their labor.
Woe to the wicked—it will go badly for them,
for what they have done will be done to them.

Again, I think these verses are pretty straightforward, don't you?
A happy word for the righteous.
A harsh word for the wicked.

And of course, all of us will most readily identify with the righteous rewards of verse 10 and the wickedness in verse 11, well, not so much.  But the truth is that we are all growing to become better day by day and actually "all" is probably way too inclusive of a term in this conversation.  "All" of us are not seeking to live righteous lives.  There are some for whom wickedness is their daily bread.  And even those of us who are striving to live righteously, we are still struggling with the wickedness that lurks in our thoughts... the kind of wickedness summarized as the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  We are all struggling and we would do well to consider our righteous and our wicked selves.  Actually, we would do better if we would SURRENDER our righteous and our wicked selves.

Yes.
Don't just consider who you are when people are not looking.  But surrender your private and your public witness to the Lord!  I want the rewards of righteous living to be real in your life.  I want life and the issues of life to go well for you.  I want you to eat the sweet fruit of your labor.  I want good things to happen for you and through you.

However, I know we all get caught up and compromise our righteousness for wickedness - even if only in judgment of others. I mean, let's keep it real!  None of us wants to even remotely consider that we could ever be wicked - and if we knew that about ourselves, why in the world would we admit it?  Why would we admit it and then face the truth about our personal predicaments that there are some things happening that we got our own selves into.  There are some things that are happening that are a harvest of seeds of wickedness that we sowed at some point along the journey.  And that is true, at some point for "all" of us.  But there is HOPE!

We can sow better seeds.
We can reap better harvests.
We can live righteous lives.
We can deny our wicked thoughts.

So, BlogFam, I pray that in your life's choices and in your daily decisions you would consider and then surrender yourself to the Lord and I pray that you will chose to live that righteous life!

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

Come Up to the Mountain!

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam, This past weekend was a wonderful roller coaster ride of new and exhilarating and encouraging experiences!  It is my desire to eventually start a non-profit organization and based on my research, it is highly recommended that those of us with the desire to do so, should first spend time "working" the programs that you want to run through your non-profit to see if there is any interest and potential supporters before investing in the time, energy, and money in pursuing the 501(c) 3 tax status.  So, that is my plan for 2015.  This year, I am working the programs that I want to run through my future non-profit for these reasons and more so this past weekend was a major kick off for THE WOVEN MINISTRY NETWORK!  WOVEN stands for Women Operating Victoriously through Empowerment and Networking. [Feel free to join the Facebook Group TODAY https://www.facebook.com/groups/WOVENMinistryNetwork]

I said all of that to say that at my final event for the weekend, my team hosted the FIRST My Vision Fast Retreat for young ladies ages 18-25.  The theme was "You Are Naomi's Daughter: Believe. Belong. Become."  It was a half day retreat at which we hosted various sessions that included laughter, tears, deep conversation, silence, journaling, worship, and fellowship.  At the last session, we planned a Q & A with the mentors of the retreat who were on the panel.  In the course of conversation, one young lady said she had never been baptized.  We paused.  A retreat participant that was seated next to her repeated what she said to make sure we heard the statement.  And almost instinctively, I knew that before I explore her baptism, I needed to know if she had ever accepted Jesus as her Savior.   

I asked the young lady had she ever accepted Jesus as her Savior and she said no.  I asked her if she wanted to do so today.  She said Yes and the conversation, in front of the group, went on from there.  In that unscripted moment, the Lord was knocking on the door of her heart and she wanted to answer and we welcomed her into the family of God.  It was an absolutely glorious moment and movement of the Holy Spirit.  I am so glad that  we were all able to accept the invitation of Christ in that moment and adjust our schedules to make sure that that one young lady's heart was right with God.  She was ready and we all said YES!

I began to think about the many times we assume that just because people are at church or at church-y functions, that those people are in relationship with Jesus Christ.  Lord, FORGIVE ME for skipping over or dismissing the invitations you have extended to others through my life and ministry.  I cannot deny that there have been times when I thought, I will just pray for them...later but I will not directly confront their soul's eternal destiny.  I know I have got to do better and I bet you do too. 

Friends, I am further inspired by our verses for today in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 2:2-3...

In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
All nations will stream to it,
and many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about His ways
so that we may walk in His paths."

Friends, when is the last time you invited someone to church or to Christ?  
When is the last time you invited someone to "COME, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord?"  

Unfortunately, we all have had countless missed opportunities to extend or accept the invitation to go up the mountain of the Lord, to be taught His ways so that we may walk in His paths.  I pray that on today, you would be more attentive to those Holy moments when the Lord is inviting YOU to come a little closer, go a little higher, dig a little deeper in Him.  I also pray that we would stop assuming that everyone in our circle or our church or office or grocery store or any other place we might frequent, is walking in the path of the Lord.  I pray that we would be more than willing to be flexible with our agendas, schedules, calendars and appointments in order to extend the invitation to someone else to be taught about the love of the Lord.  I pray that we would open our mouths to answer the question - What must I do to be saved? AND that we would never be ashamed to share our own witness of life in Christ.  

BlogFam, COME UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD!!!  
I want to meet you there... and PLEASE bring someone else with you!!!

