Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. - Visionary Strategist  Faithful Innovator  Inspirational Essayist
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85 and a half.... WON'T DO!!! Joshua 14

85 and a Half.... WON'T DO!!! #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW... GREETINGS!!! BlogFam, Have you ever heard the song: Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, 99 and a half won't do! Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, 99 and a half won't do! Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, 99 and a half won't do! Now those are the main lyrics to this little praise chorus. Growing up, I heard this song in the foot stomping, hand clapping, old school, Mother's Board rendition.... and I also heard the more contemporary, robe swinging, choir choreographed mix as sung by Hezekiah Walker and no matter which version you might prefer, the lyrics mean exactly what they say. Lord, I'm running, trying to make A HUNDRED, 99 and a half won't do!!! There is nothing mysterious about this statement. BUT when these lyrics are sang or spoken, most importantly, when these lyrics are LIVED out as the personal conviction of saints, there is no denying that individual's commitment to a life filled with God. Have you ever met anyone whose life was so filled with God that you had no doubt that their desire was to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus? Do you know anyone who lives their life in such a way that you have no doubt that they strive to give GOD 100% in their lifestyle of prayer and worship? Can you think of one person whose life is clearly an example of one who lets their light so shine that men and women may see their good works and give God the glory? Friends, I hate to say this but there are so many saints who are simply satisfied with just being saved, safe, and satisfactory when it comes to their faith and convictions about things of faith. Its kind of like a student who just wants to get through a class with a passing grade and a passing grade could be a "C." That "C" is good enough because they pass the class and they do move on but that's it. The effort and energy it takes to earn an "A" is just too much for that student to expend. And oftentimes it is not that the student could not get an "A" out of the class, but because the student has resolved in their mind and committed themselves to LESS THAN their very best in that class, they are ok with getting an average or possibly even below average grade as long as they just pass the class. Well, let's take this one step further because the truth is that there are men and women who are content with simply getting by with an average or below average life in Christ!!! There are Christians who would be proud to get a mark of less than 100% when it comes to the way they live their lives as Christians!!! There are saved, safe, and satisfied saints who would be just fine with a "C" on their holiness report card instead of expending the energy and effort it would take to earn an "A." And BlogFam my question to you today is this: Are you the kind of believer who gives 100% at all times or are you OK with giving 90% or less, just enough to stay in good grace but not much more than that? You are either on one side or the other. There really is no in between - either you give God your very best or you don't! Period. In our Scripture for today, I am challenged to reevaluate the intensity of my own commitment to faith and service in the Kingdom of God. I will be honest with you. I know something about doing just enough to pass a class and being completely OK with less than an "A" as long as I got out of the class and did not have to repeat it. And today I admit and repent that there have been moments in my life when I have been OK with just being an average Christian... saved, safe, and satisfied. But today, I don't want to be an average Christian. I don't want to barely make it to heaven. I don't want to ever be OK with a 90% or anything less than my best for the one who has given me the very best FREE gift of salvation. I want my testimony to be like the song... Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, 99 and a half just will NOT do! In Numbers 13, God told Moses to send spies, one representative from each of the the tribes of the children of Israel, to go search out the land. These men went to the land that the Lord God had already promised them and were impressed and intimidated by what they saw. All the spies, except Caleb, came back to Moses and the people with a report of defeat, an evil report that ignored the promise of the Lord God. Caleb was the one spy who gave the minority report that stood on the promise of God to them. Numbers 13:30 KJV And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the report from the majority of the spies put fear in the hearts of the people. Then in Numbers 14, Joshua speaks up with Caleb, and they try to convince the people to believe the word of the Lord but the people would not hear it and even threatened to stone Joshua and Caleb for even thinking and speaking these words... Numbers 14:8-9 KJV If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. But in the end, FEAR WON and they played it safe, dissatisfied that Caleb's or Joshua's 100% belief in the Word of the Lord God would put them in danger. They did NOT possess the land on that day....or even the next week or month or year but FORTY YEARS later, Caleb speaks again. He is now 85 years old and 100% in his belief in the Word of the Lord spoken over 40 years ago. Joshua 14:10-13 KJV And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance." BlogFam, he was 85 years old and he still wanted to give 100% to the Lord and receive 100% from the Lord. He had waited over 40 years to come into the fullness of God's promise to the children of Israel. After all of this time, he was NOT going to be satisfied with giving or receiving LESS THAN 100%!!! Caleb's testimony... Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, at age 85 , less than that won't do!!! Friends, your age does not matter. The question to all of us is this: Are you the kind of believer who gives 100% at all times or are you OK with giving 90% or less, just enough to stay in good grace but not much more than that? Where does YOUR commitment fall? BlogFam, on today, I pray that you would reevaluate your personal commitment and conviction to the word, the will, and the ways of God. I pray that you would never be satisfied with giving God less than your very best. I pray that your testimony would be.... Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, 99 and a half in anything I do or say in every area of my life just WON'T DO!!! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine and @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get regular blog emailed updates and LISTEN to Kids Korner ONLINE every Sunday evening 4:15C/5:15E at P.S. - Moving forward, my NEW writing goal will be 3-5 days per week, most likely not to include Sundays! So SUBSCRIBE so you do not miss any posts and SHARE the blog with somebody else!!!
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