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

STOP Doing Evil!

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)
Greetings!

BlogFam, I deeply feel that this blog post could be three words... STOP DOING EVIL! [Isaiah 1:16c]  And even as I write, I am reminded of the episode of the Cosby Show when Rudy Huxtable wrote a story that included all of these different characters who were portrayed by her family and friends.  There was so much foolishness going on that her character did not like and she finally told them all to just STOP IT!  And that was the end of the story... 

Just STOP IT!!!
Friends, do you fully realize that the Almighty God could do just that?  I mean, God is God and if God spoke those same words today to address all of the hatred and evil and violence and injustice and gossip and backbiting and racism and abuse and every other social ill of today, ALL of it would just STOP!  God is ALL powerful and that is definitely possible.  So, why doesn't God just say STOP IT?  Why doesn't God just speak those words like Rudy did in her fairy tale and have everything that was wrong to be made right?  Why doesn't God just open God's mouth and put an end to evil all over this world?

These are not new questions.  People have been asking these very same questions probably from the beginning of time.  So, I am not alone and you are not alone in our wondering about God's silence and God stifling God's own power to make it all just STOP with one word.  And on this day, as I ask and reflect on my own questions, I cannot completely comprehend my own answer.  I can only say that in God's infinite wisdom and grace, God allows evil to persist.  I also believe that in God's incomprehensible love and mercy, God chooses to extend those gifts to everyone until we all choose to receive them.   And furthermore, I am thinking that on a very practical level, if God said STOP IT, no life would be spared.  The truth is, God knows all of God's creation intimately and even the holiest and saintliest of people in this world sin and come short of the glory of God.  And part of me thinks that if God were to say STOP IT, life, not just life as we know it, but LIFE in and of itself, would cease to exist.

Therefore, God chooses to wait on God's very best creation to love God and love neighbor and in doing so, the prophetic utterance of Isaiah to STOP DOING EVIL would be manifested around the world.  What do you think?  I know that my answer falls short but I do think that my answer also gives us a starting place for addressing the evil we see in this world.  

So, BlogFam, I pray that YOU would choose to receive the love and mercy of God.  I pray that YOU would obey God's greatest command to LOVE God and neighbor.  I pray that YOU would STOP DOING EVIL in your own free will.  I pray that YOU would let your light so shine that others will see your good works and give God glory.  I pray that YOU would lift up the name of Jesus in your life and that others will be drawn  unto Him.  And I pray all the same for me too...

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

Step One. LISTEN.

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings!

BlogFam, I pray that YOU are well!  On this past Sunday, I, along with at least a few hundred other men and women, completed the My Vision Fast. [www.MyVisionFast.com]  And I can say that it was a fruitful 21 day journey of fasting and praying, dreaming and activating, learning and encouraging, sharing and listening. Listening.  
Listening.
Yes, I know I just typed that same word three times.  
Yes, I did so intentionally because this word is so very important.

Question.  Who do YOU listen to the most?  

I am reading the Book of Isaiah.  I am taking my time and going with the flow.  I have to admit that I was struck by the very first word of his prophecy.   After a brief statement to establish the time frame in which he prophesied, he opens with ONE word... LISTEN!

LISTEN, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the Lord has spoken:
[Isaiah 1:2]

Friends, I have listened to a lot of wisdom and I have listened to a lot of foolishness and I have even confused the two at times.  But I do know that LISTENING is important.  Listening is critical to discerning my destiny, determining my next step, deciding where I want to go and who I want to be.  I cannot live my life without listening to others out of love or respect.  Most of all, I cannot live my life without listening to God.  

And this can be hard.
Listening for God's voice can be hard.
It can be challenging to be 100% sure that the voice you hear, the gut feeling you have, the impression in your spirit is definitely God speaking.  I have gotten better as I have grown closer to the Lord, as I have read the Bible which I believe to be is God's Word, as I have prayed and worshiped God.  I have gotten better but I know that I still have some growing edges as it relates to sharpening my ear to hear God speaking to me in whatever ways God chooses.

And God chooses many ways to speak to us.  Are you listening?  Or have you limited the ways in which God can speak to you to the point that you are dismissive of words of instruction, guidance, and direction simply because you did not like the vessel through which that word came, you were uncomfortable because the word convicted you, or maybe you just did not like the answer that God gave to you?

Friends, Listen.
This is how the Prophet Isaiah opens his book of 66 chapters.  Regardless of whether you believe he wrote the entire book or only a certain portion of it, I submit to you that the word LISTEN is obviously the FIRST word and probably one of the most important words in the entire book. As a prophet of the Most High, his mouth is the instrument God chooses to use and if people do not LISTEN, the prophetic words that he spoke to fill those 66 chapters would not even matter.  And in your own life, what prophetic, life changing words have you missed because you were not listening to what thus saith the Lord?

Today, I pray that you would LISTEN.  And LISTEN over and over and over again to the many ways that God chooses to speak to you [and through you].  LISTEN for the words of affirmation and the words of correction.  LISTEN for the words of salvation and forgiveness.  LISTEN for the words of hope and comfort.  LISTEN for the words that will give you life and that life more abundantly.  LISTEN.  This is step one to knowing exactly what God would have for YOU to do.

LISTEN.

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